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Sep 02
2010

Valvoline Partners with Germain Racing to Sponsor Michael Annett’s No. 15 Valvoline Toyota Camry at Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBlog title (click to edit)

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Hampton, Ga. (September 2, 2010) – Adding another esteemed partner to their 2010 sponsorship lineup, Germain Racing’s No. 15 Toyota Camry driven by Michael Annett will feature primary sponsorship from Valvoline this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. As a leading provider of automotive lubricants, Valvoline came on board as a sponsor of the team after a partnership with Germain Racing and Germain Motor Company was formed in June.

 

"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."

 

Annett reiterated that sentiment and noted Valvoline’s strong stance in the sport of racing and great presence in the consumer market, “Valvoline has a great reputation on the race track and on the highways across America, so having them on board as a partner means a great deal.

Our organization has support from several valued businesses and we’re excited about adding another respected sponsor to our program. I look forward to driving the red, white and blue No. 15 Valvoline Toyota at Atlanta and giving Valvoline and Germain Racing a great finish this weekend.”

 

With only 10 races left in the 2010 season, Annett stands 12th in the Nationwide Series points race with only 77 points separating him from the top-10. Working to score another strong finish at Atlanta after earning a 14th place finish and being awarded Rookie of the Race in his only start there in the 2009 Nationwide Series event, Annett hopes his skill on mile and a half tracks paired with the Germain Racing organization’s reputation for having a strong intermediate track program proves successful.

 

Nationwide Series cars hit the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway for a one day show on Saturday beginning with practice at 8 a.m. with final practice following at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying will kick off at 2:40 p.m. with live coverage airing on SPEED starting at 2:30 p.m. The green flag waves for the Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at 7 p.m. Watch a live broadcast on ESPN 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. 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.

 

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

Sep 01
2010

Bodine and Germain Racing’s No. 30 Germain.com Tundra Crew Look Forward to Rematch with Kentucky Track

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

 - Bodine Leads the Truck Series Championship Battle by a 236-point margin
 - G

ermain Racing has 21 Truck Series Victories and Eight Pole Awards

 August 30, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Germain Racing and Todd Bodine are in rare form. After 17 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra have collected two pole awards, three victories, 12 top-five, 14 top-ten finishes and lead the championship standings by a record-setting 236 points. With any luck, there will be more of the same when the team rolls into Kentucky Speedway for Friday’s Kentucky 225.

 “We had a real good truck last year at Kentucky Speedway so we’re going back with a lot of expectations. We were leading last year and the rear end gear burned up. This Germain Racing team, our game is real good right now. We definitely feel like we can go back to Kentucky and get our Germain.com Tundra out front again,” said Bodine.

 The counter play of good trucks and rotten luck for the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team at Kentucky is part of the reason why no other driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has passed more race trucks under the green flag at Kentucky than Todd Bodine. NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics credit this season’s points leader with 189 green flag passes at Kentucky Speedway. Bodine leads the green flag passing category overall and on the backstretch.

 “All that proves is that when we’ve gotten into trouble at Kentucky, we’ve always had a Toyota Tundra that was capable of coming back through the field. The truck has always handled well at Kentucky and that’s where it shows up,” explained Bodine, who has a win at Kentucky in the Nationwide Series and has led 53 laps in the home state of team sponsor, Valvoline, in the Truck Series.

 Mark Hillman, Rob Hunley, Chris Petit, Tom Ackerman, Mike Leitner, Justin Gardner, “PJ” Briody, Mark Kincaid, Darrell Bechy, Tony Nicholson and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. make up the core of the crew that travels with the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra. It’s the hard work of faces like these, teamed with the guys back at Germain Racing that make it possible for the No. 30 team to race their best race truck in Kentucky.

 “We get to take our best race truck to Kentucky Speedway because we have some of the best guys in the world working for Germain Racing. We raced on Friday night in Chicago and our truck had damage. On Saturday afternoon, we had TRD-131 torn down and in the fab shop for repairs. By Monday morning it was out of the body shop and we were putting decals back onto the truck. This teamwork is what makes it possible for us to bring our best truck to Kentucky, but it’s also the backbone of our ability to turn in consistent performances at the race track,” said Hillman Jr., crew chief for Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra for all five of the full-time seasons.

