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Nov 01
2010

MEARS LEADS IN ‘DEGA; NETS TOP 25

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

Talladega, AL (October 31, 2010) – Talladega is known to have one of the wildest races (and infields) on the NASCAR circuit.  When Halloween and NASCAR clash at the historic racetrack it only lends credence on both counts.  Casey Mears and the GEICO team were hoping not to fall victim to ‘The Big One’ when they arrived on-site this weekend.

 

Friday afternoon saw the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hitting the track for two practice sessions.  Although Mears appeared to be fast enough to make Sunday’s field of 43, his times were unspectacular.  A seasoned veteran, Mears showed little concern as he left the garage area after the final practice on Friday.

 

When qualifying got underway, Mears appeared relaxed as he buckled into the #13 GEICO Camry.  He calmly left pit road, but soon after he stormed around the 2.66-mile tri-oval in just 52.151 seconds, netting GEICO their best ever NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying effort.  Mears would start Sunday’s Amp Energy Juice 500 from the inside of Row 5, in the 9th position. 

 

Bright sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s welcomed the Sprint Cup Series to the track on race day.  Mears took the green flag in the 9th position, but by Lap 5 he was running 5th.  As Talladega would have it, the #13 GEICO Camry would fall in and out of the draft and vacillated anywhere between 5th and 24th positions through the opening forty laps of the race.

 

Crew chief Bootie Barker ordered the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road on Lap 40 for a scheduled green flag pit stop.  The Germain Racing pit crew outfitted Mears with two right side tires and fuel before returning him to the racing surface in the 24th position.

 

Just two laps later, Mears reported to Barker: “It won’t run by itself, I need someone around me.”  On Lap 47, he found that someone and he quickly jumped the GEICO Camry to 19th.  Lap 50 saw Mears in the middle of a four-car draft that included Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.  The 4-car draft quickly rejoined the main pack of cars and Mears returned to business as usual, picking up positions until he reached 8th on Lap 60. 

 

A single lap later, on Lap 61, Mears was running third and pulled out and became the leader of the race, until Jeff Burton left him hung out to dry with no one to push him.

 

The event’s first caution flag of the day was displayed on Lap 70, allowing Mears to bring the #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  They provided Mears with four fresh Goodyear tires, a tank of Sunoco racing fuel and much needed rear adjustments.  After restarting 20th on Lap 74, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry continued their solid Top 20 run. 

 

With 62 laps to go, Casey asked Barker how many laps were left, obviously starting to mentally decide when to make a move. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry were running solidly in the Top 10 when Marcos Ambrose got turned, initiating a multi-car spin.  Mears somehow managed to narrowly avoid peril and keep the GEICO Camry clean despite cars spinning around him.  Barker told Mears to come down pit road for a quick fuel stop under the caution.  Mears arrived in the GEICO Racing pit box and the Germain Racing pit crew quickly filled his car with fuel and returned him to the racetrack two spots to the good.

 

As the laps began to wind down, the GEICO Camry was sitting in the 9th position with just 43 laps remaining in the race.  With 20 to go, Mears’ voice sounded more like he was sitting on his couch at home, rather than in a racecar traveling at 200 miles per hour.  He was calm, cool and collected when he said to Barker, “I’m waiting to see who is going to make a move.”

 

In Hollywood drama type fashion, the caution flag was displayed for debris with just seven laps remaining in the race.  Mears took the opportunity to come down pit road and take a quick splash of fuel before the dash for cash began. 

 

Restarting 26th with five laps to go, Mears moved the #13 GEICO into the 21st position on the subsequent lap.  He dropped to 32nd on Lap 187, but the final lap found him charging hard to the front, reaching as high as 24th before the event’s final caution flag of the day waved just after the white flag was shown to the field.  Consequently, the field was frozen, prohibiting Mears from continuing his assault on the field.  Rather than the Top 10 he was sure to have, Mears and the GEICO Racing team were instead stuck with a 24th place finish, just ahead of Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne, who also fell victim to the last lap caution.

 

While a Top 25 is generally considered a success in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing, today it was only frustrating.  Mears spent his entire afternoon running in or around the Top 15 and the #13 GEICO Camry was poised for a Top 10 finish, if not for the last lap crash that saw A.J. Allmendinger upside down in Turn 1.

