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Aug 26
2010

Germain Racing Looking for More than Second in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Friday Night

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 

- Bodine has earned Two Pole awards at Chicagoland, one in Cup, one in NNS

- He Leads the Truck Series Championship Battle by a 211-point margin

- Has Earned Three Wins this season, 20 in his Truck Series Career

- Germain Racing has 21 Truck Series Victories and Eight Pole Awards

 August 24, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - As Chicagoland Speedway shows itself on the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, one race team may be more excited to see the mile and a half this weekend than the rest. Germain Racing last year had a very competitive runner-up finish in the inaugural race. Since that time, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra has been to victory lane three times and captured two pole awards—all on intermediate race tracks.

 

 “Chicago is a mile and a half track, which is Germain Racing’s strong area as far as different tracks go. We’ve always run well at Chicago, even when we used to test there. We should be able to go back there and be even better with our Germain.com Tundra than we were last year,” explained Bodine, who says the teamwork has been responsible for his results this season. “Mike Jr., Tom Ackerman and the crew have really done a great job with the trucks this season and it shows in the results we’ve been able to get.”

 

 In the inaugural race in 2009, few would question that Bodine and his crew had hit on a winning chassis combination unless those few were within the Germain Racing circle. Bodine kept the No. 30 Tundra up front for 39 of 150 laps before finishing second.

 “Last year we still didn’t have the No. 30 Tundra driving as well as we needed to. We’ve got that part figured out and it will allow us to go even faster with the Germain.com Tundra this year. We are looking forward to putting on a good show for the Truck Series fans again at Chicagoland,” said Bodine.

 

 The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points leader since May, Bodine says the record-setting 211-point lead can’t change Germain Racing’s approach to preparing their trucks.

 

 “Our performance is good, but we can’t stop doing what we’re doing. We have to just go out to win races and do the best we can to control the things that we can control. We can’t worry about what other people are doing,” explained Bodine, who is vying for his second Truck Series title in five years.

 

 Since joining the Truck Series full-time in 2005, Germain Racing has finished in the top-five in the Truck Series standings every season, including earning Toyota its first manufacturer’s title and series championship in 2006.

 

 Watch Bodine drive the Germain.com Tundra on Friday, August 27 at Chicagoland Speedway. Qualifying will be on SPEED at 4:30 PM ET, with race coverage starting at 8:30 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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Aug 23
2010

Bumping and Banging at Bristol Motor Speedway Brings Michael Annett Home with 18th Place Finish

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Bristol, Tenn. (August 23, 2010) – Friday night under the lights of Bristol Motor Speedway’s .533 mile bullring, Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team looked to score a repeat of their top-10 finish in last year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250. But faced with bad luck on pit road and a bite of the hard racing that Bristol’s famed for, Annett and the team left Thunder Valley with an 18th place finish.

 

The Germain Racing driver made a 23rd place qualifying effort and raced in the top-25 until the first caution of the event was thrown on lap 55, marking the longest green flag stretch in the last 23 Nationwide Series races. Annett reported being too tight on the bottom and loose in, but one lap down, he opted to stay out on the track to get the wave around rather than coming to pit road.

 

Restarting 22nd, Annett maintained his position until the second yellow flag of the night waved on lap 81. Making their first visit of the night to pit road, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers pit crew changed four tires, made track bar and air pressure adjustments and refueled. Annett restarted 18th.

 

Battling Bristol’s high banked track, he worked his way closer to the front of the pack and was running 12th when the third caution was called on lap 116. Adjusting race strategy, crew chief Ryan Fugle opted for a two tire stop this time through allowing Annett to restart ninth on lap 123.

 

With track position on their side and confidence that the they were working their way towards a strong finish on Pilot Travel Center’s home track, the No. 15 team looked to make their third pit stop of the night after the caution flag flew again on lap 157. In an attempt to change four tires during the stop, a pit gun broke allowing only right side tires to be changed. The broken pit gun was exchanged for a new one and Annett was ordered to reenter pit road for left side tires before the restart. The team’s misfortune forced the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Camry to restart 23rd.