 Chassis TRD-131 has raced eight times this season, scored two wins and finished no worse than fifth. Watch Bodine drive this Germain.com Tundra chassis on Friday, September 3rd at Kentucky Speedway. Qualifying will be on SPEED at 6:00 PM ET, with race coverage starting at 7:30 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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Aug 30
2010

Montreal Road Course Race Ended Prematurely for Michael Annett as Result of Late Mechanical Issue

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Montreal, Canada (August 30, 2010) – In the NASCAR Nationwide Series’

only race outside of United States borders, Michael Annett and the No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza team anticipated a  promising finish in the 74 lap NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Halted by a late race accident when Annett experienced a mechanical issue, the Germain Racing team’s hopes were deflated with less than ten laps to go.

 

In his fifth ever road course attempt, Annett started 36th, but quickly gained ground on the pack making it into the top-20 on lap 19. A yellow flag was thrown on lap 20, and crew chief Ryan Fugle opted for Annett to stay out on the track rather than come to pit road.

 

Running on tires that were last changed on lap 8 and fuel that was topped off on lap 15, Annett restarted 13th on lap 24. He drove steadily in the top-20 before pitting under green on lap 44 for four fresh tires, fuel and a tear off. Back on the 2.71 mile track, he maintained a top-15 running position before trouble hit nearing the end of the race.

 

With nine laps to go, Annett’s top-15 run was slowed by a mechanical part failure causing a blown right front tire leading him to smack the wall in turn four. The caution came out and the day was ended early for the No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza team. Annett was scored 25th at the finish. He remained 12th in Nationwide Series championship owner points, just 77 points outside of the top-10.

 

The next stop on the Nationwide Series circuit is Atlanta Motor Speedway where the second tiered series will link back with the top ranked Sprint Cup Series. Annett, who reins as the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Race at Atlanta, looks to earn a respectable finish on the 1.54 mile track where he finished 14th last season. The Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta gets underway at 7 p.m. on Saturday with live coverage on ESPN 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 

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.

 

Visit www.hype.com for the latest HYPE Energy buzz and product information.

 

 

 

 

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

Aug 29
2010

Germain.com Tundra Continues Stretch of Strong Finishes While Bodine Adds to Points Lead at Chicagoland

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 Mooresville, N.C. (08-29-2010) – Chicagoland Speedway hosted a repeat of its inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night. Germain Racing’s Todd Bodine earned the Keystone Light Pole Award, and put the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra out front on three different occasions during the 154-lap EnjoyIllinois.com 225. As the laps drew to a close, Truck Series fans were treated to another outstanding showdown between fellow Toyota Tundra drivers Bodine and Kyle Busch. Bodine took the runner-up position for the second consecutive Chicagoland race and added 25 points to his lead in the Truck Series championship battle.

 “It was a pretty good race for our Germain.com Tundra tonight. We would start the runs a little loose and then get a little tight at the end of the run. On the last run we were really good. The pit crew adjusted the air pressure in the tires and got the truck handling really good. The one time I got outside of Kyle (Busch) he pinched us up in the wall. Then I got under him going into turn three and got loose. That’s just a function of the way the aero package is,” explained Bodine. “We had a great Tundra. Second-place stinks, but we’ll take it. It’s another good points night and another good run. It shows how solid this Germain Racing team is every week and what kind of trucks that they bring to the race tracks. It was just another good night.”

 Since Germain Racing’s Bodine has been atop the Truck Series points, the question from the media ranks that persists is “when will it be time to do some points racing?” Bodine hopes the hard racing with race winner Busch at Chicagoland will put an exclamation point on the answer that he and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. have given out since May.

