Sunoco Awards Free Fuel 5000 for 2013

Signature annual promotion prize is eight years' worth of gasoline

Published in CSP Daily News

John Zeidler (left), Lisa Chapman, Steven Chapman

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sunoco Inc. has announced that Lisa Chapman of Jordan, N.Y., is the winner of its 2013 Free Fuel 5000 promotion. Lisa wins 5,000 gallons of Sunoco fuel as the grand-prize recipient.

Working in the delivery business, Lisa logs at least 50,000 miles annually. She stops at Sunoco every day to refuel and grab a soda at her favorite APlus store, she said. "I like the people there," she said, "and it's convenient."

On Aug. 12, spotters sighted the Sunoco decal on Lisa's silver Ford Freestyle at a Sunoco location in Syracuse, N.Y. She had been sporting the Sunoco decal for three years. She instantly took home a Sunoco gift card, two 3D movie upgrades to see DreamWorks Animation's Turbo in theaters and was entered to win the grand prize of 5,000 gallons--enough fuel to last a typical driver eight years.

She accepted her prize inside a Liverpool, N.Y., APlus store on Friday. Spotters there also handed out more gift cards to the first 100 drivers displaying a Sunoco decal between noon and 1:00 p.m.

Sunoco is the official fuel of NASCAR and more than 50 other racing sanctions. The Free Fuel 5000 is Sunoco's signature promotion, offering millions of Sunoco customers a decal identical to those on every racecar in NASCAR's three top series. Throughout the promotion, spotters looked for the decal on vehicles at Sunoco stations.

Over the course of the two-month event, between July and August, more than 7,000 Sunoco customers instantly won a Sunoco gift card, 3D movie upgrades and were entered for the chance to win the grand prize.

"We are thrilled by the support from loyal Sunoco drivers every time we spot them visiting our retail locations with the decal," said Drew Kabakoff, director of brand marketing.

Based in Philadelphia, Sunoco is part of Energy Transfer Partners, a New York Stock Exchange-traded partnership owning and operating a diversified portfolio of energy assets. Sunoco's retail business markets its brand of gasoline through approximately 5,300 retail outlets from Maine to Florida and west to Indiana and Louisiana, operating more than 600 APlus convenience stores.