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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.”

 

Aug 04
2011

Pocono Preview - Brendan Gaughan

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Gaughan Racing South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Pocono

 

 - 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

 - Gaughan has never competed in a Truck Series event at Pocono, but he has 2 Cup starts there

 

Mooresville, N.C. (Aug. 4, 2011) - Pocono Raceway is known to NASCAR fans as the tricky triangle. The oval course has three turns, instead of four, and it boasts exciting action because of the unique corners, long straightaways and subsequent high speeds. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Pocono for its second race and Brendan Gaughan will race the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra there in his first Truck Series race at the ‘triangle.’

 

“It’s been a while since I’ve actually raced Pocono Raceway. Back when I drove it, we shifted and ran a ridiculously high RPM. I really like it. There’s one flat turn that reminds you of a St. Louis or Milwaukee only about 30 miles per hour faster. The tunnel turn— if you hit the curbing on the inside too hard it’s like an off-road jump. When you are on the front straightaway, all you see in front of you is wall at the end and it looks like there’s no way you will be able to make the turn. It’s exciting that the Trucks get to race there and I’m looking forward to seeing what our South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra will do,” said Gaughan who had two appearances at Pocono in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

 

Gaughan has been racing in the Truck Series for many years, but he was on full-time assignment in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last season when the Trucks made their debut at Pocono. The 50-lap Pocono 125 shootout will be an new experience for the Las Vegas native.

 

Chassis TRD-026 has been chosen for Gaughan to race at Pocono. Gaughan has scored his top-five and all of his top-ten finishes this season in this Tundra. His best finish is third at Kentucky Speedway.

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Nashville Pocono Raceway on SPEED. Practice airs at 2:00 PM ET on Friday, August 5th. Qualifying airs at 9:30 AM Saturday, August 6th with racing action at 1:00 PM. Tune in early to catch the NCWTS Setup at 12:30 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 79 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 01
2011

Indy Race Report: GEICO Camry

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MEARS AND THE GECKO TURN HEADS IN EXCITING INDY WEEKEND

 

Speedway, IN (July 31, 2011) – Indianapolis Motor Speedway is known as the most sacred place in motorsports.  It is a facility that has both made careers and broken them; made poor people rich, and vice versa.  Few people know better than Casey Mears how revered Indianapolis is among the racing community.  In a sense, Indianapolis is a family affair for the Bakersfield, CA, native, as his Uncle, Rick Mears, has recorded four Indianapolis 500 wins at the Brickyard. 

 

While Mears and his #13 GEICO Camry got off to a slow start in practice on Friday, landing 38th on the speed chart, they would quickly turn the corner and wow the fans as the day wore on.  During the second practice session, Mears hung out in the 20’s on the charts, but after a brief meeting with crew chief Bootie Barker and engineer Scott Whitehead during a trip to the garage, Mears re-entered the GEICO Camry for a final run. 

 

With just seven minutes remaining in practice, Mears took to the famed speedway and drew a roar from the crowd when he instantly shot to 2nd on the speed chart.  He would ultimately end up 4th when the session ended.  Final practice saw more of the same from Mears and the GEICO Racing team, as they sat 18th at its conclusion.

 

Having set the IMS track qualifying record in 2004, Mears appeared confident as he calmly climbed into the #13 GEICO Camry and directed his car onto the racetrack for two laps of qualifying.  Mears’ success was audible, as the crowd cheered loudly when he wheeled around the historic 2.5-mile speedway in just 49.444 seconds, at a rate of speed of 182.024 miles per hour, landing him on the provisional pole.  Mears resided on the pole for 17 cars until his close friend Jimmie Johnson bumped him down to 2nd.  When qualifying ended, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry found themselves in the 11th position, their best qualifying effort of the 2011 season.

 

When raceday arrived, it was met with bright sunshine and blazing heat, which would take its toll on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field, as well as the fans in attendance.  Mears’ brought a taste of home with him, as his father, Roger, a four-time off-road racing champion, would be his spotter on the frontstretch for the afternoon, while Jason Jarrett would cover the backstretch duties. 

 

Starting 11th, Mears radioed in on lap three: “On the run down the straightaways I’m getting killed.”  He would free-fall through the field and eventually land in 28th, but he rebounded quickly and by lap 27 he found himself in the 12th position. 

