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Jul 27
2011

USAF CCT Tundra for Gaughan at IRP

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Gaughan in Camouflaged Air Force Combat Control Team Tundra at IRP

 

·         Gaughan drives the No. 62 Tundra for Germain Racing

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 Air Force Combat Control Team Tundra on SPEED on Friday, July 29th. Qualifying airs at 4:30 PM ET. Live race coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup at 7:00 PM Eastern followed by live racing at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Jul 22
2011

Bodine, No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra, Nashville Preview

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  • This Week’s Tundra… The No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra team and driver Todd Bodine will race GR-018 in Friday’s 150-lap NCWTS race at Nashville Superspeedway.  Chassis GR-018 is a brand new race truck from the Germain Racing stable.  Mike Hillman, Jr., will be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the second week of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra.

 

  • Bodine Shines at Nashville… Bodine scored his 19th career Camping World Truck Series victory at Nashville Superspeedway last August, winning from the pole position (91 laps led).  Besides completing every lap of competition in his eight previous starts at Nashville, Bodine has also accrued the most points of any driver (381) in the last three truck series races at Nashville Superspeedway.  Bodine is also tied for the most top-fives (5) and poles (2) at Nashville Superspeedway in series history.

 

  • Picking up Points… With his 10th-place finish last weekend at Iowa, Bodine maintained 11th-place standing in the driver points, but closed within three points of the top 10, and is 76 points out of the lead heading into the 12th race of the 25-race season.

 

  • Watch and Listen… The Lucas Deep Clean 200 from Nashville Superspeedway will be broadcast live on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, on Friday night.  SPEED kicks off its pre-race coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and MRN Radio will begin its live broadcast at 7:45 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 22.  Friday afternoon will also feature a live television broadcast of qualifying at 5:00 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.   

 

Todd Bodine on driving at Nashville Superspeedway

“I’m looking forward to going back to Nashville Superspeedway. We had a great run there last year. We were able to get the guitar finally. We’re going there with a brand new truck. I think we’ve got a good handle on the track and we’re looking to get International a win. 

“International has a big hospitality at Nashville. It’s something we haven’t had the opportunity to deal with in a long time, so we’re excited about the opportunity to race for International and to meet their associates. The best way to start off the relationship great is to do it with a win.

“Nashville races like a mile and a half which our team excels on. It’s really a driver’s track and how the driver approaches it and finesses it translates into results. It’s fun to race. Our team has a good setup for the concrete surface which gives us all a lot of confidence heading into the weekend. “

Jul 21
2011

South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra: Nashville Preview

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Gaughan Takes South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Back to Nashville

 

 

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

 - He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

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

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

 - Gaughan has 7 NCWTS races at Nashville and has completed 1051 of 1052 laps

 

Mooresville, N.C. (July 21, 2011) - Nashville Superspeedway us up on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for the second time this season. In race 5 on the schedule, Brendan Gaughan qualified 22nd, spent most of the race competing just outside the top-ten in eleventh place only to have the day’s hard work wrapped up in someone else’s crash just 12 laps shy of the finish.

 

“Nashville is a good track for Germain Racing. We just came back from there earlier this year and the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra handled very well. We got hit when another truck spun late in the race and collected us. There wasn’t a lot of time to come back from that, but we managed to finish 17th. I know the No. 62 team is looking forward to another chance at Nashville,” said Gaughan.

 

In April, Gaughan was caught up with the spinning no. 63 truck on lap 138. He fell from just outside the top-ten to 25th, the last truck on the lead lap. His crew patched up the No. 62 Toyota and Gaughan was able to pick off eight positions in the final six green flag laps of the race.

 

“If you are a Germain Racing driver, you have to have confidence when you are heading into a Nashville race weekend. The team has a great feel for tracks within the mile and a half range. From what we saw with our Toyota there in the spring, I know I’m looking forward to racing there Friday night,” said Gaughan.

 

Gaughan will race chassis TRD-122. The truck has been to victory lane with Todd Bodine (Darlington, 2010), and has also been driven by Justin Lofton. The chassis has been a go-to truck in the Germain Racing fleet since June of 2008.

