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Jun 09
2010

Michael Annett Looks for Success at Kentucky Speedway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Michael Annett Looks for Success at Kentucky Speedway

Sparta, Ky. (June 9, 2010) – Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will return to Kentucky Speedway this weekend after recording a seventh place finish in the Bluegrass State in 2009’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Meijer 300. Annett qualified fourth for the 200 lap race, and his seventh place finish was one of four top-10s earned by the rookie driver in 2009.

Annett’s stats at Kentucky Speedway prove his knack for the track. In three races run on the 1.5 mile D-shaped oval, Annett has started in the top-five twice and finished in the top-10 all three times. In his first experience at Kentucky, the two time ARCA Racing Series winner started fourth, finished ninth and led 31 laps of the ARCA Racing Series Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150. In his Truck Series debut at Kentucky Speedway, Annett scored a second place finish, his career best in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

"I’m excited to get back to Kentucky. We really enjoy racing there, so we’ve been looking forward to this race all year long," said Annett.

"We had a really strong run there last year, and we hope to repeat that success in this weekend’s Meijer 300."

Historical success at Kentucky Speedway gives the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team confidence for another winning performance this weekend.

"Kentucky Speedway is by far one of the most exciting and fun race tracks on the Nationwide Series circuit. They always draw a large crowd and the fans there are great," said crew chief Ryan Fugle. "Our Nationwide Series program has had great success there. Our proven track record includes Michael’s seventh place finish there last year and our third place finish there in 2008. We’re heading there this year ready to compete for the win."

On-track activity at Kentucky Speedway starts on Friday with Nationwide Series practice from 5-6:15 p.m. and final practice from 6:45-8 p.m.

Saturday’s festivities begin with qualifying at 4:05 p.m. and the green flag drops for the Nationwide Series Meijer 300 at 8 p.m. Live broadcasts of qualifying and the race can be seen on ESPN. 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.

For more information on Pilot Travel Centers, please visit www.pilottravelcenters.com.

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

Jun 09
2010

Germain Racing and Todd Bodine Lead Truck Series Field Into Michigan Race Weekend

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

June 9, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Todd Bodine is set to steer the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra around Michigan International Speedway in search of another NASCAR career victory at the track. Bodine has two victories in NASCAR’s number two division at the Brooklyn, MI, facility. He and the Germain.com Tundra team have finished fifth or better in seven of eight races this season.

 

“Racing a truck at Michigan is a lot like running a speedway. The draft is huge. You really have to pay attention to it and understand it. At the same time, handling is critical because the corners are so long, the race track’s worn out and the grip isn’t good, so the handling of the truck has to be perfect. It takes every aspect to be perfect in order to be fast at Michigan. The way this Germain.com Tundra team is working, I’m looking forward to us having another good race weekend at Michigan,” said Bodine.

 

Bodine raced chassis TRD-122 at Michigan last year. This year TRD-131 gets the nod for duty on the 2-mile oval. Chassis TRD-131 made its Germain Racing debut at Nashville, scoring a fifth-place finish. The truck then was raced at Kansas (third-place), Dover (fifth-place), Charlotte (second-place) and Texas (win).

 

“We’ve had several race trucks over the years that have been winners and workhorses in our truck inventory. We haven’t had a clear-cut favorite chassis in the last couple seasons that’s given us the consistent performances that TRD-131 has. This truck has delivered top-five performances each time it’s been put on the track and we’re confident it’s the right truck for Michigan,” explained crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. of the truck that won last weekend in Texas and will race Saturday at Michigan.

 

Bodine captured the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points lead following race seven at Charlotte. After eight races, he has a 65-point lead over second-place Aric Almirola. In the Truck Series owner’s standings, Germain Racing took the lead over Kyle Busch Motorsports by 12 points following last week’s win at Texas.

Watch the Germain.com Tundra at Michigan International Speedway on SPEED. Racing coverage begins Saturday, June 12th at 1:30 PM on SPEED or tune in 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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Jun 09
2010

Zach Germain Earns 15th Place Finish in Martinsville

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

Mooresville, NC (06-08-2010) – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rookie Zach Germain raced Sunday afternoon in the rain-shortened event at Martinsville Speedway. The Ohio native raced his way through the field to ninth-place before getting caught on pit road by the rainfall and then finishing 15th in his fourth NASCAR career start. The weekend was a unique and intense learning experience for Germain who had what he considered to be an all-star crew.

