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Jul 09
2011

Gaughan Finishes Third at Kentucky Speedway

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Gaughan Finishes Third at Kentucky Speedway

 

Sparta, KY (07-07-2011) – Brendan Gaughan has had many great finishes at Kentucky Speedway, including two fourth-place results in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Thursday night, Gaughan ran into some difficulties in front of the 30,000 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fans in attendance for the UNOH 225, but, with the help of his Germain Racing pit crew, the Las Vegas driver pushed the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra to its best finish of the 2011 season.

 

“I destroyed our South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra early in the race. I right-sided it in the turn four wall. I had the splitter tucked up under it. The Germain Racing pit crew did an amazing job getting the truck back together. I think it took five trips to pit road, but, they did it and then it was my turn to get to work making up ground on restarts. I learned restart tricks from the best when I first came to the Truck Series. Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday Jr. showed me some old-school tricks that drivers just don’t use anymore. On two restarts I made it from eleventh to third – I passed everybody. I was in my favorite position - racing on the outside. I’m happy to come out of here with a third place finish and run to Iowa Speedway,” smiled Gaughan, who made a total of eight trips to pit road before the 225-mile race was complete.

 

Gaughan was all smiles after leading laps for the second race this season and earning his fourth top-ten finish. He enjoyed watching runner-up finisher Parker Kligerman battle the race winner in the closing laps, though he certainly considered that the rookie could make a mistake.

 

“Parker did a great job there at the end. I definitely knew he could’ve made the wrong decision and he and Kyle (Busch, race winner) could’ve wrecked each other and I could’ve scored the win. But, I am impressed. He made the right decisions and a lot of young drivers don’t make the right decisions anymore. It was nice to see that some do that and he got the great finish,” said Gaughan.

 

With the points race now a 60-point battle from first to Gaughan, the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra crew and driver are anxious to get on track next weekend at Iowa Speedway. After ten of 25 races, Gaughan ranks tenth in Truck Series standings, 60 points behind the leader and a mere 25 points out of fifth place.

 

Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

 

About South Point…The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.

 

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Jul 09
2011

MAX PAPIS GALLOPS TO AN 11TH-PLACE FINISH AT KENTUCKY

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MAX PAPIS GALLOPS TO AN 11TH-PLACE FINISH AT KENTUCKY

 

SPARTA, Ky. (July 7, 2011) – Kentucky is known for the biggest horse race of the year. But when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to town, a different set of horses take the stage – horsepower under the hood that is. With the inaugural Sprint Cup Series event taking place on Saturday night, the Truck Series roared to life on Thursday for hard racing action under the lights. Max Papis was prepared to make his first career start at the 1.5-mile oval in the Bluegrass State.

 

On Thursday afternoon, Papis completed his qualifying effort, clocking a time of 32.015 seconds (168.671 mph). This lap placed the Como, Italy native in the 22nd position as the green flag flew shortly after 8 p.m. ET. As the 150-lap race began, Papis quickly radioed to his GEICO Racing crew that his No. 9 Toyota was tight on entry and lacked grip on the outside. The first caution of the night slowed the pace on lap seven for a multi-track accident in turn two. Papis restarted from 20th-place on lap 13.

 

Papis continued to exuberate patience as the second caution came on lap 19 for oil on the track. Crew chief Randy Goss called his driver to the attention of the GEICO pit crew for fuel and a shock adjustment to help the tight handling condition. With the shock adjustment taking an extended amount of time on pit road, Papis restarted from the 24th position on lap 22.

 

The GEICO Toyota Tundra did not react the intended way, as Papis radioed that the shock adjustment made the truck loose on entrance and tight in the middle, as well as hitting the splitter on the racetrack. Goss encouraged his driver to keep pushing the Gecko as hard as he could and reassured him that changes would be made on the next stop. The third caution came on lap 59 and gave Papis the opportunity to return to pit road for changes. The GEICO pit crew changed four tires, fuel, reversed the previous shock adjustment and made an air pressure change. As the race returned to green flag conditions on lap 64, Papis held the 21st position.

 

A short nine laps later, the fourth caution was brought out for an accident in turn four. Papis received the Lucky Dog Award, placing the GEICO Toyota back on the lead lap. Having to start at the tail end of the longest line as a result of the award, Papis came in for fuel and a rubber adjustment to help the handling. On lap 76, Papis was scored in 19th-place.

