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Nov 24
2010

MAX PAPIS BRINGS HOME TOP-20 FINISH IN SEASON FINALE AT HOMESTEAD

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 

HOMESTEAD, FL (November 19, 2010) – Max Papis arrived in south Florida looking to capture a solid finish in the season finale for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After starting from the rear of the field due to an engine change and making adjustments on his No. 9 GEICO Toyota throughout the event, Papis brought home a respectable 18th-place finish.

 

‘Mad’ Max and his Germain Racing team unloaded on Thursday afternoon, preparing for two practice sessions to tune in the handling on their Tundra. The first session showed the No. 9 GEICO truck in the 13th position, but as the green flag waved on final practice, Mother Nature brought an unexpected rain shower into the area. After washing out the night session, NASCAR allowed the teams to come in on Friday morning for a final 50-minute practice. This mid-morning time allowed the team to gain valuable information as they finished 16th on the speed charts.

 

At the conclusion of final practice, the GEICO team decided to change engines making qualifying strictly a time for Papis to lay down a solid lap, as one truck was being sent home based on speeds. The Italy native recorded a lap of 32.183 seconds, unofficially placing the Toyota in the 13th starting position.

 

Papis dropped to the rear of the field based on the NASCAR rulebook and took the opening green flag from 36th-place. Within nine laps, Papis gained 11 positions, placing the No. 9 Tundra in the top-25, despite reporting of a loose condition. The first caution of the night flew on lap 31 for a spin in turn two. Crew chief Chad Kendrick brought Papis to pit road for four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments. A great stop by the Germain Racing pit crew boosted Mad Max in the 18th position on the lap 36 restart.

 

Continuing to fight changing handling characteristics, Papis dropped back to 22nd-place on lap 49, which is where the Italian ran until the next caution was displayed on lap 76. Kendrick radioed for Papis to come back to the attention of his pit crew for four tires, fuel, shock and air pressure adjustments. In addition, Papis also returned to pit road to top off with fuel before returning to green flag conditions on lap 81.

 

Quickly Papis reported that his No. 9 GEICO Toyota was still battling a loose in, tight off condition, hindering his ability to move forward. Papis continued to run in the top-20 despite these handling issues. A Timothy Peters accident on lap 90 brought out the third caution of the 134-lap event.

 

Showing their resilient attitude, the GEICO team continued to work on Papis’ Toyota, as two right-side tires, fuel, and wedge adjustments were made when the opportunity presented itself. The lap 94 restart showed Papis taking off from the 18th position. A 10-lap run allowed Papis to feel out his truck, reporting that the adjustments had made a little headway.

 

Using the opportunity to gain valuable track position, Papis remained on the racetrack when the next caution came on lap105. This strategy call – as the leaders came to pit road for fresh tires – allowed Papis to move into the top-five. After a brief red flag for a vicious hit by a fellow competitor, Papis continued to run inside the top-10.

 

By lap 122, the competitors with fresher tires caught Papis, pushing the GEICO Toyota back to 19th-place with only a handful of laps remaining. The final caution flew on lap 127 and Papis once again brought his Tundra to pit road for four tires and air pressure adjustments. In the closing four laps, Mad Max was able to pick up four positions to bring home a respectable 18th-place finish.

 

With the 2010 Camping World Truck Series season in the books, Papis and his GEICO team switch their attention to their full-time effort in the series next year, where they will take their shot at the championship. The Truck Series will return to action on February 18, 2011 for the kickoff race at Daytona International Speedway with SPEED carrying live coverage.

 

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Contact: Samantha Jones

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Nov 18
2010

With Championship Locked, Look for Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra to Race for Win in Homestead

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , Bob Germain

 

 • Bodine Clinched the NCWTS Championship Title Last Week in Phoenix

 • Bodine is Third Driver in Truck Series History to Win Multiple Titles, and Clinch Early

 • Germain Racing has 22 Truck Series Victories and Nine Pole Awards

 • Bodine Owns 21 Truck Series wins with Germain Racing and 36 NASCAR career wins

 • Bodine’s 2010 Season Stats include 4 wins, 2 poles, 16 top-fives and 19 top-tens


Mooresville, N.C. (November 16, 2010) - As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series steers toward Miami, Florida, Germain Racing has a unique ‘advantage’ heading into the 2010 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Todd Bodine has already been crowned the 2010 Truck Series champion; he’s the third driver in series history to earn the title before the season’s final race. The 2010 Champions are heading to Homestead with only one thing on their mind—win number three at the Miami track.

