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Dale Earnhardt Jr. shows off the DEW Crew-chosen No. 88 Diet Mtn Dew/The Dark Night Rises Chevy and the iconic Batman Tumbler along with the new Mtn Dew Dark Berry
Dale Earnhardt Jr. shows off the DEW Crew-chosen No. 88 Diet Mtn Dew/The Dark Night Rises Chevy and the iconic Batman Tumbler along with the new Mtn Dew Dark Berry
The No. 88 Diet Mtn Dew/The Dark Night Rises Chevy does donuts around the iconic Batman Tumbler on the front stretch in Michigan
The No. 88 Diet Mtn Dew/The Dark Night Rises Chevy does donuts around the iconic Batman Tumbler on the front stretch in Michigan
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Diet Mtn Dew/The Dark Night Rises Chevy, climbs inside the iconic Batman Tumbler
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Diet Mtn Dew/The Dark Night Rises Chevy, climbs inside the iconic Batman Tumbler

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hits Track in Special No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew®/"The Dark Knight Rises"/National Guard Chevrolet, Goes Side-by-Side with Iconic Tumbler from the Epic Trilogy

PURCHASE, N.Y., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Mountain Dew® and Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought “The Dark Knight Rises” to Brooklyn, Michigan for a few laps on Thursday, June 14. Earnhardt, who will be driving a special No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/“The Dark Knight Rises”-inspiredChevrolet in Sunday’s race, tested at the two-mile track before going alongside Batman’s iconic Tumbler during demonstration laps around the speedway.

“I’m excited to finally get the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew ‘The Dark Knight Rises’-inspired Chevrolet out on the track,” said Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. “And it was cool to draft with the Dark Knight Tumbler.”

Earnhardt asked DEW Crew members in May to vote on one of four paint schemes inspired by this summer’s most-anticipated blockbuster and third installment of the Dark Knight trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises.” The winning design – for which Earnhardt provided creative input — features the Bat Shield on the hood and the faces of the film’s two leading characters, Batman and Bane, on either side.

Thirsty for more? Mountain Dew is hosting ultimate “The Dark Knight Rises” fan experiences both on and offline:

Launched earlier this season, the DEW Crew gives Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans access to exclusive No. 88 team-related content and the chance to vote on potential paint schemes, fire suits, and activities in races throughout the year. The term, originally used in the 1980s to describe the pit crew working on Darrell Waltrip’s No. 11 Mountain Dew Buick, has now evolved to encompass both Earnhardt’s pit crew as well as JR Nation. Fans can join the DEW Crew at www.dewcrew.com.

For more information on Mountain Dew and “The Dark Knight Rises,” including details on how to enter for a chance to win tickets to the film’s July 16 premiere in New York City, go to facebook.com/mountaindew or follow @mtn_dew on Twitter.

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About “The Dark Knight Rises”
Opening in theatres and IMAX on July 20, 2012, “The Dark Knight Rises” stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman. Christopher Nolan directed the film from a screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers, and Jordan Goldberg co-producing. “The Dark Knight Rises” is based upon Batman characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Film by Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight Rises,” to be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language. www.thedarkknightrises.com