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Oct 25
2010

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

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , 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 20
2010

Candid Kenny Wallace on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Germain.com

     He’s been a NASCAR driver for more than two decades.  His energy and enthusiasm are contagious!  Kenny Wallace is approaching his 500th start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and he sits down and has a frank discussion with Dan “Boots” Longenette, Steve Germain, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Sunday from 2-3:45pm on 610 WTVN.    From the new Nationwide Series car, to ethanol fuel, to some Kenny Unleashed moments, the gang gets it all from a man who’s never met a microphone he didn’t like and never met a car he couldn’t drive.  If you don’t want the truth, then don’t ask Kenny.  His outspoken yet humorous approach to some issues keeps you thinking long after the checkered flag has waved.    

      Michael Sacks is an expert when it comes to automotive recalls and defects.  He offers up some insights every week, with his own style and flair in the 1-800-LEMON LAW MINUTE.  For more information, check out the Kimmel and Silverman website at www.lemonlaw.com.   Attorney Jack Moser shares his passion and seemingly endless knowledge of transportation law in his weekly busted for drunk driving.com feature.  

          The majority of the rest of the program is dedicated to you…the callers, the emailers.  The crew is ready for your questions at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.   You can also email the crew at www.autosmartsradio.com and join them via Facebook or Twitter!

     Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com has now gone into syndication.  If you can’t wait for Sunday, a one-hour version of the show can be heard Saturday mornings at 11 on NewsRadio 630 WLAP in Lexington, Kentucky.  Hit the net at www.wlap.com for an extra dose of the region’s premiere auto show!         

 

         For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart

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

 

 

 

    

    

 

    

Oct 19
2010

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

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , 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 19
2010

Michael Annett Revisits Gateway International Raceway to Promote Pilot Flying J Coffee Both On and Off the Track

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Madison, Ill. (October 19, 2010) – Germain Racing driver Michael Annett will return to Gateway International Raceway this week after posting an 11th place finish on the 1.25 mile oval in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 held earlier in the season on July 17. Sporting a special Pilot Flying J Coffee paint scheme on his No. 15 Toyota Camry, Annett and his team will compete in Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 250, the final non-companion race of the season for the Nationwide Series.

 

Pilot Flying J, a longtime sponsor of Annett in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and currently in the Nationwide Series, maintains one of their over 550 locations just across the street from Gateway International Raceway. Convenient to race fans and travelers alike, the Pilot Travel Center location on State Route 203 at exit 4 off of Interstates 55 and 70, will host Annett on race day from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. for an autograph session. In conjunction with Saturday’s race, samples of Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate” will be provided free to race fans and store customers.

 

Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 250 will be Annett’s third time featuring the special Pilot Flying J Coffee paint scheme. The second year Nationwide Series driver piloted the car at Kansas Speedway and Auto Club Speedway earlier this month. In addition to his time on the track, Annett will also sign autographs at Gateway International Raceway on Friday from 6:15-7:15 p.m. on pit road.

 

Eager to return to Gateway, Annett will look to benefit from his previous track experience. In addition to his 11th place effort there earlier this year, Annett boasts a seventh place Rookie of the Race finish on the 1.25 mile oval in the 2009 Nationwide Series event at Gateway. The 24-year-old driver also has experience there in the Camping World Truck Series where he had a ninth place qualifying effort in 2008 and in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards where he started third and finished sixth in 2007.

 

The 32nd of 35 races in the 2010 Nationwide Series season kicks off with practice on Friday from 2:30-4 p.m. followed by final practice from 4:30-6 p.m. Qualifying begins at 10:35 a.m. on Saturday and drivers start their engines for the 200 lap 5-Hour Energy 250 at 3:30 p.m. Final practice, qualifying and the race will air live on ESPN 2. Race coverage begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday. All times are ET.

 

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

 

About Pilot Flying J:

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

 

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

 

Oct 13
2010

Getting Some “Lemon-Aid” for that Sour Drive on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Germain.com

     Ever forced to deal with a lemon that didn’t seem to cooperate and a car dealer with a sour disposition to match?  Michael Sacks lives to help you out of those situations!  The Director of Communications and Client Services for Kimmel and Silverman is ready for your horror stories, a couple of weeks before Halloween.   The host of the 1-800-Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute has plenty to share.   Michael joins Dan “Boots” Longenette, Steve Germain, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Sunday from 2-4pm on 610 WTVN.    From model quirks to extensive recalls, Michael has the information you need and shares it with callers at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.   You can also email the crew at www.autosmartsradio.com and join us via Facebook or Twitter! 

 

     Mark Bloom wants to make sure the drivers of tomorrow are not adequate.  He wants them to excel behind the wheel.  He joins the gang to talk about a headline-making arrangement his Bloom School of Driving Dynamix has with law enforcement to make sure today’s teens are the safest drivers ever.

