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Sep 28
2010

Michael Annett Finishes 15th after Qualifying 11th at the Monster Mile

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Dover, Del. (September 27, 2010) – Michael Annett jump started his weekend at Dover International Speedway by securing an 11th place starting position for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Dover 200. Looking to earn another respectable finish to add to his 19th, 15th and 13th place finishes in his three previous starts at Dover International Speedway, Annett and his team began Saturday’s 200 lap race with confidence from their 11th place starting position.

 

With 70 laps of caution-free racing, Annett battled a race car that was loose in the turns and tight off before the first yellow flag came out on lap 70. To help alleviate the cars handling condition, crew chief Ryan Fugle called for four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments on the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry’s first visit to pit road. Annett was clocked in to start 12th, but was forced to fall back to the end of the longest line for a pit road speeding penalty which positioned him 15th for the restart.

 

The second caution was called on lap 112, and Annett reported that his Toyota Camry was still loose on entry and that the tight condition on exit had slightly improved. Coming to pit road for four sticker tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments, he restarted 14th with 83 laps to go.

 

The Dover 200 was red flagged on lap 134 for a hard crash that produced large amounts of fluid and debris on the track. Opting to improve track position, Fugle made the call for two tires and fuel with a major air pressure adjustment to improve on developing front end handling conditions. The No. 15 pit crew gained six positions on pit road, moving Annett to seventh for the restart on lap 141.

 

Annett was hoping for a long green flag run to improve on the car’s ill handling front end, when another caution came out on lap 160. At the beginning of a run, Annett reported that the car felt like it was running on ice, but those conditions improved as the run continued. Returning to pit road for one last stop, Annett returned to the field to restart 13th. With no yield to his front end issue, the second year Germain Racing driver drove through the checkered flag 15th.

 

Next week Annett will make his 65th career Nationwide Series start in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday for live coverage of the 200 lap Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300.

 

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

 

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

 

 

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

 

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 22
2010

Saturday’s Dover 200 Leads Michael Annett into Final Eight Races of 2010 Nationwide Series Season

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Dover, Del. (September 22, 2010) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series proceeds into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the second tiered NASCAR Nationwide Series is too on a pursuit in the points race. Positioned 12th in Nationwide Series standings with only eight races remaining, Michael Annett will participate in Saturday’s Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway following an open week of competition.

 

The Dover 200 falls after a stretch of 16 consecutive Nationwide Series races, and Germain Racing’s Annett is only 50 points outside of the top-10 in Nationwide Series championship point standings after the series last raced at Richmond International Raceway. Annett is looking to increase his points rank this weekend with a strong finish on a track where he and his team have competed successfully together.

 

“Dover has been a good track for us, and we’ve shown that our Nationwide Series program is very competitive there. We’ve had good results at Dover in our past three races and look forward to bringing home another good finish on Saturday,” said Annett, “This break in our schedule has been great for our team. It’s given us the chance to regroup and set goals for the remainder of the season. We look to finish in the top-10 in points again, and we’ve got a good mindset leading into these final eight races.”

 

With only three career starts at Dover International Speedway, Annett’s resume boasts respectable stats on the one mile oval. The young driver has an average finish of 15.7 there and under the Germain Racing banner has finished 19th, 13th and 15th respectively in the last three Nationwide Series events at Dover.

 

In his first attempt at the Monster Mile in May 2009, Annett drove his No.

15 Toyota Camry to a top-20 finish while earning the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award. In the Nationwide Series’ second appearance at Dover in 2009, Annett received Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for his 13th place finish and was the only rookie out of seven candidates to finish on the lead lap.

 

Racing action at Dover International Speedway’s Monster Mile starts on Friday with practice from 1:05-3 p.m. Race day begins with Nationwide Series qualifying at 10:35 a.m. and the Dover 200 gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Tune to ESPN 2 for live coverage of practice, qualifying and the race. Saturday’s race broadcast begins at 3 p.m. All times are ET.

 

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

 

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

 

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

 

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
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Sep 20
2010

Bodine Nets Another Top-Ten Finish in Germain.com Tundra at New Hampshire

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

Mooresville, N.C. (09-19-1010) – Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team of Germain Racing entered this weekend’s TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 with very high expectations. Bodine has won a third of the last twelve NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season, and ranked second and seventh in the two practice sessions on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s fair to say the team and the driver, who have incredibly high expectations, wanted a lot more than the ninth-place qualifying position and ninth-place finish position that they earned at Loudon, N.H.