 

When spotter Jason Jarrett informed Mears of the last lap caution flag, Mears yelled what everyone was else was thinking: “You’ve got to be kidding me!”

 

“It’s a frustrating outcome because we ran so well all day; the #13 GEICO Camry was great in the draft and we were definitely headed for a Top 10,” said a frustrated Mears.  “We were solid today and it was great to be able to put the GEICO Camry up front and even lead the race at one point.  This is Talladega, what else can you say.  We’ll get back after it in Texas next week.”

 

Next week, Casey Mears and the GEICO team head to the Lone Star State.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile quad-oval at Texas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 1:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, November 5th.  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (EDT).

 

The AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 7th and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (EDT). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

  

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

Nov 01
2010

SPOOKY MOVE COSTS PAPIS A CHANCE AT A WIN AT HALLODEGA

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

 

Talladega, AL (October 30, 2010) – After announcing in August that he would be embarking on a full-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011, Papis arrived in Talladega poised to pick up where he left off in Daytona in February. 

 

Daytona found ‘Mad’ Max leading his first ever NASCAR laps before Nelson Piquet, Jr., ended the hopes of the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra in a late race crash.  Undaunted, Papis emerged from the truck with a smile on his face almost as if he was announcing that he had arrived.

 

The last time Papis saw racing action was August 18th in Bristol when he piloted the #9 GEICO Tundra in the O’Reilly 200. 

 

A well-rested Papis took to Talladega Superspeedway for the opening practice on Friday appearing as though he had not missed a beat.  He immediately shot to the top of the charts, finding the #9 GEICO Tundra first fastest for a large portion of the two-hour session.  He ultimately ended up 10th on the chart and headed into qualifying with great hopes.

 

While practice had proved fruitful for Papis and the GEICO team, qualifying provided a slight setback, as Papis’ lap time of 54.030 seconds was only good enough for the 20th starting position.  When he climbed from the #9 GEICO Tundra after his qualifying run, Papis showed little emotion and instead immediately shifted his attention to Saturday’s race. 

 

Saturday found the feisty Italian approaching the Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred’s with a businessman’s demeanor.  Prior to climbing into the GEICO Tundra during pre-race, Papis said to the Germain Racing team members, “We are here for just one reason.”  He must have believed his own words because after starting 20th, Papis had jumped to 10th in just the opening lap.  By Lap 8, he was running 7th and settling comfortably into the front pack of cars. 

 

The event’s first caution flag of the day was displayed on Lap 23 when Justin Lofton and Jeffery Earnhardt found themselves tangled up in a crash.  Papis brought the #9 GEICO Tundra to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew on Lap 26 and they provided him with four fresh Goodyear tires and a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel.  Although Papis came down pit road in the 11th position, the Germain Racing pit crew sent the GEICO Tundra back out onto the racing surface in the 8th position, gaining three spots during the yellow flag visit. 

 

After restarting 8th on Lap 33, Papis quickly jumped to 7th and looked to make calculated moves to reach the front of the field. Lap 37 found Papis getting a bit sideways thanks to the efforts of a fellow competitor.  He did a masterful job of keeping the truck straight and continued his Top 10 run.

 

Few things are spookier than racing at Talladega on Halloween weekend, but what would happen next could very well raise the bar.

 

On Lap 59, Papis was ordered to prepare for a scheduled green flag pit stop, as there had not been a caution flag since Lap 23.  Little did anyone know that a lap later Papis would be the reason for the event’s next caution.  On Lap 60, Craig Goess, Jr., the driver of the #46 truck, made a left hand turn into Papis’ #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, sending him into the inside retaining wall.  Goess failed to look to his left prior to diving onto pit road, which ultimately caused significant damage to Papis’ truck and relegated him to a 27th place finish. 

 

A frustrated Papis emerged unscathed from his GEICO Tundra, but he measured his words before speaking to anyone within earshot.

 

“It’s so frustrating and I just don’t understand it because I was looking right at him, he was right next to me,” Papis said while visibly guarding his tongue.  “We had a shot at winning this thing, we had the #9 GEICO Tundra running up front all day, so to have something like this happen is certainly disappointing.  But, we had a great day and everyone knew the GEICO team was here and they know that Max is back.”

 

Papis and the GEICO team will next travel to the Lone Star state for next week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. 