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday, July 22nd, at Nashville Superspeedway on SPEED. Qualifying airs at 5:15 PM Eastern, with racing action at 8:00 PM. Tune in early to catch the NCWTS Setup at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

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

 

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 10th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings. 

 

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

 

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

 

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Jul 15
2011

Gaughan at Iowa Speedway

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Iowa Speedway Next for Gaughan, South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra

 

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

 - He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

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

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

 

Mooresville, N.C. (July 14, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan has a great winning memory of Kentucky Speedway. Unfortunately, the memory is of someone else’s trip to the winner’s circle instead of his own. Gaughan has led laps before the Kentucky Speedway fans, he’s dominated races, and he’s been a top-contender in both NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. This weekend, he hopes he and his Germain Racing crew can put the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra in contention for his ninth Truck Series win—his first at Kentucky.

 

“Kentucky, even in the Nationwide Series, has always been a good track for me. This race is one of the races that my team has really looked forward to on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule,” explained Gaughan, who will race Tundra chassis TRD-026 at Kentucky. “With the way we were able to get our South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota running at Kansas, Charlotte and even Texas, I know what we are capable of as a team and I’m anxious to see what we can do at Kentucky Speedway.”

 

Gaughan finished fourth in both of his NNS races at Kentucky, but what he remembers most about the track will always be Carl Edwards first NASCAR career win.

 

“A Kentucky Speedway memory I’ll never forget was 2003. I led 66 laps, we had the race won. We were coming to the checkered flag but we blew a motor going down the back straightaway. It put me into a 360-degree spin, and Carl Edwards just missed us when we blew up. I managed to coast all the way into the garage while Carl took the win for his first Truck Series win,” said Gaughan. “Kentucky has always been a great track for me. Our No. 62 Toyota should be strong. I’m confident our Germain Racing team will be tough to beat on Thursday night.”

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Thursday, July 7th, at Kentucky Speedway on SPEED. Qualifying airs at 6:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, with racing action at 8:00 PM ET, preceded by the NCWTS Setup at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

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

 

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 10th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings. 

 

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

 

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

 

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Jul 15
2011

Bodine, Germain Racing Crew at Iowa

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RANDY MOSS MOTORSPORTS AND GERMAIN RACING ANNOUNCE COLLABORATIVE EFFORT THAT PUTS CHAMP BODINE IN NO. 5 INTERNATIONAL TRUCKS/MONACO RVs TUNDRA AT IOWA

 

STATESVILLE, N.C. (July 14, 2011) – Randy Moss Motorsports and Germain Racing today announced a collaborative effort that will have Todd Bodine as the driver of the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.  Bodine, the two-time and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will pilot the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra for this weekend’s Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee with Germain Racing’s veteran crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., leading the collaborative effort between fellow Toyota teams.

 

“We were presented with the opportunity to have Todd Bodine drive the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra, and any time that you can put the reigning series champion behind the wheel, that’s going to be a positive,” stated Randy Moss Motorsports co-owner David Dollar.  “This is a collaborative effort between Randy Moss Motorsports and Germain Racing and just the latest example of one Toyota team helping another.  Todd’s been a longtime Toyota driver, bringing them their first championship in one of NASCAR’s three major touring series, and he’s a proven winner.  We look forward to helping Todd add to that win total, when he gets behind the wheel of the International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra for this weekend’s race in Iowa.”

 

In 175 truck series races, Bodine has amassed 21 victories in addition to his two series championships in his nine seasons of competition.

 

“Teaming up with NFL superstar Randy Moss and International is the perfect opportunity for me and the Germain Racing crew to continue to compete at a championship level in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Bodine, who heads into this weekend’s race 11th in points following a fourth-place finish last week at Kentucky Speedway.  “International Trucks and Monaco RVs have been big supporters of the Truck Series, and I couldn’t be more excited to go to Iowa after facing some uncertainty last week.  Bob Germain, David Dollar and the folks at TRD (Toyota Racing Development) helped put this deal together in a matter of days, and I look forward to building on last week’s fourth-place finish in Kentucky and continuing to march up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings.”