 “I would hope that Friday night shows we aren’t points racing. I actually had a guy say that to me outside. He said, ‘You didn’t look like you were points racing when you stuck it on the outside of Kyle (Busch).’ And we’re not. We’re here to win. That’s what we’re paid to do. That’s what burns in each one of us. Every guy that walks through that garage area wants to win and we’re no different. We come here every week, we unload that Germain.com Tundra and our goal is to win the race. If we can’t win then we evaluate the situation and do the best we can with what we’ve got and get the most points that we can. That’s points racing. Our first goal is to get to victory lane and get the checkered flag,” said Bodine, who has been atop the Truck Series championship standings since May.

 Hillman says the team’s commitment to getting the best finish possible is what has made the 236-point lead possible.

 “All the hard work from everyone at Germain Racing, Toyota and Triad showed this week in Chicago. The Germain.com Tundra was excellent and with what we learned, our team is very much looking forward to racing at Kentucky Speedway next,” said Hillman.

 Bodine, Hillman and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra crew race next at Kentucky Speedway on September 3rd. Watch the action on SPEED, Friday night, at 7:30 PM, Eastern, 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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Aug 26
2010

Gresham Will Be Another New Experience for Germain and No. 24 Germain.com Camry Team

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 Mooresville, N.C. (August 25, 2010) – With three races remaining on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule for 2010, Germain Racing’s rookie driver Zach Germain and his No. 24 Germain.com Camry team are ready to put to use all they’ve learned when the series rolls into Gresham Motorsports Park for the American Fence Association 150 Presented By Mayfield Ice Creamier on Saturday night.

 “Our Germain.com Camry team was able to test at Gresham last week and it gave us all a big confidence boost. Gresham Motorsports Park is a first-class facility. The track is super fast with great banking. I think the testing we did will help our team because I’ve had a chance to figure out the line and we have a good baseline for our chassis setup,” said Germain, who captured a tenth-place finish in his first NASCAR career race at the season opener in Greenville, SC.

 Continuous improvement was a primary goal of the No. 24 team at the start of the season. After 6 races, a top-ten finish and a 14th-place rank in the championship standings, it remains the most important goal on the weekly checklist.

 “For the Germain.com Camry team to say we’ve had a good weekend at Gresham, we will want to see continued improvements in our qualifying effort and competitive racing with a strong result. We are still a young team and we’ve learned a lot together this year. We want to keep improving,” explained the 25 year-old Columbus, OH, native, who earned his best starting spot of the season in the last K&N Pro Series race at Lee USA Speedway where he lined up 12th.

 In addition to testing with the No. 24 team, Germain has been able to learn from his fellow Germain Racing teammates in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.

 “Germain Racing competes in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions. During the off-weeks, I’ve been able to utilize some of the resources we have here for a rookie driver. I observed our other race teams and listened to team radio communications. My perspective has evolved,” said Germain, who will be part of Funopolis Fanfest at Funopolis Family Fun Center on Friday night in Commerce.

 Jamie Jones will call the shots for Germain and the No. 24 Germain.com Camry again this weekend. Jones is looking forward to racing at Gresham after what the team learned in last week’s test session.

 “We had a good test at Gresham last week and I feel we’ll have a good, competitive day,” said Jones, who will lead the No. 24 Germain.com Camry team for the second race this season.

 The Germain.com Camry races 150 laps at Gresham Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 28th at 8:30 PM Eastern. The American Fence Association 150 Presented By Mayfield Ice Creamier race will be broadcast on SPEED on Thursday, September 2nd at 6:00 PM Eastern.

 Germain Racing is a championship-winning organization competing in all three of NASCAR’s national series as well as the K&N Pro Series East. 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.

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Aug 26
2010

Michael Annett and the No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza Toyota Camry Compete North of the Border at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Montreal, Canada (August 25, 2010) – Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza team will make their one and only stop outside of the United States this weekend as the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit ventures to Montreal, Canada for the Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The 74 lap race will be the third and final road course race for the Nationwide Series before their final ten races of the 2010 season.