“Our Germain.com Camry team learned and accomplished more than I could have hoped for this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. A lot of that is due to our teammates on the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra crew that came straight to Martinsville on Saturday after winning the race in Texas on Friday night. For me and my team, having them there allowed us to learn in very controlled steps throughout the practice sessions, qualifying and the race. We achieved our team goal of completing all of the laps and we really competed this weekend. It was wild. There was a lot of beating and banging but that’s Martinsville,” said Germain.

Germain received driver-coaching from Truck Series champion Todd Bodine and learned that sometimes different setups simply require different driving styles.

“At first, I had a tough time figuring out my braking and throttle points through the corners. Todd Bodine was generous enough to come out first thing after his Texas win and help me. He was very helpful when it came to a fast line around the track. Mike Hillman Jr. made great changes to the Germain.com Camry and during the last five laps of the first practice I finally figured out my style of driving around Martinsville. It was a great feeling,” explained Germain.

Mike Hillman Jr. didn’t plan to go to Martinsville Speedway to handle the crew chief role for the rookie driver and young team, but, Hillman loves being a crew chief and doing anything he can to make Germain Racing a success on the race track. Hillman explained that he used a different approach with Germain than he does with his regular driver, Bodine.

“The way I approached Saturday and Sunday was a lot different than the way I approached Thursday and Friday because then I was working with Todd Bodine, and I know by the tone of Todd’s voice what he needs changed. Working with Zach, in my first K&N Pro Series East race, I knew that it was our first race together, and I knew that what’s most important is completing all of the race laps, all of practice – every lap possible. With Zach being a rookie driver at a Cup Series facility like Martinsville, track time is extremely valuable. I listened to Zach’s feedback, made changes and listened to hear him react to and understand those changes. It worked great and we improved the car every time,” said Hillman.

Hillman and his crew members had been anxious to work a K&N Pro Series race since the season began, but Martinsville was the first time the scheduling worked out.

“I love racing. I love being a crew chief. Working with Zach and the 24 crew, and our sister team, the No. 77 Camry with Jeff (McClure) and Miguel (Paludo) in the East Series was really fun. We have two great teams competing in the K&N Series and this weekend made me even more proud to work for Germain Racing,” said Hillman.

Watch Sunday’s race on SPEED on June 10th at 6:00 PM Eastern.

Zach Germain races the No. 24 Germain.com Camry next on Friday, June 25th at another Sprint Cup Series track – New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Qualifying is at 3:15 PM ET on June 24th. The New Hampshire race will air on SPEED on July 1st at 6 PM ET.

Germain Racing is a championship-winning organization competing in all three of NASCAR’s national series. The team adds the K&N Pro Series East No. 24 Germain.com Camry to its lineup this year, and may add K&N Pro Series West and late model races. Sponsorship and branding opportunities are available. Visit GermainRacing.com for more information.  

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

Jun 07
2010

Bodine Claims Texas Victory Number Six with Germain Racing

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

 Mooresville, NC (06-07-2010) – Todd Bodine might need to change his nickname from “The Onion” to “The Lonestar Legend.” Bodine, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader, kept the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra out in front of the Truck Series field for 106 of 169 laps, collecting his sixth win at Texas Motor Speedway, the 18th victory in his Truck Series career. Germain Racing now has seven Texas victories as part of the team’s total count of 19 wins. The No. 30 Valvoline Tundra team leads all Tundra teams in total victories. A great race truck and strong teamwork were the key ingredients in Friday’s winning performance.

 “Tonight’s win felt great. We’ve been struggling all year to make the trucks drive well and (Mike Hillman) Junior and the team went to work and figured it out. The No. 30 Valvoline Tundra was driving well and it was fast. It was wide open. It was fun to drive, it really was.,” said Bodine, who’s struggles have resulted in top-five finishes in seven of eight Truck Series races this season.

 Just past halfway, Bodine was struggling with a tight handling condition when he was running in second-place. The crew helped Bodine fix the problem the best way possible.

 “The difference that got us back up front in clean air where we could run well late in the race was our last pit stop. The crew did an unbelievable job. They beat everybody out by a second or two. You have to have everything go right and that’s what happened tonight. We had a great Tundra and with it being the first race for Valvoline with the team…to come out of here with a win…I think that’s the second time we’ve done that with a new sponsor. It was an awesome night all the way around,” said Bodine.

 Winning at Texas has become a bit of an annual tradition for Germain Racing. Since opening shop in 2004, the team has only been winless at Texas one season, 2008, but in that season, the team still earned a pole award and the No. 30 Tundra scored two top-five finishes.

 “It’s great to come out of Texas with the win, obviously. Everybody talks about momentum and what it does for your team. Our guys, it wouldn’t matter if we came out of here finishing 30th, they’re going to go home and work just as hard for the next race and prepare the best they can. That’s the one good thing about our race team -- we don’t ever give up. To come out of here with a win for the stretch, it’s awesome but it’s just one win, it’s one track and we have to go to Michigan next week and beat them up there,” said Bodine.