 

As the race went into a routine, green flag pit stops became necessary for all the leaders. Around lap 120, fellow competitors began to hit pit road for fuel and adjustments. Papis moved into sixth position before coming to the attention of his GEICO pit crew once again on lap 131 for fuel and a track bar adjustment. The sixth caution came on lap 143 after the field had cycled through with Papis holding 15th-place on the restart.

 

One lap later, a multi-truck accident occurred in turn four setting the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. Papis once again received the Lucky Dog Award and came to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. Taking the first attempt at a two-lap finish, Papis took off from the 11th position, which is where the GEICO Toyota Tundra crossed the finish line as the checkered flag flew.

 

“This race showed the character of my guys on this GEICO team,” said Papis after the race. “We didn’t have a very good Toyota but we never gave up. We kept digging as hard as we could and to come home with an 11th-place finish is good. This team will head back to the shop and figure out why we didn’t run as well as we would have liked and be ready to go next week at Iowa. Overall it was a great night for Germain Racing to have two trucks in the top-five and the GEICO Toyota close behind.”

 

Papis dropped one position to 12th-place in the NCWTS driver championship point standings. The Italian is only one point behind teammate Todd Bodine who holds the 11th position. Next Saturday, July 16, Papis and the GEICO Racing team head to Iowa Speedway for the 11th race of the 2011 season. Live television coverage can be seen on SPEED beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Set-Up Show. In addition, the radio broadcast can be heard on MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, visit: www.geicogarage.com <http://www.geicogarage.com> .

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing <http://www.twitter.com/geicoracing> .

 

 

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Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com 

 

Jul 04
2011

GEORGIA BOOT TUNDRA PREVIEW: KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

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Georgia Boot, America’s Hardest Working Boot,

Ready for Bodine to Defend Race Title at Kentucky Speedway

Mooresville, N.C. (July 4, 2011) - Germain Racing finally gets to show off the No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fans on Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. Todd Bodine, last year’s Kentucky Speedway race winner and the defending Truck Series champion will be behind the wheel of the Toyota which proudly bears the branding of America’s Hardest Working Boot.

“This first race with Georgia Boot is one we’ve been looking forward to on the schedule for quite some time. Georgia Boot is America’s Hardest Working Boot, and I truly believe they are with the best team in the Truck Series. Germain Racing’s crew guys work their guts out each and every week, so Georgia Boot is a natural fit here. We’re looking forward to having a long relationship with Georgia Boot,” said Bodine.

Announced earlier in the season, the Georgia Boot primary sponsorship event is finally here and everyone from Rocky Brands in Nelsonville, OH, is looking forward to Thursday.

“Everybody at Rocky Brands is very excited about our upcoming primary at Kentucky Speedway! We can’t wait to see Todd race around the track in the #30 Georgia Boot Racing truck! Hopefully our truck will bring Todd a little bit of luck and he’ll be able to bring home the checkered flag to victory lane! Georgia Boot has always been “America’s Hardest Working Boot” and this year we were lucky enough to join forces with “America’s Hardest Working Team” in Germain Racing. We really couldn’t have picked a better team to sponsor,” said Jordan Gottke, Marketing Manager for Georgia Boot at Rocky Brands, Inc.

Being the defending race winner gives Bodine and the No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra team some extra confidence heading into Kentucky.

“It’s definitely a better state of mind heading to Kentucky Speedway after our win there last year. We know we can get it done.  We already knew that because we’d always run well there in the past. But, getting the win last year proves it. We have high hopes for the Georgia Boot Tundra this week at Kentucky,” said Bodine, who will race chassis GR-016 on Thursday.

Thursday’s race will be broadcast on SPEED at 8:00 PM Eastern. Watch it live, or tune your radio dial to your local MRN affiliate.

Germain Racing is only the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins in seven consecutive seasons. Germain Racing has 22 wins, nine pole awards and two championships. Follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

Georgia Boot is a manufacturer and marketer of quality work and outdoor footwear. It is a division of Rocky Brands, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ® under the symbol: RCKY. For more information, visit www.georgiaboot.com.