 

 “Collaboration is, and always has been the cornerstone of Navistar’s success. We collaborate every day with our International and Monaco Dealers to put forth the best lineup of Commercial Vehicles and RVs for the markets we serve,” said Matt Smela, Global Marketing Director, Navistar.  “We collaborate with our customers to help provide them with the best equipment and solutions that help their businesses grow.  That’s exactly what this opportunity presents, two outstanding organizations in Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports, together extending our product messages - both on and off the track - to our dealers, customers and prospects. And to do it with an aggressive reigning Champion like Todd Bodine, that’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often.”

 

“Germain Racing is excited about the prospects of teaming up with Randy Moss Motorsports and International trucks to see Todd Bodine race the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra at Iowa this weekend.” said Bob Germain Jr., 

president of Germain Racing.   “Germain Racing and Todd represented Georgia Boot, ‘America’s Hardest Working Boot,’ last week at Kentucky and it just seems natural to help represent the tough trucks built by International. Looking to the future, we have quite a few details to work out but I think this could be a win-win for both teams...we hope to keep Todd Bodine in a Tundra every race and get International and our other sponsors, Tire Kingdom/Service Central, Valvoline and Big Red to victory lane."  

 

Details of the driver lineup for the remainder of the season will be announced at a later date. 

           

About Randy Moss Motorsports:

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

 

About Germain Racing:

Germain Racing is only the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins in seven consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons. The team has amassed 22 wins, nine pole awards and two championships since first competing in 2004. The Toyota team races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and has earned two top-ten championship finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. For more information visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @Germainracing. Become a Facebook fan: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

 

About Navistar:

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

 

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Randy Moss Motorsports Contact:  Kevin Radvany -- (704) 871-2260

Germain Racing Contact:  Lori Smith, lsmith@germain.com, (704) 799-4300

 

 

 

Jul 09
2011

Bodine Gets Hard Earned 4th Place at Kentucky in Georgia Boot Tundra

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Bodine Gets Hard Earned 4th Place at Kentucky in Georgia Boot Tundra

 

Sparta, KY (07-07-2011) – It wouldn’t have been fitting for a Georgia Boot-sponsored Tundra to waltz easily into the limelight at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night. So, Todd Bodine and the No. 30 crew took the ‘long way’ toward earning their fourth-place finish. From the drop of the green flag, Bodine explained that his Tundra wasn’t handling the way he needed it.  The Georgia Boot pit crew took several big swings at the chassis setup and pulled off some amazing pit stops doing it. The result was that Bodine started 20th and made consistent gains throughout the night to finish fourth.

 

“We worked hard tonight. Georgia Boot, America’s Hardest Working Boot, was with us here in Kentucky and we couldn’t let them down,” said Bodine, who started the night in 20th place and with the help of his Georgia Boot pit crew, made it up into the top-five by night’s end. “(Mike Hillman) Junior made some good calls and our crew did an awesome job with a lot of changes tonight. We made shock adjustments, air pressure adjustments, you name it, we did it. The Georgia Boot Tundra was the best there at the end. We were good in the middle, but then it got a little tight. At the end, we were pretty good and it was great to get a good finish for everyone at Georgia Boot.”

 

The defending race winners, crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. discussed the two-day race weekend.

 

“Kentucky has always been an interesting track for this No. 30 crew. We won there last year after spinning out halfway through the race. That’s how things seem to go for us there. Whatever we get, we have to earn at Kentucky. It’s great we were able to turn the hard work of this Georgia Boot pit crew into a strong, fourth-place finish for our new sponsor. If we had a few more laps without cautions there at the end, we may have been able to challenge for the lead, but our top-five with the Georgia Boot Tundra was a good team effort,” said Hillman, who’s led the team to three top-five and four top-ten finishes in seven races at Kentucky.

 

Georgia Boot is based out of nearby Nelsonville, OH, and there were several company guests in the pits, experiencing the adventures of the Georgia Boot Tundra crew first-hand. They witnessed arguably the best pit crew in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series make eight flawless pit stops that played a key role in the team’s fourth-place finish.