“We can take a deep breath and go race to win. We don’t have to watch the computer every lap. We can race to win, which is what we like to do. We want to cap off the season with the Germain.com Tundra in victory lane because that’s the best way we can thank everyone who’s poured their heart and soul into this 30 team this year,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. “We go to the track every week to win, We can go race to win 100% this week. No points racing. We’re the 2010 champions—and it feels great.”

The driver of the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, Bodine agrees that going to Homestead this time around feels different.

“It’s nice to come to Homestead and not have to worry. The last time we ran for the championship, we had to race Johnny Benson at Homestead and it wasn’t quite as enjoyable at the time. It was pretty nerve-racking. To be able to come down here and enjoy it, the success this No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team has had this year, it means a lot,” said Bodine, who is now the third Truck Series champ with multiple titles (2006, 2010).

Bodine attributes his early clinch of this year’s series championship to the consistency and hard work from the Germain Racing team that fields the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra each week.

“Germain Racing has done such a great job. All the guys at the shop and Triad and the guys on the road crew. Mike Hillman Jr. has led this team to another championship. It shows his leadership skills and it shows how good a person he is.  We have a never give up attitude -- that’s what brought us to this point and got us here. We never give up.  We’ve been down and we’ve been laps down and come back and win races.  We don’t give up and I’m proud to be the guy that drives this Toyota Tundra for a great race team,” explained Bodine after he clinched the championship in Phoenix.

Mike Hillman Jr. explains that this championship has a different meaning for him and the members of his team.

“Your first one’s always special. It’s really awesome. But, to keep the core group of people together for five years like we have done here at Germain Racing, and to be able to keep our performance level up...This 30 Tundra team has won at least two races each season, we’ve stayed in the top-five in points. To get another championship, it just proves the never give up attitude of Germain Racing is what it’s all about,” explained Hillman.

Bodine is strapping into racing chassis TRD-131 for Friday’s season finale. The truck hasn’t finished outside the top-5 in any of its 11 races. This Toyota has earned three of the team’s four wins this year and two pole awards. Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on Friday, November 19th, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. SPEED will cover Truck Series practice on Friday at 5 PM ET, and live racing at 7:30.

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

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Nov 18
2010

An Automotive Leader and Your First Car Stories on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Bootie Barker

     His title is Director of Operations for Germain Motor Company.  But what does that mean?  John Malishenko of Germain Motor Company explains what it’s like to be a part of a thriving car empire when he joins  Dan “Boots” Longenette,  Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Sunday from 10am-12n on 95.5 The Hawk and Wink 107.1.  Co-host Steve Germain is on assignment covering the end of the NASCAR Chase.    

 

     What’s your first car story?  It’s a topic we’ve bandied about on the show for more nearly two years!   The listeners spoke last weekend and jammed the phone lines, so we want to hear more about your first set of wheels…whether it was a lean mean driving machine or a bucket of bolts!  The best stories get the green flag for an Auto Smarts prize package

 

      The majority of the rest of the program is dedicated to you…the callers, the emailers.  The crew is ready for your questions at 821-HAWK (9465) or toll free at 888-821-9465.   You can also email the crew at www.autosmartsradio.com and join them via Facebook or Twitter!

 

     Have a new car or automotive legal question you need some help with?  Michael Sacks of Kimmel and Silverman has your back in his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.   What is an administrative license suspension?   Jack Moser knows the answer and explains it in layman’s terms in another thought-provoking installment of his weekly busted for drunk driving.com feature.  

    

 

    

For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart

         Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com 614-795-8469     randy@autosmarts4u.com

 

 

Nov 13
2010

Congrats Are In Order! Todd Bodine Clinched the Truck Series Title in Phoenix!

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Bodine Officially The Champ After Phoenix

 

Mooresville, N.C. (11-13-2010) - After only 24 of 25 races in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Todd Bodine and Germain Racing's No. 30 Germain.com Tundra crew clinched the championship title. His 12th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway gave him a 202-point lead over fellow Toyota driver Aric Almirola which locked up the title for Bodine. This is Germain Racing and Bodine's second Truck Series championship title.

