Pictured (left to right) are Jeff Storie, State brand manager; Ward Burton, NASCAR Nextel Cup Driver; and Joan Duvall, director of strategic marketing for A. O. Smith Water Products Co., with the State Water Heaters car.

State Industries Inc. and Morgan-McClure Motorsports are sponsoring the #4 Chevy Monte Carlo; Ward Burton will be the driver for the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Burton, winner of the Daytona 500 in 2002, competed in three races in 2006 for Morgan-McClure but prior to that he was away from NASCAR racing for two years.

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