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May 16

After Valiant Effort, Lofton 25th in Dover

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After Valiant Effort, Lofton 25th in Dover


DOVER, DE. -- Despite the challenges of the track dubbed the "Monster Mile" Justin Lofton was consistent and competitive throughout the Lucas Oil 200 on Friday, but with just over 20 laps remaining in the event, the Monster reared its head as Lofton's truck broke loose, ending his day.


"I hate to leave Dover like that because we had a decent run going. The track just kind of pushes you down and things like that can happen. It's just real unfortunate for everyone on the No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra team," Lofton said.


After two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon, Lofton climbed behind the wheel of his No. 77 Tundra on Friday morning for two laps of qualifying. After his run, Lofton secured the 12th starting spot for the afternoon race.


Known for its steep banking and short track characteristics, the one-mile concrete track proved to be a challenge early for the competition once racing got underway. Lofton was no exception, as he radioed to crew chief Ryan Fugle early on that the truck was running just a bit tight. With no major handling issues on the 77 machine, the team kept it simple with air pressure adjustments throughout the day. Under their first pit stop of the race on lap 47, the team swapped out tires and added fuel.


Lofton's second stop fell on lap 75, with Fugle calling for two tires and fuel. After the strategic call, Lofton showed 12th for the restart. While some teams opted for four or two tires like Lofton, others stayed on track, shuffling the rundown.


As the field hit the halfway mark on lap 100, Lofton showed in the 11th position. He settled in behind the wheel, consistently clicking off competitive laps around the Monster Mile. As Fugle read off the lap times and coached his driver to keep battling, things heated up for Lofton.


On lap 120 the 25-year-old found himself in a three-wide battle while knocking on the door of the top-10. Shortly thereafter, green flag stops began. Lofton stayed on track until lap 142 before bringing his No. 77 Lofton Cattle Tundra down pit road for another four-tire change.


Once back on track, the battle over position continued, with Lofton seeing more intense three-wide racing. Unfortunately, Lofton's challenges would end on lap 178 while running in the 13th spot after the No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota broke loose out of turn 4. The damage ended Lofton's day. He was credited with the 25th position.


Lofton and the No. 77 Lofton Cattle team will regroup next Friday, May 20th, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.



Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations


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May 16


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DOVER, Del. (May 15, 2011) – Weather outlooks are very similar to those for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Sometimes what you think will be the result, is actually far from the actual one. While the forecast called for rain to wash out all on-track activities throughout the weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team battled all 400 miles at The Monster Mile on Sunday afternoon. During the FedEx 400, Mears faced challenges on the track but in the end, the No. 13 Toyota Camry crossed the finish line in the 23rd position to solidify their spot inside the Top-35 in the point standings.


On Friday afternoon, Mears took to the concrete oval for two practice sessions, where the GEICO Camry finished the final session 14th on the speed charts. Optimism was in the air for the Germain Racing crew heading into qualifying on Saturday. Unfortunately, rain showers plagued the Dover area, forcing the field to be set off a combination of practice speeds. This placed Mears in the 30th position for the start of the main show on Sunday.


Even with the rain percentages reaching as high as 80%, the 11th race of 2011 season started on time at the track known for fast-paced action. With a lack of rubber laid on the racing surface, Mears completed laps conservatively in the beginning. The first caution slowed the field on lap 21 for a spin on the backstretch. Crew chief Bootie Barker called Mears to pit road for four tires, air pressure, and track bar adjustments to help the tight handling condition. Teams weren’t allowed to take fuel until after the competition caution, displayed by NASCAR, around lap 40.


Mears worked his way into 28th-place by the time the aforementioned competition caution came on lap 42. The previous adjustments significantly helped the GEICO Toyota, so Mears came to the attention of his pit crew for just four tires and fuel. The California native restarted on lap 46 from the 30th position to start a long, but expected green flag run that lasted for over 100 laps.


Clocking consistent lap times, Mears held his own as the GEICO Toyota became tighter through the center and exit as the run went on. Barker radioed for his driver to pit on lap 109 for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment. The concrete monster began to rear its ugly head as Mears reported that the front end wasn’t turning as well as it needed to. The team made plans to help the Camry on the next stop, which came on lap 163 as the caution was brought out for a slight rain shower that popped up over the track.


