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May 07
2010 Tundra Rebounded from One Lap Down to Finish 3rd in KS

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Mooresville, NC (05-03-2010) – Germain Racing’s No. 30 Tundra team stepped out of its comfort zone and unloaded at Kansas Speedway with a dramatically different chassis setup than the formula which had worked for the team’s 13 previous wins on speedways. The result was a long first practice session and a confirmation that sometimes tried and true just can’t be ignored. After three days in Kansas, two practice sessions and 167 laps of racing including two mid-race setbacks, the No. 30 Tundra finished third and driver Todd Bodine pulled back to second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.

“We unloaded with a chassis setup that was a lot different than we normally would run at a 1.5-mile track. We struggled and learned a lot in our first practice session and for the second practice, we went back to our baseline, speedway setup,” explained crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

The No. 30 Tundra started sixth for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. Hillman says they needed a bit more grip in their qualifying setup.

“The truck was too loose in qualifying, but we felt the changes we’d made for the race were going to make our Tundra a lot better than it had been in practice,” said Hillman of chassis TRD-131 which ranked 15th after first practice and tenth after final practice.

When racing began on Sunday afternoon, the truck was still too loose but the handling condition took a backseat to a few other mid-race setbacks.

“We started the race with the Tundra too loose. It got better throughout the day. Our team battled to overcome a speeding penalty from the first pit stop and a flat right rear tire which had to be changed under the green flag. Bringing the truck home with a top-three finish shows how this team never gives up,” said Hillman. “I couldn’t be more proud of all our team for their hard work all weekend, through practice and the great pit stops during the race. This is how a championship-caliber team takes a day full of adversity and comes home with a top-three finish.”

Driver Todd Bodine echoed the sentiment that strong pit stops and a never-failing commitment to finding a way to succeed helped the Tundra end a challenging race day into a third-place finish.

“That’s one thing, all the Germain guys are strong in the pits. Every week they beat guys out and that’s what keeps us up front. We were free all day and right there at the end we got a little tight off. I couldn’t quite run with Ron (Hornaday Jr.) and Johnny (Sauter), they were a little fast with a little too much horsepower, but this Toyota was awesome. To overcome what we did today with getting a speeding penalty and then a flat tire under green putting us a lap down and to come back and finish third, that’s what this team is all about. We just never give up,” said Bodine.

The No. 30 Tundra ranks fourth in Truck Series owner’s standings and Bodine ranks second in the driver’s standings. The next race on the Truck Series schedule is at “The Monster Mile,” the high-speed, concrete oval also known as Dover International Speedway. Watch the action on SPEED, May 14th, tape-delayed at 8:00 PM ET or tune into your local MRN affiliate.

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May 07

Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Look to Lasso a Good Finish at Texas' Great American Speedway

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Fort Worth, Texas (April 14, 2010) - NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will compete in a Lone Star State showdown this weekend as Texas Motor Speedway hosts the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday. The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team is excited to get on fast 1.5 mile track. 

Annett has two previous starts at Texas Motor Speedway under his belt and notched an 11th place finish in the 2009 Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. 

"Texas Motor Speedway is a good track for us. We've got a great mile and a half program at Germain Racing and we've demonstrated that with historical success on intermediate tracks," said Annett, "We're confident we can translate that intermediate track success to our run at Texas this weekend." 

Mile and a half tracks have proven to be a specialty for the combination of Germain Racing and Annett with top-10 finishes earned in 2009 at the intermediate tracks of Kentucky Speedway and Gateway International Raceway, and top-15 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. 23-year-old Annett also claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at two mile and a half tracks in 2009 for his seventh place finish at Gateway International Raceway and his 14th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

Racing at Texas Motor Speedway means heading home for two of Germain Racing's No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers crew members. Jackman and mechanic, James Davis, and tire carrier, Patrick (P.J.) Briody, both hail from the state capital. These two Austin, Texas natives will get one of two chances to visit their home track this season in conjunction with this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. 

On-track action at Texas Motor Speedway begins on Thursday with NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at 7 p.m. Final practice kicks off Friday at 10:30 a.m. with qualifying following at 2:45 p.m. The green flag waves for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Watch and listen live to qualifying and the race on ESPN 2. Times are listed in ET. 

For more information on Michael Annett, check out and Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett. 

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May 07

Michael Annett and No. 15 Germain Racing Team to Compete under the Lights at Darlington Raceway 's "Lady in Black"

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Darlington, S.C. (May 5, 2010) - Ten races into the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Michael Annett and Germain Racing's No. 15 Travel Centers team will travel to the North Carolina based team's neighboring "Palmetto State" for the Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts at Darlington Raceway. 

The South Carolina track is known as one of the toughest racetracks on the NASCAR circuit, therefore it boasts the well-respected "Too Tough to Tame" slogan. The distinct 1.366 mile track can be compared to no other oval the NASCAR Nationwide Series visits, which produces a challenge for both teams and drivers. 

"You've got to be on top of your game heading into the Darlington race. There's a lot of give and take there and hitting your marks is key. I'm up for the challenge it carries and excited to get on track," said Annett. 