 

Annett’s trip to Montreal for Sunday’s race will be the second time he’s competed in a NASCAR event north of the border after he finished 18th in last year’s Nationwide Series race on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s 2.71 mile road course. But stock car racing hasn’t been the only sport that the 24-year-old driver has competed in outside of the United States. The former AAA ice hockey defensemen for Team Illinois performed on the rink in games versus Canadian teams in Calgary and Toronto at the age of 16.

 

Annett’s transition from the rink to the racetrack at the age of 18 has allowed him four previous road course starts. Although he was plagued with transmission issues in both of this year’s previous road course races, Annett battled to finish 24th at the inaugural Nationwide Series race at Road America and 19th at Watkins Glen International this season in his No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry.

 

With international ties to Pilot Flying J and HYPE Energy, Annett will pilot the No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza Toyota Camry in Sunday’s Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. With loyal sponsor Pilot Travel Centers’ recent acquisition of Flying J, Sunday’s Nationwide Series event will be the first ever appearance of the No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza Toyota Camry. Over 60 of Pilot Flying J’s 550 locations are centered in Canada. HYPE Energy, an associate sponsor of the No. 15 Germain Racing team, will feature their HYPE Energy Organic product on the deck lid of the car.

 

“I’m really excited to have Flying J on our No. 15 Toyota Camry for the first time this weekend. It’s an honor to have an excellent company with two great brands behind me,” said Annett. “I appreciate all the support that the Pilot Flying J team provides me. They have truly fueled my dream of building a successful career in motorsports. I’m looking forward to getting on track this weekend and giving Pilot Flying J and Germain Racing a great finish.”

 

The No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza Nationwide Series car will hit the road course at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday for practice at 9 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. Qualifying will follow at 5:05 p.m. The Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge begins at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tune to ESPN 2 for live coverage of final practice, qualifying and the race. A live race broadcast begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

 

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.

 

Visit www.hype.com for the latest HYPE Energy buzz and product information.

 

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

 

Aug 26
2010

Germain Racing Looking for More than Second in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Friday Night

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 

- Bodine has earned Two Pole awards at Chicagoland, one in Cup, one in NNS

- He Leads the Truck Series Championship Battle by a 211-point margin

- Has Earned Three Wins this season, 20 in his Truck Series Career

- Germain Racing has 21 Truck Series Victories and Eight Pole Awards

 August 24, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - As Chicagoland Speedway shows itself on the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, one race team may be more excited to see the mile and a half this weekend than the rest. Germain Racing last year had a very competitive runner-up finish in the inaugural race. Since that time, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra has been to victory lane three times and captured two pole awards—all on intermediate race tracks.

 

 “Chicago is a mile and a half track, which is Germain Racing’s strong area as far as different tracks go. We’ve always run well at Chicago, even when we used to test there. We should be able to go back there and be even better with our Germain.com Tundra than we were last year,” explained Bodine, who says the teamwork has been responsible for his results this season. “Mike Jr., Tom Ackerman and the crew have really done a great job with the trucks this season and it shows in the results we’ve been able to get.”

 

 In the inaugural race in 2009, few would question that Bodine and his crew had hit on a winning chassis combination unless those few were within the Germain Racing circle. Bodine kept the No. 30 Tundra up front for 39 of 150 laps before finishing second.

 “Last year we still didn’t have the No. 30 Tundra driving as well as we needed to. We’ve got that part figured out and it will allow us to go even faster with the Germain.com Tundra this year. We are looking forward to putting on a good show for the Truck Series fans again at Chicagoland,” said Bodine.

 

 The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points leader since May, Bodine says the record-setting 211-point lead can’t change Germain Racing’s approach to preparing their trucks.

 

 “Our performance is good, but we can’t stop doing what we’re doing. We have to just go out to win races and do the best we can to control the things that we can control. We can’t worry about what other people are doing,” explained Bodine, who is vying for his second Truck Series title in five years.

 

 Since joining the Truck Series full-time in 2005, Germain Racing has finished in the top-five in the Truck Series standings every season, including earning Toyota its first manufacturer’s title and series championship in 2006.

