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Aug 02

Pocono Race Just Too Short for Bodine and Tundra

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


Mooresville, N.C. (08-02-2010) – With the love Todd Bodine has for the area and the race track, 500 laps might not have been enough for him to get his fill of “The Tricky Triangle” known as Pocono Raceway. Certainly, the 50 scheduled race laps for Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the Long Pond, PA, tri-oval were far too few for the division points leader.


“The Tundra was really good today. We ran up front and were able to lead some laps. I think the race was just way too short. It was a good show for the fans, it just needed to be longer,” said Bodine, who led the Pocono Mountains 125 and spent the majority of the 50-lap event racing among the top-five trucks.


Pocono Raceway produced intense, high-speed battles throughout the 125-mile event. At lap 42, Bodine was in a heated battle for 5th-place. After some bumping and rubbing, Bodine found himself sliding through the infield grass and bringing out the fourth caution flag of the race.


“It was just a racing deal.  We had a good truck and were running up front with a shot to win. We had some contact with the 3 truck.  I know Austin (Dillon) didn’t mean it, it’s just one of those deals -- racing accidents,” said Bodine, who restarted in 24th place, narrowly missed a huge crash with three laps to go, then finished 12th.


As thrilling as Bodine’s bumpy slide through the grass was, the wreck he narrowly missed was what people were talking about with him after the race.


“All I was thinking about was getting the Tundra back up front with the leaders. I thought, if I had 75 laps, I could do it. I guess while I was driving and thinking I had a very close call. It happened behind me, so I didn’t see it, but a few people have told me we were very close to getting caught up in someone else’s wreck with three to go,” said Bodine, who picked off an easy dozen trucks in the final laps of the race to finish 12th.


Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. was pleased with the Truck Series debut at Pocono.


“There were a lot of unknowns going into this race because Pocono was new to the Truck Series and we had some rules changes for the event. The race turned out to be a great race for the Truck Series fans, and our No. 30 Tundra was a contender for the win. We were able to recover from the spin through the grass and get a decent finish, which is a great testament to how Germain Racing works as a team and we never give up,” said Hillman.


The 12th place finish at Pocono kept Bodine 149 points in front of his nearest competitor in the Truck Series championship standings. Fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola still trails Bodine as the Truck Series heads into race no. 14 at Nashville Superspeedway on August 7th. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at or become a Facebook fan.


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




Jul 30

Michael Annett Teams with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa for Second Annual Helmet Raffle

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Des Moines, Iowa (July 29, 2010) – Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett will once again join with Team WillyK for the group’s second annual helmet raffle during Iowa Speedway race week to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa.


The raffle originated last year when Annett wanted to help raise awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training in honor of family friend, six-year-old Will Krueger, who was diagnosed with the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia two years ago.


“When Will was diagnosed with Leukemia, it really hit close to home. I knew I wanted to help out in some way, and with the help of Indocil Art and Bell Helmets, we were again able to pull together a race related raffle to contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa,” said Michael. “We raised over $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training with last year’s raffle, and we hope to top that number this time around. The Kruegers are good friends of mine, so being able to help people like them who are directly affected by the disease means a lot to me.”


Will’s parents, Nick and Peggy Krueger of Des Moines, are honored that Michael was willing to help them in their fundraising mission.


“The entire Krueger Family is grateful to Michael and his team for their work in honor of Will, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa, which are two organizations that have made a huge impact in our lives, and the lives of countless central Iowa families,” said Nick, Will’s father. “Will has 10 months left of treatment and is feeling good, but we are truly looking forward to crossing the finish line with people like Michael and others on our “crew”. The money raised from this helmet raffle will continue to help find a cure for blood cancers and support families with children facing life threatening illnesses.”


This weekend, Michael is reaching out to the rest of the Nationwide Series drivers for their support by autographing the helmet. Not only will the donated Bell helmet feature driver autographs, but it also features the unique artwork of Ryan Young of Indocil Art, designer of Michael’s racing helmets.


Ryan donated his time and creative efforts in designing the helmet for the giveaway. Ryan’s father, David Young, was diagnosed with Leukemia 15 years ago.


“Once I heard Will’s story, I didn’t even hesitate when I was asked to help,” said Ryan. “I’m frequently asked for charitable donations of my artwork, but this particular cause is one that stood out to me.

Since my dad suffers from the same disease and I’m familiar with its effects on a family, it was a project I enjoyed working on because the cause is so close to my heart.”