After the brief shower passed and a solid stop completed by the GEICO team for four tires, fuel, and adjustments, Mears returned to green flag conditions on lap 170 from 29th-place. By the halfway mark of the event, the Gecko was scored in the 26th position. The fourth caution of the afternoon slowed the pace on lap 217, as Mears continued to run inside the top-30. The No. 13 Camry returned to pit road for another stop for tires, fuel, and track bar adjustments to help the stability of the back end.


Another 100 lap green flag run ensued forcing Mears to make up ground the tough way on the high banks. With 300 laps in the books, the GEICO Toyota was handling well in the rear but still needed to turn better in the front for Mears to gain additional positions. The fifth caution came on lap 333 for an accident in turn one. Once again, the No. 13 machine came to the attention of its crew for four fresh tires, fuel, and a minor air pressure adjustment.


Mears restarted on lap 338 from the 27th position and continued his assault to leave Dover with a top-25 finish. With the track laying rubber marbles in the bottom groove, the majority of drivers were running strictly the high line, hindering the ability to pass. Despite the obstacle, Mears found a way in his GEICO Toyota as he broke into the top-25 by lap 355.


The sixth and final caution came a handful of laps later on lap 362, allowing Mears to make one last set of changes to his GEICO entry. Barker brought Mears in for four tires, fuel, wedge, and air pressure adjustments. Gaining one spot on pit road allowed Mears to restart on lap 367 from the 24th position. Over the final 30 laps, the veteran driver picked up one more position to cross the finish line in 23rd-place.


“We had a decent day, but it probably could’ve been better,” Mears said.  “We got behind a little bit early, but the GEICO pit crew did a great job of getting me on and off of pit road as the race wore on.  Today’s finish was of great help in the point standings and now we are just one point out of 33rd.  We are moving in the right direction and I think we have shown that we are a contender out here.  Days like this make you feel good about the progress you’re making.”


Mears and the No. 13 Germain Racing Toyota team sit 34th in the owner point standings, only one point behind 33rd-place.


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads home to Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the running of the Sprint All-Star Challenge on Saturday, May 21st. Mears and the GEICO Racing team will attempt to transfer to the main show via winning the 60-lap Showdown. All of the action can be seen live on SPEED Channel, as well as heard on PRN Radio and Sirius XM Radio.


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Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International



May 11

Gaughan Says Taming the Monster Mile Is a Top Item on Checklist

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Gaughan Says Taming the Monster Mile Is a Top Item on Checklist

 - 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 starts at Dover including two top-5 starts and one top-10 finish at Dover

Mooresville, N.C. (May 10, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra crew are ready to tackle the concrete monster—the “Monster Mile” also known as Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. Gaughan has been part of six exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races there and has a total of 12 NASCAR career starts at the one-mile track.

 “Dover is one of the few places in racing that as a driver you actually get a sensation of speed. From the top of that race track to the very bottom I think somebody once told me is 25 or 30 feet? That’s a three story building. You actually drive down hill there. It’s really cool. The concrete gives you so much grip that you drive in so hard it actually frightens you. You kind of hold your breath! It’s a fun place to race,” exclaimed Gaughan.


 The Las Vegas native will drive chassis TRD-026, which he has also driven at Phoenix and Martinsville. Dover is a track where engineering makes a huge difference in the outcome of the race, but, it’s also a track where sometimes, the driver can’t control his own destiny.


 “At Dover there’s no place to hide. You’re going so fast, everything happens so quickly that you really have to pay attention. At Daytona you say so many things can happen that aren’t in your control. At Dover, it’s really the same. The straightaways are so narrow and there’s so much banking—there’s often just no time to react,” said Gaughan.


 Despite the fact that sometimes Monster Mile finishes don’t always match up with a team and driver’s performance, Gaughan really appreciates what the track has done for developing its reputation and creating an atmosphere that gives Truck Series fans a great race to watch.


 “Dover is such a fantastic place to race. The fans love it. The moniker they have given themselves, the Monster Mile, the trophy of the concrete monster—it’s one of the coolest trophies in the sport. All in all they’ve made it a fun place to race, and they’ve stayed within their moniker and improved on it. They have that suite where the fans sit right on top of the track and get to watch the race. It’s tough. Not everyone can drive Dover. But, it’s a fun place to race,” said Gaughan, who spent time during the off weeks doing more scuba dives off Florida’s coast and spending time with his wife and son.