 

“During the past five years, we have been one of the most consistent teams in the Camping World Truck Series,” says Bodine. “I can’t thank the guys on this Germain Racing team enough for all their hard work over the years, both at the track and in the shop. We’ve had some ups and downs since our 2006 championship, but this one is extra special to share with the Germain family, the Hillman family and all the sponsors who have supported us throughout the year.”

 

The 2010 Truck Series title marks the fourth NASCAR driver’s championship for Toyota since the manufacturer entered the sport in 2004. Germain Racing has given Toyota two of those four titles - 2006 and 2010. The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra also contributed heavily to this season's Tundra win count of 14 wins in 24 races by collecting four victories so far.

 

"We have been blessed with a great team of supporters. At the top of the list is the Germain family for having the vision to start this team. And then you go directly to Toyota, because Toyota is the reason the Germain's started this team. Germain Motor Company proudly operates four Toyota and three Lexus franchises, so winning this championship is a win not just for everyone at Germain Racing - in the shop and in the pits - but it's a win for all of the Germain Motor Company employees, vendors and partners that are behind this No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team," said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., who has held the reigns for this team through both championship wins.

 

Germain Racing has enjoyed support from several sponsors throughout the seasons. This year, Valvoline and GEICO both took their turns adorning the hood of the No. 30 Tundra.

 

"The support of sponsors like Valvoline and GEICO have helped keep this team focused on winning. This championship is as much theirs as it is ours, and we are happy to have been able to turn in such exciting performances as we have done this season for Valvoline and GEICO and for our long-time team sponsor, Germain Motor Company," said Hillman.

 

Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team now turn their focus on the 2010 Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night, November 19th. The team's four wins is still one shy of their all-time season high of five wins, earned in 2005. You can bet that Bodine, Hillman and all the faces behind the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra will be focused on getting their favorite race truck, TRD-131, into victory lane one more time. The truck has collected three of the four wins this season and will be sporting a special, updated paint scheme at Homestead.

 

Watch Friday's 134 laps of Miami racing live on SPEED starting at 7:30 PM ET or tune in to your local MRN affiliate.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

 

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Nov 12
2010

Paying Less and Getting More on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Germain Racing

     When are two heads better than one?  When they’re two of the best auto repair minds in the business!  Dave Hix of Dart Automotive makes his quarterly call to answer your transportation fix-it questions.  He joins our own answer man, Dan “Boots” Longenette, along with  Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Sunday from 10am-12n on 95.5 The Hawk and Wink 107.1.  Co-host Steve Germain is on assignment covering the end of the NASCAR Chase.    

 

     But there’s more than what meets the ear!  PayMyRepairBills.com offers extended service plan coverage customized for each car owner.  Mark Elliott drops by the show to explain how his company’s goal is to simplify coverage by offering options that are easy to understand and fit into your budget.   Mark tells how his experienced crew can give you the automotive peace of mind you need!

 

     They’re back!  It’s the Feature Kings.  Michael Sacks of Kimmel and Silverman looks for the red flags when it comes to new car purchases, and shares the very latest information in his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.  He’s local, he’s engaging, and he’s legal…a legal beagle that is!  Jack Moser joins us live with another thought-provoking installment of his weekly busted for drunk driving.com feature.  

 

          The majority of the rest of the program is dedicated to you…the callers, the emailers.  The crew is ready for your questions at 821-HAWK (9465) or toll free at 888-821-9465.   You can also email the crew at www.autosmartsradio.com and join them via Facebook or Twitter!

 For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart

         Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com 614-795-8469     randy@autosmarts4u.com

Nov 11
2010

Driver’s Track is Next for Leader of Driver’s Standings

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 

  • Bodine Leads the Truck Series Championship Battle by a 230-point margin
  • Germain Racing has 22 Truck Series Victories and Nine Pole Awards
  • Bodine Owns 21 Truck Series wins with Germain Racing and 36 NASCAR career wins
  • Bodine’s 2010 Season Stats include 4 wins, 2 poles, 16 top-fives and 19 top-tens
  • He has 1 Win, 3 Top-fives and 4 top-tens in Trucks at Phoenix

 

November 9, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - As the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season draws to a close, Germain Racing is focused on something other than protecting their lead in the driver’s championship standings. The team is focused on returning to victory lane at Phoenix International Raceway. Todd Bodine likes the Arizona one-mile circuit, and he’ll be driving a winning chassis when he puts the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on track.

