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Jun 16
2010

Midwestern Native Michael Annett Heads to Inaugural Road America RaceBlog title (click to edit)

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Elkhart Lake, Wis. (June 16, 2010) NASCAR will make its inaugural appearance at Road America this weekend as the Nationwide Series competes in the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards. With an open weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule where The Milwaukee Mile was formerly inserted, Road America jumped on board to host one of three road course races on the 2010 Nationwide Series schedule.

New to the 2010 Nationwide Series lineup, the 14 turn, 4.048 mile road course will be new and different to most of the 43 competitors on the entry list for the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards.

Second year Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett made his road course debut at Watkins Glen International earning a 20th place finish in the August 2009 Zippo 200 at the Glen, while finishing 18th in his No. 15 HYPE Energy Toyota in the 2009 road course event at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"My experience at Watkins Glen and Montreal last year definitely helped me get a better grasp for road course racing. Every course is different though, so Road America will be a whole new experience having never been there before," said Annett. "Our goal in both of last season’s road course races was to stay smooth and keep all four wheels on the track. Sticking to that objective paid off in two top-20 finishes, so I think if we follow through with that goal again at Road America, we’ll come out with a respectable finish."

Road America is an exclusive venue to the Nationwide Series this season, so it’s race that will spotlight the series, setting it apart from the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series.

When Annett was asked about the series’ debut at Road America, he commented, "It’s exciting to see a new track added to our schedule this season. It says a lot for our sport to have so many great facilities spaced all throughout the country. I’m a Midwestern native from Des Moines, Iowa, so I’m excited to see another race in the Midwest added. I’m really looking forward the Road America event."

Road course racing at Road America begins on Thursday with practice from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Cars hit the track for another day of practice sessions on Friday from 2-3 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. Road course qualifying begins on Saturday at 10:35 a.m. and the green flag waves for the 50 lap Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at 3:30 p.m. Watch and listen to live coverage of the race beginning at 3 p.m. on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio. All times ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out

 

 

www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com

. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

www.pilottravelcenters.com

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

Jun 14
2010

Bodine Finishes Runner-up after Intense Michigan Truck Series RaceBlog title (click to edit)

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Mooresville, NC (06-13-2010) – Whether the racer was strapped in behind the wheel of a race truck, or the racer was perched atop pit wall waiting for the race truck to slide into the pit stall for service, Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway was chock full of the action that racers live for. Todd Bodine, current Truck Series points leader, led the most laps in a Germain.com Tundra that was the class of the field. Following a series of restarts in the closing laps that produced some extremely intense racing among the top four drivers, Bodine finished second to fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola.

“We had a great Tundra today and our Germain Racing pit crew did a great job. Aric (Almirola) was just good at the end when he needed it. We had a great race truck. Today was Camping World Truck Series racing at its finest. That’s what it’s about and that’s why people love to watch our races and come to the races. It’s hard-nosed, go get ‘em every lap racing and it’s a lot of fun,” proclaimed Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, following the 100-lap race that concluded with two cautions in the final 20 laps, capping off the event with the feeling of a heat race or showdown.

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. enjoyed the racing action and is excited about how Germain Racing’s No. 30 Tundra team has been performing as of late. The effort is bigger than just the pit crew, the race team, the guys at the shop or TRIAD…it’s about everyone.

“We had the best truck in Texas. We had the best truck again in Michigan. I couldn’t be more proud of all the guys that work on our 30 truck. The job these guys do is more than just great pit stops. It’s what they do all week long, working with everyone in the Germain Racing shop. All the guys at TRIAD work really hard to put us in position to win every week. I am very proud of the effort going into this team and the results we’ve been able to get,” said Hillman Jr.

The Germain.com Tundra started the race in seventh position, and Bodine locked it into the top-five a few laps into the race, and credited his pit crew with playing a huge role in keeping him up front all day.

“I said it all along and I say it every week, I have the best crew on pit road. They do a great job and they got us off pit road first. On the second run, our Germain.com Tundra was too tight in the middle, then during the last run, it was too tight on exit. That’s why I just couldn’t roll up outside of Aric there at the end. The crew builds great trucks that are fast off the hauler every week and, knock on wood, we’ll keep doing it and keep plugging away and keep getting these top-fives,” said Bodine, who has scored eight top-five finishes including one victory in nine races this season.