 While “everything in Texas is big,” winning in a Toyota Tundra in Texas is huge. The state is home to Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas (TMMTX), a production facility located in San Antonio that produces the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks. The facility directly employs nearly 2,000 Toyota team members and indirectly another 2,000 people are employed at area suppliers.

 “Germain Racing puts a lot of pride into preparing our race vehicles every weekend, but when we send the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra to a place like Texas Motor Speedway, there’s extra pride and there’s a lot of extra pressure we place on ourselves. We know what we are capable of so we work that much harder. The fans at Texas are great, the folks at the race track are wonderful and we love winning in the state that’s the home state for the Tundra manufacturing plant,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 Germain Racing puts the No. 30 Tundra back on track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, a track where Bodine has two victories in NASCAR’s number two division and two top-five and four top-ten finishes in the Trucks.  Watch Saturday’s race live on SPEED starting at 1:30 PM Eastern.

 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.

 Germain Racing competes in each of NASCAR’s three national divisions as well as the K&N Pro Series East. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit Germainracing.com for more information. To keep up with team news, follow on Twitter @Germainracing or become a fan on Facebook.

 

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Jun 07
2010

Valvoline, Germain Join in Business and NASCAR* Racing

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 , Bob Germain

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2010) -- Valvoline, one of the leading brands of automotive lubricants, announced today that it has entered into a technical partnership with Germain Racing and Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive dealership network with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.  

Valvoline® motor oil will be the official motor oil of both entities as well as a team sponsor for Germain Racing entries in NASCAR's three series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck -- and the K&N Pro East Series. The driver lineup for Germain Racing includes Max Papis (Sprint Cup), Michael Annett (Nationwide), Todd Bodine (Camping World Truck) and Zach Germain (Pro East).

The agreement calls for Valvoline to be an associate sponsor at all races Germain Racing enters and a primary sponsor at two truck races and two Nationwide races. The truck races with Valvoline primary sponsorship will be Aug. 18 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Nationwide primary-sponsored races will be Sept. 4 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Oct. 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.    The Valvoline/Germain Racing partnership will commence this weekend with Valvoline associate sponsorship on Bodine's No. 30 Tundra in Friday night's truck race at Texas Motor Speedway. Bodine is the points leader in the Camping World Truck Series with six top-five finishes in seven starts.     "Valvoline is very excited to be associated with Germain Racing and the Germain Motor Company," said John Scanlon, Valvoline's director of national accounts. "We have been impressed with Bob and Steve Germain's commitment to excellence and we are looking forward to a long relationship."   According to Automotive News, Germain Motor Company has grown to become a top-25 ranked automotive retail network. The company's dealerships are located in Ohio, Florida and Arkansas and cover 13 manufacturers, including four Toyota and three Lexus franchises.   "We are thrilled to represent Valvoline not only on the track but in all of the Germain dealerships," said Bob Germain Jr., president of Germain Racing and vice president of Germain Motor Company. "The quality of Valvoline products and the tremendous marketing support they offer will help us grow our automotive business on many levels. We also look forward to bringing Valvoline on board at Germain Racing. Their performance products and technical support will help us be even more competitive on the track and we look forward to taking them to victory lane."   Germain Racing joins Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports as Valvoline's NASCAR partners. The Valvoline Racing team on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) circuit is equally impressive with partners Don Schumacher Racing, Alan Johnson Racing, Tim Wilkerson Racing and Ron Krisher Racing.     The Valvoline team of drivers, who showcase the iconic red and blue Valvoline V, are as follows:   Germain Racing, NASCAR  Max Papis  Todd Bodine  Michael Annett  Zach Germain   Richard Petty Motorsports, NASCAR  AJ Allmendinger  Kasey Kahne  Elliott Sadler   Roush Fenway Racing, NASCAR  Matt Kenseth  Greg Biffle  Carl Edwards  David Ragan  Colin Braun  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.   Alan Johnson Racing, NHRA   Larry Dixon, Top Fuel  Del Worsham, Funny Car   Don Schumacher Racing, NHRA  Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel  Cory McClenathan, Top Fuel  Antron Brown, Top Fuel  Jack Beckman, Funny Car  Ron Capps, Funny Car  Matt Hagen, Funny Car  Craig Treble, Pro Stock Motorcycle   Ron Krisher Racing, NHRA  Ron Krisher, Pro Stock   Team Wilkerson Racing, NHRA   Tim Wilkerson, Funny Car   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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