 

“After the way this Germain.com Tundra crew has been performing, and the strength our Toyota trucks have shown, Saturday feels a lot worse than it was. We were still a top-ten team, we had another single-digit finish. Compared to winning at Kentucky, Darlington, Nashville or even Texas, obviously, it was a let down. We’re taking our favorite chassis, TRD-131, to Las Vegas next week and I know we’re all looking forward to a good performance there,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., who’s been part of his team’s four victories this season that have contributed to Bodine’s commanding 257-lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.

 

Hillman explained that the New England weather changed enough from Friday to Saturday that the track surface was not what the Germain.com Tundra was set up for.

 

“We were really happy with the Germain.com Tundra after practice on Friday. It was very cool and overcast on Friday. Saturday was warmer with a lot more sun and it made the truck tight for the race. Unfortunately, the changes we needed to make to fix the problem were much bigger than we could make on pit road,” said Hillman.

 

Bodine, who has 16 top-ten finishes after 19 races this year, was obviously disappointed with Saturday’s run and agreed that the team didn’t have the Germain.com Tundra in the same, perfect shape they’ve come to expect.

 

“Our race was terrible, we just missed the setup.  We were way tight all day.  The track was nothing like it was in practice and we just missed it.  We fought it and fought it and didn’t gain on the race leaders. We are used to having our Toyota up front. We weren’t that way Saturday and it was our fault,” said Bodine.

 

Hillman Jr. led Saturday’s efforts while struggling with injuries sustained in Friday afternoon’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

 

“We had a little too much fun on pit road on Friday afternoon,” smiled Hillman, who sustained leg and foot injuries while carrying tires in Friday’s race. “Friday was actually pretty scary for me. I just want everyone to know that I’m fine, and, I’ll have to undergo more testing in Charlotte to see what they want to do to fix me. NASCAR has done a lot to make pit road a safer place for our crew members, and, I have to say, I’m proof that it’s worked. I’ve got a couple broken bones in my leg and foot, but, I’m otherwise fine. For the kind of hit I took, that says a lot.”

 

The Germain.com Tundra races next in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 25th. You can watch the coverage on SPEED beginning at 9 P.M. ET on Saturday night, 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.

 

 

Sep 15
2010

New England is Like Home to So Many on Germain Racing’s No. 30 Germain.com Tundra Team

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

  - Bodine Leads the Truck Series Championship Battle by a 261-point margin

  - 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

 

September 14, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - This season, Germain Racing has notched four wins. One celebration came in familiar surroundings—a victory lane that Germain Racing has visited seven times (Texas). The other three, were all new experiences for the team and driver Todd Bodine. Bodine, who hails from Chemung, NY, hopes he and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team can notch another win at one of the two tracks ahead on the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule where they remain winless—New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

“We go every week with the Germain.com Tundra prepared to win the race. It doesn’t matter what the track is. Would it be nice to win New Hampshire? Yes. New England is my second home. I’ve got a lot of friends there and I’ve been going to New Hampshire since it was built,” explained Bodine, who leads the Truck Series championship standings by a record-breaking margin of 261 points. “I’ve always run well at New Hampshire and just never got it done. To be able to go there and win would be very special to me. It would be like winning at Martinsville, which is another track I feel is like a home track for me. It’s definitely something we need to get done.”

 

Of the seven tracks remaining on this season’s schedule, Bodine and Germain Racing have combined for wins at five of them with an impressive total of 13 wins and four poles at those tracks. New Hampshire and Martinsville are the two tracks still waiting to be conquered.

 

“New Hampshire is a track where we’ve been close. Our focus with our Germain.com Tundra this weekend will be to get it to turn in the middle of the corner. That’s critical there. We are taking our Iowa race chassis, which is also our winner from Darlington. We learned some things at Iowa and in our test at Gresham that should work well at Loudon. We’re going to win,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 

Bodine says his outstanding lead in the Truck Series points doesn’t give the team any extra comfort heading into New Hampshire. For them, it’s still about one thing: winning.

 

“The points lead doesn’t change the way we look at things at all. At least we try not to let it change. We go and practice and do the same things we do every week and that’s just work on the truck to get it the best we can. We don’t let any of those outside influences affect our decisions. So when we get in the race, we race the same way, until we have to be points racers. At that point, you look at the big picture, and you figure out what you need to do,” said Bodine, alluding to what he and Hillman have said for years—that points racing happens only if you know your truck can’t win the race—whether you’re the points leader or you’re eighth in the standings.