 

Bodine jumped two spots in the Truck Series standings to 11th following Kentucky’s race results.

 

Germain Racing is only the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins in seven consecutive seasons. Germain Racing has 22 wins, nine pole awards and two championships. Follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

Georgia Boot is a manufacturer and marketer of quality work and outdoor footwear. It is a division of Rocky Brands, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ® under the symbol: RCKY. For more information, visit www.georgiaboot.comFollow us on Twitter: @GeorgiaBoot   Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/GeorgiaBoot

 

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Jul 09
2011

Gaughan Finishes Third at Kentucky Speedway

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Gaughan Finishes Third at Kentucky Speedway

 

Sparta, KY (07-07-2011) – Brendan Gaughan has had many great finishes at Kentucky Speedway, including two fourth-place results in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Thursday night, Gaughan ran into some difficulties in front of the 30,000 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fans in attendance for the UNOH 225, but, with the help of his Germain Racing pit crew, the Las Vegas driver pushed the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra to its best finish of the 2011 season.

 

“I destroyed our South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra early in the race. I right-sided it in the turn four wall. I had the splitter tucked up under it. The Germain Racing pit crew did an amazing job getting the truck back together. I think it took five trips to pit road, but, they did it and then it was my turn to get to work making up ground on restarts. I learned restart tricks from the best when I first came to the Truck Series. Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday Jr. showed me some old-school tricks that drivers just don’t use anymore. On two restarts I made it from eleventh to third – I passed everybody. I was in my favorite position - racing on the outside. I’m happy to come out of here with a third place finish and run to Iowa Speedway,” smiled Gaughan, who made a total of eight trips to pit road before the 225-mile race was complete.

 

Gaughan was all smiles after leading laps for the second race this season and earning his fourth top-ten finish. He enjoyed watching runner-up finisher Parker Kligerman battle the race winner in the closing laps, though he certainly considered that the rookie could make a mistake.

 

“Parker did a great job there at the end. I definitely knew he could’ve made the wrong decision and he and Kyle (Busch, race winner) could’ve wrecked each other and I could’ve scored the win. But, I am impressed. He made the right decisions and a lot of young drivers don’t make the right decisions anymore. It was nice to see that some do that and he got the great finish,” said Gaughan.

 

With the points race now a 60-point battle from first to Gaughan, the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra crew and driver are anxious to get on track next weekend at Iowa Speedway. After ten of 25 races, Gaughan ranks tenth in Truck Series standings, 60 points behind the leader and a mere 25 points out of fifth place.

 

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

 

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

 

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Jul 09
2011

MAX PAPIS GALLOPS TO AN 11TH-PLACE FINISH AT KENTUCKY

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MAX PAPIS GALLOPS TO AN 11TH-PLACE FINISH AT KENTUCKY

 

SPARTA, Ky. (July 7, 2011) – Kentucky is known for the biggest horse race of the year. But when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to town, a different set of horses take the stage – horsepower under the hood that is. With the inaugural Sprint Cup Series event taking place on Saturday night, the Truck Series roared to life on Thursday for hard racing action under the lights. Max Papis was prepared to make his first career start at the 1.5-mile oval in the Bluegrass State.

 

On Thursday afternoon, Papis completed his qualifying effort, clocking a time of 32.015 seconds (168.671 mph). This lap placed the Como, Italy native in the 22nd position as the green flag flew shortly after 8 p.m. ET. As the 150-lap race began, Papis quickly radioed to his GEICO Racing crew that his No. 9 Toyota was tight on entry and lacked grip on the outside. The first caution of the night slowed the pace on lap seven for a multi-track accident in turn two. Papis restarted from 20th-place on lap 13.

 

Papis continued to exuberate patience as the second caution came on lap 19 for oil on the track. Crew chief Randy Goss called his driver to the attention of the GEICO pit crew for fuel and a shock adjustment to help the tight handling condition. With the shock adjustment taking an extended amount of time on pit road, Papis restarted from the 24th position on lap 22.

