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May 19
2010

Bodine, Germain.com Tundra Head to Charlotte Motor Speedway Just 27 Points out of Truck Series Points Lead

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May 18, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Nearly 25-percent of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is completed as the trucks are poised for racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night for 134 laps of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Todd Bodine will drive the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra for Germain Racing. He and the team have captured five top-five finishes in six races this season, and currently rank second in the drivers’ championship standings.

“The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team has done pretty well this season,” explains Bodine of the year-to-date performance. “We haven’t gotten to victory lane yet, but we’ve been running well and we’ve overcome some adversity to get good finishes. The 30th-place finish at Martinsville took us out of the points lead, but we’re gaining back. Every week we bring the Germain.com Tundra to the track with one goal in mind of winning the race. That’s definitely the goal at Charlotte. I’ve always run well there; I’ve won there, just not in a points race.”

Driver Todd Bodine has competed in 49 points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in four of NASCAR’s divisions.

“I’m one of few drivers who can say they’ve run in four NASCAR series at Charlotte. I’ve raced in Cup, Nationwide, and Truck Series and also in what was called the Sportsman Series,” explained Bodine who has been to Charlotte’s Victory Lane after winning qualifying races for what is now called the All Star race.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is the home track for many race teams, and a home away from home for many race fans as there are nearly endless possibilities of things to do such as the downtown fan fest, two weeks of racing at Charlotte, race shops to tour and outlet shopping.

“There’s a lot to love about working for a competitive, championship team like Germain Racing. We currently compete in four NASCAR series and travel to many great cities. But Charlotte Motor Speedway has a special place in my heart because it means I get to see my wife and children in the morning before I go to the track, and I get to come home to them at night. With family time like that, it’d be hard to knock Charlotte off of the top of the list of my favorite tracks,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

Germain Racing has chosen chassis TRD-131 to race at Charlotte. The truck has raced this season at Nashville and Kansas earning two top-five finishes.

After six races, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra ranks fourth in Truck Series owner’s standings and Bodine ranks second in the driver’s standings.

Race number seven of the schedule is Friday night, May 21st, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watch all of the Charlotte action live on SPEED – first practice at 9:00 AM, final practice at 10:20 AM, qualifying at 3:30 PM with racing coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET. The race will also be broadcast by your local MRN affiliate.

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or view the new team website at Germainracing.com. You can also become a Facebook fan of Germain Racing.

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.

  • Bodine ranks 2nd in Truck Series Championship standings heading into Charlotte
  • Germain.com is the central website for the Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with locations in Ohio, Florida and Arkansas. As car and truck buying moves from being a local process to a regional process, Germain.com is seeing increased business from neighboring cities and states
  • Germain Racing has won two or more races each year in the Truck Series since its first race in 2004. The team has 18 wins, seven pole awards and one Truck Series championship
  • Bodine has earned 17 wins and five pole awards of Germain Racing’s Truck Series total of 18 wins and seven pole awards
  • Germain Racing competes in NASCAR’s three premier, national series, has earned top-ten finishes in each and consecutive top-ten points finishes in the NNS division. In 2010, Germain Racing expands its competition portfolio to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
  • Follow Germain Racing @GermainRacing on Twitter or become a fan of the team’s Facebook
  • Germain Racing is seeking team sponsors. Visit www.GermainRacing.com

QUOTES:  Todd Bodine on Charlotte Motor Speedway

What makes Charlotte Motor Speedway stand out from other tracks?

“Charlotte is a track where it is easy to over drive the corners, and the groove can move around a little bit, especially in turns three and four.  It’s a tricky race track. The thing that stands out the most is being able to sleep in my own bed at night – it might be my favorite feature.”

How many Series Have You Raced in at Charlotte?

“I’m one of the few drivers who can say they’ve run in four NASCAR series at Charlotte. I’ve raced in Cup, Nationwide and the Truck Series and also in the Sportsman Series. I ran four races in Sportsman with a best finish of second-place.”

QUOTES: Mike Hillman Jr. on Charlotte Motor Speedway

What’s the biggest factor in preparing for racing at Lowe’s?