 Watch Gaughan’s No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday night, May 13th, at Dover International Speedway. The action starts on SPEED at 8:00 PM Eastern with the NCWTS Setup, followed by race coverage at 8:30 PM.  If you’ll be away from a TV, set the DVR and tune your radio dial 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 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 13th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings. 


 Follow Gaughan at or on Twitter @Brendan62.


 About South Point…The South Point ( 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.




May 11

Bodine is a 3-time Dover Winner Just Not Yet in Trucks

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Bodine is a 3-time Dover Winner Just Not Yet in Trucks

Crew Hopes This Trip They’ll Tame the Monster, Putting the No. 30 Tundra in Victory Lane

  • Bodine is the Reigning Truck Series Champion after earning his 2nd title in 2010
  • Bodine is Third Driver in Truck Series History to Win Multiple Titles, and Clinch Early
  • Bodine Owns 21 Truck Series wins with Germain Racing and 36 NASCAR career wins
  • He has 40 NASCAR Career Starts at Dover including 3 Victories and One Pole

May 10, 2011 (Mooresville, N.C.) - As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series gets ready to spend Friday the 13th at the Monster Mile, Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Tundra team are thinking of how nice it would be to finally get their chance to hang out in Dover International Speedway’s victory lane.

“It would mean a lot for me to win at Dover just because I’ve always done so well there. To not have a truck win there is disappointing. I’ve run well at Dover in all three divisions and it’s always been one of my favorites. To get a win with this team would be pretty cool,” said Bodine, who earned his first NASCAR career top-five finish at the Monster Mile in 1990.

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. said that he and his team are just anxious to see a race track again after sitting idle since Nashville.

“I’m just ready to get back to racing. The beginning of the year is so spread out in the Truck Series that it’s hard to get into a rhythm. Whether good or bad, you can’t just keep rolling,” said Hillman. “Dover means we’re finally getting to places on the schedule where we should run good. Our No. 30 Tundra actually hasn’t run bad this year. We just haven’t had great finishes.”

Dover is a place that is such a unique race track—even pit strategy is unique at Dover. Teams are allowed to use two more tires there than other tracks—which means they will plan for an extra visit to pit road.

“Despite the track’s name and our team’s misfortunes there, I don’t consider Dover a monster on the schedule. We have run better there than anyone else. It’s just been bad finishes. You get more tires to work with at Dover, so you have a different pit strategy. It’s another race, but it’s a different race compared to other races on the Truck Series schedule,” explained Hillman.

Bodine is ranked 7th in Truck Series championship points after five of 25 races.

Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Tundra on Friday, May 13th, at Dover International Speedway. The action starts on SPEED at 8:00 PM Eastern with the NCWTS Setup, followed by race coverage at 8:30 PM. Can’t get to a television? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

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May 10

Lofton 3rd at Dover Last Season

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Justin Lofton, No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra

Track: Dover International Speedway 

Event: Lucas Oil 200

When: Friday, May 13, 4:45 PM (Eastern)

Broadcast information: Tape delay, 8:30 PM (Eastern) SPEED

Last Time Out: Justin Lofton and the No. 77 Lofton Cattle team had their work cut out for them during the last event at Nashville Superspeedway. Shortly after Lofton climbed behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra for the start of the race, the team discovered that they could not hear Lofton on the radio. Despite the challenge of adjusting on the truck without their driver's input, the Ryan "Rudy" Fugle led team showed well with a solid 16th place finish. After the tour's first five events Lofton sits 19th in the driver point standings.


Lofton at Dover: One year ago, Lofton tallied his best finish to date within Camping World Truck Series competition by scoring a third place finish at the Monster Mile. Lofton started the 200-mile race from the 19th position, ran within the top-10 for most of the event, and ran as high as second before ending the day in the third spot.

Dover Rounds: Lofton and the No. 77 Lofton Cattle team will be busy throughout their two-day stay in Dover. With two practice sessions set for Thursday afternoon, Friday will be a little more hectic both on and off of the track for the team. Following qualifying on Friday morning, Lofton will participate in an autograph session in the Camping World Store in the Fan Zone from 12:30 to 1:30 PM local time. Additionally, the No. 77 team will host two servicemen from the nearby Dover Air Force Base on Friday. Sgt. Gregory L. Hanner and Sgt. Louis Orville Hess will be joining the team, serving as Honorary Pit Crew Members for the Lucas Oil 200, which will begin just after 4:30 PM.