 

The GEICO Toyota Tundra did not react the intended way, as Papis radioed that the shock adjustment made the truck loose on entrance and tight in the middle, as well as hitting the splitter on the racetrack. Goss encouraged his driver to keep pushing the Gecko as hard as he could and reassured him that changes would be made on the next stop. The third caution came on lap 59 and gave Papis the opportunity to return to pit road for changes. The GEICO pit crew changed four tires, fuel, reversed the previous shock adjustment and made an air pressure change. As the race returned to green flag conditions on lap 64, Papis held the 21st position.

 

A short nine laps later, the fourth caution was brought out for an accident in turn four. Papis received the Lucky Dog Award, placing the GEICO Toyota back on the lead lap. Having to start at the tail end of the longest line as a result of the award, Papis came in for fuel and a rubber adjustment to help the handling. On lap 76, Papis was scored in 19th-place.

 

As the race went into a routine, green flag pit stops became necessary for all the leaders. Around lap 120, fellow competitors began to hit pit road for fuel and adjustments. Papis moved into sixth position before coming to the attention of his GEICO pit crew once again on lap 131 for fuel and a track bar adjustment. The sixth caution came on lap 143 after the field had cycled through with Papis holding 15th-place on the restart.

 

One lap later, a multi-truck accident occurred in turn four setting the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. Papis once again received the Lucky Dog Award and came to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. Taking the first attempt at a two-lap finish, Papis took off from the 11th position, which is where the GEICO Toyota Tundra crossed the finish line as the checkered flag flew.

 

“This race showed the character of my guys on this GEICO team,” said Papis after the race. “We didn’t have a very good Toyota but we never gave up. We kept digging as hard as we could and to come home with an 11th-place finish is good. This team will head back to the shop and figure out why we didn’t run as well as we would have liked and be ready to go next week at Iowa. Overall it was a great night for Germain Racing to have two trucks in the top-five and the GEICO Toyota close behind.”

 

Papis dropped one position to 12th-place in the NCWTS driver championship point standings. The Italian is only one point behind teammate Todd Bodine who holds the 11th position. Next Saturday, July 16, Papis and the GEICO Racing team head to Iowa Speedway for the 11th race of the 2011 season. Live television coverage can be seen on SPEED beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Set-Up Show. In addition, the radio broadcast can be heard on MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

 

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

 

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

 

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com 

 

Jun 13
2011

Bodine Says NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra Was in Shape to Contend before Crash Ended Night Early

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Bodine Says NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra Was in Shape to Contend before Crash Ended Night Early

 

Mooresville, NC (06-13-2011) – Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway saw six-time winner Todd Bodine ease the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra into position, just outside the top-five 40 laps into the 167-lap event. As if to show the fans what he’s famous for – running up front at the Fort Worth 1.5-mile circuit – Bodine spent the early laps running in and around the top-ten and marching steadily toward the front. He and his crew were in a good position to contend for their seventh victory, according to Bodine.

 

“I think we would’ve been a contender that’s the way we end up doing things at Germain Racing. By the end of the race, the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra was going to be ready to go,” said Bodine, who started eighth after ranking ninth and eighth in Thursday’s two practice sessions.

 

Bodine said the No. 30 Tundra started a bit tight, but, the team made adjustments that were needed and he was very confident in his NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Toyota.

 

“We started off way too tight off the corners. We adjusted it and got it freed up and it was definitely better. Our NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra still wasn’t completely right but we were gaining on it,” said Bodine.

 

The night took a downward turn in a sequence of events. Bodine spun out with Brian Ickler, causing little damage to either truck, but, putting Bodine back in traffic.

 

“I spun out with Brian Ickler and that got us in the back with the guys we didn’t want to race with. I made a mistake and caused us to wreck and it hurts because I think we had a great chance at getting this NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra into the winner’s circle tonight,” said Bodine who finished 31st on Friday.

 

The next race for Todd Bodine and the No. 30 team is at Kentucky Speedway on July 7th. There the team will unveil a new paint scheme; a black/gold/silver and white No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra will take the to track and Bodine and the Germain Racing crew will work to defend last season’s Kentucky race win. Watch the action live starting at 8:00 PM on SPEED, July 7th.