“Family. Seriously, it’s knowing that when the racing is done, I’m going straight home to be with my family in my home.”

Bodine Stats: Charlotte Motor Speedway

  • 18 Sprint Cup Series Races; One Winston Open win, One No Bull Five Win
  • 21 Nationwide Series Races; Five top-five and 11 top-ten finishes
  • 4 Sportsman Series Races; three top-five finishes
  • Bodine has been the victor in the qualifying race for what is now called the All Star event

Todd Bodine, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Charlotte

Year                Start                Finish             Status             Laps

2004               16                    20                    Running        134/134

2005               9                      31                    Crash             78/136

2006               26                    3                      Running        134/134

2007               19                    3                      Running        136/136

2008               21                    12                    Running        138/138

2009               4                      25                    Crash             97/134

            6 Races (717 of 812 laps completed, 13 laps led)

            2 Top 5 Finishes      2 Top 10 Finishes            

 

May 18
2010

Bodine Captures Fifth Top-Five of Season at Monster Mile

Posted by lori in Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Mooresville, NC (05-17-2010) – Driver Todd Bodine scored his second top-five finish at Dover International Speedway in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Bodine started the race in 11th place and spent much of the 204 laps racing among the top-ten. The fifth-place finish kept Bodine second in Truck Series championship standings, just 27 points behind leader and Dover race winner, Aric Almirola.

 “We fought handling issues all day. We kept making adjustments and making it easier to drive but not making the Germain.com Tundra faster. Right at the end of the race, coming for the green-white-checkered, I had a problem with vapor lock and lost three spots. For as much as we struggled today, we’ll take fifth,” said Bodine.

 Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. and the No. 30 Tundra team of Germain Racing detour to Pocono Raceway before heading to Friday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 “We have a tire test with Goodyear at Pocono to test tire combinations for the first-ever Truck Series race at Pocono that’s coming up in July. Pocono is an exciting race track and it’s close to the New York roots that run deep on our race team,” said Hillman, who hails from Lockport, NY.

 The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra ranks fourth in Truck Series owner’s standings and Bodine ranks second in the driver’s standings. The next race on the Truck Series schedule is Friday night, May 21st, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watch all of the Charlotte action live on SPEED – first practice at 9:00 AM, final practice at 10:20 AM, qualifying at 3:30 PM with racing coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET. The race will also be broadcast by your local MRN affiliate.

 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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May 17
2010

Michael Annett Battles at the Monster Mile for 15th Place Finish at Dover International Speedway

Posted by lori in Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing

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

Dover, Del. (May 17, 2010) – The No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers team had to battle all day on Saturday at Dover International Speedway’s Monster Mile, but stayed focused and resolute to leave with a decent finish. In the 11th race of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Michael Annett overcame hindrances to bring home a 15th place finish.

Starting the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 33rd, the young driver worked hard the entire race and gained valuable track position each lap of the race. The Germain Racing team showed their determination and fought to the end.

“Although we faced some hits throughout the race, we didn’t let it stop us in our tracks. This No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team proved their strength and pushed to the end for our 15th place finish. Michael ran consistent fast lap times, as fast as the leaders, to race his way into the top-15 and the guys did a great job on pit road,” said crew chief Ryan Fugle.

Annett reiterated his sentiment, “I’m very proud of our team for pulling off the finish we did. We showed that nothing can stop us. We’ll continue to prove our ability throughout the season to push our way further into the championship point standings.”

While battling his way to the front, Annett was spun when the No. 20 made contact with him on lap 33, causing slight valence and fender damage. Annett made two stops on pit road under caution where the No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers pit crew was able to make repairs along with putting on four new tires and filling up with fuel, sending Annett back out on the track to restart in the 29th position.

Now one lap down, Annett was battling for the Lucky Dog Free Pass. On lap 104 when the third caution of six came out, Annett was back on the lead lap as the Lucky Dog and restarted the race 19th.

Back in a rhythm, Annett was running lap times faster than cars competing in the top-10, and by lap 166 had moved his was into the top-15.

When the fifth yellow flag came out on lap 193, pit strategy came into play. Calling the shots from atop the pit box, Fugle opted to change two tires and take no fuel when the No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry came to pit road. Annett restarted 15th.