Truck Information: Lofton will race chassis GR102, TRD006. It is the same truck that the team raced earlier this season at Martinsville. The truck showed speed by posting the fourth fastest time in practice, followed by an eighth place qualifying effort. Early contact with a lapped truck however, forced the team to the garage for prolonged repairs. They rallied to finish 32nd.

Lofton on Dover: "I am so excited about getting back to Dover. I had never even raced on a track that was even comparable to it before the race last year. It is challenging and unique, that is for sure. I'm looking forward to going back and running up front again."

Crew Chief Ryan "Rudy" Fugle on Dover: "Dover is a good track for Justin. We've had some bumps along the road but now that we are about to hit a string of racing, we want to start it off with a strong run at Dover, continue building our team, and improve his finish from last season."



Contact: Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations


May 09


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


 Darlington, SC (May 7, 2011) – Mother’s Day weekend is special to everyone, but for Casey Mears it means a bit more this year.  Aside from having a three year old daughter, Mears’ wife Trisha is nearly nine-months pregnant with their first son.  While Mears spent the better part of Saturday night beating and banging with his fellow competitors on the racetrack, Trisha spent her evening at the racetrack in the couples’ motorhome battling the kicks of the forthcoming Mears.

 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to the track ‘Too Tough To Tame’ on Friday for its opening practice session.  Mears was looking sporty in his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry and rested 26th on the speed charts at its conclusion.  Unfortunately, the final practice would be rained out, forcing the GEICO team to head into qualifying with a bit of uncertainty. 

 When qualifying got underway on Friday evening, Mears calmed the nerves of his GEICO team when he calmly paced the Lady In Black in just 27.879 seconds, at a rate of speed of 176.391 miles per hour.  His effort placed him 32nd on the starting grid for Saturday night’s Showtime Southern 500.

 A packed house and clear skies saw the field get underway when the green flag was displayed on a cool Saturday evening.  Starting 32nd, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry quickly jumped to the 30th position by the close of the event’s second lap.  When the evening’s first caution flag was displayed on Lap 5, Mears radioed to crew chief, Bootie Barker: “The car is so tight.”  Along with providing Mears with four tires and fuel, the Germain Racing pit crew made the necessary adjustments to free the car up when Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road under caution.

 Mears’ visit to pit road proved fruitful and the #13 GEICO Camry began strategically navigating its way through the field.  After reaching the 9th position on Lap 38, Mears eventually found himself as the leader, putting the Gecko at the front of the field for the second time this season. 

 As the Sprint Cup Series field continued to circuit the 1.366-mile oval, Mears would once again begin to battle his racecar.  On Lap 133, Mears radioed to Barker: “It’s terrible, I can’t go.  I can’t do anything because I’m too loose.”  When the caution flag was displayed on Lap 230 for a Brian Vickers/David Ragan crash, Mears took the opportunity to bring his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  After furnishing him with four fresh Goodyear tires, a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel and much needed adjustments, the GEICO crew returned Mears to the racing surface in the 28th position. 

 Mears quickly moved the #13 GEICO Camry forward and landed back in the Top 25 on Lap 247.  Mears remained in hot pursuit of the field and for a series of laps he nipped at the bumper of Juan Pablo Montoya before the Columbian driver fell victim to the Gecko and surrendered the 24th position on Lap 279. 

 As the #13 GEICO Camry continued notching positions on the racetrack, Mears’ voice grew silent on the team’s radio frequency.  Mears’s progress continued until NASCAR placed the field under caution when Mark Martin scraped the wall on Lap 280.

 Sitting inside the Top 20, Mears’ night would take a challenging turn on the Lap 285 restart.  As the field went back under green with just 82 laps to go, cars began to bunch up giving Mears no other option but to check up, consequently causing David Reutimann to make contact with the rear of Mears’ #13 GEICO Camry.  The result was significant rear end damage to Mears’ machine, forcing him down pit road under green flag conditions on Lap 287 to repair the affected sheet metal and attempt to restore the racecar’s stability.   

 With just 80 laps remaining, Mears would spend the balance of his evening fighting to keep the car under control, but turned respectable lap times nevertheless.  His efforts would be rewarded when the checkered flag was displayed, as he was able to salvage a 30th place finish despite the heavy damage to the #13 GEICO Camry.  Mears finished just ahead of Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Brian Vickers and was able to solidify the #13 GEICO Camry in the Owner Point standings, jumping the team to 34th.   