 

 Watch Bodine drive the Germain.com Tundra on Friday, August 27 at Chicagoland Speedway. Qualifying will be on SPEED at 4:30 PM ET, with race coverage starting at 8:30 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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Aug 23
2010

Bumping and Banging at Bristol Motor Speedway Brings Michael Annett Home with 18th Place Finish

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Bristol, Tenn. (August 23, 2010) – Friday night under the lights of Bristol Motor Speedway’s .533 mile bullring, Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team looked to score a repeat of their top-10 finish in last year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250. But faced with bad luck on pit road and a bite of the hard racing that Bristol’s famed for, Annett and the team left Thunder Valley with an 18th place finish.

 

The Germain Racing driver made a 23rd place qualifying effort and raced in the top-25 until the first caution of the event was thrown on lap 55, marking the longest green flag stretch in the last 23 Nationwide Series races. Annett reported being too tight on the bottom and loose in, but one lap down, he opted to stay out on the track to get the wave around rather than coming to pit road.

 

Restarting 22nd, Annett maintained his position until the second yellow flag of the night waved on lap 81. Making their first visit of the night to pit road, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers pit crew changed four tires, made track bar and air pressure adjustments and refueled. Annett restarted 18th.

 

Battling Bristol’s high banked track, he worked his way closer to the front of the pack and was running 12th when the third caution was called on lap 116. Adjusting race strategy, crew chief Ryan Fugle opted for a two tire stop this time through allowing Annett to restart ninth on lap 123.

 

With track position on their side and confidence that the they were working their way towards a strong finish on Pilot Travel Center’s home track, the No. 15 team looked to make their third pit stop of the night after the caution flag flew again on lap 157. In an attempt to change four tires during the stop, a pit gun broke allowing only right side tires to be changed. The broken pit gun was exchanged for a new one and Annett was ordered to reenter pit road for left side tires before the restart. The team’s misfortune forced the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Camry to restart 23rd.

 

The next caution came out on lap 186 and Annett stayed out on the track.

Rebounding from the team’s previous tough luck on pit road, he restarted 19th. Still working on gaining back track position, Annett had worked his way to 16th when he was caught in the tail end of a wreck on the front stretch bringing out the seventh caution of the night on lap 225. The Germain Racing driver made a trip to pit road as the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers pit crew changed four tires and fuel, as well as surveyed and repaired the damage to the car. Annett restarted 22nd and drove through the checkered flag in 18th.

 

Up next, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will compete in their only race outside of the United States this season as they trek to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. The 74 lap road course race will air live on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

 

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

 

Aug 19
2010

Papis Checks Into the Truck Series Top-Five, Finishes 14th at Bristol

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

Bristol, TN (08-19-2010) – As Bristol racing goes, Wednesday night’s O’Reilly 200 was everything it should be. The air was thick with humidity and it electrified when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took to the track for what ended up being a 206-lap race. Max Papis qualified the GEICO Tundra in 21st position and after 206 laps of highs and lows, finished 14th as fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch took his third Bristol Motor Speedway win.

 

“I have to say, I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish tonight with our GEICO Tundra. At Bristol there are so many things out of your control. We managed to race the GEICO Tundra in the top-five, and we were very close to getting a top-ten finish. That was out of our hands, but, I am very proud of our performance and what we learned for the future,” said Max Papis, of Como, Italy, who will showcase the GEICO colors full-time in the Truck Series in 2011, making a run for the series championship.

 

 

The GEICO Racing team fought a tight handling condition with the racing chassis throughout both practice sessions and in qualifying. Once the O’Reilly 200 race began, the truck remained tight.

 

Papis and the GEICO crew brought the GEICO Tundra to pit road for service under the night’s second caution period to make adjustments that would combat the tight-handling condition. The lap-25 pit stop efforts paid off, as the GEICO Tundra steadily moved to the front of the field, making it as high as the runner-up position.

 

In second place just 14 laps after the pit stop, Max Papis followed veteran Truck Series racer Mike Skinner through a pair of restarts before returning to pit road at lap 54 for four fresh tires and fuel.