 

The next caution came out on lap 186 and Annett stayed out on the track.

Rebounding from the team’s previous tough luck on pit road, he restarted 19th. Still working on gaining back track position, Annett had worked his way to 16th when he was caught in the tail end of a wreck on the front stretch bringing out the seventh caution of the night on lap 225. The Germain Racing driver made a trip to pit road as the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers pit crew changed four tires and fuel, as well as surveyed and repaired the damage to the car. Annett restarted 22nd and drove through the checkered flag in 18th.

 

Up next, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will compete in their only race outside of the United States this season as they trek to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. The 74 lap road course race will air live on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

 

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.

 

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

 

Aug 20
2010

New Michael Annett Merchandise Available

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2010 official Michael Annett merchandise is now for sale on www.michaelannett.com. Added to the collection are two t-shirts for the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. The new shirts come in black and in white and feature the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry and driver Michael Annett. The white selection comes in both adult and youth sizes, and the black t-shirt in adult sizes. Adult shirts sell for $20 and youth sizes for $15. Also available are Michael Annett No. 15 hats for $11, Michael Annett black sponsor logo tees for $14 and No. 15 distressed gray t-shirts for $14. All official Michael Annett merchandise can be purchased on www.michaelannett.com under the “Merchandise” tab.

Aug 19
2010

Papis Checks Into the Truck Series Top-Five, Finishes 14th at Bristol

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

Bristol, TN (08-19-2010) – As Bristol racing goes, Wednesday night’s O’Reilly 200 was everything it should be. The air was thick with humidity and it electrified when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took to the track for what ended up being a 206-lap race. Max Papis qualified the GEICO Tundra in 21st position and after 206 laps of highs and lows, finished 14th as fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch took his third Bristol Motor Speedway win.

 

“I have to say, I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish tonight with our GEICO Tundra. At Bristol there are so many things out of your control. We managed to race the GEICO Tundra in the top-five, and we were very close to getting a top-ten finish. That was out of our hands, but, I am very proud of our performance and what we learned for the future,” said Max Papis, of Como, Italy, who will showcase the GEICO colors full-time in the Truck Series in 2011, making a run for the series championship.

 

 

The GEICO Racing team fought a tight handling condition with the racing chassis throughout both practice sessions and in qualifying. Once the O’Reilly 200 race began, the truck remained tight.

 

Papis and the GEICO crew brought the GEICO Tundra to pit road for service under the night’s second caution period to make adjustments that would combat the tight-handling condition. The lap-25 pit stop efforts paid off, as the GEICO Tundra steadily moved to the front of the field, making it as high as the runner-up position.

 

In second place just 14 laps after the pit stop, Max Papis followed veteran Truck Series racer Mike Skinner through a pair of restarts before returning to pit road at lap 54 for four fresh tires and fuel.

 

“Tonight we struggled with a tight handling condition with the GEICO Tundra, which was consistent with practice and qualifying. The truck was definitely better in clean air when we were running behind Skinner than when I was in traffic. This will be important for us when we are building our truck for Bristol next season,” said Papis, who has raced in 16 Truck Series events to date, and will add three more to his resume before next year.

 

Papis knifed his way back through traffic, flirting with the top-ten as the race was drawing to a close. Under the 12th caution flag of the night, Papis told crew chief Bootie Barker he was worried something was wrong with the GEICO Tundra.

 

“During the caution period, I told Bootie I felt something had gone wrong with the race truck. We pitted on lap 200 and it was a good thing we did. Our right rear tire was flat. After that, the GEICO Tundra was in ninth position. We thought we would finish in the top ten, but, at Bristol, there are many things you can’t control,” said Papis.

 

As the 36-truck field came to the green flag for the final time at lap 205, the GEICO Tundra was ninth, behind teammates Todd Bodine (fifth) and Miguel Paludo (seventh). It looked certain that Papis would be part of Germain Racing’s top-ten effort, but coming to the checkered flag, Papis entered turn four in the top-ten and was sent into the spin cycle. He came out in 14th-place after becoming a victim of circumstance.