 “Man, we had a nice run going, so it’s a little tough to take a 30th place finish,” Mears said after the race.  “The good thing is that we were able to work hard and run up front tonight.  Crashes happen in racing, so while it’s frustrating, it doesn’t take away from how well we did.  We were right there and we were definitely going to get a good finish for GEICO and the Germain Racing team.  We’re doing all of the right things and we’re getting better each week, so I know we’ll continue moving forward and making it happen.”  He added, “It’s great to see Regan (Smith) win because he, as well as the whole Furniture Row team, are good people.  It’s also encouraging to see a single car team win a race.  Those guys were sitting where we are sitting now about six years ago, so to see them make it to Victory Lane is very encouraging.  We will be there.”

 Next week will find the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series taking aim at the Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware. 

 Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the one-mile oval of Dover International Speedway for the opening practice session at 11:00 AM (EDT) on Friday, May 13th. Qualifying will follow on Saturday, May 14th, at 12:10 PM (EDT).

 The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 15th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast. 

 To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit:

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Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page:


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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International


May 02


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


Richmond, VA (April 30, 2011) – After a weekend off, an energetic Casey Mears was eager to arrive in Richmond, VA, to continue his assault on the Top 35.  First, however, he would make a pit stop at GEICO’s corporate office in Washington, DC, to visit with GEICO associates.  Aside from the normal autographs and photo opportunities, Mears took on GEICO’s best video game players in the NASCAR Wii game.  He prevailed, although it wasn’t without a challenge.

Fortunately, driving a real racecar comes easier for Mears, so he wasted little time in getting started when the team unloaded the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry on Friday at Richmond International Raceway.  While the first practice session saw Mears end up 39th on the speed chart, final practice showed vast improvement and the #13 GEICO Camry was 19th on the board when the session closed. 

When NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying got underway beneath the Richmond sunset on Friday evening, Mears was the 14th car to take to the track.  He immediately jumped to 5th after navigating the ¾-mile D-shaped oval in just 21.184 seconds, at a rate of speed of 127.455 miles per hour.  As cloud cover blanketed the raceway, times picked up and Mears would land 15th on Saturday night’s starting grid. 

Perfect weather welcomed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the track for some Saturday night racing under the lights.  A big crowd was on-hand when the green flag turned the field loose for 400-laps of racing.

Starting 15th, Mears quickly moved the #13 GEICO Camry into the 12th position by the close of the event’s second lap.  He ran solidly in the Top 15 before Lap 14 heard him reporting to crew chief, Bootie Barker, that his GEICO Camry was “Tight in the center and loose off.”  Thus beginning an evening long battle that would slowly send Mears backwards through the field.

Mears continued to battle an ill-handling racecar until a scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 84 allowed the #13 GEICO Camry to visit pit road.  Upon arrival in the GEICO pit stall, Mears was provided with four fresh tires, a tank of fuel and adjustments.  Although he entered pit road in the 33rd position, the Germain Racing pit crew completed their work quickly and returned Mears to the racing surface one position to the good, in 32nd.

The adjustments seemed to work and Mears’ lap times picked up until the caution flag was displayed on Lap 107 for debris on the racetrack.  Mears radioed to Barker: “I finally have some rear grip.  My entry and exit are way better.”  He would bring his #13 GEICO Camry down pit road during the caution and the Germain Racing pit crew would once again respond in a prompt manner.  After hitting pit road in the 32nd position, he exited in 30th, netting two positions during his visit.

Mears quickly moved into 29th and found himself flanked by Kurt Busch in 28th and Jimmie Johnson in 30th.  Unfortunately, he would once again find himself battling an ill-handling racecar.

While Mears was busy fighting his racecar, his evening took yet another turn when Bobby Labonte spun his tires on the Lap 265 re-start, causing the cars behind Mears to make contact with his #13 GEICO Camry.  The contact sent Mears into a spin between turns one and two, but he made an amazing save and sustained very little, if any, damage to his racecar.  The incident sent Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry back to the 36th position. 

Mears’ evening would not get any easier and after 300-miles of racing, the checkered flag waved over a very long night.  Despite the adversity presented him, Mears managed to hustle back and record a 28th place finish under the Richmond night sky. 

“We had a tough night, but rather than quit, we kept working on our #13 GEICO Camry and tried to make it better,” Mears said.  “The pit crew did a great job and helped me stay competitive.  Racing will humble you from time to time and tonight was one of those times.  We will put this race behind us quickly and get focused on Darlington.”

