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Sep 03
2011

Papis, GEICO Tundra: Atlanta Recap

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STRATEGY CALL PROPELS MAX PAPIS TO 14TH PLACE FINISH IN ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. (September 2, 2011) – Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for fast speeds and drivers holding the gas pedal wide-open around the entire 1.5-mile quad-oval. Add in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series making their one and only stop in Georgia and three and four wide action was sure to be the norm. Friday night’s Good Sam Club 200 was no exception.  

Max Papis and the GEICO Racing team entered the Peachtree State with a plan of attack – keep the Toyota Tundra in one piece and finish inside the top-15. The one-day show started early with two practice sessions followed by qualifying before the race started shortly after 8 p.m. ET. During time trials, Papis clocked a solid lap of 31.679 seconds to place the Germain Racing entry in the 18th starting position.  

As the green flag waved to start the 130-lap race, Papis quickly reported a loose handling condition and that he couldn’t “keep momentum all around the track.” The first caution flag flew on lap 20 for oil on the track, which allowed the No. 9 GEICO machine to come to pit road. The Como, Italy native received four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments. Papis restarted on lap 27 from the 19th position.  

Papis continued to wheel the GEICO Toyota despite the handling changing to “tight on entry and loose on exit.” The second caution of the night came on lap 38 for a two-truck accident in turn four. Papis returned to pit road for additional adjustments and fuel, before returning to green flag conditions on lap 43.  

By lap 50, Papis had moved into the 21st position but reported to his GEICO team that the truck was now looser than it was before the previous adjustments. The third caution came on lap 60 and crew chief Randy Goss took the opportunity to bring his driver back down pit road. The No. 9 over-the-wall crew changed four tires, fueled the truck, and made major adjustments to dial in the truck.  

The GEICO Toyota Tundra restarted from the 25th position on lap 65, as numerous leaders did not pit. In eight short laps, Papis drove up to 22nd-place before the fourth caution slowed the pace on lap 73 for debris. The truck was feeling better underneath Papis so the team made the decision to stay out, to restart in the same position on lap 77.  

However, one short lap later another caution was displayed for a spinning truck on the frontstretch. Now that the GEICO team was inside their fuel window to make it to the end of the race, Papis brought his red and blue machine down pit road for fresh tires, fuel and one last set of adjustments. The field restarted on lap 82, with Papis in the 22nd position.  

With the leaders unable to make it to the end of the race on fuel, Papis and the GEICO team were looking for the remainder of the event to be caution-free. Their strategy played out perfect as the frontrunners started to hit pit road around lap 115. On lap 120, Papis was running in the seventh position.  

Over the final 10 laps, the competitors with fresh tires, who could run almost a second faster than those on old ones, caught Papis. The GEICO Toyota Tundra crossed the finish line in the 14th position.
  
“We raced hard all night long and finished the best way we could,” said Papis, after the race. “Our strategy was to stay out just like Hornaday did to win the race but we came up a little short when those guys with fresh tires caught us with only a few laps left. I’m proud of the GEICO guys to never give up and keep digging.”  

With his top-15 effort, Papis moved up two positions, to 15th-place, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. Papis sits just one point behind 14th-place Jason White.  

Papis and the No. 9 GEICO team have a one-week hiatus before returning to action at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, September 16th. Catch all the action live on SPEED Channel, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also have the live radio broadcast.  

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, visit: www.geicogarage.com <http://www.geicogarage.com> .  
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing <http://www.twitter.com/geicoracing> .  

-PMI- Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.
Email:
sjones@pmifirm.com 


Sep 01
2011

Atlanta Preview: Bodine

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Todd Bodine

No. 5 NTB/Service Central Toyota Tundra

Atlanta Motor Speedway – Atlanta 200

September 2, 2011

News and Notes

 

           This Week’s Tundra… The No. 5 NTB/Service Central team and Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will utilize GR-018 in Friday’s 130-lap NCWTS race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Chassis GR-018 is the newest chassis in the Germain Racing stable and made its debut at Nashville Superspeedway in July, finishing sixth.  Since then it’s been raced at Pocono Raceway (12th) and, most recently, Michigan (11th).  Mike Hillman Jr. will once again be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the seventh race of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra.