 

“We are using tonight and our three remaining GEICO Tundra truck series races to prepare for a full season of racing in the Truck Series in 2011. Tonight was a great experience. We ran competitively and we learned a lot to build our team for the future,” said Papis.

 

Next up for Papis and the No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra will be New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

Papis and the GEICO Racing team will hit the 1.058-mile, low-banked oval in Loudon, NH, for the opening practice session at 10:00 AM (EDT) on Friday, September 17th.  Final practice follows at 1:15 PM (EDT), while qualifying will be on Saturday, September 18th at 10:05 AM (EDT).

 

The 175-lap/185.15 mile NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race begins on Saturday, September 18th, at 3:00 PM (EDT) and will be televised live on SPEED television network, and 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

 

 

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Aug 19
2010

Paludo Earns First Truck Series Top-Ten Finish in Debut Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

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

Bristol, TN (08-19-2010) – Miguel Paludo ran his first race with Germain Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Brazilian champion wheeled his No. 77 Stemco Duroline Tundra to a ninth-place finish – an impressive result for a young driver making his Truck Series debut in the O’Reilly 200. Paludo said the finish was all about team work.

“Every person I talked with said, ‘Why Bristol, it’s tough.’ But to me, it was perfect. I’m real happy with the results of the Stemco Duroline Tundra tonight and it was a team effort. Germain Racing did a great job building this truck in one week and I’m so proud of all the guys. It was awesome. We had handling conditions. We had a tight truck, a loose truck, a lot of different trucks during practice and the race, but you can’t imagine how happy I am to finish ninth for Toyota and Stemco Duroline,” exclaimed Paludo, who competes in the K&N Pro Series East for fellow Toyota team Hattori Racing Enterprises.

Many drivers chose Martinsville Speedway as their entry point for their Truck Series debut. For Paludo, it was Bristol Motor Speedway. Crew chief Jamie Jones explains that Paludo made the most of his decision.

“Miguel did an excellent job. He worked hard all day long – through practice, qualifying and the race. For not seeing the place, he adapted really well to Bristol Motor Speedway. I think Germain Racing, Toyota and Stemco Duroline are very fortunate to have him as their driver. He has the ability to go forward,” said Jones.

Paludo was greeted by teammate Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra, as the two were awaiting interviews with SPEED channel after the race.

“Todd Bodine helped me to get ready for this race. He is a great teammate to have. He has so much experience, and he really enjoys sharing that with young drivers,” said Paludo.

The next race for Miguel Paludo and the No. 77 Stemco Duroline Tundra will be at Kentucky Speedway on September 3rd. In the meantime, Paludo will drive the No. 77 Stemco Duroline Camry for Hattori Racing Enterprises in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on August 28th at Gresham Motorsports Park.

Follow Miguel Paludo at miguelpaludo.com or on Twitter @mpaludo77.

Germain Racing is a championship-winning organization competing in all three of NASCAR’s national series. The team adds the K&N Pro Series East No. 24 Germain.com Camry to its lineup this year, and may add K&N Pro Series West and late model races. Sponsorship and branding opportunities are available. Visit GermainRacing.com for more information.  Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing, or on the web, Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

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Aug 19
2010

Bodine Brings No. 30 Valvoline Tundra Home from Bristol in Sixth Place

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

Bristol, TN (08-19-2010) – Todd Bodine drove the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra to a sixth place finish on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the O’Reilly 200. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has a reputation of exciting racing action, and the 206 laps last night were no exception. Bodine qualified 14th and finished sixth while fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch took the win.

“Wow. The Valvoline Toyota Tundra was loose in, tight in the middle and tight off, loose off, loose in the middle, I mean I could never make it do the same thing twice.  We kept fighting it and adjusting and fighting and adjusting and I ended up sixth!  That’s what you have to do to win championships,” said Bodine, who remains atop the Truck Series championship standings, a position he’s occupied since May.

For Bodine and the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra crew of Germain Racing, the sixth-place finish on a ‘bad night’ produced the type of results they need to maintain their position as the powerhouse team in the Camping World Truck Series.