 

Papis and the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra will hit the 1.5-mile quad-oval of Texas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 1:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, November 4th.  Qualifying will follow at 8:10 PM (EDT).

 

The WinStar World Casino 350K NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is on Friday, November 5th.  The race will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 8:30 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com

 

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

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

 

Oct 29
2010

MAX IS BACK!

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

Talladega, AL (October 29, 2010) – After a two-month break, ‘Mad’ Max Papis is back in the saddle of the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. 

 

Papis has an affinity for superspeedways, as seen earlier this spring in Daytona where he led his first-ever laps as a NASCAR driver. 

 

If today’s opening practice session is any indication, this weekend will be just as exciting as that cold February night in Daytona.  Papis quickly took to the 2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval and rested atop the speed chart for over an hour of the two-hour practice. He ultimately ended up 10th fastest with a lap time of 50.417 seconds at a rate of speed of 189.936 miles per hour.

 

Papis and the GEICO Racing team now await qualifying.  Truck Series qualifying can be seen live on SPEED beginning at 4:30 PM (EDT).

 

The Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is on Saturday, October 30th, and it will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 3:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Oct 27
2010

Bodine and No. 30 Valvoline Seeking Third Talladega Win

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

  - Bodine Leads Truck Series Championship Battle by 282-point margin

 - Has Earned Four Wins this season, 21 in his Truck Series Career

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

 

October 26, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Talladega Superspeedway will be a welcome sight for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader, Todd Bodine, and the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra crew of Germain Racing. Bodine cleared one of the two remaining unknowns on the 2010 Truck Series schedule as he seeks his second championship title. He and the Germain Racing team left Martinsville Speedway with a third-place finish and a 282-point lead and turned their sights on the last big variable in the championship puzzle—Talladega.

 

“Talladega is the last big unknown on the schedule for this Germain Racing team. We have been to victory lane at Talladega twice, we’ve sat on the pole there, but, we know that when we unload the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra at Talladega, there’s a lot about how it finishes that’s beyond our control. As a crew chief, I’ve got even less control than the man behind the wheel,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 

Truck Series champion Todd Bodine, who continues to lead the 2010 standings by a record-setting margin after racking up four wins and two pole awards to add to his  NASCAR career totals, calls Talladega a wild card.

 

“We saw it at Daytona, how close we came to winning that race and how we missed out at the very last second. Talladega is an even bigger wild card than a Daytona or a Martinsville. It’s a track where you have to be as lucky as you are good. This No. 30 Valvoline Tundra team is really good at Talladega. We have two wins there. With the right luck this week, we’ll get our third win at that track,” said Bodine, who has finished fourth or better in each of the four Truck Series events at Talladega, including two wins and one pole award. Further, Bodine has finished fifth or better in each of the 10 superspeedway races.

 

While Talladega is a wild card on the schedule as far as the final result, Hillman Jr. explains that this team knows what to expect when they unload in the Alabama infield.

 

“The truck we are racing is the same truck we’ve used for all four of our superspeedway wins. We know this truck. We know that the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra will be one of the top trucks right off the trailer. A lot of that confidence comes from all of the hard work put into this truck by the guys in the paint shop, the fab shop, and by our team members. And, a lot of our confidence comes from the guy behind the wheel - Todd Bodine. He has a unique talent for tracks like this and it kind of makes my job from the pit box a little bit easier,” said Hillman, whose team has chosen chassis TRD-058 for Talladega duty.

 

Watch Bodine the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra on Saturday, October 30th, at Talladega Superspeedway. You can watch the action on SPEED beginning with practice at 10:00 AM Eastern on Friday, followed by qualifying that afternoon at 4:40 PM and racing on Saturday at 3:00 PM. If you won’t be by a TV, set your DVR, and tune your radio dial to your local MRN affiliate  Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 

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Oct 25
2010

Bodine, Germain Racing Lead Most Laps, Finish 3rd at Martinsville

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, N.C. (10-25-1010) – The Germain Racing team knew Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway was a wild card as far as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings were concerned. In the spring, they brought a top-performing race truck to the track, only to see their race day cut short by someone else’s mistake. Todd Bodine, the series points leader since May, entered the race 262 points ahead, and left with another twenty points cushion. With the help of strong performances by the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra pit crew, Bodine took the lead for 83 laps before finishing third. It was an outstanding effort by team and driver, who were reeling from the loss of Bodine’s mother on Friday evening, as well as working to overcome a tough starting position.