To enter to win the commemorative helmet signed by the drivers in the U.S.

Cellular 250 presented by Northland Oil and John Deere, you can purchase raffle tickets on Friday and Saturday at Iowa Speedway. Representatives from Team WillyK, Will’s fundraising team, will be on-site in red Team WillyK t-shirts throughout the Iowa Speedway property. The cost of tickets is $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20.


For more information on Will Krueger, please visit


For more information on Michael Annett, please visit and Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.


About the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and services for patients. For 60 years, LLS has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers, helping patients live better, longer lives. Because of the funds raised for cancer research, Will is ALIVE today. It is through fundraising and research that the standard Leukemia survival rate has increased to better than 90%. Proceeds from this year’s helmet raffle will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Team WillyK. For more information, visit


About Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa® was founded in 1985. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa’s mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child’s wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. In Iowa, we currently have 300 volunteers and welcome other interested individuals. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa has granted more than 1,950 wishes since 1985. For more information, visit


Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group,




Jul 28

Germain Ready for One Day Show at Lee USA Speedway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

 Mooresville, N.C. (July 23, 2010) – Rookie driver Zach Germain has raced on a wide variety of tracks this season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. This week, the series returns to the type of track that reminds Germain of his roots—Lee USA Speedway, a 3/8-mile short track.

 “This weekend will definitely bring back fond memories of everyone at Columbus Motor Speedway. Lee USA Speedway is an old, short race track and from the photos I’ve seen, it reminds me of my hometrack,” said Germain, the 25 year old from Columbus, OH.

 Unlike when he first raced a short track, Germain is going into the Lee bullring with hundreds upon hundreds of laps of short track experience—much of it very fresh in his mind.

 “The No. 24 team here at Germain Racing has been very busy since our last K&N Pro Series East race at Lime Rock. We have had the Camry on track testing several times in the last couple weeks and we’ve logged a ton of laps. At Hickory last week we completed a 130-lap tire run which really taught me a lot about how my car will change throughout the race this Friday night at Lee,” explained Germain.

 Ever studious, the Miami University of Ohio graduate is excited about the latest ‘professor’ to lead his efforts with the No. 24 Camry.

 “From the beginning of this season, I knew that our main focus each time we fire up the Camry was education. It was about me learning the race cars, the tracks, and how to communicate with the crew. Jaime (“JJ”) Jones will call the shots for me this week at Lee USA and he’s been a great asset to have on our team through our last couple test sessions. JJ has worked with young, rookie drivers in NASCAR and he has a great way of letting you learn your lessons on your own in the car,” said Germain.

 One such lesson Germain learned was that slower can be much faster.

 “As we were working on older and older tires in our test sessions, I realized I needed to feather the throttle more to control the car. It turned out the lap times were much faster when I was running at 75 or 85 percent throttle. JJ was very excited to see me learn this ‘on my own.’ I’m looking forward to having him along with our No. 24 team this week at Lee,” said Germain.

 The Camry races at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, July 30th, at 8:30 PM Eastern. The 125-lap race will be broadcast on SPEED on Thursday, August 5th at 6:00 PM Eastern.

 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 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 for more information.   

 When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Follow Zach Germain or Germain Racing on Twitter @ZachGermain, @GermainRacing, or on the web, or become a Facebook fan.



Jul 28

Bodine Returning to Roots at Pocono

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

  July 28, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - On the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, Martinsville Speedway has served as the “adopted home track” for Todd Bodine for years. Now that Pocono Raceway is on the agenda, Bodine will truly be racing at home. A native of nearby Chemung, NY, Bodine has made appearances at Pocono for years and looks forward to racing at “The Tricky Triangle” in Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 125.

 "When I heard that we were going to race there, I was tickled," Bodine told The Citizens’ Voice, a Wilkes-Barre, PA, newspaper, of when he learned Pocono Raceway had been added to the Truck Series schedule.

 Truck Series teams are very familiar with the tri-oval race track. Pocono Raceway was a key test track for truck teams before NASCAR changed it’s testing policy at the end of the 2008 season.