When the flag dropped for a green, white, checkered finish, a nine car pileup caused a red flag delay.

In a second try at green, white, checkered finish to the Heluva Good! 200, Annett was working his way toward a top-10 finish when the No. 12 made contact with Annett’s No. 15 Toyota Camry, pushing him into the turn four wall coming to the checkered. Despite the collision, Annett was determined to finish and was still able to wheel his way to a 15th place finish, his second top-15 at Dover International Speedway’s Monster Mile.

The No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers team will now head to Daytona International Speedway to test the “New Nationwide Series Car” on Tuesday and Wednesday. The next race for the series will be on Saturday, May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watch and listen live at 2 p.m. ET on ABC and PRN Radio.

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

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

May 14
2010

“Monster Mile” is Home to Bodine’s First NASCAR Win, Germain Racing Wants Bodine Back in Dover’s Victory Lane

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NASCAR Loop Data Says Bodine Posted 50 “Fastest Laps” in 2009 at Dover
Bodine Has Raced in 5 NCWTS Events at Dover
Bodine has Three NASCAR Wins at Dover in NNS
Bodine’s Best Truck Series Finish at Dover is Third
Bodine is Second in Truck Series Championship Standings

May 10, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Dover International Speedway has earned its reputation as the “Monster Mile” with Germain Racing. Just last year, the team had arguably the fastest truck in the field, but spent most of the race fighting back from falling laps-down due to unscheduled green-flag pit stops to replace some troublesome tires. In the 200 lap race, NASCAR Loop Data Statistics say the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra posted 50 of the race’s fastest laps, yet finished 18th, three laps down to the leaders. This year, driver Todd Bodine and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. look forward to returning to Dover with the chassis setup that made their truck so fast there in 2009. But, both are curious about how the new tire compound will work for them this year.

“Well, I’m definitely looking forward to going to Dover but I’d say I’m cautiously optimistic because we are going with a new tire and that changes everything,” explained Bodine, whose first NASCAR career top-five and first victory both came at Dover. “Dover’s always been one of my favorite tracks. I’ve always run well there – it doesn’t matter what I’m in. If we can go back and get the Germain.com Tundra setup to handle as good as it did last year then we will have a real shot at getting a win.”

The setup, according to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., is what makes Dover a “monster” for crew chiefs.

“The biggest challenge for Dover is that your chassis setup has to be perfect when the race truck rolls off the hauler. With the tire quantity limitations in the Camping World Truck Series, we basically get one set of tires for practice. At Dover, one set lasts about 30 laps before the tires are corded. Goodyear is bringing us a new tire for Dover this year which might give us a few more laps on each set of tires. But, as a crew chief, I can’t plan on those extra laps. I have to make sure the Germain.com Tundra setup is perfect when it unloads,” explains Hillman. “Thirty laps of tire wear doesn’t give us room for making a lot of changes. For a crew chief, that’s a ‘Monster’ part of racing at of Dover.”

Dover has been home to many huge memories for Todd Bodine, his first top-five, his first win, and, really, his performance at the concrete oval served as the foundation of his career. The track is a special venue for the 2006 Truck Series champion to return to each year.

“When you have a lot of success at a track and you always run well at it, then you always enjoy going there. Dover is a track that really suits my style – ‘get up on top of the wheel and go’ kind of style – I’ve just always enjoyed it. It’s always fun to go to Dover,” said Bodine.

After five races, Bodine is second in the Truck Series championship standings with four top-five finishes.
Look for Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra starting with practice on Thursday, May 13th at 2:30 PM Eastern. Final practice follows at 4:15 with qualifying live on SPEED Friday morning, May 14th at 10:10 AM. Racing action is Friday afternoon at 4:45 PM with race coverage on SPEED at 8:00 PM. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.
 