 

“This race was a little eventful for us – not a normal, typical Martinsville for us.  Starting 24th we knew we had to strategize our way to the front and (Mike Hillman) Junior (crew chief) did a great job and had a plan laid out to get track position that we needed and it worked.  We had a really, really good Toyota Tundra.  It kind of went away a little bit at the end.  I was overdriving it a little bit probably,” said Bodine, who was pleased with the third place result of the Germain.com Tundra. “This was one of the wild cards we were worried about with the points race and anything can happen like in the spring time.  A guy stopped in front of me in the middle of the back straightaway and I ran into him, popped the radiator and blew the motor.  That’s stuff that you can’t control.  To come out of here with the Germain.com Tundra in third is a great day, a good run for us.  We’ve got a lot of good runs at Martinsville – we finally led some laps and ended up leading the most laps today so that was good points wise.  I’m proud of everybody at Germain Racing for sticking with me and doing a great job every single week.”

 

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. was extremely proud of his team and driver and what they accomplished after 206 laps of Martinsville racing.

 

“I couldn’t ask for more from any one on this Germain.com Tundra team. We’ve all had a very long week for a variety of reasons. To come here, to a track that’s been one where we have struggled or seen our hard work end up in pieces in the garage, and to have a race like we had where we were out front, the truck to beat, for almost half the race. We are very happy with our third-place finish. It was a great reward for all that everyone has worked through this week,” said Hillman.

 

On Saturday, Bodine drove the race truck that went to victory lane at Darlington Raceway. He raced with a determined but heavy heart, which was very evident in his post-race interview with SPEED’s Adam Alexander.

 

“I’m really proud of this team. We didn’t have the fastest truck today, but we finished third. That’s because of what Junior did and the guys in the pits. This is how you win championships. We did really good. I’m proud of this Germain Racing team. It’s tough. I was good until we got on pit road and then it was pretty hard. It’s all good now. Mom and Dad were watching. They were in the grandstands in the sky rooting for me. Mom and Dad loved this race track and I know they were with me,” explained Bodine of his race, which came the day after he found out his mother, Carol June Bodine, had passed away.

 

The No. 30 Valvoline Tundra races next on Saturday, October 30th at Talladega Superspeedway, a track where Bodine and Germain Racing have combined for two victories and a pole award. You can watch the coverage on SPEED beginning with practice at 10:00 AM Eastern on Friday, followed by qualifying that afternoon at 4:40 PM and racing on Saturday at 3:00 PM. If you won’t be by a TV, set your DVR, and tune your radio dial to your local MRN affiliate.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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Oct 19
2010

Germain Racing, Bodine Going Pink for Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway

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

 - Bodine Leads the Truck Series Championship Battle by a 262-point margin

 - No. 30 Germain.com Tundra Will Sport Special Pink Scheme for October NBCA

 - Germain Racing has 22 Truck Series Victories and Eight Pole Awards

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

 

October 19, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Taking a record-setting point lead into Martinsville Speedway for Saturday’s Kroger 200 is no reason for the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team to throw caution to the wind. Instead, driver Todd Bodine and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. have some plans in place for how to deal with the endless variables presented by racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on one of the toughest short tracks in NASCAR.

 

“Martinsville is a tough little short track. Anything can happen and we know we have to come out of there with a good finish. Do we want to win? Of course we do! We are going to Martinsville with high expectations, and, at the same time, we realize what our finish needs to be,” explained Bodine, the 2010 Truck Series championship points leader, who has collected four wins behind the wheel of the No. 30 Tundra this year.

 

When Bodine says the Germain Racing team is heading to Martinsville Speedway to collect the team’s first short-track win, he’s serious. The team returns to the track with TRD-122, which ran at Martinsville in the spring, and has since been to Darlington’s winner’s circle. It also passed a recent testing session with flying colors.

 

“We tested at Little Rock and we think we have the right truck for Martinsville. I expect that the Germain.com Tundra will still be tight in the middle of the corners, but we have a game plan to fix it,” said Hillman.

 

Bodine further explained the philosophy behind the testing session.

 

“We didn’t go to Little Rock to find a chassis setup for Martinsville. We went to Little Rock to improve on our short track program and we are now going into Martinsville with a little extra optimism. We have a direction to go. We went to Little Rock to figure some other things out and we did. We should be fine,” said Bodine.