 

“Phoenix International Raceway is a driver’s track. There are different corners, different straightaways. You can move around, change your line and make the race truck do different things. We are taking our Darlington race-winner for our Germain.com Tundra and I’m really looking forward to getting on track at Phoenix,” said Bodine, who saved the truck chassis, TRD-122, from the scrap heap when he wheeled it into victory lane in Darlington in August.

 

Mike Hillman Jr. says the days of thinking about recycling TRD-122 are long gone. He’s confident this chassis is the right chassis to give Germain Racing a chance at returning to PIR’s victory lane.

 

“The guys that work on this No. 30 Germain.com Tundra are really the reason we’re taking this chassis to Phoenix. Todd drove a heck of a race for us at Darlington to get that win, but, it was the work that my guys put in behind the scenes, after hours, never giving up that kept this chassis in winning form,” explained Hillman.

 

Hillman and the No. 30 team of Germain Racing tested this chassis before Martinsville, then raced it at the Virginia short-track, leading 83 of 206 laps before finishing 3rd.

 

“With what we learned testing at Little Rockingham and racing at Martinsville, I’m confident this Germain.com Tundra will be very competitive at Phoenix. This team has put in a lot of time to get the truck to where Todd likes driving it. The truck responds well to the changes we do in practice and in the race. I think this is the most excited I’ve been to take a truck to Phoenix in a couple seasons,” said Hillman.

 

Bodine has raced six Truck Series races at Phoenix International Raceway. All have been behind the wheel of the No. 30 with Germain Racing and the pairing has produced one win, three top-five and four top-ten finishes. This Friday night, he’ll compete in his 164th Truck Series race when he fires up the Germain.com Tundra for the 24th race of the 2010 season. Bodine has 725 NASCAR career starts to date.

 

Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on Friday, November 12th, at Phoenix International Raceway. SPEED will cover Truck Series practice on Friday at 4:30 PM ET, and live later at 7:30 PM.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

 

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Nov 11
2010

GEICO SWELL ON MEARS; ADDS PHOENIX AND HOMESTEAD

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Mooresville, NC (November 10, 2010) – Initially scheduled to appear as the primary sponsor of the #13 Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for 18 races during the 2010 season, GEICO’s excitement has grown.  After Talladega, the insurance giant decided to add the Texas Sprint Cup Series race and then, after the checkered flag was displayed in Fort Worth last weekend, they began contemplating the balance of the season. 

 

Late yesterday, GEICO called the offices of Germain Racing and announced that they would be picking up primary sponsorship of Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry for the remaining two Sprint Cup Series races, at Phoenix and Homestead.  GEICO will also appear as a major associate sponsor on the #30 Toyota Tundra of Todd Bodine, who currently has a firm grasp on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points lead.

 

When NASCAR arrives in Homestead for NASCAR’s season finale, the GEICO Gecko will boast a full schedule.  With today’s announcement, GEICO will find themselves on three entries when race activities get underway on the Germain family’s home turf in south Florida.  Aside from the entries of Mears and Bodine, the charming and exciting ‘Mad’ Max Papis will join his teammates, as he pilots the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra in his final Truck Series race of the season before embarking on a full-time Truck Series schedule in 2011.

 

After GEICO announced their sponsorship of the #13 Toyota Camry for Phoenix and Homestead, Mears’ face softened and a smile emerged.

 

“This is great news and I think it says a lot about GEICO’s faith and belief in what we’re doing here; where we started, where we are and where we’re going,” Mears said.  “We’re deeply appreciative of GEICO’s continued support.  It’s been fun to get out there and be competitive every week.  Even in Texas where we had a really tough day, maybe the toughest day we’ve had, we were still able to work hard, stay focused and escape the place with a 26th place finish.”  He continued, “We have a great team of guys here and the Germain family has great belief in what we’re doing, so the atmosphere around the shop is very exciting.”

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1-mile tri-oval of Phoenix International Raceway for the opening practice session at 2:00 PM (ET) on Friday, November 12th. Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).