For all the hard work that Bodine and the Germain.com Tundra crew put into preparing for and executing the VFW 200 race this weekend at Michigan, Bodine says his competitors have been working hard, too, which makes it easier for him to be happy about finishing second rather than taking home the victory.

“We didn’t come here to finish second, but we finished second and you have to look at it as a points day. Aric gained a few points on us because he won. We’re back in our form. At the beginning of the year we were struggling pretty hard. (Mike Hillman) Jr. and the crew got it figured out and now the trucks are driving incredibly well. It was a good day. Nobody likes to lose. But, unlike a lot of people, I’m not a sore loser. I’m happy for Aric and Billy (Ballew, team owner) and Richie Wauters (crew chief) and the whole bunch. They worked hard. They’ve proved that they can put any driver in there and win now. That means a lot to a race team and a group of guys that work their guts out every week to put these things on the race track. I’m proud of them to go out there and be able to do that,” said Bodine.

The next race on the Truck Series schedule is at Iowa Speedway on July 11th. To keep yourself busy in the coming off-weeks, be sure to look for Germain Racing drivers Zach Germain in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Michael Annett in NNS and Max Papis in the Sprint Cup Series.

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

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

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Jun 14
2010

Promising Race at Kentucky Speedway Ended Early for Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Teamlog title (click to edit)

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

Sparta, Ky. (June 14, 2010) Michael Annett made his 50th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, a track where both he and Germain Racing have a strong history. Last year Annett made a top-10 performance with his seventh place finish at Kentucky Speedway, and was en route to another top-10 finish on the 1.5 mile tri-oval on Saturday when he was collected in a crash with 44 laps to go.

From the start, Annett raced his way through the field from his 26th starting position. With fast lap times and pit strategy in the team’s favor, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team was on pace to beat their best finish of the year, ninth at Nashville Superspeedway in April.

The first caution of the race was called on lap 21, and crew chief Ryan "Rudy" Fugle made the call for fuel only on the No. 15 Germain Racing pit crew’s first stop of the night. Annett restarted seventh. Able to stay at the front of the pack and battle for his position in the top-10, the second caution of the Miejer 300 was thrown on lap 73.

In the next yellow flag stop, Fugle opted for the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry to take two right side tires, fuel and a slight air pressure adjustment. Annett then restarted the 200 lap race second.

Running in ninth on lap 156 and looking ahead to scoring a top-five or top-10 finish, Annett was collected in a wreck when the No. 38, No. 98 and No. 66 cars attempted to go three wide in front of him. With damage too severe for repair, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers car was forced to the garage for the night, an unfortunate end to a promising race for Annett.

"It was unfortunate that our good night turned out to have a bad ending. Running our best race of the season and getting taken out with 40 laps to go was a big disappointment. We have a good history at Kentucky Speedway, and we’d been looking forward to this race all year. We knew we had the car to bring home a really respectable finish, and Rudy made some good pit calls to get us where we needed to be to battle it out at the end," said Annett.

"We ran in the top-10 throughout the majority of the race, and we were definitely on our way to our best finish so far this season," said Fugle. "We had really impressive pit stops all night and Michael was continually running fast lap times on the track. Our No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team was on the way to a strong top-10 finish. I’m sure of that. There was nothing Michael could’ve done to steer clear of the accident. I’m just proud that we could show our team’s strength."

The Nationwide Series will now compete in their first road course race of the season at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards will be the first ever NASCAR race on the 4.048, 14 turn Road America road course. The Nationwide Series Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards can be seen and heard live at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio.

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.

www.pilottravelcenters.com

 

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

Jun 09
2010

Michael Annett Looks for Success at Kentucky Speedway

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

Michael Annett Looks for Success at Kentucky Speedway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

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

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

Jun 09
2010

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Watch the Germain.com Tundra at Michigan International Speedway on SPEED. Racing coverage begins Saturday, June 12th at 1:30 PM on SPEED or tune in to your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience. 