 

At Bodine’s insistence, the Germain Racing team took their typical effort to promote October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month a step further. In addition to sporting pink ribbons, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra will be very pink.

 

“For a lot of reasons, promoting Breast Cancer Awareness has been an important mission for Germain Racing since our first year in the Trucks. All Germain Racing vehicles have pink ribbons in October. The Germain.com Tundra will be very pink at Martinsville. Everything on the truck that would normally be red is going to be pink. It’s going to look great. I can’t wait to see it,” said Bodine.

 

Watch for Bodine in the pink Germain.com Tundra on Saturday, October 23, at Martinsville Speedway. SPEED will cover Truck Series practice on Friday, the 22nd, at 1:00 PM ET, and live racing on Saturday at 12:30 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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Oct 11
2010

HOMETOWN BOY DOES GOOD: MEARS NETS SECOND CONSECUTIVE TOP 25

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

Fontana, CA (October 10, 2010) – After the checkered flag had been displayed in Kansas last weekend, GEICO driver Casey Mears was quick to pack up his things and board a flight with his wife and daughter to California.  That’s because Mears spent his childhood in Bakersfield, just 150-miles removed from Fontana. 

 

Mears’ week proved fruitful, as he got to visit home, and also celebrated his daughter’s second birthday.  Capping off his week was the success that met him when he arrived in Fontana for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.

 

Mears sent the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to the top of the speed charts within five minutes of being on the racetrack.  He quickly shot up to seventh and would later end up 23rd when the only practice session prior to qualifying ended.  The #13 GEICO Camry was the fastest ‘go or go home’ car, with Jason Leffler being the next closest contender in 30th.

 

When qualifying got underway, Mears went out 38th, meaning he would be the third ‘go or go home’ car to take to the racing surface for his two lap qualifying effort.  Mears would not need to wait around to learn his fate for Sunday’s race because he quickly placed the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry on Row 6 on the starting grid for the Pepsi Max 400.  Qualifying 12th, Mears handed GEICO their best ever qualifying effort since their foray into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009.

 

Hot temperatures heated the racetrack when race day arrived and a stronger than expected wind worried crew chiefs and drivers alike.  Fortunately, it did not appear that either of these conditions would ultimately play a role in Sunday’s race. 

 

After starting 12th, Mears held strong in the Top 15 when the green flag was displayed, battling for positions and even garnering significant television time while holding off several Chase contenders. Unfortunately, however, he soon appeared to freefall through the field.  On Lap 23, Mears radioed to Crew Chief Bootie Barker, “The car is really loose.  It’s tight in the center and loose in and loose off.”  Barker assured him they would go to work on the #13 GEICO Camry when the first caution flag came out. 

 

They would not have to wait long, as Greg Biffle’s engine blew on Lap 40, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the day, and allowing the Germain Racing team the opportunity to right the #13 GEICO Camry. Mears came down pit road and took on four fresh tires, a tank of fuel, and adjustments.  Mears entered the pits 32nd, but the Germain Racing pit crew sent him back out 30th, netting two positions during the stop.

 

After restarting 30th on Lap 46, Mears quickly jumped to 23rd by Lap 51 before the event’s second caution flag of the day was brought out by a Marcos Ambrose spin on Lap 53.  When Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry in for service, the Germain Racing pit crew outfitted his car with four tires, fuel, and a half round of wedge in the left rear.  Despite making the adjustments during the pit stop, Mears would not lose any positions on pit road and would restart 22nd when the race went back under green on Lap 58.  However, the caution flag would immediately make another appearance on behalf of Carl Edwards before one lap was completed under green.  Having picked up two spots on the single green flag lap, Mears restarted 20th on Lap 59.  Mears picked up three positions in two laps and by Lap 63 he was flirting with the Top 15, as he sat 17th. 

 

Mears continued to battle a loose condition and to add to the issue, he reported a vibration on Lap 95.  When the caution flag was displayed on lap 114, the Germain Racing pit crew serviced the #13 GEICO Camry and sent Mears back out two spots to the good, allowing him to restart 19th after coming into the pits in the 21st position. 