“I’ve said it all along.  If you have a bad night, just finish in the top-10 and get the best finish you can.  It’s not what we wanted for Valvoline or Toyota, but we only lost a few points to Aric (Almirola) and we will go get them at Chicago next.  I love Chicago,” said Bodine, who has collected three wins in his Germain Racing Toyota Tundra this season.

“The Valvoline Tundra team has been on an outstanding streak. We just won two races in a row, and we have been very competitive throughout the summer. We missed our setup a little with the Valvoline Tundra at Bristol, but, we never gave up. We dug in and made changes to make the truck work for a sixth-place finish. It was a good result for the points standings and we’re all ready for the next race on the schedule – Chicago,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

The depth of Germain Racing was also showcased in Wednesday night’s O’Reilly 200.

“Bristol showed the caliber of our race team. Germain Racing brought three Toyota Tundras with three uniquely talented, champion drivers and three great sponsors. In regulation time, we would’ve finished with the Valvoline Tundra, GEICO Tundra and Stemco Duroline Tundra all in the top ten. That shows sponsors and the competition that no matter who the driver is, they are getting great racing equipment here at Germain Racing. We couldn’t have that depth without support from Toyota, Triad and the extra effort put in by everyone at Germain Racing,” said Hillman, who was as excited about the results scored by Max Papis in the GEICO Tundra and Miguel Paludo in the Stemco Duroline Tundra as he was about the Valvoline Tundra’s 13th top-ten finish in 16 races this season.

Germain Racing’s Todd Bodine leads the Camping World Truck Series standings by 211 points heading into race no. 17 on the 2010 schedule, Chicagoland Speedway. Tune into SPEED to watch 150 laps/225 miles of Truck Series action on Friday night, August 27th, at 9:00 PM Eastern or listen in on your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

Bodine is scheduled to drive the red, white and blue No. 30 Valvoline Tundra next in race no. 23 at Texas Motor Speedway, the track where he collected his first win of this season, and his sixth at the Fort Worth 1.5-mile oval.

About Valvoline: Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. The Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One® appearance products, Car Brite® car restoration products, Zerex® antifreeze, SynPower® performance products and MaxLife® products created for higher-mileage engines. With more than 850 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change® is a leader in serving the quick lube market.

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Aug 18
2010

CASEY MEARS ASSUMES GEICO NASCAR SPRINT CUP DUTIES

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 


Mooresville, NC (August 18, 2010)
– Beginning with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 5th, NASCAR star Casey Mears will slide behind the wheel of the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry.
 
Mears will be entered as the driver of the #13 GEICO Camry in the seven remaining GEICO sponsored races in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  The 2011 season will feature Mears and the Gecko in the #13 Germain Racing entry at 18 events.  
 
Effective immediately, Mears will put the Gecko on his chest and attempt to expand the Sprint Cup Series program that Max Papis and the Germain Racing team have worked hard to establish.
 
Mears carries with him one of the most recognized names in the sport of auto racing, while his resumé makes him the obvious choice to be the new wheelman of the #13 GEICO Camry.  He has experienced success at each of NASCAR’s top two levels, winning races in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series.  Versatility being a cornerstone for Mears, he has also won races in the Indy Lights Series, ARCA Series, and in 2006 he became the first full-time NASCAR driver to achieve an overall victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
 
While Mears boasts a distinguished resumé, his family dinner table features a banquet of successful careers.  He is flanked by father, Roger Mears, who is a championship off-road racer, while his uncle, Rick Mears, has netted four Indianapolis 500 wins.  
Germain Racing will most benefit from Mears’ experience at the top level of NASCAR.  Since making his NASCAR debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 10, 2001, Mears has been employed by NASCAR’s best and brightest, including Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing.  
“I’m excited at the opportunity to drive the #13 GEICO Camry for Germain Racing,” Mears said.  “It’s a great opportunity and I believe with all the hard work that Germain Racing has put into their Cup program, as well as our relationship with Michael Waltrip Racing, that we’ll be able to do good things.  I’ve known Bootie Barker (crew chief) for a long time, so I think we’ll work well together.  I’m ready to get to work and do a good job for GEICO.”  
Mears’ experience combined with Germain Racing’s technical relationship with Michael Waltrip Racing should result in marked improvement as the GEICO Racing program heads into the 2011 season.
 