 

Unfortunately, as cars got three wide on Lap 40, grass would fly up from the apron and attach itself to the grill of the #13 GEICO Camry, forcing Mears down pit road for an unscheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 41.  As temperatures rose, it became necessary to clean the grass from the grill, causing Mears to fall back to 34th position.

 

Lap 49 saw David Reutimann take a hard hit into the wall, causing the caution flag to be displayed.  Mears was in the 30th position and took advantage of the opportunity to visit pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments.  On lap 62, Mears radioed to Barker: “I’m still getting beat on the straights, but the car feels much better.”  He cracked the Top 30 on lap 72 and entered the Top 25 on lap 78 when he moved into the 24th position. 

 

A lap 94 caution once again allowed the Germain Racing pit crew the opportunity to continue working on the handling of the #13 GEICO Camry.  After entering pit road in 30th, the GEICO crew turned Mears around quickly and returned him to the racing surface in the 25th position, netting five spots during his visit. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry climbed back into the Top 15 by lap 122, but as the race began to wind down Barker notified his driver that he would be five laps short on fuel, a dilemma facing much of the field.  With just 27 laps remaining in the advertised distance, Mears brought his #13 GEICO Camry down pit road amid green flag conditions to take on the necessary fuel to ensure his completion of the race. 

 

When the checkered flag was displayed late Sunday afternoon, Mears and the GEICO team recorded a 29th place finish in the Brickyard 400.  Mears’ effort helped to widen the gap in the owner standings and Germain Racing now sits 43 points inside the coveted Top 35. 

 

“This GEICO team has been working so hard and they gave me a good car today, but we struggled down the straightaways, which hurt us,” a sweaty Mears said after climbing from the #13 GEICO Camry.  “What a great weekend though.  We come out in practice and sit fourth and then we qualify 11th, so we’re obviously moving in the right direction.  We’ve had a pretty good month when you think about how well we ran at Daytona and then we had a decent night at Kentucky.  Our hard work is really paying off and I’m excited about moving forward.”

 

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 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 29
2011

Big Red/International Trucks Tundra, Bodine, IRP Preview

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Bodine Hopes Big Red/International Trucks Tundra Race Isn’t Last Truck Series Event at IRP

 

 

 - Bodine, with two championships, is the reigning Truck Series champ

 - The Chemung, NY, native has 36 NASCAR victories, 21 in Trucks

 - He has led 23 laps and scored 3 top-10s at IRP in Trucks

 

Mooresville, N.C. (July 27, 2011) - It’s been nearly two months since a Big Red Tundra has roared in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the last being Germain Racing’s Brendan Gaughan in June at Texas Motor Speedway. This Friday, for what many fear is the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the storied Indianapolis Raceway Park, Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will wheel the No. 5 Big Red/International Trucks Tundra for Randy Moss Motorsports.

 

“IRP is one of those tracks that’s a tough, old short track. There’s a lot of beating and banging and you’ve got to have a Tundra that handles well to get it done. I’ve had good runs, bad runs and we’re going back this time with different ideas and a different truck. I think the Big Red/International Trucks Tundra will be good. We’re going there with intentions to win. We’ll have Big Red on our truck for the first time this season. Brendan has worn the stickers once in their home state of Texas, but this will be our first time with them and we hope to give them a great race Friday night,” said Bodine, who loves the tough, gritty, Indy track.

 

He told the viewers of Wind Tunnel this week how he truly hopes NASCAR and IRP can figure out a way to continue putting on great races together in the future. “I’m disappointed about the thought of the track losing its Truck Series event. It’s been part of NASCAR history for a long time. It’d be a crying shame to have this be the last NASCAR weekend at IRP.”

 

Bodine has no short track wins in the Truck Series. His shortest track with a win is Phoenix. However, he’s been to victory lane in the Nationwide Series at tracks like South Boston and Bristol. He and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. would be thrilled to tears to win at such a famed short track as IRP.