Not only is the track demanding, but Darlington also marks the second consecutive one day show for the NASCAR Nationwide Series with practice, qualifying and the 147 lap race all slated for Friday. Fitting everything into one day in the South Carolina heat can be tough, yet another reason why it's "Too Tough to Tame" at Darlington. 

On-track activity for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington Raceway begins on Friday morning with practice from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. ET. Qualifying gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET with live coverage on SPEED. The call for drivers to start their engines is heard at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts live on ESPN 2 at 7 p.m. ET. 

For more information on Michael Annett, check out and Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett. 

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Apr 29

Auto Smarts 5-1-10 "Top Fuel and Top Fuel Mileage on Auto Smarts!"

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  If it’s on wheels and you can race it, then Mike Fornataro has probably built it, driven it, or seen it.  The head of marketing and sales at National Trail Raceway  drops by to visit Dan “Boots” Longenette, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by, Saturday from 1 to 3pm on 610 WTVN.  The host of the weekly Bits from the Pits segment slows down long enough to spend an hour with the Auto Smarts gang.  Mike will update everyone on the plans at NTR for this season and talk about Auto Smarts Day at National Trail Raceway coming up on July 24th.  Plus, if you have a question about a classic car or an NHRA related question, Mike, Boots, and Lex can come up with an answer faster than your reaction time at the tree!       Are you searching for a way to find out about your vehicle’s fuel mileage and how to improve it?  Forget it!  Just go to  Sean Fultz is the brain behind this concept and joins the gang to talk about his fuel mileage tracking application and how his user friendly web site, their data rich mobile site, or their convenient text message service are all designed to make it as painless as possible to track your fuel mileage and find ways to improve your gas mileage.

     While you’re putting time and effort into improving your fuel mileage, are you exerting the same brain power to make sure your rights as a new car owner are protected?  Michael Sacks is.  Consumer rights, when it comes to your vehicle, are his specialty in his weekly 1-800-Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.  Check out his website at

     Call us during the show at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.  We’ll have O’Charley’s gift certificates up for grabs for some lucky callers.   You can always email the show, or listen online at  Check us out on Facebook and Twitter!    

Apr 22


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When Max Papis and the GEICO team arrived at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday it would have been easy to reflect on the negatives of their past visits to the 1.5-mile quad-oval.  After all, their first visit in November 2008 found them missing the race and returning to North Carolina prematurely.  The Spring of 2009 saw them sit near the top of the speed charts in practice only to end up finishing eight laps down in 35th place when the race concluded.  Then when November rolled around again, Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry once again found themselves excluded from the race after failing to qualify. Once again, short-term memory is important because there is no getting past a racetrack that appears on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule twice yearly.
A world-class driver, 2004 Grand-Am Series champion Max Papis knows well the importance of moving forward and this would never be more evident than it was in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.  Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would quickly shoot to the top of the charts, sitting as high as 5th, which easily made him the fastest ‘go or go home’ car on the racetrack.  When the session concluded, he rested 25th on the speed charts and remained the fastest ‘go or go home’ racecar.  
Qualifying would follow suit, as he placed the #13 GEICO Camry 27th on the starting grid and was the 3rd fastest among the ‘go or go home’ cars. When Papis peered into his rearview mirror on the parade laps, he would see himself ahead of former Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin.  
Rain would set in on Saturday and remain in place until early Monday morning, causing the final practice sessions to be canceled and the race itself to be postponed until noon (EDT) on Monday.
When the race got underway, it was anyone’s guess how the #13 GEICO Camry would react in race conditions.  Aside from having a green racetrack, Papis had not turned a single lap in race trim in practice.  Crew chief Bootie Barker would be forced to guess and it seems as though he guessed right.
When the race got underway, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry put forth a solid run and remained on the lead lap until late in the race.  At times Papis had to feel as though he was playing a video game, as he was forced to navigate his way through and around crashes that could have otherwise ended his solid run.  Notably, he wheeled the #13 GEICO Camry through a major crash that included nine cars with 17 laps to go in the race, resulting in a red flag.
When the green flag was displayed, Papis pressed forward as the race began to wind down.  He even passed two former Sprint Cup Series Champions on the final laps; beating both Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte to the checkered flag to record a 22nd place finish.
“We had a really good day and I’m happy that we were able to get a good finish for GEICO and the Germain team,” Papis said.  “We’ve worked really hard and I’m so proud of Bootie Barker and this entire team.  Our work is paying off and I look forward to getting the #13 GEICO Camry to Talladega next week and running up front.”
Next weekend, Max Papis and the GEICO Racing team will travel to Talladega, Alabama, for NASCAR’s second restrictor-plate race of the season.  A year ago, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry started 43rd and charged to an 18th place finish in his debut Sprint Cup Series race at the historic superspeedway.
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will make their way around the 2.66-mile tri-oval when their first practice session kicks off at 2:00 PM (ET) on Friday, April 23rd.  Qualifying will take place on Saturday afternoon at 11:35 AM (ET).
The Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 25th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
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