 

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Jun 12
2011

Mears - Pocono Post Race Report

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DESPITE SETBACK, MEARS MAINTAINS MOMENTUM IN POCONO

 

Long Pond, PA (June 12, 2011) – The last couple of weeks have found Casey Mears’ dance card unusually full.  He and his wife Trisha have welcomed home a baby boy, and Mears has managed to keep his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry 33rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Point standings.  Pocono offered the Bakersfield, CA, native the opportunity to further solidify his status in the Top 35.

 

After being 36th in the opening practice session on Friday, Mears gained speed and rested 29th on the chart when the final practice session closed later in the afternoon.  His qualifying draw did him no favors, as he was just the ninth driver to take a shot at a starting position for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race when qualifying got underway on Saturday at Pocono Raceway.  Mears paced the 2.5-mile tri-oval in 53.360 seconds, landing the #13 GEICO Camry 35th on the starting grid, just behind Kyle Busch in 34th.

 

Race day found teams pondering Mother Nature’s plans, as overcast skies, cool temperatures and light drizzle encompassed the Pocono area.  With 200 laps on the docket, teams were plotting strategies that would hopefully find them at the head of the field at the halfway point.  Fortunately, for the full house of race fans on hand Sunday, the weather would hold off and the field would go green at its advertised start time.

 

Mears and the GEICO Camry rolled off of the starting grid in the 35th position when the green flag was displayed in Long Pond, PA, on Sunday afternoon.  Bookended on the starting grid by Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle, Mears was looking to make quick progress in the #13 GEICO Camry.  By the close of the opening lap, he had moved into the 34th position, and Lap 2 saw the #13 GEICO Camry in 31st.

 

Mears wheeled effortlessly around the ‘Tricky Triangle’, maneuvering the #13 GEICO Camry into the 17th position on Lap 12.  The Gecko’s assault on Pocono would continue and Mears would eventually break into the Top 5 on Lap 21. 

 

Mears’ success would not come without adversity, however, as he seemed to have a war brewing with Turn 3.  Lacking rear bite, Mears struggled to make it through the turn on each lap.  A scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 45 provided the Germain Racing pit crew the opportunity to refresh the #13 GEICO Camry with four new Goodyear tires, a tank full of Sunoco racing fuel and much needed adjustments.   

 

Upon his return to the racing surface, Mears would once again approach the Top 20 before Lap 64 delivered a gut-punch of sorts.  Mears radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker that his shifter handle had broken, leaving the #13 GEICO Camry stuck in fourth gear.  The good news is that the car was stuck in fourth gear, which allowed Mears to remain at speed while navigating the racetrack under green flag conditions.  The challenge would be getting the #13 GEICO Camry off of pit road during any upcoming pit stops when the first three gears were not available to assist. 

 

The first hurdle came on Lap 73, when Mears visited pit road for service under green flag conditions.  He would quickly go down a lap and find himself in the 33rd position.  An undaunted Mears would not surrender to his frustration, but instead continued the fight.  By the halfway point of the race, Mears had the #13 GEICO Camry once again approaching the Top 25 and ran in 27th on Lap 98.

 

A much needed caution flag was displayed on Lap 110, allowing the Germain Racing pit crew the opportunity to fix the infamous shifter handle.  It would take two separate visits to pit road in order to avoid going down another lap, but the GEICO crew made the repair and Mears returned to the racetrack with all four gears in operable condition.   

 

After restarting the race in the 32nd position on Lap 117, Mears spent the balance of the afternoon trying to make up lost ground. 

 

When the checkered flag waved in the Pennsylvania mountains, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry recorded a 30th place finish and further solidified their position in the Top 35.  The Germain Racing team remains 33rd in the standings, but they now have a 39-point cushion over 35th. 

 

“It was a frustrating day for us because we had a good car and a good motor and the #13 GEICO Camry felt good out there early on,” Mears said after exiting the GEICO Camry.  “The important thing is that we showed how well we can run and we also remained composed when we had to get the shifter repaired.  I love the attitude of this team and the fact that we never quit.  We could’ve very easily gone down three or four laps, but we didn’t.  It was a tough day, but we still were able to gain in the point standings.”

 

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