 

Watch Bodine drive the Germain.com Tundra on Saturday, September 18th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. SPEED will cover practice on Friday, the 17th, at 1:00 PM ET, Qualifying on Saturday morning at 10:05 AM and race coverage starts at 2:30 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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Sep 13
2010

IMPRESSIVE MEARS FINISHES 21ST IN GECKO’S BACKYARD

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

Richmond, VA (September 11, 2010) – A week removed from going on a tear in Atlanta that found his average lap times in the Top 15, Casey Mears was anxious to get back to work in Richmond. 

 

The race weekend kicked off with a visit to GEICO’s corporate office, located just 100-miles from Richmond International Raceway.  GEICO officials expressed their excitement about Mears’ contribution to their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program and Mears departed the D.C. office with confidence and focus.

 

Whatever GEICO’s top brass shared with Mears must have carried great motivation because the GEICO Racing team entered Richmond poised for success. 

 

At the end of the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session, Mears was the fourth fastest ‘go or go home’ car.  Crew chief Bootie Barker then made wholesale changes before the final practice session got underway.  Barker, known as one of the most cerebral crew chiefs in the business, nailed it.  The final session saw Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry as high as fourth on the speed chart before ending up 17th when the session closed.  More importantly for the Germain Racing team, Mears was the fastest ‘go or go home’ car, while the next ‘go or go homer’ sat all the way down in 28th position.

 

When qualifying got underway, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry went out 38th and quickly placed themselves in Saturday night’s field. When the checkered flag ended his qualifying run, Mears found himself 18th on the starting grid after pacing the ¾-mile D-shaped oval in just 21.366 seconds, at a rate of speed of 126.369 miles per hour.

 

When race time arrived, the GEICO Racing team carried heavy hearts, as the NASCAR pre-race activities honored those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, as well as first responders and our troops abroad. 

 

Starting in the 18th position, Mears would drop to 21st on Lap 23, but just one lap later, he placed the #13 GEICO Camry back in the Top 20.  On lap 57, Kurt Busch sent David Reutimann for a spin, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the evening.  The caution would allow Mears to bring the GEICO Camry down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel.

 

On an otherwise beautiful evening, rain began to fall on lap 215, ultimately causing the caution flag to be displayed on lap 225.  Mears came down pit road with the balance of the field to take on tires and fuel while the rain began to slow a bit. By lap 241, the green flag was out and the race was back underway.

 

Mears kept the #13 GEICO Camry in the Top 25 for the entire evening, running solidly ahead of both Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin for much of the time.  He even flirted with the top 10 when he found himself in the 11th position on lap 327, until a scheduled green flag pit stop sent him down pit road for his final stop of the evening.  After taking on tires and fuel, Mears rejoined the field in the 22nd spot.  With just eight laps remaining in the Air Guard 400, Mears managed to track down Martin Truex, Jr, and secure the 21st position.

 

When the checkered flag was displayed, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry notched a 21st place finish, capping off a two week run that has shown marked improvement in the GEICO Racing Sprint Cup Series program.

 

“Tonight was a lot of fun and I think we’re showing that we’re pretty good at what we’re doing,” Mears said.  “This #13 GEICO Camry is a good racecar and I appreciate all of the hard work that these Germain Racing guys are putting into it.  We’re committed to getting to the front of the field, so we’re continuing to work hard and tweak on some things to make the program better.”  He continued, “It was a great experience going to GEICO’s corporate office on Thursday and getting to sit down and talk to their top executives face-to-face and see their excitement about our race program.  They are committed to giving us what we need to be successful and it feels great knowing we have that kind of support.” 

 

The next GEICO sponsored race for Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team will be at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, September 26, 2010. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the Monster Mile for the opening practice session at 11:30 AM (EDT) on Friday, September 24th, followed by qualifying at 3:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 26th, 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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Sep 08
2010

Michael Annett Gears Up for Third Nationwide Series New Car Race at Richmond International Raceway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Richmond, Va. (September 8, 2010) – The NASCAR Nationwide Series will mark their third ever race in the Nationwide Series new car this week at Richmond International Raceway. The new car debuted at Daytona International Speedway on July 2 before its second appearance at Michigan International Speedway on August 14. This weekend at Richmond, Michael Annett will be behind the wheel of the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry with Pilot Travel Centers carrying an associate position for the 27th race of the 2010 Nationwide Series season.

 

Making an effort to incorporate the new car into races at all of the different types of tracks that NASCAR competes on, Friday night’s Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 will mark the first short track race in the new car before its full integration into the series in 2011.

 

In the first two Nationwide Series new car races, Germain Racing driver Annett finished 12th at Daytona International Speedway and 16th at Michigan International Speedway in his No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry. The second year Nationwide Series driver qualified 17th for both races.