 

“Tonight we struggled with a tight handling condition with the GEICO Tundra, which was consistent with practice and qualifying. The truck was definitely better in clean air when we were running behind Skinner than when I was in traffic. This will be important for us when we are building our truck for Bristol next season,” said Papis, who has raced in 16 Truck Series events to date, and will add three more to his resume before next year.

 

Papis knifed his way back through traffic, flirting with the top-ten as the race was drawing to a close. Under the 12th caution flag of the night, Papis told crew chief Bootie Barker he was worried something was wrong with the GEICO Tundra.

 

“During the caution period, I told Bootie I felt something had gone wrong with the race truck. We pitted on lap 200 and it was a good thing we did. Our right rear tire was flat. After that, the GEICO Tundra was in ninth position. We thought we would finish in the top ten, but, at Bristol, there are many things you can’t control,” said Papis.

 

As the 36-truck field came to the green flag for the final time at lap 205, the GEICO Tundra was ninth, behind teammates Todd Bodine (fifth) and Miguel Paludo (seventh). It looked certain that Papis would be part of Germain Racing’s top-ten effort, but coming to the checkered flag, Papis entered turn four in the top-ten and was sent into the spin cycle. He came out in 14th-place after becoming a victim of circumstance.

 

“We are using tonight and our three remaining GEICO Tundra truck series races to prepare for a full season of racing in the Truck Series in 2011. Tonight was a great experience. We ran competitively and we learned a lot to build our team for the future,” said Papis.

 

Next up for Papis and the No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra will be New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

Papis and the GEICO Racing team will hit the 1.058-mile, low-banked oval in Loudon, NH, for the opening practice session at 10:00 AM (EDT) on Friday, September 17th.  Final practice follows at 1:15 PM (EDT), while qualifying will be on Saturday, September 18th at 10:05 AM (EDT).

 

The 175-lap/185.15 mile NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race begins on Saturday, September 18th, at 3:00 PM (EDT) and will be televised live on SPEED television network, and 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

 

 

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Aug 19
2010

Paludo Earns First Truck Series Top-Ten Finish in Debut Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

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

Bristol, TN (08-19-2010) – Miguel Paludo ran his first race with Germain Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Brazilian champion wheeled his No. 77 Stemco Duroline Tundra to a ninth-place finish – an impressive result for a young driver making his Truck Series debut in the O’Reilly 200. Paludo said the finish was all about team work.

“Every person I talked with said, ‘Why Bristol, it’s tough.’ But to me, it was perfect. I’m real happy with the results of the Stemco Duroline Tundra tonight and it was a team effort. Germain Racing did a great job building this truck in one week and I’m so proud of all the guys. It was awesome. We had handling conditions. We had a tight truck, a loose truck, a lot of different trucks during practice and the race, but you can’t imagine how happy I am to finish ninth for Toyota and Stemco Duroline,” exclaimed Paludo, who competes in the K&N Pro Series East for fellow Toyota team Hattori Racing Enterprises.

Many drivers chose Martinsville Speedway as their entry point for their Truck Series debut. For Paludo, it was Bristol Motor Speedway. Crew chief Jamie Jones explains that Paludo made the most of his decision.

“Miguel did an excellent job. He worked hard all day long – through practice, qualifying and the race. For not seeing the place, he adapted really well to Bristol Motor Speedway. I think Germain Racing, Toyota and Stemco Duroline are very fortunate to have him as their driver. He has the ability to go forward,” said Jones.

Paludo was greeted by teammate Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra, as the two were awaiting interviews with SPEED channel after the race.

“Todd Bodine helped me to get ready for this race. He is a great teammate to have. He has so much experience, and he really enjoys sharing that with young drivers,” said Paludo.

The next race for Miguel Paludo and the No. 77 Stemco Duroline Tundra will be at Kentucky Speedway on September 3rd. In the meantime, Paludo will drive the No. 77 Stemco Duroline Camry for Hattori Racing Enterprises in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on August 28th at Gresham Motorsports Park.

Follow Miguel Paludo at miguelpaludo.com or on Twitter @mpaludo77.

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

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