 

           Raising Awareness… The No. 5 NTB/Service Central Tundra will feature a Teal Ribbon to recognize the kick off of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which is September. Additionally, the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra and No. 9 GEICO Tundra will also feature Teal Ribbons.

 

           Track Stats… Bodine leads all active truck series drivers in top-fives (6) and top-10s (7) at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  In 9 NNS starts, Bodine has led three races, scored three top-5 and four top-10 finishes.  In 18 NSCS starts, Bodine has led 89 laps in three races, scored two top-5 and four top-10 finishes.

 

           Closing the Gap… With his third-place finish last race at Bristol, Bodine maintained his 10th-place standing in the driver points and is now just 30 points out of the top five.

 

           Watch and Listen… The Atlanta 200 from Atlanta Motor Speedway will be broadcast live on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, on Friday night.  SPEED kicks off its pre-race coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and MRN Radio will begin its live broadcast at 7:45 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 2.  SPEED will also carry live a broadcast of qualifying on Friday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

 

Todd Bodine on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

 “Momentum is an important thing, but it’s not everything. We have to go to Atlanta and do the best job we can. We feel like maybe we got the monkey off our back a little bit and we’re going to Atlanta with high hopes for the NTB/Service Central Tundra. Our mile and a half program has always been strong – so coming off a good finish like we had at Bristol can’t hurt anything.”

 

“Atlanta, when the tires get hot the race track doesn’t have a lot of grip. You slip and slide and that’s my strong suit is racing there on the older tires. We plan to go there and get a good balance on the NTB/Service Central Tundra and run up front.”

 

ABOUT SERVICE CENTRAL:

Service Central® is the automotive service offering available exclusively at Tire Kingdom®, NTB-National Tire and Battery®, Merchant’s Tire and Auto®, and Big O Tires®. Available at nearly 1,300 locations nationwide, its trained and certified ASE technicians use state-of-the art equipment to provide quality service on cars or trucks. The nationwide warranty provides peace of mind while it protects consumers and their investment in over 40 states. (http://www.facebook.com/ServiceCentralRacing & www.servicecentralauto.com)

 

ABOUT TBC RETAIL GROUP:

Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, TBC Retail Group, Inc., a subsidiary of TBC Corporation, operates more than 800 tire and automotive service centers under the brands: Tire Kingdom®, NTB - National Tire and Battery®, and Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers®, along with nearly 500 franchised Big O Tires® locations. The contingent of nearly 1300 stores has trained and certified ASE technicians who use state-of-the-art equipment to provide quality service on cars and trucks.  The nationwide warranty provides peace of mind while it protects consumers and their investment in over 40 states.  TBC Retail Group employs more than 300 associates at its Juno Beach, Fla. headquarters and approximately 10,000 associates nationally.  To locate a store near you, call 800-NEW-TIRE. TBC Corporation, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is one of the nation's largest marketers of automotive replacement tires through a multi-channel retail and wholesale strategy.

 

Sep 01
2011

South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Preview: Atlanta

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Gaughan Racing Chassis GR-016 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

 

  • Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra
  • He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series
  • He holds two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship Titles
  • Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year

 

Mooresville, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2011) - Atlanta Motor Speedway sees Brendan Gaughan back behind the wheel of a Tundra chassis he last drove at Darlington Raceway earlier in the season. Gaughan likes the truck and loves the racing action at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s anxious to see what his No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra can do with the competition in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.

 

“Atlanta is a very, very fast track. You go so fast there. Even though it looks like Texas and it looks like Charlotte – for some reason it has faster characteristics. Bruton Smith has some of the best tracks on the schedule and Atlanta is one of them. There are multiple grooves to pick and choose from – if you’re tight you can find a groove that works better, if you are loose you can find a groove that will help out,” said Gaughan.

 

Gaughan is racing chassis GR-016, one that served him very well at Darlington until an incident very late in the race.

 

“We’re taking a truck I ran at Darlington earlier this year. It’s got some of the best side-force numbers of any of the trucks in the shop. We’re optimistic heading into Atlanta that it will be a good South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra for us there,” said Gaughan.