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Jun 09
2010

Zach Germain Earns 15th Place Finish in Martinsville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Follow Zach Germain or Germain Racing on Twitter @ZachGermain, @GermainRacing, or on the web, Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

Jun 07
2010

Bodine Claims Texas Victory Number Six with Germain Racing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

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

 

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Jun 07
2010

Valvoline, Germain Join in Business and NASCAR* Racing

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

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

The agreement calls for Valvoline to be an associate sponsor at all races Germain Racing enters and a primary sponsor at two truck races and two Nationwide races. The truck races with Valvoline primary sponsorship will be Aug. 18 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Nationwide primary-sponsored races will be Sept. 4 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Oct. 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.    The Valvoline/Germain Racing partnership will commence this weekend with Valvoline associate sponsorship on Bodine's No. 30 Tundra in Friday night's truck race at Texas Motor Speedway. Bodine is the points leader in the Camping World Truck Series with six top-five finishes in seven starts.     "Valvoline is very excited to be associated with Germain Racing and the Germain Motor Company," said John Scanlon, Valvoline's director of national accounts. "We have been impressed with Bob and Steve Germain's commitment to excellence and we are looking forward to a long relationship."   According to Automotive News, Germain Motor Company has grown to become a top-25 ranked automotive retail network. The company's dealerships are located in Ohio, Florida and Arkansas and cover 13 manufacturers, including four Toyota and three Lexus franchises.   "We are thrilled to represent Valvoline not only on the track but in all of the Germain dealerships," said Bob Germain Jr., president of Germain Racing and vice president of Germain Motor Company. "The quality of Valvoline products and the tremendous marketing support they offer will help us grow our automotive business on many levels. We also look forward to bringing Valvoline on board at Germain Racing. Their performance products and technical support will help us be even more competitive on the track and we look forward to taking them to victory lane."   Germain Racing joins Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports as Valvoline's NASCAR partners. The Valvoline Racing team on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) circuit is equally impressive with partners Don Schumacher Racing, Alan Johnson Racing, Tim Wilkerson Racing and Ron Krisher Racing.     The Valvoline team of drivers, who showcase the iconic red and blue Valvoline V, are as follows:   Germain Racing, NASCAR  Max Papis  Todd Bodine  Michael Annett  Zach Germain   Richard Petty Motorsports, NASCAR  AJ Allmendinger  Kasey Kahne  Elliott Sadler   Roush Fenway Racing, NASCAR  Matt Kenseth  Greg Biffle  Carl Edwards  David Ragan  Colin Braun  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.   Alan Johnson Racing, NHRA   Larry Dixon, Top Fuel  Del Worsham, Funny Car   Don Schumacher Racing, NHRA  Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel  Cory McClenathan, Top Fuel  Antron Brown, Top Fuel  Jack Beckman, Funny Car  Ron Capps, Funny Car  Matt Hagen, Funny Car  Craig Treble, Pro Stock Motorcycle   Ron Krisher Racing, NHRA  Ron Krisher, Pro Stock   Team Wilkerson Racing, NHRA   Tim Wilkerson, Funny Car   About Valvoline Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. The Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One® appearance products, Car Brite® car restoration products, Zerex® antifreeze, SynPower® performance products and MaxLife® products created for higher-mileage engines. With more than 850 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change® is a leader in serving the quick lube market.   ###  

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Jun 07
2010

Nashville Superspeedway Nationwide Series Race Moves Michael Annett Two Spots in the Point Race

Posted by lori in Germain.com , Germain Racing

Lebanon, Tenn. (June 7, 2010) – In the first stand-alone NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the 2010 season, Germain Racing driver Michael Annett recorded a top-15 finish in the Federated Auto Parts 300.

Annett’s 14th place finish at Nashville Superspeedway boosted him two spots in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship point standings to 13th, just 31 points outside of the top-10.

The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry started the 225 lap race 20th.

While fighting a tight handling condition, Annett was running 15th when the call was made to pit under green on lap 59 for new tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Just as the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry returned to the track, a caution came out on lap 61. With a loose lug nut from the previous pit stop, the No. 15 was forced to pit road again on lap 64, causing Annett to go two laps down to the lead lap cars.

Determined to fight his way back, Annett ran fast, consistent lap times waiting for his break to put him back on the lead lap. With a wave around and Lucky Dog free pass, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota was back on the lead lap, competing for position on lap 112.