 

The call of the day came on Lap 155 when Mears was running 24th when the yellow flag waved.  During Mears’ trip down pit road, Barker ordered the Germain Racing pit crew to only put two tires on the #13 GEICO Camry in order to gain valuable track position.  He added that they needed to pack the fuel tank full of fuel in hopes of having enough to make it to the end.  The former worked, as Mears was able to pick up 17 positions on pit road, but the latter did not fair as well, as the #13 GEICO Camry would still be half a lap short of being able to go the distance. 

 

Restarting 7th with just 42 laps remaining, Mears ran solidly in the Top 10 before competitors with four fresh tires would begin to get the best of him.  He also continued to suffer from an incident that happened midway through the race.  A fellow competitor took a trip through the infield grass, but Mears suffered the consequences, as grass and dirt filled the grill of the #13 GEICO Camry.  The Germain Racing pit crew worked feverishly to clean out the grill, but the engine would continue to lose power nevertheless. Despite the setback, Mears still managed to run comfortably in the Top 20. 

 

As the race began to wind down, Barker began to contemplate when he would need to bring the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road to top off with fuel.  On Lap 182, the racing gods answered his prayer when the caution flag was displayed, allowing Mears the opportunity to take on the necessary Sunoco racing fuel.  He would also take on four tires and then restart the race in the 21st position on Lap 187. 

 

When you go to Hollywood, you would expect drama.  NASCAR is no different, and with just seven laps remaining in the 400-mile race, the final caution flag of the day came out, providing fans with an entertaining finish. 

 

Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road and took on just two tires before restarting the race 21st with just three laps left on the docket. Despite losing power in the engine and battling the flag-to-flag loose condition, Mears managed to hustle to his second consecutive Top 25 finish and also put smiles on the faces of his hometown crowd. 

 

“We are competitive and this GEICO team can be really good; we’re getting there,” Mears said after climbing from the GEICO Camry.  “We’ve come a long way pretty quick and we have high expectations for ourselves, so we’re going to continue working hard at the shop, as well as working on getting sponsorship for the remaining races, both this year and next.” 

 

He continued, “We have GEICO on-board for Charlotte and Talladega for the remainder of this year, so we need to find a company to partner with us for the other races and have as much fun as we’re having building this program. GEICO is a tremendous partner and their support is unwavering; I really can’t thank them enough for giving us this opportunity.”

 

Next week, Casey Mears and the GEICO team get to sleep in their own beds, as they will race under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile quad-oval in Concord, NC, for the opening practice session at 3:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, October 14th.  Qualifying will follow at 7:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, October 16th, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT), while the Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Oct 04
2010

PERSISTENT MEARS NETS TOP 25 IN KANSAS

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

Kansas City, KS (October 3, 2010) – This weekend, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team headed to the heart of America where cooler temperatures awaited them.  They were looking to improve upon their 29th place finish in Dover last week.
 
Things got off to a quick start when Mears was the second fastest ‘go or go home’ car at the conclusion of the opening practice session on Friday.  However, qualifying dealt them a bit of a wildcard when Mears qualified the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry 37th for Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  The team felt as though they may have over adjusted the car prior to qualifying, causing them to be relegated to the 19th row on the starting grid.
 
When race day arrived, it was met with cold temperatures and bright sunshine.  As the green flag approached, the day would warm and a light breeze would overtake the speedway. Due to a transmission change in the #13 GEICO Camry, Mears would be forced to start at the rear of the field.
 
A seemingly undaunted Mears would quickly pick up positions once the race got underway, moving up to 37th by the second lap.  The GEICO Camry picked up another three spots and sat in the 34th position on Lap 6.  Mears immediately began battling a tight condition and found the car hard to handle in and out of the turns.  He radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker, “The car is really tight.” Barker assured Mears that they would make the necessary adjustments when the race went under caution.
 
Lap 41 found Juan Pablo Montoya scraping the wall in Turn 3, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the day.  Mears traveled down pit road on Lap 43 looking for relief from the Germain Racing pit crew.  The GEICO pit crew replenished the #13 GEICO Camry with four fresh Goodyear Racing tires, a tank of Sunoco racing fuel, and also made significant adjustments to the racecar.  Upon his return to the racing surface, Mears informed Barker that he felt a vibration.  
 
