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Nov 17

Top 20 for Mears, GEICO Chevy in Season Finale at Homestead

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , , Lincoln Welders , KMC Wheels , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Armed Services YMCA


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Homestead, FL (November 16, 2014) – After turning in four strong weeks of racing, Casey Mears and Germain Racing entered Homestead looking to close out the 2014 season in strong fashion.  In just their second year of full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, the GEICO team wrapped up the season with one top-5 finish, three top-10’s, nine top-15’s and 16 top-20’s.  Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 complemented their stats when Mears hustled to a 20th place finish.

Practice got off to a slow start when Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS ended up 31st on the scoring chart at the close of the first practice on Friday.  Qualifying would show incremental improvement when he navigated the 1.5-mile paved oval in 30.390-seconds at a speed of 177.690-miles per hour, landing him 29th on Sunday’s starting grid.  Crew chief Bootie Barker and the Germain Racing engineering staff remained hard at work over the course of the weekend looking for speed that would increase their chances of success on race day.

A late start time of 3 PM (ET) would present teams with the challenge of starting the race in bright sunshine and finishing in cooler temperatures under a dark sky.  Changing track conditions kept the GEICO crew on their toes as they adapted as the race progressed.  Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 29th position when the green flag started the final race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  

The early part of the race saw Mears battling a loose condition that would plague him until sunset.  On lap 35, he radioed to Barker that he was “crazy loose”.  Finding himself two laps down to the field, Mears began to hustle as the clouds overtook the speedway.  On lap 85, he was in the 28th position and said, “The track is cooling off with the cloud cover, so it’s turning better.  The adjustments we made on that last stop were in the right direction.”  He was running in the 26th position when he briefly fell victim to loose handling again on lap 126: “I'm too loose. I just can't go. I'm loose in, loose off.”  The team worked on the car during each pit stop and did it in prompt fashion, as Mears would gain positions multiple times on pit road. 

The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS returned to the lead lap on lap 223.  Barker reminded Mears that he was now on the lead lap and to “get all you can get.”  He did just that, as he hustled into the top-20 and looked solid as the race entered the final few miles.  A handful of caution flags in the closing laps kept everyone on edge, but Mears held on and crossed the finish line in the 20th position, accounting for the team’s 16th top-20 finish of the 2014 season.  Homestead concludes a five-week stretch of strong runs and, more importantly, a solid season that saw the team make improvements at tracks that previously caused them headaches.  Notably, Germain Racing is credited with just a single ‘Did Not Finish’ (DNF) in 2014, a feat accomplished by very few teams.

“The guys did a really good job this weekend and we worked hard to get the GEICO Chevy handling better and it seemed to come to us when the cloud cover set in,” Mears said.  “It’s nice to be able to wrap up the season on a strong note and get a top-20 finish at a racetrack that has been tough on us in the past.  It’s been a strong season and we’ve made a lot of progress on these intermediate tracks, which is a good sign as we get ready for the 2015 season.”  He added, “I want to thank GEICO, KMC Wheels, Castrol, Caymus and all of our partners for their support this year.  And, I can’t thank our owner Bob Germain enough for the investment he’s made in the team.  This is only our second full season of racing, so I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, so far.  Each year we get better, so we’re looking forward to getting to Daytona in February and getting the 2015 season started.”

Mears and the GEICO Racing team will get to enjoy the upcoming holiday season at home before traveling to Daytona Beach, FL, for the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 22, 2015. 

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Nov 10

GEICO Military Chevy SS - Phoenix Race Report

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , , Lincoln Welders , KMC Wheels , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Armed Services YMCA


Avondale, AZ (November 9, 2014) - Just two races remained on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule when Casey Mears and Germain Racing unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS for practice on Friday. Veteran's Day weekend posed the perfect opportunity to run a special paint scheme honoring our nation's military. On Sunday afternoon, most of the Sprint Cup field would find themselves behind Mears on the starting grid, staring directly at the saluting Gecko that was ever-present on the rear of his Chevy.