Annett worked his way into the top-15 again by lap 133, but continued to fight a tight condition until the finish. The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Camry drove through the checkered flag in 14th.

The Nationwide Series will now compete in their second consecutive non-companion race as they travel to Kentucky Speedway for the Meijer 300.

Starting fourth and finishing seventh in the 2009 Meijer 300 at Kentucky, the 1.5 mile D-shaped oval proves to be a very strong track for Annett.

Watch and listen live to coverage of next Saturday’s Meijer 300 on ESPN and PRN at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

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

Jun 07
2010

RESILIENT PAPIS SCORES TOP 20 QUALY EFFORT IN POCONO DEBUT

Posted by lori in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Bob Germain

Long Pond, PA (June 6, 2010) – A prerequisite for being a champion is the ability to bounce back quickly when trouble strikes.  Max Papis, the 2004 Grand-Am Series Champion, rolled into Pocono Raceway this weekend looking to rebound from a disappointing weekend in Charlotte that found him not qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.
 
Papis must have the resilience gene because he wasted little time shooting to the top of the practice charts when the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry took to the track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.  The last couple of weeks, Papis must have felt like he was fighting mountains, but this week he found himself among them.  As Papis wheeled around Pocono Raceway in the #13 GEICO Camry, he spoke to the mountains… and the mountains moved, as he was the fastest ‘go or go home car’ on the speed chart, where he rested in the 20th position.
 
His success in practice would lead to more of the same in qualifying, as Papis hustled the #13 GEICO Camry around the flat 2.5-mile tri-oval in just 53.674 seconds at a rate of speed of 167.679 miles per hour.  His time would be good enough to start 20th in Sunday’s Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500.  Papis’ qualifying performance turned heads, as he sat ten positions better than the next ‘go or go home’ car, Joe Nemechek, who qualified 30th.   He also outpaced many NASCAR notables, such as Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, just to name a few.  
 
Race day presented its own challenges, as impending bad weather hovered over the area causing concern for the NASCAR teams.  The Sprint Cup Series field would even turn a series of yellow flag laps before the heavy rain set in and caused the driver and teams to abandon their cars and seek shelter from the storm.  
 
In record time, however, the rain cleared, the blue skies came out and the track was dry and it was time to go racing.  Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry started in the 20th position, flanked by Sam Hornish, Jr, and Elliott Sadler.  Two hours after the advertised start time, the green flag was displayed in front of a full house in Long Pond, PA.  Papis would battle a tight condition early and it seems the #13 GEICO Camry would work against him for most of the afternoon.  
 
Due to the rain that blanketed the racetrack prior to the race, the racetrack was in green condition and presented multiple challenges to each of the drivers.  The same would apply to the GEICO Racing team, as they would make numerous changes to the GEICO Camry and attempt to adapt to the conditions of the racetrack.  Aside from the splitter hitting the ground at times, Papis, at one point, felt as though he was running low on brakes.  
 
After a challenging afternoon in the #13 GEICO Camry, his final hurdle came on the last lap of a green/white/checkers finish, when he narrowly avoided a crash that caused heavy smoke to cover the racetrack.  When the checkered flag was displayed, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would hustle to a 34th place finish in their debut appearance at Pocono Raceway.
 
“I’m proud of this GEICO team for coming here and rebounding well after a tough week in Charlotte last week,” Papis said.  “We showed we’re resilient and that we never quit. To come here to a track where I have never been before and qualify 20th is a huge accomplishment and I can’t thank Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the Germain team enough for all of their hard work.  It was a tough day during the race, but we never quit and we kept making changes and working as hard as we could to compete.”
 
GEICO’s next race as primary sponsor of Max Papis’ #13 Germain Racing entry will come at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, on Sunday, June 20th. During his 2009 visit to wine country, Papis started the race in the 33rd position before charging to the front and nearly scoring a Top 5 finish.  On the final lap of the race, Jeff Gordon got into Papis, causing a tire to go down on his #13 GEICO Camry.  Despite the damage, Papis drove the final lap with a flat tire and still managed to record a 12th place finish.
 
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will make their way around the 1.99-mile road course in Sonoma when their first practice session kicks off at 3:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, June 18th.  Qualifying will follow at 6:35 PM (EDT).
 
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 20th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 3:00 PM (ET), while 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
 

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