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Jul 04
2011

Gaughan Looking Forward to Continuing Good Runs at Kentucky

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Gaughan Looking Forward to Continuing Good Runs at Kentucky


Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra

He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

He holds two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship Titles

Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year

Gaughan has 6 NCWTS races at Kentucky and 2 NNS races with laps led in both series

 

Mooresville, N.C. (July 4, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan has a great winning memory of Kentucky Speedway. Unfortunately, the memory is of someone else’s trip to the winner’s circle instead of his own. Gaughan has led laps before the Kentucky Speedway fans, he’s dominated races, and he’s been a top-contender in both NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. This weekend, he hopes he and his Germain Racing crew can put the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra in contention for his ninth Truck Series win—his first at Kentucky.

“Kentucky, even in the Nationwide Series, has always been a good track for me. This race is one of the races that my team has really looked forward to on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule,” explained Gaughan, who will race Tundra chassis TRD-026 at Kentucky. “With the way we were able to get our South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota running at Kansas, Charlotte and even Texas, I know what we are capable of as a team and I’m anxious to see what we can do at Kentucky Speedway.”

Gaughan finished fourth in both of his NNS races at Kentucky, but what he remembers most about the track will always be Carl Edwards first NASCAR career win.

“A Kentucky Speedway memory I’ll never forget was 2003. I led 66 laps, we had the race won. We were coming to the checkered flag but we blew a motor going down the back straightaway. It put me into a 360-degree spin, and Carl Edwards just missed us when we blew up. I managed to coast all the way into the garage while Carl took the win for his first Truck Series win,” said Gaughan. “Kentucky has always been a great track for me. Our No. 62 Toyota should be strong. I’m confident our Germain Racing team will be tough to beat on Thursday night.”

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Thursday, July 7th, at Kentucky Speedway on SPEED. Qualifying airs at 6:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, with racing action at 8:00 PM ET, preceded by the NCWTS Setup at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 10th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings. 

Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

About South Point…The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.

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Jul 04
2011

MEARS AND THE GECKO TAKE CHARGE OF THE FIELD IN DAYTONA

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Daytona Beach, FL (July 2, 2011) – Springtime in Daytona did not favor Casey Mears, but he was hoping as he arrived this week for the July 2nd race that summer would prove to be more auspicious.  After Daytona’s legendary speedway betrayed the Bakersfield, CA, native in February, the security of being in the Top 35 for the Coke Zero 400 eased the nerves of the Germain Racing team when they unloaded their #13 GEICO Toyota Camry on Thursday.

Prior to the start of practice, Mears and the GEICO team would first be forced to wait out the aggression of Mother Nature, who blanketed the speedway with rain for the majority of Thursday afternoon.  After the cancellation of the opening practice, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would offer the field a compacted 45-minute session later in the evening.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry would end up 32nd on the speed chart, just behind Brian Vickers and Kasey Kahne, when the red flag closed the series’ only practice session. 

Qualifying got underway late Friday afternoon, and Mears would be the 14th driver to take to the newly paved tri-oval.  He navigated the #13 GEICO Camry around the high-banks of Daytona International Speedway in just 50.107-seconds, at a rate of speed of 179.616-miles per hour, placing him 32nd on the starting grid, ahead of Martin Truex, Jr., and Denny Hamlin.

Before Mears would take the green flag on Saturday night, he would first make an appearance at the GEICO display area in the GEICO campgrounds.  After signing hundreds of autographs and taking photos with admiring fans, Mears then set his sights on the 160 laps of racing that would ensue a few hours later.

Clear skies and a packed grandstand overlooked the racetrack when the green flag turned the field loose for 400-miles of racing on Saturday evening.  Starting 32nd, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry immediately hooked up with their drafting partner Bobby Labonte and began to move forward until a Trevor Bayne crash brought out the event’s first caution flag on Lap 4.  Labonte received collateral damage and after moving up to the 24th position, Mears and the Gecko were now on the lookout for a new dance partner.

When the race went back to green on Lap 9, Mears restarted 17th and hooked up with Landon Cassill, forming what would end up being one of the most formidable duos of the evening.  However, Cassill would not be Mears’ only ally during the race.  When the event’s second caution flag was displayed on Lap 23 after Carl Edwards met the wall in Turn 4, the Germain Racing pit crew churned out a fast stop and returned Mears to the racing surface in an expedient fashion.  While the #13 GEICO Camry entered pit road in the 16th position, Mears would restart ninth on Lap 27, netting seven spots during his visit.