 

In preparation for the series’ first race at Richmond International Speedway in the new car, an extended practice day has been added to the schedule for Thursday with practice sessions from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday’s extended practice is free for fans to attend and features a free autograph session afterwards at 4:30 p.m. at the Richmond International Raceway Amphitheater located outside of the track near turn one. Annett and several of his Nationwide Series competitors will participate in the autograph session. Wristbands for the signing will be handed out to fans at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Gate 40.

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series new cars hit the .750 mile track for final practice on Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. Qualifying at Richmond International Raceway starts at 4 p.m. and the green flag drops for the Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at 7:30 p.m. Live coverage of qualifying and the race can be seen on ESPN 2 with the race broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. All times are ET.

 

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

 

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

 

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

 

 

Sep 06
2010

Bodine Takes the Germain.com Tundra for a Spin and Win at Kentucky

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

 Mooresville, NC (09-06-2010) – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Todd Bodine drove the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra to the fifth-consecutive Toyota victory this season, 11th overall. The win, Bodine’s fourth after 17 races, marks the first time the Germain Racing team had been able to overcome wildly bad luck at Kentucky Speedway to pull off the win. Friday night’s win was not without its extra excitement, but, Bodine and the No. 30 crew utilized their “never give up” motto and came out on top.

 

“The first person I have to thank is Kyle Busch for getting me spun out which gave us the opportunity to get gas. That’s why we won the race. We had a great truck, don’t get me wrong, our Toyota Tundra was incredibly fast,” explained Bodine after taking his 21st Truck Series victory. “When I got up behind Kyle (Busch), we got aero tight, which that’s what happens in Truck Series racing. I backed off kind of riding there trying to keep the right front out in clean air and to wait for later. Low and behold we got sucked around, got some fuel and here we are in victory lane. This is awesome. I have to thank all the fans -- Kentucky fans here are awesome. Everybody watching on SPEED - thank you. This Toyota Tundra is awesome. I’m happy we could get the win just next to Germain Motor Company’s home state of Ohio.”

 

Kentucky Speedway is a track that has confounded the No. 30 team of Germain Racing. In the team’s last visit to the track, for example, the team was leading the race and experienced a rare rear end gear failure. The year before that, they recovered from an early flat tire only to be spun out by Ron Hornaday Jr. in a situation similar to Friday night’s incident with Busch on lap 81.

 

“I have to tell you, for a minute, when we spun, I thought we were in big trouble. To spin out in front of the field and only have minor damage was amazing. But, I was worried. I thought, ‘We’re at Kentucky, with another great Germain.com Tundra, and, in a flash, we’re right back where we have been at this track so many times.’ To come out of here with a win for Toyota, for the Germain’s, for our No. 30 crew, it feels wonderful. It truly does,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 

Bodine led twice on Friday night for a total of 18 laps. His win marks the 22nd victory for Germain Racing and his 21st in the Truck Series. All of Bodine’s Truck Series wins have come behind the wheel of the No. 30 Tundra for Germain. He maintains the Truck Series championship points lead with a staggering 261-point margin.

 

Friday’s win marked the first time in 22 victories that all three Germain brothers, Bob, Steve and Rick, were together, trackside, for the celebration.

 

“It was fun to have both my brothers here. It was a lot of fun and I’m very proud of Todd, Mike and the whole team. We’ve got a great team this year. The pit crew does a wonderful job. To have all of us here tonight was a lot of fun,” explained Steve Germain, who hails from nearby Columbus, OH.

 

The Truck Series has a week off before heading to Loudon, NH and on to Las Vegas – two more tracks where the team has yet to score a victory. Of Bodine’s four wins this season, three have come at tracks that previously hadn’t seen a Germain Racing Tundra in their winner’s circles.

 

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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Sep 05
2010

MEARS PUTS GECKO ON FAST-TRACK

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Hampton, GA (September 5, 2010) – It is not a secret that the GEICO Racing program has undergone changes over the last couple of weeks.  With Casey Mears taking over the #13 GEICO Sprint Cup Series car and Max Papis moving full-time to the Truck Series in 2011 in the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Atlanta provided everyone the opportunity to move forward.

 

Mears wasted little time making himself at home in the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry, quickly establishing his presence at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In both practice sessions on Saturday, Mears and the Gecko were fastest among the ‘go or go home’ cars. Unfortunately, during his qualifying run later that afternoon, he experienced a severe vibration, but managed to place the GEICO Camry in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field despite the unforeseen condition.

 

Sunday found Mears and the GEICO Racing team surrounded by special guests, including Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway.  Rock star Rachel Bolan of Skid Row and Layne Schranz, who pilots the GEICO car in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, also joined Mears and the GEICO crew on pit road prior to the race. 