Mears and company were quick off of the truck. 45-minutes into the weekend's opening practice session, the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy sat atop the leaderboard in the first position. Qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway got underway late Friday afternoon and featured two rounds: one 30-minutes long and the other 10-minutes in duration, and allowed just 12 cars to advance to the final round. Mears and his GEICO Military Chevy out-hustled the bulk of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field and moved onto the final round of qualifying. His effort landed him 12th on Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 starting grid.


Perfect weather welcomed fans and teams alike to the racetrack on Sunday. Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the 12th position and when the green flag flew, he immediately made progress. He moved into the 10th position by lap four and ran solidly in the top-10 until the caution flag came out on lap 30. Crew chief Bootie Barker ordered Mears down pit road for right-side tires and fuel. While some cars only took fuel, Mears surrendered just two positions when he returned to the racing surface. He restarted 12th and momentarily dropped to 13th before passing his good friend Jimmie Johnson to recapture the 12th position.


Heartache soon set in, however, when on lap 80 the right rear tire of Mears' GEICO Military Chevy gave way and sent him into the wall, causing damage to the right front headlight area and right rear quarter panel of the racecar. He was also left with just half of his front splitter. Mears visited pit road three times under caution for repairs and returned to the race just two laps down thanks to the speedy work of the GEICO pit crew. Unfortunately, the damage was significant enough that he would not be able to recover as the race wore on.


Adding insult to injury, on lap 212 the No. 26 car of Cole Whitt made heavy contact with the rear of Mears' No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy after failing to slow down as cars were crashing in front of them. He would be forced to bring his Chevy to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew for additional repairs. Over the course of the final 100 laps, Barker would make calls and take gambles in order to gain as much ground as possible. When the checkered flag halted 312-miles of racing, Mears was relegated to a 35th place finish.


"What a frustrating day for our GEICO team because we had a lot of speed and were running strong in the top-12 from the time we took the green flag until the tire blew 80-laps into the race," Mears said. "I was able to pass cars and do what I needed to do with the racecar for nearly a third of the race, which shows how strong we really are. Everyone at Germain Racing has been focused on finishing the season strong, so Phoenix was a good sign of how well we're doing. The GEICO Military Chevrolet SS was fast all weekend and we consistently posted good speed."


Next up for Mears and the Germain Racing team is the season finale in Homestead, FL.


Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 14th, at 12:30 PM (ET) and it will be televised live on FoxSports 1. Qualifying will follow at 6:15 PM (ET) and can be seen live on ESPN2.


The Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 16th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.


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Jun 18

Valvoline NextGen Fusion - MIS Post Race Report

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain









Brooklyn, MI (June 17, 2012) – Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team came storming into Michigan still glowing from a positive weekend in the Pocono Mountains that saw them make significant progress with their racecars.  This weekend also welcomed Valvoline NextGen as a primary sponsor of the #13 Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry.  Valvoline(TM)
 NextGen will also adorn the car as a primary sponsor for the June 30th race at Kentucky Speedway. 


When Mears and his #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion took to the track for the series’ opening practice session, they experienced frustration after landing 35th on the board.  The final practice session would revive the hopes of the team as they made necessary adjustments that sent Mears ascending the speed charts and finishing up in the 19th position, 16 spots to the good. 


When qualifying got underway on Saturday afternoon, Mears wheeled his #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion around Michigan International Speedway in just 36.262 seconds, at a rate of speed of 198.555 miles per hour.  His effort placed him 24th on the starting grid, just ahead of Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.


When Mears and his Germain Racing team arrived at the track on Sunday morning, their battle with the 2-mile repaved tri-oval would be delayed, as rain settled over the Brooklyn, Michigan, area.  It wouldn’t take long for the weather to clear and for the cars and drivers to take to the starting grid before an enthusiastic crowd of 82,000 fans. 


Once the green flag set the field loose amid clearing skies, Mears made quick progress and jumped three positions to 21st before the event’s first caution flag of the day waved on lap two for a Kurt Busch spin.  Once the race went back to green, Mears and the #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion dropped a few spots before setting sail for the front of the field.  As the race passed the halfway point, he would even dip into the Top 10 before Lap 126 saw him craftily dodging the crashing cars of Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne. 


