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Sonic Automotive, Inc. Schedules Release of First Quarter Results and Conference Call

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 5, 2009: Sonic Automotive, Inc. today announced it will release fiscal 2009 first quarter financial results on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 7:30 A.M. (Eastern). Senior management will hold a conference call at 11:00 A.M. (Eastern).

To access the live broadcast of the call over the Internet go to: Earnings or Sonic

A live audio of the call will be accessible to the public by calling (877) 791-3416. International callers dial (706) 643-0958. Callers should dial in approximately 10 minutes before the call begins.

A conference call replay will be available one hour following the call for seven days and can be accessed by calling: 800-642-1687, Conference ID: 98605797, International callers dial (706) 645-9291.

Presentation materials for the Company's May 8, 2009 earnings conference call will be accessible beginning the morning of the conference call on the Company's website at Sonic by clicking on the "For Investors" tab and choosing "Webcasts & Presentations" on the right side of the screen.