 

In addition to racing in Atlanta, Gaughan says he enjoys the area and what it has to offer. He and his wife have some fun planned, and may make their Atlanta trip several days longer given the off-week for the Truck Series next week.

 

“My wife and I are going to dive at the Georgia Aquarium just for fun. We’ll probably get dinner at Dante’s Down the Hatch. It’s a really cool restaurant. It’s a pirate ship inside the building. Atlanta’s a great town to go race in, and since we’re off the week after we race, we might just call my buddy Andy Lally and get some more ideas of things to do around town and kind of spend some time there,” said Gaughan.”

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Atlanta Motor Speedway on SPEED. Qualifying airs Friday, September 2nd at 5:00 PM ET with racing action at 8:00 PM. Tune in early to catch the NCWTS Setup at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

 

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 11th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings, just 97 points out of first place. 

 

Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

 

About South Point…The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.

 

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Aug 26
2011

Valvoline Tundra Finishes 3rd at Bristol

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Bodine Finishes Third with Valvoline Tundra at Bristol

 

Mooresville, NC (08-25-2011) – Todd Bodine and his teammates found their stride at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bodine qualified the No. 5 Valvoline Tundra in ninth place and spent the majority of Wednesday night’s 200 laps or racing in the top-five. Throughout the O’Reilly 200, Bodine kept the Valvoline Tundra clear from the nine cautions that slowed the race and brought home a third-place finish.

 

“We struggled a little bit, we didn’t have the ‘best’ truck tonight. Our Valvoline Tundra struggled with a power steering issue. In the middle of the corners the power steering would go out and it was interesting,” said Bodine. “We’ve developed a great relationship with International Trucks and Monaco RVs and they were on board on the Valvoline Tundra with us. Tonight is a performance that is what our team is about. We’re used to top-fives and strong runs. It was a great third-place finish. We didn’t have a perfect night, but it was a great result.”

 

Bodine holds onto tenth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings, 72 points behind the leader.

 

The next race is Friday night, September 2nd at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

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Aug 26
2011

GEICO Tundra Bristol Recap

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BRISTOL BULLRING LEAVES MAX PAPIS WITH BATTLE SCARS

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 24, 2011) – Every driver leaves Bristol Motor Speedway with either a huge smile or upset feelings. When the action picks up at The World’s Fastest Half Mile, it picks up rapidly and Max Papis was on the receiving end of the action on Wednesday night. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicked off the festivities with a rare mid-week race but the GEICO Racing team was prepared to battle. Unfortunately, the concrete bullring didn’t play nice and left Papis with a 26th-place finish.

 

The misfortune struck early for Papis as the GEICO Toyota Tundra scrapped the outside wall during qualifying on Wednesday afternoon. The Germain Racing crew quickly went to work to repair the minimal damage, however this forced Papis to start from the rear of the field when the green flag flew later that evening.

 

The O’Reilly 200 began shortly after 8:15 p.m. ET and Papis knew the GEICO team must be patiently aggressive to maneuver their way to the front. Papis quickly gained seven positions to take over 29th-place as the first caution was seen on lap 11. Crew chief Randy Goss took this opportunity to pit for fuel and wedge adjustments as Papis reported the truck as “tight center off.” Returning to green flag conditions on lap 18, the Como, Italy native was scored in the 27th position.

 

Marred with a very tight handling condition at a track that is difficult to pass on, Papis faced obstacles when moving through traffic. As the second caution slowed the pace on lap 32, Goss brought his driver back down pit road for four tires, fuel, and two rounds up on the track bar. Papis took off from 28th-place on lap 37. By lap 50, Papis broke into the top-25 and less than 10 laps later, the GEICO machine was holding the 18th position.

 

On lap 63, a fellow competitor got loose underneath Papis, causing a multi-truck accident and bringing out the fourth caution. The GEICO Toyota received a heavy amount of damage but the over-the-wall crew worked hard to keep the No. 9 on the track. Due to the numerous pit stops for repairs, Papis restarted from 30th-place on lap 72.