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
 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
Email:
dbarnette@pmifirm.com  


Aug 18
2010

MAX PAPIS MOVES TO FULL-TIME ROLE WITH THE GECKO

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

Mooresville, NC (August 18, 2010) – Max Papis, who has occupied the seat of the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will take a new opportunity to race full-time in NASCAR.  Papis will be piloting the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series beginning in 2011.  
 
The effort is fielded by Germain Racing, who, aside from winning the 2006 Truck Series championship, currently holds the points lead in the Truck Series with driver Todd Bodine.  
 
Papis will turn his attention to the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra effective immediately beginning this week in Bristol.  In addition, Papis will compete in three additional races of the remaining 2010 Camping World Truck Series season in an effort to lay a solid foundation heading into 2011.  
 
Papis has spent the previous year and a half piloting the #13 GEICO Camry, which was slated to compete in 18 races each season.  ‘Mad Max’ has taken full advantage of his opportunity, notching an 18th at Talladega, a 12th at Infineon Raceway and he recorded his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 10 when he finished 8th at Watkins Glen last year.  
 
Aside from NASCAR, Papis is known to be one of the most versatile racecar drivers in the world. He sits among racing’s elite, as he has competed in the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  In addition to recording three wins in the former CART Series, Papis has posted wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 and 2002, as well as a Grand-Am Series championship in 2004.  As a member of GM’s Corvette Racing team, Papis has recorded two wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans, as well as two runner-up finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
It only makes sense that Papis will now try his hand at Truck Series racing where he has already experienced considerable success.  Along with a Top 10 at Fontana and an 8th place finish at Martinsville, Papis nearly recorded his first Truck Series victory at Daytona in February 2010.  Unfortunately, Nelson Piquet, Jr, ended his day late in the race after Papis led his first laps as a NASCAR driver.

"Since I came to NASCAR one of my goals has been to have the opportunity to run a complete racing schedule. When GEICO and Germain Racing, a Truck Series championship team, approached me with an offer to represent them for a full season in the Camping World Truck series, I saw it as a unique opportunity that I simply could not turn down,” Papis said.  “I am very proud to have been part of the development of a brand new Sprint Cup team that has already made their mark when we recorded our first Top 10 finish at Watkins Glen last year, while running only part time over the last year and a half.”  
 
He continued, “I look forward to watching the #13 team continue to grow and mature, while being a special part of GEICO’s expanded commitment to NASCAR through their Truck Series sponsorship.  I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all the fans, both new and old, who have supported me throughout my career and who are an important part of the success I have experienced.  I am very excited by this opportunity and you can bet on my doing everything I possibly can to bring success to GEICO and Germain Racing."
 
Beginning with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Atlanta on September 5th, Casey Mears will take over driving duties of the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry fielded by Germain Racing.
 
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
 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
 Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 


Aug 17
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Ready for Heated Competition at Bristol Motor Speedway’s Thunder Valley

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Bristol, Tenn. (August 17, 2010) – Despite the summer heat, high temperatures and humidity, Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team will head to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, hitting the home track of sponsor, Pilot Travel Centers, for the second time this season in the Food City 250. Competing on the high banked .533 mile oval known to race fans as Thunder Valley, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team looks to replicate their eighth place performance there in last year’s summer race at Bristol. Annett also collected the Raybestos Rookie of the Race award in 2009’s Nationwide Series Food City 250.

 

The last short track race for the Nationwide Series was at Annett’s home track, Iowa Speedway, on July 31 where the 24-year-old driver was credited with a seventh place finish. This time around, Annett’s sights are set on securing another strong finish on a track that is additionally significant to him. Headquartered in close by Knoxville, Tenn., primary sponsor Pilot Travel Centers will be contending in the No. 15 Camry on their home turf at Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

“We’ve got a big group of supporters coming to the track this weekend from Pilot, over 80 people, so we really want to put on a good show for them. Bristol is always exciting. There’s no better place to see a race then under the lights at Bristol, so it should be a fun time,” said Annett. “We’ve got a lot of momentum built up leading into this race and we’ve got the confidence from last year’s eighth place finish behind us too. I’m really looking forward to bringing home a strong finish for Pilot Travel Centers and Germain Racing this weekend.”