Notes: Bodine, No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, Dover Int’l Speedway

    * Bodine ranks 2nd in Truck Series Championship standings heading into Dover
    * NASCAR Loop Data Statistics show Bodine leads his Truck Series competitors in Passing on the Backstretch and in Turn Four
    * Bodine has four top-five finishes in five races this season
    * Bodine’s Average Running Position is 10.4 and his Average Driver Rating is 95.6, both rank fifth among Truck Series competitors
    * Germain.com is the central website for the Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with locations in Ohio, Florida and Arkansas. As car and truck buying moves from being a local process to a regional process, Germain.com is seeing increased business from neighboring cities and states
    * Chassis TRD–122 has raced this year at Martinsville and will get back to work at Dover. The truck has been a solid performer for Germain Racing and has one Pole award (Nashville, 2008).
    * Germain Racing has won two or more races each year in the Truck Series since its first race in 2004. The team has 18 wins, seven pole awards and one Truck Series championship
    * Bodine has earned 17 wins and five pole awards of Germain Racing’s Truck Series total of 18 wins and seven pole awards
    * Germain Racing competes in NASCAR’s three premier, national series, has earned top-ten finishes in each and consecutive top-ten points finishes in the NNS division. In 2010, Germain Racing expands its competition portfolio to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
    * Follow Germain Racing @GermainRacing on Twitter or become a fan of the team’s Facebook
    * Germain Racing is seeking team sponsors. Visit www.GermainRacing.com, “Become a Sponsor”

May 11
2010

No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Team Keyed Up for 2010 Return to Monster Mile

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Dover, Del. (May 11, 2010) - This weekend, Michael Annett will return to a track where he earned one out of a total of five 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Race awards. Hoping for another good run, his historical success at Dover International Speedway leads him into Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 with confidence.

Annett's 13th place finish in the September race at Dover last season not only gave him top finishing rookie honors, but marked his second top-20 finish on the one-mile oval in only two starts there. In the June race at the Monster Mile, he scored the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award for his 19th place run.

"Being named Rookie of the Race and Most Improved Driver in my only two races at Dover definitely gives me a lot of confidence heading into Saturday's race. We have a great baseline to start with this weekend and are carrying a lot of momentum from our good finish at Darlington last week. I'm excited to get back to Dover to compete and also to spend time thanking the many soldiers that serve and protect our country," said Annett.

While he'll be spending the majority of his time in Delaware on the track at Dover International Speedway, Annett will also take the time to thank those who serve our country. The 23 year old driver will join several of his NASCAR Nationwide Series competitors for a visit to the Dover Air Force Base on Friday, as well as hosting a soldier and his family as guests for Saturday's race.

This weekend at Dover International Speedway will mark only the second time this season that all three of NASCAR's top ranked series will be competing at the same racetrack. In addition to Annett's No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing will field Max Papis' No. 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry and No. 9 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry, as well as Todd Bodine's No. 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry. All four of Germain Racing's cars and trucks will sport the Autism Speaks puzzle piece logo this weekend at Dover in support of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title sponsor of Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk and Milkshakes.

Friday marks the start of the race weekend at Dover International Speedway for the Nationwide Series with practice from 1:05 until 3 p.m. ET. Saturday's action begins with qualifying at 10:05 a.m. ET and the green flag drops for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on ABC and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET.

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

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

May 10
2010

PAPIS SPENDS AN EVENING WITH ‘THE LADY IN BLACK’

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Darlington, SC (May 8, 2010) – Mother’s Day weekend is always special to family man, Max Papis, and with his wife and children in tow they set their sights on Darlington Raceway this weekend.  A year ago, Papis was taken out of the race by an anxious Scott Speed on Lap 3, so he hoped that 2010 would find him with favor as he made his second visit to the storied racetrack.

When the opening practice session ended there was cause for concern, as Papis rested 44th on the speed charts and was the slowest of the ‘go or go home’ cars.  Not to worry however, the second session found Papis shooting the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to the top of the practice charts.  He sat as high as fourth before winding up 27th, and fourth fastest among the ‘go or go homers’.  

When qualifying got underway, Papis wheeled the #13 GEICO Camry around the 1.366-mile oval with a veteran’s calm.  When he completed his two qualifying laps, he was good enough to start 43rd in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Showtime Southern 500.  Given the challenges that ‘The Track Too Tough To Tame’ presents, it is an accomplishment for someone with limited stock car experience, such as Papis, to simply qualify for the race.  With that said, the 2004 Grand-Am Series champion headed into the race looking to rebound from a disappointing 2009 outing in Darlington and continue his progress as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.