 "For a crew chief, Pocono as a race track presents a lot of challenges, but you are basically looking for the same result—the Tundra has to turn through the center of the corners or it’s not going to be fast. What we have with Pocono is a new track and new rules. NASCAR has set out an eight-degree camber rule for the left front and a minimum air pressure requirement for the left front tire. The camber is significantly less than what many crew chiefs would chose to run, so it adds another unique aspect to a track that’s already one of a kind,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 Hillman and Bodine prepare for Pocono Raceway as the leaders in the Truck Series standings. Bodine has a 177-point lead of fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola while Germain Racing leads Kyle Busch Motorsports by a narrow eight-point margin in the owner’s standings.

 Bodine will race chassis TRD-122. This season TRD-122 has been to Martinsville, Dover and Iowa.

 Saturday’s 50 lap/120 mile Truck Series debut at Pocono is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM Eastern. SPEED will carry the race live starting at 12:30 PM or race fans can tune in to their local MRN affiliate. 

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

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



Jul 28


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


Indianapolis, IN (July 25, 2010) – It is not a secret that Max Papis is considered to be one of the top racecar drivers in the world, boasting a resume that consists of the most prestigious racing events globally.  This weekend, Papis was looking to add the Brickyard 400 to that list.  
A year ago, a dejected Papis departed Indianapolis Motor Speedway just shy of qualifying for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the famed Brickyard.  From the time his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry was unloaded this weekend, everyone knew that this year would tell a different tale.  Papis and the Gecko immediately established their presence in the opening practice session when they shot straight to the top of the speed charts and sat third, behind only Juan Pablo Montoya and Jimmy Johnson.
As the pressure mounted heading into the qualifying session on Saturday morning, Papis handled it with a veteran’s calm.  He climbed into the #13 GEICO Camry and promptly turned a lap that placed him comfortably in the field for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. He toured the historic facility in just 50.386 seconds, at a rate of speed of 178.621 miles per hour, making him the third fastest ‘go or go home’ car.  Papis and the GEICO Camry would start 35th on the grid, just behind Joey Logano and just ahead of 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Bobby Labonte.
After several extremely hot days in the Indianapolis area, Sunday presented the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-80’s.  While the weather was nice the opening lap of the Brickyard 400 would prove to be more harsh.  
After the green flag was displayed, the field headed into Turn 2 and quickly found themselves in a crash that involved nearly ten cars. Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would escape nearly unscathed, but would sustain some damage to the left rear of the racecar.  Also, a large amount of grass was sucked into the radiator, causing the engine temperature to rise. After several trips down pit road, the Germain Racing crew would get the car repaired and return the engine to its normal temperature.
Restarting the race in the 37th position on Lap 8, Papis would quickly move the #13 GEICO Camry forward.  He reached 34th by Lap 10 and then dipped into the Top 30 by Lap 13.  After hitting the Top 25 on Lap 15, Papis was on fire…. literally.  The grass that had been sucked into the engine finally caused the engine to overheat and fire and smoke bellowed from the GEICO Camry forcing it to the garage for the remainder of the afternoon.  Papis would be relegated to a 43rd place finish.
“We do not deserve this, no one deserves this,” said an emotional Papis. “We worked so hard this weekend and the GEICO Camry was so fast.  We were definitely headed for a Top 10 today.  You could see how fast we were, so it’s frustrating to have this happen.  I feel bad for all the guys on this GEICO crew who have worked so hard.  We just don’t deserve this.”
Despite the setback at the Brickyard 400, Papis still places himself among racing’s elite with his start on Sunday.  He has now competed in the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Not bad for a guy from a small village in Northern Italy.  
Next up for Papis and the GEICO Racing team is Long Pond, PA.
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 2.5-mile tri-oval of Pocono Raceway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, July 30th.  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).
The Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 1st, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast.
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Jul 26

Bodine Gains More Points after “Bad Night” at O’Reilly Raceway Park

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, N.C. (07-26-2010) – Thirty-six trucks took the green flag for Friday night’s 200-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at O’Reilly Raceway Park.  Of those, 23 didn’t manage to complete all of the race laps, and seven couldn’t make it to take the checkered flag. They had bad nights. Truck Series champion and current championship points leader, Todd Bodine, drove the No. 30 Tundra from a sixth place starting position to a seventh-place finish. For Bodine and the Germain Racing team, it was a ‘bad night.’ The top-ten finish they earned on the ‘bad night’ is a key ingredient in the recipe for Germain Racing's championship performance level.