 

     Every week it seems there’s another legal issue or challenge when it comes to dealing with impaired driving.  Attorney Jack Moser keeps track of those issues.  Even if you don’t partake in any kind of spirit, he can tell you how legal interpretations can effect the sober in his weekly busted for drunk driving.com feature.  

 

     Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com has now gone into syndication.  If you can’t wait for Sunday, a one-hour version of the show can be heard Saturday mornings at 11 on NewsRadio 630 WLAP in Lexington, Kentucky.  Hit the net at www.wlap.com for an extra dose of the region’s premiere auto show!         

    

 

 

 

    

    

 

    

Oct 13
2010

Michael Annett Teams with Valvoline at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Fourth Nationwide Series New Car Race of 2010

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Concord, N.C. (October 12, 2010) – As the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit competes at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week, Michael Annett and his Germain Racing teammates will race just miles from their Mooresville, N.C. headquarters. Competing in his No. 15 Toyota Camry wrapped with Valvoline’s classic red, white and blue paint scheme, Annett and his team are again excited to partner with Valvoline and represent their brand for Friday’s Nationwide Series Dollar General 300.

 

After partnering with the Germain Racing organization earlier in the season, Valvoline will make its second appearance on the No. 15 Toyota Camry after the car carried the familiar Valvoline colors in the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

The Friday night Dollar General 300 will be the fourth and final race in the Nationwide Series new car before its full integration into the series in 2011. Adapting well to the changes that the new car brings, Annett finished 12th in his new Toyota Camry at its debut at Daytona International Speedway (July 4), 16th at Michigan International Speedway (August 14) and 20th at Richmond International Raceway (September 10). The second year Nationwide Series driver considers Charlotte Motor Speedway his favorite track and really likes the way the new car drives, so Annett looks to capitalize on these attributes with a strong run on Friday.

 

Longtime sponsor, Pilot Flying J, will continue their “Best Coffee on the Interstate” activation program this weekend at the track with sampling of their renowned coffee brand in the Charlotte Motor Speedway fan zone. Annett introduced Pilot Flying J’s coffee initiative to the sport at the beginning of the month by carrying a special Pilot Flying J Coffee paint scheme on his No. 15 Toyota Camry at Nationwide Series races at Kansas Speedway (October 2) and Auto Club Speedway (October 9). The No.

15 Pilot Flying J Camry will also hit the track at Gateway International Raceway (October 23), Texas Motor Speedway (November 6) and Phoenix International Raceway (November 13).

 

Crossing paths during the week leading into the May race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Annett and Fisher’s ATV World host, Brian Fisher, met up for an ATV ride at Carolina Adventure World in Winnsboro, S.C. Annett, his crew chief Ryan Fugle, and Pilot Flying J executives Scott Wombold and Brian Mosher participated in the ride and their escapade was featured on Fisher’s ATV World on the Outdoor Channel this summer. To thank Fisher for the one-of-a-kind experience, Annett and the No. 15 Germain Racing team have invited him to be an honorary pit crew member during this week’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

With the Nationwide Series in the new car for the first time at Charlotte Motor Speedway, drivers and teams will have an additional day of practice on Wednesday with practice sessions from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Practice will resume on Thursday from 2:15-3:20 p.m. and final practice will run from 6:15-7 p.m. Race day begins with qualifying at 3:05 p.m. and cars hit the track for the Dollar General 300 under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 8 p.m. Tune to ESPN 2 for live race coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. All times are ET.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Oct 11
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Germain Racing Team Salvage 20th Place Finish Despite Late Race Incident

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Fontana, Calif. (October 11, 2010) – With a respectable finish in sight, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett was struck with tough luck after a cut tire went down with only 25 laps remaining in Saturday’s 150 lap CampingWorld.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway.

 

Annett secured a 22nd place starting position for Saturday afternoon’s race and within 10 laps quickly advanced 10 spots to 15th. Determined to battle with the frontrunners, he continued to work his way forward, tapping into the top-10 on lap 25. Although he fought a loose handling racecar, Annett consistently contended with the top-10 cars and continued to run lap times comparable with cars competing in the top-five spots.

 

In a five lap side-by-side battle with the No. 62 and No. 98 cars, Annett’s top-10 finish in the making was slashed when he cut a right front tire. With the blown tire limiting his control of the car, Annett and the No. 62 were both forced into the wall.

 

With a caution out for the incident on lap 125, Annett brought his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry to pit road for his crew to survey the damage. The right side of the Camry proved to need a generous amount of repair, which brought the car to pit road three times during yellow flag conditions.

 

Commending his hardworking team for getting him back on the track, Annett restarted one lap down in 28th with only 17 laps to go. Despite the heavy damage to the right side of his car, Annett was now in a race for the Lucky Dog. Earning his way back on the lead lap for the restart on lap 145, Annett pushed his way to a 20th place finish in the remaining five laps of the CampingWorld.com 300.