 

Not only has Pilot been behind Annett throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons with Germain Racing, but the longtime partner has sponsored him for the past four years of his career in motorsports while competing in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and currently in the Nationwide Series. Annett and Pilot entered the sport together in 2007 and since their start have visited Victory Lane twice, tallied six top-five finishes and earned 16 top-10 finishes. Carrying the colors of loyal sponsor Pilot Travel Centers, Annett finished tenth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship point standings in 2010.

 

“Pilot has played a huge role in getting me where I am today. I couldn’t have ever made it this far without their support. It’s been fun partnering with them every step of the way. I’m very proud to carry the Pilot Travel Centers colors each week,” said Annett.

 

The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry hits the track for a one-day show at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. for final practice which airs live on SPEED. Nationwide Series qualifying gears up at 4:10 p.m. and the Food City 250 starts at 8 p.m. Tune to ESPN for live qualifying and race coverage. A live broadcast of the Food City 250 begins at 7 p.m. 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

 

Aug 16
2010

Germain Racing, Bodine Take the Win at Historical Darlington Raceway

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

Mooresville, NC (08-16-2010) – Todd Bodine went into Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race with a sincere ‘understanding’ of the track “Too Tough to Tame” and also hailed as the “Lady in Black.” Darlington Raceway, located in Darlington, SC, has been a part of NASCAR’s history for years and Bodine had scored one win there and more top-ten finishes at Darlington than any other NASCAR track. Saturday night, Bodine added another historical statistic to his championship-winning Truck Series career. Bodine put the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra out front in the “Too Tough to Tame 200” for the final 47 of 147 laps. He took the win, his second victory at Darlington and his 35th NASCAR career win.

“It’s awesome. The history behind Darlington and the great drivers that have raced here... The list of drivers is incredible and to be part of that and to be able to be in victory lane here again – I was fortunate to get one win in Nationwide – and now we got one in the Germain.com Tundra. It’s incredible. It’s a great feeling to be able to win at Darlington, for sure,” said Bodine, who leads the 2010 Truck Series championship standings and has amassed 20 of Germain Racing’s 21 victories.

Bodine says his years of experience working with the “Lady in Black” helped on Saturday, but noted that the youthful drivers of the Truck Series did just fine.

“Experience here is a huge advantage, but with that said, look at Justin Lofton. He was having a great run. I gotta stop helping him. I told him the trick to getting around here and he learned it too well. Unfortunately he got caught up in a wreck,” said Bodine, tipping his cap to up and coming fellow Tundra driver Lofton. “Timothy (Peters) is another great example. He did a lot of testing here but he’s never raced here. To come out here and be able to do what he did tells you what kind of driver he is. Experience of knowing the little things that make you go fast and the little things that make you go slow, that means a lot. Timmy (Peters) had a good truck that allowed him to go fast. But, yes, experience is definitely a big part of running well at Darlington, along with great Toyota race trucks.”

This season, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team has had only three “bad” weekends. This consistency, earning three victories, eleven top-fives and twelve top-tens in 15 races has been the driving force behind Bodine’s lock-down on the series championship standings since May. However, the 2006 Truck Series title-winner is quick to point out, that there are too many variables to count this 2010 “title match” as over, despite his 231-point lead.

“There’s just too many variables in racing. Too many things that you can’t control that can take you out of it. Here at Germain Racing, we concentrate on controlling our own fate of what happens within our grasp. You can’t control everybody else’s truck and where you are on the track if you get caught up in somebody else’s mess. It’s never over. We’re not going to approach it that way. We gotta keep doing the things we know how to do and control the things within in our control and try to control our destiny,” said Bodine, who has driven for Germain Racing’s No. 30 team for all of his 20 Truck Series wins, including the 2006 championship.

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