After restarting 34th on Lap 47, Mears noted the front end of the GEICO Camry, indicating that he was lacking grip on the racetrack. Just a few laps later, on Lap 52, Kyle Busch assisted David Reutimann coming out of Turn 2, sending Reutimann into a spin.  Mears said to Barker, “The car won’t turn.  The front end doesn’t grip and work.”  Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for service on Lap 53, where he received four tires, fuel and more adjustments.  Mears came down pit road in the 33rd position, but restarted the race on Lap 56 in 31st due to a timely stop by the Germain Racing pit crew.  
 
Mears dropped to 33rd on Lap 58 before making a brave move on the front stretch, going three wide in order to pick up two positions and move into 31st.  
 
The GEICO team would make their first scheduled green flag pit stop of the day on Lap 96.  Mears took on four new tires and fuel and, after coming down pit road in the 30th position, he would return to the racing surface 37th.  Mears made quick work of the cars in front of him, jumping up to 33rd in just two laps.  
Mears broke into the Top 30 and sat 27th on Lap 141 before another scheduled green flag pit stop sent him down pit road for service. He would emerge 34th and would take over the 28th position on Lap 154.  Lap 154 also found Reutimann and Busch once again making contact in Turn 2, sending the field under caution.  
 
Mears narrowly avoided peril on Lap 168 when Elliott Sadler was headed down pit road, but quickly changed his mind and turned up in front of the #13 GEICO Camry.  
 
Mears cracked the Top 25 on Lap 190.  Barker told Mears: “As it gets cooler, you’re getting faster. Keep doin’ what you’re doin’.” And he did.  Mears captured the 23rd position on Lap 198 before the GEICO team made their final stop of the day under green on Lap 220. After the Germain Racing pit crew turned out another quick stop, Mears rejoined the field running in the 33rd position.  Two laps later, the #13 GEICO Camry was 30th.
 
On Lap 226, Mears let Barker know that “all of a sudden the car got really loose.”  Loose must have been good because the GEICO Camry began picking off one spot after the other, rejoining the Top 25 on Lap 239.  
 
When the checkered flag was displayed after 400 miles of racing, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry recorded a 24th place finish.  
 
“It was a challenging day today, but the guys on this GEICO team worked really hard to get the car right,” Mears said.  “I was pleased with the pit crew today and we did a good job of getting on and off of pit road.  While we would liked to have finished better, we’ll take 24th and head to Fontana looking to continue to build this GEICO Racing program.”
 
Next week, Casey Mears and the GEICO team head west to Southern California for the Pepsi Max 400.  
 
Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 2-mile D-shaped oval in Fontana for the opening practice session at 3:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, October 8th.  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EDT).
 
The Pepsi Max 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 10th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing  
Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing
 

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Sep 27
2010

MONSTER MILE NO MATCH FOR MEARS’ RESILIENCE

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

Dover, DE (September 26, 2010) – Casey Mears arrived at Dover International Speedway looking to continue a roll that originated in Atlanta.  After finishing 26th in the Emory Healthcare 500, he took the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to Richmond and recorded a 21st place finish.

 

Mears’ effort is turning heads and among those heads are the executives at GEICO’s corporate office.  Initially not on the 18-race GEICO NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, Dover was quickly added after Mears’ finish at Richmond International Raceway.  Much like Richmond, Dover is just 90-miles from GEICO’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and provided yet another opportunity for the Gecko to play in his own backyard.

 

In typical Mears fashion, the #13 GEICO Camry was swift and decisive when it took to the Monster Mile in Dover.  Mears was second fastest among the ‘go or go home’ cars when the opening practice session concluded.  His encore performance in qualifying showed him one spot better, as he was the fastest ‘go or go home’ car and sat 27th overall, just head of Jeff Burton and one spot behind Tony Stewart. 

 

While rain began to fall on Sunday morning, it quickly cleared allowing the Sprint Cup Series the opportunity to go racing for 400-miles. When the race went green under overcast skies, Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry dropped to 29th during the opening laps. 

 

From the outset, Mears would battle a loose racecar.  The event’s first caution on Lap 39 would allow the Germain Racing pit crew to make adjustments on the #13 GEICO Camry. The adjustments would serve as little consolation to Mears, as he would continue to hold on and try to maintain control of the racecar. 

 

The Germain Racing team received another opportunity to work on the GEICO Camry when Ryan Newman seemed to get the best of David Reutimann on Lap 52, drawing the second caution flag of the afternoon.  After restarting 32nd on Lap 58, Mears seemed to pick up speed and move steadily through the field, reaching 24th by Lap 116.  A few laps later, the #13 GEICO Camry dipped into the Top 10, when Mears took over the 9th position just prior to his scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 118. 