 

The Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 14th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

  

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

Nov 11
2010

Heated Competition Continues as No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Vies at Phoenix International Raceway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Avondale, Ariz. (November 11, 2010) – With 33 action-packed races completed, only two races remain in the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. This week, second year Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett and the No. 15 Germain Racing team are making the trek to the Valley of the Sun for Phoenix International Raceway’s WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the second race of the season hosted at the sunny, one mile tri-oval.

 

Annett will veer from a string of races at mile and a half tracks to short track racing this weekend at Phoenix. The series last visited a short track in September for Dover International Speedway’s Dover 200 where Annett secured an 11th place qualifying effort and brought home a 15th place finish on the one mile oval. His best result on a short track this season was at his home track, Iowa Speedway, where he scored a seventh place finish after starting 12th.

 

Behind the wheel of the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry, Annett will once again be promoting Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate.” The coffee themed Camry was also featured in races at Kansas Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Gateway International Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Pilot Flying J Coffee program has allowed the company to further awareness of their popular coffee brand through the car’s special paint scheme, as well as through at-track sampling of their product at various tracks during the months of October and November.

 

On-track activity for the Nationwide Series at Phoenix International Raceway heats up with practice on Friday from 12-1:50 p.m. followed by final practice from 3:40-4:20 p.m. Saturday steams up with qualifying at 12:05 p.m. before the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional begins at 4:30 p.m. Practice, final practice and qualifying can be seen live on SPEED. Live race coverage starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio. All times are ET.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

Nov 08
2010

“No Limits” Racing at Texas Motor Speedway Leaves Michael Annett with 18th Place Finish

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Fort Worth, Texas (November 8, 2010) – Texas Motor Speedway’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge produced a middle-of-the-road day for Michael Annett and the No. 15 Germain Racing team. Fighting an ill-handling racecar that wouldn’t respond to changes, Annett worked hard on the track to secure an 18th place finish in Saturday’s race.

 

Despite a 35th place starting position, Annett worked his way just outside the top-20 in 21st on lap 38. The first of five cautions came out on lap 43. Reporting that his car was free through the corners, Annett came to pit road for service on lap 44. The No. 15 Germain Racing pit crew was on top of their game on pit road, moving the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry four spots, pushing Annett to 17th for the restart on lap 48.

 

Still battling a car that was aero tight and wouldn’t turn in traffic, Annett made his second trip to pit road under the second caution on lap 82. This time losing three spots on pit road, Annett restarted 18th on lap 85.

 

Lap 140 brought the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry to pit road under green flag conditions for four Goodyears, fuel and air pressure adjustments to help free the car’s tight condition. The third yellow flag soon came out on lap 147. Annett returned to pit road for four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments. Back to green on lap 152, he restarted 16th.

 

Still fighting a challenging racecar, Annett reporting being loose in the center and tight off. The caution was back out on lap 184. Knowing that there would be only 10 laps to go on the restart and that the car wasn’t responding to changes, crew chief Ryan Fugle did his best to help Annett with track position by opting to change only right side tires on the stop, advancing Annett to sixth for the restart on lap 190.

 

Unable to battle with cars that had four fresh tires, Annett was shuffled back to 17th when the yellow flag was brought back out on lap 197. Coming in one last time for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, Annett was back on the track for a green, white, checkered flag finish. He earned a hard-fought 18th place finish in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

 

With only two races remaining, the Nationwide Series will head west to Phoenix International Raceway for the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional on Saturday. The 200 lap race will preview the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway that takes place on November 20. Tune to ESPN2 and MRN Radio for live coverage of the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional beginning at 4 p.m. ET on November 16.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

 

Nov 08
2010

MEARS SAVES DAY WITH LAST LAP HUSTLE

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Fort Worth, TX (November 7, 2010) – As the 2010 season begins to wind down, GEICO driver Casey Mears’ comfort seems to increase.  Since he climbed into the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry in August, he has helped Germain Racing make marked improvement and has consistently performed in the Top 25 each week, as well as improving the team’s qualifying efforts.
 
Mears’ practice effort in Texas left cause for excitement in the GEICO garage stall.  Although Mears would ultimately end up 36th on the speed chart at the end of practice, he initially shot straight to 5th and then sat as high as 2nd during the 90-minute session.  