 

Papis began to feel a loose handling condition because of the damage. With the GEICO Tundra in the 27th position on lap 114, another multi-truck accident occurred and Papis had nowhere to go. Once again, the pit crew never gave up and repaired the battle scars as much as possible.

 

Over the final 75 laps, Papis continued to wheel the GEICO machine, although the Italian was only able to move up one position due to the number of laps the team was down to the leaders. When the checkered flag flew, Papis and the team were left with a 26th-place finish.

 

“We had a rough day but I couldn’t be more proud of my guys on this GEICO Toyota,” said Papis. “They worked so hard all day and never gave up during the race even when we got in those two wrecks. We will keep digging as hard as we can and getting back in the top-10 is coming soon for us.”

 

Papis now sits in the 17th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings. He is only three points behind 16th-place Miguel Paludo and 11 points behind 15th-place Justin Lofton.

 

The GEICO team will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway next Friday night, September 2nd, to kick off Labor Day weekend in the ATL. The green flag waves shortly after 8 p.m. ET and all the action can be seen live on SPEED. MRN Radio and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio will both carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, visit: www.geicogarage.com <http://www.geicogarage.com> .

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing <http://www.twitter.com/geicoracing> .

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com 

 

Aug 23
2011

Bodine Bristol Preview

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No. 5 Valvoline Toyota Tundra News and Notes

  • This Week’s Tundra… The No. 5 Valvoline team and Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will utilize GR-019 in Wednesday’s 200-lap NCWTS race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Mike Hillman Jr. will once again be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the sixth race of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra.  

·          One Spot Better… While all 21 of his truck series victories have occurred on tracks one mile or larger, Bodine has three runner-up finishes in six truck series starts at Bristol.  Bodine, however, knows his way to victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway, collecting two victories in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.

 

·         Holding Steady… With his 11th-place finish last race at Pocono, Bodine maintained his 10th-place standing in the driver points and is just 39 points out of the top five.

 

·         Meet Todd... Fans in the Bristol, Tenn., area will have the opportunity to meet Todd Bodine on Thursday, August 25.  The driver of the No. 5 Valvoline Toyota Tundra will join fellow NASCAR competitors to meet fans during a free autograph session as part of the annual Food City Fan Fest.  The Food City Fan Fest will be held in the streets of downtown Bristol on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 EDT p.m., with Bodine scheduled to participate from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. the night after the truck series race.

 

·         Watch and Listen… The O’Reilly 200 from Bristol Motor Speedway will be broadcast live on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, on Wednesday night.  SPEED kicks off its pre-race coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and MRN Radio will begin its live broadcast at 7:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 24.  SPEED will also carry live a broadcast of qualifying on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

 

Todd Bodine on Bristol Motor Speedway:

“Bristol is just one of those tracks that you really have to get on the wheel and drive hard. It’s a half mile that you’re on for 15 or 16 seconds. There’s no time to relax, you have to get on the wheel and go. That’s kind of been my style. It’s always been what I liked. From the first time I ever raced at Bristol, I ran well. I’ve had some success with a couple wins. Really it’s been a good track for me in all three NASCAR series, but I’m still looking for a Camping World Truck Series win there. I feel that this week is a week we could get it done with our Valvoline/International Trucks Tundra.”

 

“To win at Bristol, first you have to have a truck that handles. It has to drive good and do everything you need, but maybe the bigger half of the battle is staying out of trouble. It’s so fast and so tight there that it’s really easy to get tangled up in someone else’s mess.”

 

“There’s so much to pay attention to at Bristol that the spotter becomes even more important. He has to be on his toes. He’s got to watch your race truck and watch ahead of you and keep you out of trouble. The spotter is a huge part of the team at Bristol.”

 

Comments about the Food City Fan Fest…

“I like being a part of the festival for the Bristol fans. Food City has always been very important to Bristol Motor Speedway.  In the old days, I did a lot for them. They do a great job for the fans with this event and it makes it a lot of fun.” 

Aug 17
2011

Bodine Returns to MIS in International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra

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No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra

News and Notes

           This Week’s Tundra… The No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs team and Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will utilize GR-018 in Saturday’s 100-lap NCWTS race at Michigan International Speedway.  This is the same truck that Bodine drove to a 12th-place finish two weeks ago at Pocono, and it was raced to a sixth-place finish by Bodine in its debut at Nashville Superspeedway last month.  Mike Hillman Jr. will once again be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the fifth race of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra.