 

Crew chief Bootie Barker made the save of the day when he anticipated a caution on Lap 187.  Mears, riding in the 23rd position, was preparing to guide the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop when Barker yelled, “Stay out, stay out, there’s going to be a caution.”  Barker’s words proved to be prophetic as just moments later the caution flag was displayed.  His quick action saved the GEICO team from going down multiple laps on the pit stop. 

 

Mears restarted the race in the 29th position on Lap 194 and settled in there for the balance of the afternoon. 

 

Despite battling an ill-handling racecar for nearly the entire 400-miles of the race, Mears and the GEICO Racing team managed to hustle to a 29th place finish, falling just two spots shy of their qualifying position.  Mears finished just behind Kasey Kahne and was outpaced by only one ‘go or go home’ car, the #09 of Bobby Labonte. 

 

“We had a tough day out there today and I’m proud of my GEICO team because we never quit all afternoon, we kept fighting until the checkered flag,” Mears said.  “The car was hard to handle and we really seemed to battle that all weekend, so it was nice to be able to salvage a 29th place finish today.  We’re excited to get to Kansas next weekend and get back after these guys.”

 

Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team will next head to the heart of America when they travel to Kansas City, Kansas, for the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Kansas Speedway for the opening practice session at 1:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, October 1st.  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 3rd, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

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Sep 21
2010

TODD BODINE AT HOME IN VEGAS

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

Mooresville, NC (September 20, 2010) – Widely regarded as one of the top drivers in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history, Todd Bodine is a native of Chemung, NY.  Shortly after catching the racing bug, Bodine moved south and settled in the Charlotte, NC, area, which serves as the epicenter of NASCAR. There is something to be said for ‘home sweet home’, but the 2006 Truck Series Champion feels just as comfortable when he settles into his room at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.  
 
While he has raced in America’s biggest races at some of the most historic racetracks, Bodine seems to favor Las Vegas.  Aside from his demonstrated success at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, which includes two victories, Bodine maintains a longstanding friendship with fellow Truck Series competitor Brendan Gaughan and his father, Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino proprietor who provides him with his Las Vegas home away from home at South Point.
 
“Janet (wife) and I always enjoy coming to Las Vegas because of the atmosphere at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the treatment we receive at the South Point.  I’ve known Brendan and Mr. Gaughan for many years and count them among our closest friends,” Bodine said.  “There’s something about flying into Vegas and seeing the bright lights and all of the energy the city provides.  It’s really special.”  He continued, “I also like what LVMS has done with the infield because the Fan Experience gives NASCAR fans great access to the garage and to their favorite drivers.”
 
Bodine’s New Year kicked off in a special way when he married the love of his life, Janet, in a South Florida ceremony that included only their closest friends and family members.  In a scene more suited for a NASCAR starting grid, Bodine was side-by-side with close friend Brendan Gaughan when the ceremony got underway.
 
While Bodine’s personal life was in perfect harmony, the Truck Series season would quickly follow suit.
 
2010 has Bodine and his #30 Toyota Tundra showing near domination of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  Six races remain on the schedule and he now holds one of the largest point leads in Truck Series history.  Having visited Victory Lane four times this season, Bodine and the Germain Racing team are coming to Las Vegas with one thing in mind: Winning.  
 
When asked about his expectations for this weekend’s Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350, Bodine answered bluntly and with a veteran’s calm.
 
“We go every week to win the race and if we can’t win the race, then we do the best we can and have the best points day possible,” Bodine said. “I’m appreciative of the support of the Germain Racing team and Valvoline this week, so when I get to Vegas I’m focused on one thing and that’s getting to Victory Lane; that’s the only reason we’re at the track.”
 
One thing is for certain and that is when Bodine arrives in the Entertainment Capital of the World, he will be putting on a show of his own when the green flag is displayed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
 
Bodine and the #30 Valvoline Toyota Tundra will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Saturday, September 25th.  Final practice follows at 1:45 PM (EDT), while qualifying is at 6:15 PM (EDT).
 
The Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race begins on Saturday, September 25th, at 9:00 PM (EDT) and will be televised live on SPEED television network.  Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
 

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