Steamy temperatures greeted the GEICO Racing team when they arrived at Darlington Raceway on Saturday afternoon.  By the time the green flag waved at 7:30 PM (EDT), the temperature had cooled, but only by a few degrees.  The racing on the track would get even hotter, and Papis and the Gecko would do all they could to avoid sustaining the legendary ‘Darlington Stripe’ down the right side of the #13 GEICO Camry.

No sooner than the green flag was displayed, Papis picked up three spots by the close of the opening lap.  He would continue to hustle the #13 GEICO Camry around the Track Too Tough To Tame, recording some of the fastest lap times on the track. Unfortunately, on Lap 71 Papis and the GEICO Camry would be forced down pit road under green flag conditions to replace a faltering front left tire.  Despite the green flag stop, Papis would remain just two laps down when he returned to the racing surface.  

Papis’ word of the day should have been ‘resilience’ because Lap 174 found him once again on pit road, this time repairing a hole in the nose of the GEICO Camry.  Despite the setbacks, he settled in and continued tearing around Darlington Raceway focused on completing his first race at the historic racetrack.  When the checkered flag was displayed after 367 laps of racing, Papis recorded a miraculous 29th place finish in the face of an evening of adversity.

“We had a tough night, but at the same time I also completed my first real race here in the GEICO Camry,” Papis said.  “Last year, I was taken out on the second or third lap, so in reality this was my first race here and I’m proud that we finished it.  I am also proud of this GEICO team for fighting and working hard to get the car fixed and keeping us out there in contention.  All things considered, 29th is a good finish and now we will head to Dover next week and drive the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra in the Truck Series race.”

Papis and the Gecko will next travel to Dover, DE, for the May 14th running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  Located just 90-miles from the GEICO corporate office in Washington, DC, the Gecko will feel right at home at the high-banked racetrack.  

Papis and the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra will attempt to conquer the ‘Monster Mile’ when they hit the 1-mile oval of Dover International Speedway for their opening practice session at 2:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, May 13th. Qualifying will follow on Friday at 10:10 AM (EDT).

The Dover 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Friday, May 14th, and it will be televised tape-delayed on SPEED beginning at 8:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast beginning at 5:00 PM (EDT).

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

 

May 10
2010

Michael Annett's Top-12 Finish at "Too Tough to Tame" Darlington Boosts Momentum for No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team

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Darlington, S.C. (May 9, 2010) - On his second date with the "Lady in Black," 23 year old Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team made a consistent performance on Darlington Raceway's challenging 1.366 mile egg-shaped oval resulting an 11th place finish.

Annett started the 147 lap NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts in the 29th spot and was able to gain valuable track position throughout the night by passing cars from the time the green flag dropped for the start of the race. By lap 85, he had driven the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry into the top-15.

In close racing quarters all night, the chemistry built between Annett and his spotter Jason Jarrett proved to work as the young driver avoided mishap on the track with a total of nine caution flags for 42 laps under caution.

"We were consistent all night," said crew chief Ryan "Rudy" Fugle, "Bringing home this top-12 finish is exactly what we needed. Once again we showed our team's strength and that we are capable of competing in the top-10. Even though it wasn't a win, it was a small victory for our entire team. We'll take this momentum and head on to Dover next week."

"The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team worked hard all day and it paid off with a very respectable finish. We proved ourselves finishing 11th tonight. Darlington is one of the toughest and most challenging tracks on the circuit. "Too Tough to Tame" fits it well. To come out of here with the car in one piece and with a really good finish is awesome. We're ready to continue this success and head into the summer stretch of races," noted Annett.

"Tonight was fun. Michael did a great job behind the wheel, Rudy had some really good pit strategy and the guys did some great pit stops. I think choosing to take only two right side tires in the last pit stop really made it work. That was a good call on Rudy's part," said spotter Jason Jarrett, son of former driver Dale Jarrett and grandson of racing legend Ned Jarrett.