“Our Tundra was a solid top-five truck at O’Reilly Raceway Park but I don’t think we had what we needed to beat Ron (Hornaday  Jr., race winner).  For us, knowing we raced a truck that wasn’t capable of competing for the win means Germain Racing had a bad night. That attitude is what keeps our team on top of the Truck Series points and it’s why we were able to bring home a top-ten finish as a result of our ‘bad night.’ We never give up,” said Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief for Bodine and the No. 30 Tundra.

Bodine had said the race truck was loose in practice, and for much of the race, he had the same feedback. After the final pit stop, the adjustments made the race truck too tight.

“Our pit crew did another outstanding job on pit stops tonight for the Tundra. On the last stop, we made some adjustments that worked too well. We got the truck too tight for Todd and he wasn’t able to drive it where he wanted to on the race track.  We’ll take the seventh-place finish, the points we gained over Aric (Almirola), and get ready for Pocono,” said Hillman, who’s led the team to 9 top-five finishes including one win, can now add an actual top-ten finish to the tallies.

The points look much the same leaving O’Reilly, with Bodine and Germain Racing leading the driver’s and owner’s championship standings. Fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola remains second, but now trails by 177 points with 13 races remaining.

The Tundra races next at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 31st. It will be the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track which has played host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for years. Watch the racing action on SPEED. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at or become a Facebook fan.

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


Jul 22

Michael Annett Primed for Short Track Racing at O’Reilly Raceway Park as Iowa Speedway Homecoming Nears

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Indianapolis, Ind. (July 21, 2010) With his homecoming to Iowa Speedway just one week away, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett is gearing up for two consecutive weeks of short track racing. This week the Nationwide Series circuit will compete on O’Reilly Raceway Park’s .686 mile oval before its second ever appearance on Iowa Speedway’s .875 track.

Sitting just miles from historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, O’Reilly Raceway Park will host the Nationwide Series Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children on Saturday, making it a two-in-a-row combination weekend for the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series after both series competed at Gateway International Raceway last week.

Entering his 20th race of the 2010 season, Annett stands 13th in the Nationwide Series championship point standings with only 115 points separating him from the top-10. With one race before his return to his home track, Iowa Speedway, and a steady trio of respectable finishes (12th at Daytona International Speedway, 14th at Chicagoland Speedway, 11th at Gateway International Raceway), Annett hopes to tighten his gap between the top-10 point race with his run at O’Reilly Raceway Park on Saturday.

As this weekend’s race falls third in a four week stretch of races in the Midwest, not only does Des Moines, Iowa native Annett enjoy visiting America’s Heartland, but so does mechanic and front tire carrier of the No. 15 Toyota Camry, Ben Runge, who hails from Crawfordsville, Indiana. Considering O’Reilly Raceway Park his home track on the Nationwide Series circuit, Runge, who has been working in motorsports for over 14 years, takes pride in being part of Germain Racing’s No. 15 team as they compete in the Hoosier State.

In his third career start at O’Reilly Raceway Park, Annett will hit the track in his No. 15 Toyota for practice on Saturday from

10-11:15 a.m. Final practice runs from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. and airs on ESPN 2 at 12:30 p.m. Qualifying for the 200 lap race kicks off at 5:10 p.m. with a live broadcast on ESPN 2 beginning at 5 p.m. Watch and listen live to the Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children at 7:30 p.m.

on ESPN and MRN Radio. All times are ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, check out and



Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.


Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group,

Jul 21

Bodine Powers Into O’Reilly Raceway Park Atop the Truck Series Championship Standings

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing


  • Bodine Led First ORP Laps in NCWTS in 2009
  • Leads Truck Series Driver’s Points by 101-point margin
  • Germain Racing Leads Owner’s Points by 10 over KHI
  • Bodine Throwing Out First Pitch at Indianapolis Indians Game, Weds. July 21

 July 20, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Todd Bodine has been atop the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series for more weeks this season than he has not. In eleven Truck Series events, he’s finished in the top-five on nine occasions, including one win at Texas Motor Speedway. The team is in championship form, but don’t expect them to have the No. 30 Tundra racing for points this Friday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park.

 “We’ve been the runner-up at short-tracks. We’ve led laps. Last year at O’Reilly Raceway Park, we showed everyone how much stock we put into our short-track program. We raced side-by-side with Kyle (Busch) for 20 laps before besting him and leading for 23 laps. We’ve come close many times, but what we really want on Friday night is a win on a short track to add to our resume,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 O’Reilly Raceway Park has been home to many heated discussions after the checkered flag waved. The reason is because the flat, old, short-track pushes drivers and their race trucks to the bitter edge.