The balance of Mears’ afternoon was spent in the Top 25 before a late-race surge saw him hustle the #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion to a 20th place finish.  The result accounts for the team’s second Top 20 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 


“It was great to get out of there with a Top 20 finish and give both Valvoline NextGen and GEICO a good day at the track,” Mears said.  “We enjoyed having Valvoline NextGen on the car and their sponsorship shows that we’re making progress and companies are taking notice of our improvement.  We appreciate Valvoline’s support and look forward to having them back on the car in Kentucky in a couple of weeks.”  Mears continued, “I’m proud of all of our guys.  Our team fights hard and when we’re struggling, we don’t quit; Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the guys keep hustling until we find what we need.”


The GEICO Gecko will return to the hood of the #13 Ford Fusion this week when the Germain Racing team travels to the Napa Valley for the first road course race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  Mears has two career Top 10’s at the northern California racing circuit. 


Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track in Sonoma, CA, for the opening practice session on Friday, June 22nd, at 3:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EDT). 


The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 24th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 2:00 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.


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Jun 14

No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion - MIS Preview

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain

Michigan Winner Casey Mears Racing No. 13 Valvoline™ NextGen™ Ford Fusion for Germain Racing on Sunday


·        - Mears won at MIS in the ARCA Racing Series in 2003, leading 55 of 100 laps

·        - Germain Racing has competed in 3 series at MIS earning a best Sprint Cup Series finish of 15th, NNS of 8th and 2nd-place in NCWTS

·        - MIS ranks 10th for Casey Mears on list of NSCS tracks by average finish

·        - Mears has 321 NSCS starts heading into MIS with 46 top-ten finishes, 12 top-fives, one win and 3 poles

·        - Bootie Barker is crew chief for the Valvoline NextGen Fusion and has been with Germain Racing since 2009



Mooresville, N.C. (June 14, 2012) - Germain Racing is proud to race a Valvoline™-sponsored entry for the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Previously, the team sported the Valvoline colors in NASCAR’s other two premier divisions. Sunday, veteran driver Casey Mears will wheel the No. 13 Valvoline NextGen™ Ford Fusion around the freshly repaved 2.0-mile oval.


“The Germain family has had a long-standing relationship with Ashland and the Valvoline products in our automobile dealerships. Valvoline has been a long-time supporter of Germain Racing,” explained team owner Bob Germain Jr. “So it's very exciting for us to run the Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion to help promote the NextGen recycled oil products to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans.”


In addition to Michigan, Germain Racing will carry the Valvoline NextGen paint scheme at Ashland’s hometown race track, Kentucky Speedway.


"I'm very glad to have Valvoline NextGen on and in our Ford Fusion this weekend. Valvoline has supported Germain Racing since 2010 but this will be the first time we have run this paint scheme in the Sprint Cup Series. It's also the first of two races for this partnership, in Michigan and Kentucky so I hope that we will be able to have a couple good runs for them,” said Mears. “The NextGen oil is 50-percent recycled so it comes from a better base stock which makes it a better oil as well as a green product to help our environment."


Mears is looking forward to racing at Michigan, although the California native is not sure what his past experience there will bring to the table given the track’s fresh pavement.


"I’ve always enjoyed racing at Michigan,” explained Mears. “I liked driving it in the past because of the way it was paved; you could run the top, middle and bottom. But I don’t know how the repave is going to change that. It has been a decent track for me though and I’ve had some really good runs there—finished 2nd two years in a row in Indy Lights and won a race in ARCA. I’m looking forward to going back.”


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, MaxLife™ products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen™ motor oil, created with 50 percent recycled oil. With more than 867 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change™ is a leader in serving the quick lube market. Follow Valvoline on Twitter @Valvoline.


Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Driver Casey Mears is also on Twitter @CJMearsGang.


GEICO Racing is on Twitter: @GeicoRacing.





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Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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