 

Watch Bodine in the No. 5 Big Red/International Trucks Tundra on SPEED on Friday, July 29th. Qualifying airs at 4:30 PM ET. Live race coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup at 7:00 PM Eastern followed by live racing at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

About Big Red, Inc….Big Red, Inc. is one of the top 10 beverage companies in North America with a history dating back to 1937. Along with Big Red®, recognized as the number-one selling red soda, Big Red, Inc. also markets beverage brands Diet Big Red®, Big Blue®, Big Red Vanilla Float®, Big Peach®, Big Pineapple®, Big Punch®, Big Honey Lemonade®, NuGrape®, and Nesbitt’s ® products. Distributed widely throughout the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Independent Bottlers and Pepsi Bottling Group, consumers across the country enjoy Big Red, Inc.’s beverages.

 

About ALL SPORT®...ALL SPORT® was developed using today’s sport physiology research and provides an optimal balance of fluids to help rehydrate during physical exertion. ALL SPORT® delivers real value by combining desired taste with replenishing carbohydrates, 100% RDA Vitamin C and 60 mg Potassium to help prevent muscle cramping while satisfying both thirst and body. ALL SPORT® is available in 12-ounce, 20-ounce and 32-ounce bottles, and is sold at retail stores throughout the country. A subsidiary of Big Red, Inc., All Sport, Inc. is based in Austin, Texas and distributed by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Visit us at www.drinkallsport.com.

 

About Navistar...Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco® RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.

 

About Randy Moss Motorsports...Randy Moss Motorsports is a leading competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  The team formerly known as Morgan-Dollar Motorsports was founded in 1996 and has competed full time in the series since 1999.  Veteran NASCAR owner David Dollar teamed with NFL All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss in July 2008 to form the race-winning organization, and the team’s performance history includes 16 wins and six poles.  For the 2011 NASCAR season, Randy Moss Motorsports will field the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra.  Additional information is available at www.RandyMossMotorsports.biz and www.facebook.com/RandyMossMotorsports.

 

About Germain Racing...Germain Racing is only the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins in seven consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons. The team has 22 wins, nine pole awards and two championships. The Toyota team races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series and has earned two top-ten championship finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. For more information visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @Germainracing. Become a Facebook fan: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

Jul 27
2011

USAF CCT Tundra for Gaughan at IRP

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Gaughan in Camouflaged Air Force Combat Control Team Tundra at IRP

 

·         Gaughan drives the No. 62 Tundra for Germain Racing

·         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

·         Gaughan has 6 NCWTS races at IRP and 2 NNS races

 

 

 

Mooresville, N.C. (July 27, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan is a person who thrives on being very busy. It makes one wonder why Gaughan doesn’t love all short track racing as much as he loves what .686-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park has to offer. Gaughan didn’t grow up racing short tracks as many of his fellow NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors, so, the style of racing simply isn’t natural to him. But, IRP’s high-groove, high-action racing converts Gaughan into a huge short track fan once per season.

 

“I really hope it is not the last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. That would really kill me. The two short tracks I really have run the best at – one being Memphis, which is off the schedule, and now this possibility of no more IRP races...Hopefully they don’t take it off the schedule. It’s a great track, with a high groove. It fits my style. We’ve always had good runs there. Hopefully it’s not the last event. If it is, I wanna go out with a bang and go out with a ‘W’ in our Air Force Combat Control Team Tundra,” said Gaughan.

 

Gaughan normally displays the black, red and gold colors of South Point Hotel & Casino on his No. 62 Toyota. For IRP, his truck will be low-profile in camouflage with a big, personal meaning.

 

“Our paint scheme on the No. 62 Tundra this week is going to feature the Air Force Combat Control Team. Master Sergeant Phillip Freeman, whose call-sign is ‘PIMP,’ is retiring in early August after many years of active duty and many tours. I’m really excited to do this with him, and with the Combat Controllers. It’s a full-camo paint scheme. My dad, myself, the South Point Hotel & Casino—we all do a lot to be involved with the military. We appreciate the military. If we can get a ‘W’ with the special paint scheme we might have to run it more than once,” said Gaughan.

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 Air Force Combat Control Team Tundra on SPEED on Friday, July 29th. Qualifying airs at 4:30 PM ET. Live race coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup at 7:00 PM Eastern followed by live racing 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. 

 

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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