 “O’Reilly Raceway Park is a flat track that’s real easy to overdrive. The goal of practice is to be sure the Tundra can turn good through the center of the corners and keep from getting loose off the corners. The goal for the driver in the race is to practice something no race car driver ever wants to practice, patience,” said Bodine.

 Germain Racing has prepared chassis TRD–106 for another session of the bump and grind of Friday night’s 200-lap event at O’Reilly Raceway Park.

 “We have a reputation of being strong competitors on intermediate tracks and on the super speedways. We want to be that same kind of threat at short tracks. We’ve prepped this Tundra using some trends from Iowa, and a lot of data from years of testing and racing on short tracks. We are heading to Indianapolis to collect a finish that matches our team’s short track performance level,” said Mike Hillman Jr.

 Watch the Tundra race Friday, July 23rd at O’Reilly Raceway Park on SPEED beginning at 7:30 PM Eastern, or tune into your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at or become a Facebook fan.

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



Jul 19

Steve Germain Will Drag Race with Auto Smarts!

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It’s LIVE:  Fuel Duel I from National Trail Raceway

Auto Smarts presented by!

(Columbus, OH)     


     The folks at NTR in Hebron are hosting the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Buckeye Fuel Wars Friday through Sunday.  Along with their three days of action packed racing, a grudge match has been scheduled.  Auto giant and all-around good guy Steve Germain will match reflexes with the brains and beauty combination that is Lex McAllister.  They’ll be in identically prepared SmartCars in a drag race that will take long enough for you to enjoy that second frosty beverage…or maybe even a third.  


     A lot has been said between the two…and no one knows what exactly is on the line but Auto Smarts presented by will present live coverage of Fuel Duel I including in-car audio from the drivers.  Will Steve have time to take a nap?  Will Lex shut off her GPS? 

The day also features a car show with 35 trophies up for grabs, so bring your wheels.  All makes and models are welcome!


     Michael Sacks is back with his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute, Mike Fornataro of National Trail Raceway serves up some Bits from the Pits, and Jack Moser gets legal during his busted for drunk update.  


     Call in your questions during the radio show at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.  You can also hit the net at and join us via Facebook or Twitter!












For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart

Auto Smarts presented by 614-795-8469


What happens when a pair of radio legends, put their feet, well, where their mouths are! It’s a battle of SmartCars with awfully intelligent drivers too!  Fuel Duel I is in the spotlight this Saturday when the foursome of Dan “Boots” Longenette, Steve Germain, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart hit the road for National Trail Raceway on Auto Smarts presented by, Saturday from 1-3pm on 610 WTVN.   






Jul 19

Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Battled the Heat at Gateway International Raceway to Bring Home Hard Fought 11th Place Finish

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing


Madison, Ill. (July 19, 2010) The one-day show for the NASCAR Nationwide Series heated up at Gateway International Raceway and turned into a doubleheader on Saturday as the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 was preceded by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race that was previously scheduled for Friday night. With an unexpected power outage at Gateway International Raceway, the Truck Series was forced to postpone their race until Saturday afternoon, allowing race fans to catch two races in one day on Gateway’s 1.25 mile oval.

In his fourth appearance at Gateway International Speedway, Germain Racing driver Michael Annett produced an 11th place finish in Saturday night’s Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 driving the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry. After pulling an early qualifying draw and going out third of 47 cars, Annett started 33rd, but quickly gained valuable track position by passing 10 cars in the first two laps. Continuing to move through the field, he battled his way into the top-15 by lap 52 and set his sights on making his way into the top-10.

As track condition changed throughout the race, starting with the sun out and transitioning into the night, a tight handling condition along with brake problems challenged the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers race team throughout the 200 lap event.

Throughout the night, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team, led by crew chief Ryan Fugle, worked hard on pit road and fought through the race to bring home a respectable finish. As the first and second place cars battled to a high intensity finish ending in a multi-car pileup through the checkered flag, Annett drove his way through the smoke of the accident to finish 11th.

The Nationwide Series will again pair with the Camping World Truck Series as they continue their Midwest tour to O’Reilly Raceway Park this week for the 20th race of the 2010 Nationwide Series season. The green flag waves for the start of the Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children at 8 p.m. Watch and listen live on ESPN and MRN Radio beginning at 7:30 p.m. All times are ET.

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


Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group,