Mears and Cassill began to effortlessly navigate to the front and cracked the Top 10 on Lap 39, when the #13 GEICO Camry took over the ninth position.  Just a few laps later, on Lap 43, Mears captured fifth, and soon after moved into third on his quest to command the field. 

As the race began to wear on, Mears settled comfortably into the Top 10 and would make the occasional visit to the Top 5.  Lap 75 found the Daytona crowd exposed to their favorite reptile as Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry shot to the lead and would hold the spot for the next two laps.  After the Gecko led his first Daytona laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Mears settled into the third position as the race approached the halfway point.

With just 80 laps left on the docket, the tension on the racetrack became palpable and a focused Mears would wheel around the racetrack speaking very little on the team’s radio frequency.

A persistent Mears handled the race with a veteran’s calm and Lap 94 saw the hard-charging GEICO driver once again chase down the leader and take over the race’s top spot, marking the second time the #13 GEICO Camry led the field. 

As he approached Lap 100, Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for a scheduled green flag stop, taking on only left-side tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel.  He rejoined the event in the 19th position, but quickly made up lost ground.  Mears reached the Top 15 by Lap 104, while one lap later the #13 GEICO Camry would tread in familiar territory when it landed back in the Top 5. 

With just two laps left in the event, race fans leaped from their seats when a big group of cars began to make contact, sending Jeff Gordon spinning in front of an oncoming Mears.  Mears would miss Gordon’s car by only the narrowest of margins, drawing a collective sigh from the GEICO Racing pit area.  The incident would set the race up for a green-white-checker finish.

Riding in 12th under caution on Lap 160, Mears was handed his marching orders by crew chief, Bootie Barker.  “Casey, you have enough fuel to do what you need to do here at the end.  You and Landon should be nose to tail.  Good luck.” 

When the race went back under green with two laps remaining, the field began crashing in Turn 2 and Mears was left with nowhere to go, falling victim to the ‘big one’ and causing significant damage to the #13 GEICO Camry.  Mears was able to carefully limp the GEICO machine back to pit road where the Germain Racing pit crew skillfully repaired the car during the caution period. 

Mears would ultimately restart the race in the 33rd position, and hustle to a 32nd place finish.  The late-race crash would not overshadow the team’s best overall performance of the season.   

“We had a really good night tonight and it was great being able to take the lead on two different occasions and put GEICO at the front of the field at one of the biggest races of the year,” Mears said.  “Getting caught up in a crash with two to go is unfortunate, but wrecks happen in racing and we got wrecked while in position to make a run for the win; that’s something we can live with.  What’s important is that we got to show the progress we’re making and how good we can be.  I’m proud of this entire Germain Racing team.  I had a lot of fun tonight and I’m really looking forward to getting to Kentucky next week.” 

Next week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make its first-ever visit to Kentucky Speedway when all three of NASCAR’s top series’ compete at the Sparta facility.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval for an open day of testing on Thursday, July 7th, prior to beginning practice on Friday, July 8th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Friday evening at 5:10 PM (EDT).

The Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, July 9th and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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

 

Jun 13
2011

Bodine Says NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra Was in Shape to Contend before Crash Ended Night Early

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Bodine Says NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra Was in Shape to Contend before Crash Ended Night Early

 

Mooresville, NC (06-13-2011) – Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway saw six-time winner Todd Bodine ease the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra into position, just outside the top-five 40 laps into the 167-lap event. As if to show the fans what he’s famous for – running up front at the Fort Worth 1.5-mile circuit – Bodine spent the early laps running in and around the top-ten and marching steadily toward the front. He and his crew were in a good position to contend for their seventh victory, according to Bodine.

 

“I think we would’ve been a contender that’s the way we end up doing things at Germain Racing. By the end of the race, the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra was going to be ready to go,” said Bodine, who started eighth after ranking ninth and eighth in Thursday’s two practice sessions.

 

Bodine said the No. 30 Tundra started a bit tight, but, the team made adjustments that were needed and he was very confident in his NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Toyota.

 

“We started off way too tight off the corners. We adjusted it and got it freed up and it was definitely better. Our NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra still wasn’t completely right but we were gaining on it,” said Bodine.

 

The night took a downward turn in a sequence of events. Bodine spun out with Brian Ickler, causing little damage to either truck, but, putting Bodine back in traffic.