Next week will find the Germain Racing team traveling just a short distance to the legendary 1.366-mile oval of Darlington Raceway for the Sprint Cup Series’ 10th race of the 2011 season.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the track ‘Too Tough To Tame’ for the opening practice session at 11:30 AM (EDT) on Friday, May 6th.  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).

The Showtime Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 7th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit:

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter:

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page:


- PMI -


Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International


Apr 29

Germain Toyota Talk

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GERMAIN TOYOTA TALK ...and More on Auto Smarts!

Get ready for another fast paced addition of Auto Smarts as presented by Germain Toyota this Sunday from 10a-12n on 95.5 The Hawk and Wink 107.1! Hosts Dan "Boots" Longenette, Randy Rhinehart, and Germain Honda of Dublin GM Jessica Germain will be talking about all things automotive! The crew welcomes the General Manager of Germain Toyota, Craig Ferguson, to the show. Craig is an institution in the car business and will tell us about the new Toyotas and why you should be driving one! Have your questions ready for Craig and call 614-389-4044 or toll free at 855-786-0556! Emails are also welcomed at
Have you ever wanted to know about the inside workings of the NASCAR Nationwide Series? You're in luck! The gang will be talking to Nationwide Insurance's  Becky Cox, PR Consultant for the NASCAR Nationwide Series! You can take a peek into the day-to-day media operations and see how it all comes together on race day! Plus, the crew will talk about the previous nights NASCAR races in Richmond!  Michael Sacks of Kimmel and Silverman will deliver his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute and Jack Moser will let you know what to do if you get pulled over with his feature. Plus, National Trail Raceway big-wig Mike Fornataro will fire up this week's Bits from the Pits
For more information:  Mike Austin or Randy Rhinehart   614-389-4044

Apr 28

TUNE-IN ALERT - K&N Pro Series East Radio and TV Broadcasts Tonight

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Don’t forget to logon to tonight at 6:30 p.m. to listen to NASCAR Home Tracks Radio presented by Speed51. We will have live streaming audio broadcasts of the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown NASCAR Whelen All-American Series special event from Richmond International Raceway. To listen, click “play” under the NASCAR Home Tracks Radio graphic on the right side of the home page.


 forget to tune in to SPEED tonight at 6 p.m. to see the broadcast of the first race of the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season that was held on April 2 at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

SPEED can be found at:
DirecTV Ch. 607 / 607 HD
Dish Network Ch. 150 / 150 HD
Cable – check local listings

Germain Racing competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Zach Germain and the No. 24 Germain Racing Camry.


Apr 26

Zach Germain Driving “Patches” at Richmond

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Mooresville, NC (04/26/2011) – As the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads toward Virginia, Zach Germain and the No. 24 Camry team of Germain Racing are putting the finishing touches on a new chassis for them, one well-known in the team shop as “Patches.”


“We are racing a chassis known as Patches. It was the workhorse of our No. 15 team last year. They used it a lot and it worked very well for them. What that means for our K&N program is we have a thick notebook on this Camry. So far JJ (crew chief Jamie Jones) tells me he likes what he sees with this car on our pull-down rig,” said Germain.


Germain has never gone to the track with a new car that’s he’s not tested. He might be nervous if he wasn’t so excited about the opportunity of racing at Richmond.


“There’s so much to be excited about as far as racing at Richmond goes and I think it’s kind of keeping me from thinking too much about climbing into a race car I’ve never driven to race at a track I’ve only visited one time,” said Germain with a grin.


The Columbus, OH, native hopes simulator practice, veteran advice and racing at Iowa will prove helpful in his initiation at the three-quarter-mile Virginia oval.


“I think going into Richmond with more time on the simulator than I ever have as far as any single track. I’ve had a lot of good advice from a lot of drivers like Mark Green, here at Germain Racing, and a lot of our other drivers. Casey Mears was a big help for Phoenix and I’m going to talk to him more about Richmond,” said Germain. 


Zach Germain, a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, is in his second season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Listen to the live race audio stream on Thursday, April 28th, for 100 laps/75 miles of racing in the Blue Ox 100 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at, brought to you by the team at Speed51; then watch the race on SPEED, May 16, 6 p.m. 


The event schedule for Thursday is: Practice 12-1 p.m., Final Practice 1:30-2:30, Driver Autograph Session 3-3:30, Qualifying 4:30, Race at 7:00.


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