 

           Consistency is Key… Bodine is tied among active truck series drivers for the most top-10 finishes (5) at Michigan and has completed every lap of competition in the six previous races at MIS (602 of 602 laps).  Bodine has also accrued the most points of any driver in the five previous truck series races at MIS (785 points), and earned his best MIS finish in 2010 – a second-place finish.

 

           No Stranger to Victory Lane… Bodine, who has 325 career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts to his credit, posted two of his 15 NSS victories at Michigan International Speedway.  In addition to his Truck and Nationwide Series statistics, Bodine will also attempt to qualify for this weekend’s 400-mile Cup Series race at MIS, looking to add to his 14 career NSCS starts at the 2-mile speedway. 

 

           Holding Steady… With his 12th-place finish last race at Pocono, Bodine maintained his 10th-place standing in the driver points and is just 38 points out of the top five.

 

           Watch and Listen… The VFW 200 from Michigan International Speedway will be broadcast live on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, on Saturday afternoon.  SPEED kicks off its pre-race coverage at 12:00 p.m. EDT, and MRN Radio will begin its live broadcast at 12:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 20.  SPEED will also carry live broadcasts of both practice sessions on Friday afternoon (11:00 a.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. EDT) and qualifying on Saturday morning (9:00 a.m. EDT).

 


Todd Bodine on Michigan International Speedway:

 “I love Michigan. We’ve got a lot of people coming from International. It’s a good race for us and I love the track. We were runner-up last year; hopefully we can make it one finishing spot better this year with the International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra.”

 

“My favorite groove at Michigan is whichever one is going the fastest. I may even try the Brendan Gaughan line and ride around at the top and see how it goes. Our Toyota Tundras have been fast there and I expect more of the same from this team this weekend.”

 

 

Crew Chief Mike Hillman Jr. on setting up the race truck for Michigan:

“There are a lot of ways to get around Michigan. As a crew chief, you setup the race truck for the bottom of the track, and the driver moves the truck around to the other grooves from there. The bottom is the fastest, shortest way around, so that’s where you have to start. I think the Tundra we are taking to Michigan should give our International Trucks and Monaco RVs guests a lot to cheer about on race day.”

 

Aug 17
2011

New Toyota for Gaughan at Michigan

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Gaughan, a MIS Race Winner, Anxious to Shake Down

New South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Chassis at Michigan International Speedway

 

·- Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra

·- e is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

·- He holds two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship Titles

 - Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year

 - He won in the Truck Series at MIS in 2003 and has led laps in both Cup Series starts at MIS

 

Mooresville, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan loves the speed, size and competition level of Michigan International Speedway. The Las Vegas native has earned a victory in Brooklyn, MI, and he’s run up front both in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series. He’ll have a brand new racing chassis decked out as the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra when his crew turns him loose in first practice on Friday morning.

 

“The aero package is a huge part of success or failure at Michigan. At Germain Racing right now, all three teams have been struggling with our chassis setups, but aero is key at Michigan and it’s been something we’ve had a good handle on at Germain. The Tundra we will race is brand new. It went to the wind tunnel last week. I know Bryan Berry and the crew have high hopes for the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra this week,” said Gaughan.

 

Gaughan is known as a big-oval racer, and Michigan fits right into his list of favorite tracks. He explained why.

 

“I love Michigan International Speedway. Over the years I’ve had a ton of success at Michigan. I used to hold the record for fastest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race there. I think I was on track to get the largest margin of victory there, but we just ended up with the win – which was obviously fine! Michigan is my style of race track. It’s big and fast, there are multiple grooves. There are so many ways to get around the track and into the corners, but, I call it the ‘Michigan merge’ because everyone kind of ends up in the same line coming off of the turns,” said Gaughan.

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Michigan International Speedway on SPEED. The practice sessions airs Friday, August 19th at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM ET with qualifying airs at 9:00 AM Saturday, August 20th with racing action at 12:30 PM. Tune in early to catch the NCWTS Setup at 12:00 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

 

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 11th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings, just 97 points out of first place. 