 

“I spun out with Brian Ickler and that got us in the back with the guys we didn’t want to race with. I made a mistake and caused us to wreck and it hurts because I think we had a great chance at getting this NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra into the winner’s circle tonight,” said Bodine who finished 31st on Friday.

 

The next race for Todd Bodine and the No. 30 team is at Kentucky Speedway on July 7th. There the team will unveil a new paint scheme; a black/gold/silver and white No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra will take the to track and Bodine and the Germain Racing crew will work to defend last season’s Kentucky race win. Watch the action live starting at 8:00 PM on SPEED, July 7th.

 

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Jun 12
2011

Mears - Pocono Post Race Report

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DESPITE SETBACK, MEARS MAINTAINS MOMENTUM IN POCONO

 

Long Pond, PA (June 12, 2011) – The last couple of weeks have found Casey Mears’ dance card unusually full.  He and his wife Trisha have welcomed home a baby boy, and Mears has managed to keep his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry 33rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Point standings.  Pocono offered the Bakersfield, CA, native the opportunity to further solidify his status in the Top 35.

 

After being 36th in the opening practice session on Friday, Mears gained speed and rested 29th on the chart when the final practice session closed later in the afternoon.  His qualifying draw did him no favors, as he was just the ninth driver to take a shot at a starting position for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race when qualifying got underway on Saturday at Pocono Raceway.  Mears paced the 2.5-mile tri-oval in 53.360 seconds, landing the #13 GEICO Camry 35th on the starting grid, just behind Kyle Busch in 34th.

 

Race day found teams pondering Mother Nature’s plans, as overcast skies, cool temperatures and light drizzle encompassed the Pocono area.  With 200 laps on the docket, teams were plotting strategies that would hopefully find them at the head of the field at the halfway point.  Fortunately, for the full house of race fans on hand Sunday, the weather would hold off and the field would go green at its advertised start time.

 

Mears and the GEICO Camry rolled off of the starting grid in the 35th position when the green flag was displayed in Long Pond, PA, on Sunday afternoon.  Bookended on the starting grid by Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle, Mears was looking to make quick progress in the #13 GEICO Camry.  By the close of the opening lap, he had moved into the 34th position, and Lap 2 saw the #13 GEICO Camry in 31st.

 

Mears wheeled effortlessly around the ‘Tricky Triangle’, maneuvering the #13 GEICO Camry into the 17th position on Lap 12.  The Gecko’s assault on Pocono would continue and Mears would eventually break into the Top 5 on Lap 21. 

 

Mears’ success would not come without adversity, however, as he seemed to have a war brewing with Turn 3.  Lacking rear bite, Mears struggled to make it through the turn on each lap.  A scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 45 provided the Germain Racing pit crew the opportunity to refresh the #13 GEICO Camry with four new Goodyear tires, a tank full of Sunoco racing fuel and much needed adjustments.   

 

Upon his return to the racing surface, Mears would once again approach the Top 20 before Lap 64 delivered a gut-punch of sorts.  Mears radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker that his shifter handle had broken, leaving the #13 GEICO Camry stuck in fourth gear.  The good news is that the car was stuck in fourth gear, which allowed Mears to remain at speed while navigating the racetrack under green flag conditions.  The challenge would be getting the #13 GEICO Camry off of pit road during any upcoming pit stops when the first three gears were not available to assist. 

 

The first hurdle came on Lap 73, when Mears visited pit road for service under green flag conditions.  He would quickly go down a lap and find himself in the 33rd position.  An undaunted Mears would not surrender to his frustration, but instead continued the fight.  By the halfway point of the race, Mears had the #13 GEICO Camry once again approaching the Top 25 and ran in 27th on Lap 98.

 

A much needed caution flag was displayed on Lap 110, allowing the Germain Racing pit crew the opportunity to fix the infamous shifter handle.  It would take two separate visits to pit road in order to avoid going down another lap, but the GEICO crew made the repair and Mears returned to the racetrack with all four gears in operable condition.   

 

After restarting the race in the 32nd position on Lap 117, Mears spent the balance of the afternoon trying to make up lost ground. 

 

When the checkered flag waved in the Pennsylvania mountains, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry recorded a 30th place finish and further solidified their position in the Top 35.  The Germain Racing team remains 33rd in the standings, but they now have a 39-point cushion over 35th. 