 

Atlanta’s NASCAR weekend was accompanied by perfect weather conditions and Sunday night’s race would not disappoint.  With temperatures in the 70’s, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the green flag as the sun began to set over the 1.54-mile quad-oval. 

 

After a vibration squalled his qualifying efforts, Mears was relegated to starting 43rd.  Though temperatures were cooling, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry were heating up. Mears picked up seven positions by the close of the first lap, while half a lap later he was sitting in the 34th position; netting 9 spots in the event’s opening two laps.  Mears and the Gecko continued on a tear and found themselves in the Top 20 when they arrived in 19th position on lap 47. 

 

While Atlanta Motor Speedway is known as one of the toughest, fastest tracks on the Sprint Cup Series circuit, Mears remained on the lead lap and dipped into the Top 10 when he moved into the 8th position before scheduled green flag pit stops sent the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for service on lap 49.  The Germain Racing pit crew replenished Mears’ GEICO Camry with four fresh Goodyear tires and a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel before returning him to the racing surface in the 34th position.  While the stop was necessary, it also put Mears a lap down to the field.

 

Mears quickly began to make progress and moved back into the Top 30 on lap 83.  Germain Racing crew chief Bootie Barker radioed to Mears, “You’re doing a great job, Casey. You’re faster than the guys in front of you.”  That would be an understatement by Barker, as the #13 GEICO Camry was, at times, one full second faster than the cars he was chasing. 

 

He was able to reach 29th place before scheduled green flag pit stops once again got underway. 

 

On lap 94, Mears brought the GEICO Camry down pit road where the Germain Racing pit crew provided him with four new tires, fuel and adjustments. He returned to the racetrack in the 35th position, but had the #13 GEICO Camry back in the Top 30 by lap 106.  With only 19 cars on the lead lap, Mears remained just one lap down to the leaders. 

 

Throughout the race, Mears spoke on the radio with a veteran’s calm. He sounded more like he was at home on his couch rather than in one of the most intense races of the year. His relaxed demeanor betrayed his on-track aggression, but seemed to have a calming affect on the GEICO pit area.

 

Although Mears seemed calm on the radio, what happened on lap 151 was sure to get his attention.  Greg Biffle and Elliott Sadler began spinning, and Mears avoided peril by the narrowest of margins while running in the 26th position. Mears was forced down hard onto the apron, but the GEICO Camry did not appear to have sustained any damage. After the caution, Mears restarted the race running 25th, but cars began to check-up, causing him to drop several spots to 29th.  Despite the setback, Mears had the GEICO Camry back in the Top 25 inside of ten laps. 

 

The race was beginning to wind down, but the excitement was not over for Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry.  On lap 265, the engine of Scott Speed’s #82 Red Bull car blew up in front of Mears and the Gecko.  Mears quickly radioed to Barker, “I got in that oil and almost wrecked.”

 

Just over 50 laps remained in the Emory Healthcare 500 when Barker informed the team that they would be nine laps short on fuel and would need to pit before event’s end.  Barker must have favor with the racing gods because almost on queue, the caution flag was displayed on lap 295 for a Brad Keselowski spin, allowing Mears to get the fuel he needed to finish the race.  Just prior to the restart on lap 300, Mears predicted there would be another caution. 

 

After restarting 27th on Lap 300, Mears’ statement proved to be prophetic as the caution flag waved once again just one lap later for debris. Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry were the first car a lap down when they restarted 26th with 18 laps to go in the race.  Another caution would put the GEICO Camry back on the lead lap.  The caution would not come out again before the checkered flag was in the air.

 

Mears managed a 26th place finish in his debut in the #13 GEICO Camry and gave great hope to the Germain Racing team and the Gecko.

 

“I had a lot of fun tonight in the #13 GEICO Camry.  We had a great car and should’ve definitely finished on the lead lap,” Mears said after emerging from his GEICO machine.  “This is our first time out, so we’re only going to get better.  We know what we need to do and we’ll make it happen.  I’m happy with the team and equipment and I’m looking forward to getting to Richmond and building upon what we accomplished here in Atlanta this weekend.”

 

Next weekend will prove extra special, as Mears and the Germain Racing team travel to Richmond, VA, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  GEICO’s corporate office is just 100 miles removed from Richmond International Raceway, making it almost a ‘home game’ of sorts for the GEICO team. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 3/4-mile D-shaped oval of Richmond International Raceway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, September 10th.  Qualifying will begin at 5:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Air Guard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, September 11th, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 7:30 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

 

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