 

Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

 

About South Point…The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.

 

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Aug 16
2011

Mears Scores 20th at The Glen

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MEARS AND THE GECKO LOOK THE GLEN IN THE EYE AND NET TOP 20

 

Watkins Glen, NY (August 15, 2011) – Casey Mears and the GEICO racing team arrived in Watkins Glen looking to further solidify their position in the Top 35.  In the end, they would accomplish much more.  One of the most beautiful racetracks in the world, Watkins Glen International is nestled comfortably in the hills of upstate New York, just a couple of miles from Seneca Lake. 

 

While the backdrop was majestic, the start of Mears’ weekend was not.  The opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session saw Mears exit early when engine issues forced him to the garage.  The GEICO team worked feverishly to install another motor in time for final practice, hoping to gain track time prior to qualifying.  Fortunately, their hard work paid off, as well as the horsepower of the new motor, and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry was seen pacing the famed road course during the final practice session.  Mears appeared to be unfazed by the series of events, and promptly shot straight to the top of the speed charts.  At the close of the session, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry rested solidly in the 10th position on the board.

 

Although Mears’ engine change would relegate him to the rear of the field for Sunday’s race, he would still need to turn qualifying laps.  Despite knowing that he would start in the rear, Mears confidently wheeled the #13 GEICO Camry around the 11 turns of the 2.45-mile road course in just 71.443-seconds, out-hustling both Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle for the 26th starting position.

 

When the sun came up on Sunday morning over the hills of Watkins Glen, it provided hope that the rain would hold off and allow the start of the scheduled 90-lap Sprint Cup Series race.  As the day wore on, Mother Nature would dash those hopes.  When the teams took to pit road for the National Anthem, so did the raindrops.  Soon after, NASCAR officials announced that the race would be moved to 10 AM (ET) on Monday.

 

With a solid crowd still intact, NASCAR promptly displayed the green flag at 10 AM (ET) on Monday, with fog and gray skies looming.  Starting 43rd, a determined Mears wasted little time in moving forward.  In the opening lap, the #13 GEICO Camry picked up six positions before NASCAR dealt the California native a tough blow.  NASCAR informed Mears that he changed lanes before crossing the start/finish line and taking the green flag.  Consequently, Mears would be forced to bring his #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for a pass-thru penalty, once again sending him to the rear of the field. 

 

Undaunted, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry returned to the race and picked up where they left off, gaining positions one by one.  Having lost a lap due to the penalty, Mears anxiously worked his way around The Glen looking to return the #13 GEICO Camry to the lead lap.  Lap 28 provided the opportunity that Mears was awaiting, as the event’s first caution flag of the day was displayed for Greg Biffle, who had depleted his fuel supply.  A competent Mears was able to conserve enough fuel to allow him to remain on the racetrack and take the wave around and return to the lead lap, as instructed by crew chief Bootie Barker.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry restarted 31st on Lap 32 and his assault on the field got underway.  Mears was unusually quiet on the radio, rather focusing his energy on piloting his GEICO Camry to the front of the field. 

 

As the race wore on, the fog began to worsen.  Mears’ spotters both informed him that as the fog got heavier, it prohibited them from seeing certain parts of the racetrack.  Mears response came in the form of him picking up five positions and moving into 26th on Lap 52.  Apparently the fog was of little effect to the #13 GEICO Camry.  Just eight laps later, Mears had moved into 8th before surrendering the position to visit pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop, where the Germain Racing pit crew promptly provided him with four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel. 

 

By Lap 69, Mears had worked his way back up to the 18th position and had secured a seat for what would be one of the wildest endings of the 2011 season.  Lap 86 rolled around and with it came the fourth caution flag of the day, setting up a green-white-checker finish.  As the cars paced the track under caution, Mears and other drivers began to report sprinkles of rain falling on their windshields. 

 

When the race went back under green for the final three laps, no one could have predicted the chaos that would ensue.  After the field took the white flag, a vicious multi-car crash involving David Ragan and David Reutimann erupted on the final lap, stopping the hearts of everyone who was watching the race.  Fortunately, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry escaped the melee unscathed, but Reutimann and Ragan were both seen gingerly exiting their racecars.