When qualifying got underway, Mears took to the track 48th out of the 49 cars entered.  He made quick work of the 1.5-mile quad-oval and put the #13 GEICO Camry in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field.  Pacing the track in just 28.463 seconds at a rate of speed of 189.720 miles per hour, Mears would start 35th when the cars rolled off the starting grid on Sunday afternoon.
 
When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field took the green flag under bright, sunny skies on Sunday, Mears would roll off of the starting grid in the 35th position.  Although he picked up three positions by the second lap, the day’s problems set in immediately.  Mears quickly radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker on Lap 6: “This thing is plowin’.”
 
Fortunately for Mears, but not so good for Joe Nemecheck, the event’s first caution flag of the day was displayed when Nemechek’s motor went up in smoke on the frontstretch on Lap 12.  This afforded the GEICO team the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments to the #13 GEICO Camry.  
 
After restarting 33rd on Lap 17, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry began to move forward and by Lap 29 they were in the 30th position.  Unfortunately, just five laps later, an agitated Mears reported to Bootie Barker: “It won’t turn. I can’t make anything happen here. The back is getting worse.”
 
The event’s second caution flag of the day waved on Lap 42, once again allowing Mears to bring his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  Once on pit road, Mears received four tires, fuel and adjustments.  He restarted 32nd on Lap 47, but just 11 laps later, running in the 31st position, Mears’ frustration grew as he told Barker: “It’s so tight it won’t turn.”  
 
Mears, who usually talks little on the radio and generally appears calm, was growing more frustrated as the race wore on.  He was quite verbal throughout the afternoon and despite his concern over the racecar, he remained focused and maintained his position inside of the Top 30.  
 
Despite the best efforts of the team, Mears would continue to battle an ill-handling racecar for the balance of the race.  A bright spot was the GEICO pit crew who served Mears masterfully, getting him on and off of pit road quickly.  A grateful Mears acknowledged the pit crew’s efforts on Lap 132: “You guys did a good job on pit road not getting us behind on the green flag stops.”  
Mears was then credited for leading a lap after he was at the front of the field on Lap 134.
 
When the caution flag was displayed on Lap 191, no one could have predicted the drama that would unfold during a single caution period. Martin Truex, Jr., brought out the caution with a spin, but coming out of Turn 2 Jeff Burton planted Jeff Gordon into the wall, drawing a fiery response from Gordon.  As the drivers were making their way to the ambulance, a melee ensued, as Gordon met Burton with punches before NASCAR officials intervened.  Just minutes later, the crew chief of Jimmie Johnson’s car benched his pit crew and ordered the pit crew of Jeff Gordon’s car to the #48 car’s pit box to tend to Johnson’s pit stops.
 
Although the Lap 191 caution lasted just five laps, it felt more like an hour given the series of events.  Mears restarted 30th on Lap 196 and exhibited marked progress, jumping the #13 GEICO Camry to 27th on Lap 202.  He continued moving forward and reached 20th by Lap 245 before scheduled green flag pit stops began sending the field down pit road for service.
 
On Lap 327, Mears narrowly missed being a part of the event’s last caution of the day.  Patrick Carpentier spun and Mears was hard on the brakes to avoid becoming collateral damage.  Mears brought the GEICO Camry down pit road and took on four fresh tires to prepare for the final restart of the day.
 
Mears restarted 29th with just three laps remaining.  He took the white flag in 28th and by the time the checkered flag was in the air, Mears had somehow managed to hustle to a 26th place finish.  Despite the setbacks with the racecar, Mears salvaged an otherwise bad day at the track and transformed it into a resounding success, given the circumstances.  
 
When he climbed from the #13 GEICO Camry following the race, Mears was succinct and direct.
 
“It was a bad day that we turned into a good day,” Mears said. “The GEICO pit crew did a good job on pit road and that really helped us a lot.  It’s racing and we’re going to have days like today, but it’s good that we’re resilient enough to keep fighting and not quit.  It came down to the final lap, but we ended on a good note and that’s what matters.”
 
Texas concludes GEICO’s 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.  If the last lap of the Texas race is any indication, the future looks bright for Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team. GEICO will be announcing their 2011 Sprint Cup Series schedule within the next few weeks.
 
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
 

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