 

Approaching the final five races of the 2010 season, Annett will head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the fourth and final race in the Nationwide Series new car before its full introduction into the series in 2011. The Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway commences at 8 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

 

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

 

About Pilot Flying J:

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

 

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

 

Oct 11
2010

HOMETOWN BOY DOES GOOD: MEARS NETS SECOND CONSECUTIVE TOP 25

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , 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 06
2010

Michael Annett Heads to the Golden State Looking for “Good as Gold” Finish in Fontana

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Fontana, Calif. (October 6, 2010) – West coast bound with 29 of 35 races under their belts, Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team will trek to the Golden State this week for Saturday’s CampingWorld.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway. With an average finish of 13.0 on Auto Club Speedway’s two mile track, driver Michael Annett is seeking another strong finish to polish off his records on the Fontana, California oval.

 

The Toyota Camry driver scored his best finish of 2009 in last year’s October event at Auto Club Speedway, collecting awards for Raybestos Rookie of the Race, Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver and Featherlite Most Improved Driver. Annett’s sixth place finish earned him one of five Raybestos Rookie awards in 2009. His two other races at Auto Club Speedway resulted in a 16th place (February 2009) and 17th place finish (February 2010).

 

For the second consecutive week, Annett’s No. 15 Toyota Camry will feature a special paint scheme highlighting sponsor Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate.” Annett will also drive the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry at upcoming races at Gateway International Raceway (October 23), Texas Motor Speedway (November 6) and Phoenix International Raceway (November 13).

 

“We’re excited about to returning to Auto Club Speedway this week and defending our sixth place finish from last year’s October race. It’s a fun track for me. I really enjoy racing there and our team’s solid finishes at Fontana prove that we have what it takes to score another good finish,” said Annett, “The guys have worked hard preparing for this weekend, and we’re excited to get on track at Fontana.”

 

Positioned 12th in the Nationwide Series championship point standings, Annett heads into his 30th race of the 2010 season working hard to boost his points ranking. The No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry hits the track for practice on Friday from 2-2:50 p.m. and for final practice from

4:40-6 p.m. Race day begins with Nationwide Series qualifying at 11:35 a.m. Live coverage of practice, final practice and qualifying can be viewed on SPEED. Engines fire for the CampingWorld.com 300 at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio for live race coverage beginning at 4 p.m. All times are ET.

 

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

 

About Pilot Flying J:

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

 

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

 

 

Oct 04
2010

Back in the Heartland, Michael Annett Tallies 16th Place Finish at Kansas Speedway

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Kansas City, Kan. (October 4, 2010) – In his 65th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Germain Racing driver Michael Annett powered his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota to a 16th place finish in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300. In his second Nationwide Series start at Kansas Speedway, Annett began the 200 lap battle with all the pieces in place for a solid finish in the Sunflower State.

 

After starting 26th, the 24-year-old Midwest native drove over 65 laps under green flag conditions, gaining valuable track position before the first yellow flag was thrown. Pitting under green on lap 54 for four new Goodyear’s, fuel and air pressure adjustments, Annett made his second trip to pit road under caution on lap 68. Pushing towards the front of the pack, Annett restarted 10th on lap 71.

 

Caution number two of eight was called on lap 76 for debris, and the No.

15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry returned to pit road for a fuel top-off and chassis adjustment. The field was back under green on lap 81, and Annett remained in 10th.

 

The yellow flag was again displayed on lap 89. Annett made a pit stop for four fresh tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment to improve his tight handling race car. He restarted 18th with just over 100 laps remaining.

 

Running 13th, a fourth caution came out and Germain Racing crew chief Ryan Fugle opted for Annett to stay out on the track while the majority of the field came to pit road for four tires and fuel. Fugle’s call not only allowed Annett to lead the field to the green for the restart, but as the first place car for five laps of competition, he earned five bonus points.

 

Looking to tally a solid finish under the Pilot Flying J Coffee banner, Annett was running in fifth when a flat tire caused his car to get loose coming off of turn four, spinning and tagging the wall with the right rear corner of the car. With moderate damage to the car, Fugle directed Annett to pit road where he drove through twice for repairs. First for four tires, fuel and to assess the damage, and second for more repairs.

 

Not letting the mishap get the best of his day, Annett restarted 23rd on lap 137 and continued to rework his way forward. Running caution-free until lap 189, Annett stayed out while the leaders pitted from lap 175 to

179 under green, and his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry was eighth at the drop of the next yellow. Making their final trip to pit road, the No. 15 pit crew refueled, changed four tires and made wedge and track bar adjustments before the restart on lap 194.

 

The caution was back out on the restart, leaving the field with a green, white, checkered flag finish to the 200 lap Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. Annett drove through the checkers in 16th.

 

The No. 15 Germain Racing team will now head to the west coast for the Nationwide Series CampingWorld.com 300 at California Speedway. With only six races to go, tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio to catch the 30th Nationwide Series race of the season at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 9.

 

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

 

About Pilot Flying J:

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

 

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