 

When the checkered flag waved in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Casey Mears recorded a 20th place finish after beginning the event at the back of the field.  Netting 23 positions, Mears and the GEICO team took a weekend filled with challenges and converted it into one of their most solid performances of the 2011 season. 

 

“We had a great weekend if you think about it because we were forced to deal with several challenges, but we overcame them all, which makes me so proud of this GEICO team,” Mears said after exiting his #13 GEICO Camry.  “Many teams presented with the same adversity would have collapsed under the pressure.  We didn’t.  We embraced it.  We knew what we had to do and we stayed focused on making something good happen and, in the end, we did.”

 

After recovering from an engine issue in the opening practice, starting from the rear of the field, and a lane violation at the beginning of the race, Mears and the GEICO team had proven they could not be deterred.  Their effort not only netted a Top 20, but also bounced them up a position in the Owner Point standings to 33rd. 

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

 

Aug 04
2011

Bodine: Pocono Preview

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No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra News and Notes

 

 -  This Week’s Tundra… The No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs team and Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will race GR-018 in Saturday’s 50-lap NCWTS race at Pocono Raceway.  Chassis GR-018 is a new race truck from the Germain Racing stable that was raced to a sixth-place finish by Bodine in its debut at Nashville Superspeedway two weeks ago.  Mike Hillman, Jr., will once again be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the fourth week of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra.

 

 -  Home Cookin’… Bodine, a native of nearby Chemung, NY, scored his third of five career Sprint Cup Series poles at Pocono in July 2001 driving for owner Travis Carter.  Bodine’s older brother Geoff has three Cup victories at Pocono Raceway, and both will attempt to qualify for this weekend’s 500-mile Cup Series race. 

 

 -  Holding Steady…  With his 12th-place finish last week in Indianapolis, Bodine maintained his 10th-place standing in the driver points and is just 50 points out of the top three.

 

 -  Watch and Listen… The Good Sam 125 from Pocono Raceway will be broadcast live on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, on Saturday afternoon.  SPEED kicks off its pre-race coverage at 12:30 p.m. EDT, and MRN Radio will begin its live broadcast at 12:45 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 6.  SPEED will also carry live broadcasts of practice on Friday afternoon (2:00 p.m. EDT) and qualifying on Saturday morning (9:30 a.m. EDT).

 

 

Todd Bodine on Pocono Raceway:

 

Race Strategy for 50-lap Event:

“Our strategy is to start up front with our International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra and stay there because it’s a one pit stop race. There isn’t enough time to overcome anything. That’s what happened to us last year. We spun out with nine to go and there wasn’t enough time to get back up front.”

 

Only “Complaint” about Pocono Race:

“The race is way too short, but it’s better than not being there at all. I’d love to see it be at least 200 miles. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series put on a good show there last year and I expect more of the same this trip.”

 

On Racing on “Hometown” Turf (Bodine is native of nearby Chemung, NY; wife hails from Wilkes-Barre, PA area):

“We get all the home town benefits when we get to come here for racing, that’s for sure. It makes it nice.”

 

On Hosting Onion Slice Open for 2nd Year, Week of Race:

“This week isn’t as hectic as you’d think. We have the golf tournament on Thursday, and Tuesday and Wednesday are setup days to get ready for it. It’s busy, but it’s not too awful bad."

 

Which Turn Gets the Most Focus in Tuning the Tundra Setup:

“The turn you have to worry about as far as the setup goes is turn three. All three corners are important, but that’s the one you have to worry about the most. The truck has to be able to get off the corners and up to speed quickly or else you lose a lot of time on the straightaways.”

 

What is Team Priority in Picking Right Tundra for Pocono:

“Obviously it’s got to handle. But with such long straightaways you need to have a good motor and a good, aerodynamically sound body. The aero package is as important as handling is. Really – at Pocono, you need all three elements to be competitive.”

 

Is the Tunnel Turn Scary?

“First time you do it, it is a little intimidating, but after that, it’s not. You get used to it and realize the truck is gonna stick.”