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The checkered flag is down and Rob Jackson, produce manager for Albertson's in Flagstaff, AZ, has been declared the winner of Sage Fruit Co.'s Sonya apple display contest.

Sage Fruit President Chuck Sinks said that the contest was announced at last year's Fresh Summit. "The display contest was to show the apple and promote Kasey Kahne and his likeness," he told The Produce News. "[Mr. Jackson] did a great job in building the display."

Mr. Kahne, a native Washingtonian, continues a successful promotions partnership with Sage Fruit, which is headquartered in Yakima, WA. The company is a volume grower and shipper of apples, pears, cherries and stone fruit.

Mr. Jackson was awarded a trip for two to the 2009 Daytona 500 for his winning entry. During the event, he met Mr. Kahne, received autographed memorabilia and was given two-day passes to tour the garage and pit at the event.

Last November, Mr. Kahne was ranked by Sporting News as the top choice for "The 60 Most Beautiful People in NASCAR." In addition to his larger-than-life presence in the racing circuit, Mr. Kahne is the founder of the Kasey Kahne Foundation, which helps chronically ill children and their families as well as disadvantaged youth.

According to Mr. Sinks, the contest was well received. "We had a lot of people enter from around the country," he said, adding that another contest for the 2009-10 apple season is under consideration.