 

“It was a frustrating day for us because we had a good car and a good motor and the #13 GEICO Camry felt good out there early on,” Mears said after exiting the GEICO Camry.  “The important thing is that we showed how well we can run and we also remained composed when we had to get the shifter repaired.  I love the attitude of this team and the fact that we never quit.  We could’ve very easily gone down three or four laps, but we didn’t.  It was a tough day, but we still were able to gain in the point standings.”

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

Jun 12
2011

Lofton Tenth at Texas

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Lofton 10th in Texas

 

Fort Worth, Texas -- Justin Lofton scored his first top-10 finish of the Camping World Truck Series season on Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway. After starting 25th, the California racer drove a consistent race and wheeled his way to 10th following a final green-white-checkered flag restart.

 

"It feels good to come home in the top-10. We had a few close calls out there, but the Lofton Cattle Tundra looks pretty good after the race, and that's a good thing. I like racing here at Texas, but I haven't had the best of luck. It's really cool to get a top-10 here," Lofton said.

 

With temperatures lingering in the upper 90s throughout the two-day trip to the 1.5-mile Texas track, the Lofton Cattle team did their best to ready the No. 77 Toyota for night racing.

 

Throughout the Thursday afternoon practice sessions under the blazing sun and heat of the day, Lofton noted that the truck wasn't picking up as much speed as he had hoped. But with the field taking the green flag under the night sky and slightly cooler temperatures, Lofton looked forward to the changing track conditions giving him an advantage.

 

Once underway on Friday night, two early caution flags allowed Lofton to visit pit road for early adjustments. The team's third stop of the day fell just after the 50-lap mark, with Lofton taking the restart from the 14th position.

 

As the race hit the halfway point, the 77 team opted to make various calls on pit road. From two tires to an additional stop for fuel, the calls mixed things up for Lofton in the rundown. Various changes to the truck throughout the night worked as well, as Lofton radioed to his crew that the truck was "running pretty good" and struggled only with a minor aero problem while racing other trucks.

 

Lofton's final stop of the night fell on lap 121, with the No. 77 Lofton Cattle entry showing in the 23rd position for the restart on lap 123.  Consistently clicking off positions, Lofton had cracked the top-15 just 20 laps later. 

 

The final yellow flag of the night waved on lap 162, extending the race by one lap in order to make for a final green-white-checkered three-lap dash to the finish. Lofton took the final restart from the 13th spot.

 

With just three laps remaining, he dug in and charged his way to 10th, claiming his first top-10 finish after the season's first nine races. The result also moved him up three positions in both driver and owner point standings.

 

Lofton and the No. 77 Lofton Cattle team will next hit the track on July 7th at Kentucky Speedway.

 

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Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations

Email: mandy@justinloftoninc.com

Jun 12
2011

Papis 15th at Texas

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MAX PAPIS BRINGS HOME TOP-15 FINISH IN TEXAS SHOWDOWN

 

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 10, 2011) – As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) entered the Lone Star State, the fast-paced and action-filled series was sure to put on a show for the fans. Friday night’s Winstar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway did not disappoint, setting a new NCWTS record for number of cautions in one event at the Fort Worth facility. Despite a tight handling condition plaguing the No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Max Papis dodged the 10 cautions and finished the showdown in 15th-place.

 

On Thursday night, Papis took to the 1.5-mile oval for qualifying. The Italian clocked a lap of 30.653 seconds (176.165 mph), which placed the GEICO Toyota in the 21st starting position. The Germain Racing team was optimistic heading into Friday’s race, as the two practice sessions reinforced the notion of having a nice piece.

 

The green flag dropped shortly after 9 p.m. ET and the 167-lap showdown under the lights was underway. The first caution came a short seven laps into the race as oil was laid on the track. Papis quickly reported to Crew Chief Randy Goss that his GEICO Tundra was “tight center off”. On lap 10, the field restarted with Papis in 22nd-place. The first opportunity for Papis to hit pit road for adjustments came on lap 23 as the second caution slowed the pace. Goss brought his driver in for four tires, fuel, and adjustments to help the tight handling condition.

 

Papis restarted on lap 27 from the 22nd position and within three laps had moved inside the top-20. However, as the green flag run continued, the tight condition came back to the GEICO machine, which pushed Papis back to 23rd-place as the third caution came on lap 52. Papis returned to pit road for fresh tires, fuel, and more adjustments, before returning to racing action on lap 57 from the 24th position.

