Going green at NASCAR

April 22, 2009 5:06:42 AM PDT
Treehuggers can go fast.

NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin hit 110 in a Toyota Camry hybrid down the backstretch at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

It was part of an Earth Day-related demonstration.

The hybrid will be the official pace car in next month's Coca-Cola 600, at the North Carolina track.

It's the first time a hybrid will be used as a pace car in a NASCAR race.

Hamlin was offering rides yesterday, as he demonstrated the capabilities of the gas-electric car.

He says it's a "pretty smooth ride."

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