 

After two cautions hindered Papis’ progress, the GEICO Toyota had returned to the top-20 by lap 90 when the sixth caution came at The Great American Speedway. The tight condition continued to hinder Papis but the GEICO team kept trying to make the situation better. The No. 9 Tundra came to pit road for tires, fuel, and adjustments, before restarting on lap 96 from the 20th position.

 

The field spread out shortly after the restart as the laps clicked down to fewer than 50 remaining. The seventh caution of the night flew on lap 112 with Papis scored in 21st-place. This yellow period allowed Papis to return to pit road for tires, fuel, and additional adjustments. The GEICO Toyota restarted from inside the top-20 on lap 117.

 

With 30 laps to go in the 400K event, Papis made a phenomenal maneuver to dodge the spinning truck of Austin Dillon, which slid directly across the nose of the GEICO Toyota. As the tight handling condition continued, Goss called his driver back to pit road for the final time to “try something out of the box” as the previous adjustments hadn’t made much difference. With fresh tires, enough fuel to make it to the end, and numerous adjustments, Papis returned to racing on lap 143 from the 21st position.

 

Papis quickly moved back inside the top-20 and with only a handful of laps remaining, the GEICO Toyota was making up ground and contending to advance positions. Papis did quite the job behind the steering wheel to dodge the melee on the final lap to bring home a 15th-place finish.

 

“We just missed it on the handling a little bit,” said Papis. “But what I love about this team is that they never gave up. We kept working on it and working on it. It got better towards the end of the race and to bring home a top-15 finish is a solid day. In the big picture, when your bad day is a 15th-place finish, we are doing things right. The Truck Series has a few weeks off so we will go back to the shop and continue to work hard to bring a great GEICO Toyota to Kentucky.”

 

With his fifth top-15 finish of the year, Papis moved up one position to 11th-place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. Papis is only two points behind teammate Brendan Gaughan for the 10th position.

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has a three-week break before returning to action at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night, July 7th. Live television coverage can be seen on SPEED starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET.

 

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 Max Papis Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/maxpapisracing

 

 

-PMI-

 

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com 

Jun 08
2011

Gaughan Debuting Big Red Tundra at Texas Motor Speedway

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Gaughan Debuting Big Red Tundra at Texas Motor Speedway

 

Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra

He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year

Gaughan has 13 NCWTS races at Texas including a four-race win streak

 

Mooresville, N.C. (June 7, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan, the No. 62 Tundra and Germain Racing crew will showcase a fresh, bright red look as they unload their Toyota truck at Texas Motor Speedway this week for Friday night’s 167-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Gaughan will commandeer the No. 62 Big Red Tundra—an appropriate fit for a four-time winner at Texas to proudly bear the colors of an Austin, TX, company.

 

“Big Red is on the No. 62 Tundra this week. I couldn’t be more excited to have a sponsor and they couldn’t have picked a better race for me. As I’ve said all season, Texas is a race I’ve been looking forward to racing with this Germain Racing team, and, I hope Todd and I can be there at the end, battling it out for a win between Germain teammates. It would make for a great race for our Texas sponsor, Big Red,” said Gaughan, whose familiar South Point Hotel & Casino logos will be present on the bed rails of his Big Red Tundra.

 

Visiting Texas, and doing well there, is more than a racing habit for Las Vegas native Gaughan. It’s a matter of family pride.

 

“Texas has always been a great track for me. It’s near one of my mother’s horse ranches. My family likes to be known as a bunch of cowboys, so it’s important for me to run well there. I think next to our hometown track in Las Vegas, Texas is the most important venue on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule to my dad,” explained Gaughan.

 

The winning Gaughan has done at Texas certainly raises his expectations, and those of his Germain Racing teammates.

 

“Texas feels different than any other race track because of the history there,” said Gaughan, whose 4 Texas wins added to the team’s 7 brings the trophy count to eleven heading into Friday’s event. “It feels great to show up at Texas, knowing that we are capable of winning with our Big Red Tundra, but, it’s a double-edged sword. If I have a bad race at Texas, it makes it that much worse.”

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 Big Red Tundra on Friday, June 10th, at Texas Motor Speedway on SPEED. Coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup at 8:30 PM Eastern followed by live racing at 9:00 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

 

Brendan Gaughan currently ranks 10th in the 2011 Truck Series driver’s points standings. Follow Gaughan at BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

 

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