Annett was one of only three NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars to finish in the top-12 at the track "Too Tough to Tame" amongst a field made up of several double-duty drivers. His 11th place finish boosted his position in the point standings two places from 17th to 15th, just 72 points outside of the top-10.

The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will now venture to Dover International Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200. At a track where he received Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in his last race there, Annett and his team will take the energy from their top-12 finish at Darlington and look for another respectable run at Dover. Watch and listen live to the Heluva Good! 200 on ABC and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com

and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

May 07
2010

Germain.com Tundra Rebounded from One Lap Down to Finish 3rd in KS

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Mooresville, NC (05-03-2010) – Germain Racing’s No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team stepped out of its comfort zone and unloaded at Kansas Speedway with a dramatically different chassis setup than the formula which had worked for the team’s 13 previous wins on speedways. The result was a long first practice session and a confirmation that sometimes tried and true just can’t be ignored. After three days in Kansas, two practice sessions and 167 laps of racing including two mid-race setbacks, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra finished third and driver Todd Bodine pulled back to second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.

“We unloaded with a chassis setup that was a lot different than we normally would run at a 1.5-mile track. We struggled and learned a lot in our first practice session and for the second practice, we went back to our baseline, speedway setup,” explained crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra started sixth for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. Hillman says they needed a bit more grip in their qualifying setup.

“The truck was too loose in qualifying, but we felt the changes we’d made for the race were going to make our Germain.com Tundra a lot better than it had been in practice,” said Hillman of chassis TRD-131 which ranked 15th after first practice and tenth after final practice.

When racing began on Sunday afternoon, the truck was still too loose but the handling condition took a backseat to a few other mid-race setbacks.

“We started the race with the Germain.com Tundra too loose. It got better throughout the day. Our team battled to overcome a speeding penalty from the first pit stop and a flat right rear tire which had to be changed under the green flag. Bringing the truck home with a top-three finish shows how this team never gives up,” said Hillman. “I couldn’t be more proud of all our team for their hard work all weekend, through practice and the great pit stops during the race. This is how a championship-caliber team takes a day full of adversity and comes home with a top-three finish.”

Driver Todd Bodine echoed the sentiment that strong pit stops and a never-failing commitment to finding a way to succeed helped the Germain.com Tundra end a challenging race day into a third-place finish.

“That’s one thing, all the Germain guys are strong in the pits. Every week they beat guys out and that’s what keeps us up front. We were free all day and right there at the end we got a little tight off. I couldn’t quite run with Ron (Hornaday Jr.) and Johnny (Sauter), they were a little fast with a little too much horsepower, but this Toyota was awesome. To overcome what we did today with getting a speeding penalty and then a flat tire under green putting us a lap down and to come back and finish third, that’s what this team is all about. We just never give up,” said Bodine.

The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra ranks fourth in Truck Series owner’s standings and Bodine ranks second in the driver’s standings. The next race on the Truck Series schedule is at “The Monster Mile,” the high-speed, concrete oval also known as Dover International Speedway. Watch the action on SPEED, May 14th, tape-delayed at 8:00 PM ET or tune into your local MRN affiliate.

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.

 

May 07
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Look to Lasso a Good Finish at Texas' Great American Speedway

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Fort Worth, Texas (April 14, 2010) - NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will compete in a Lone Star State showdown this weekend as Texas Motor Speedway hosts the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday. The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team is excited to get on fast 1.5 mile track. 

Annett has two previous starts at Texas Motor Speedway under his belt and notched an 11th place finish in the 2009 Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. 

"Texas Motor Speedway is a good track for us. We've got a great mile and a half program at Germain Racing and we've demonstrated that with historical success on intermediate tracks," said Annett, "We're confident we can translate that intermediate track success to our run at Texas this weekend." 

Mile and a half tracks have proven to be a specialty for the combination of Germain Racing and Annett with top-10 finishes earned in 2009 at the intermediate tracks of Kentucky Speedway and Gateway International Raceway, and top-15 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. 23-year-old Annett also claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at two mile and a half tracks in 2009 for his seventh place finish at Gateway International Raceway and his 14th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

Racing at Texas Motor Speedway means heading home for two of Germain Racing's No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers crew members. Jackman and mechanic, James Davis, and tire carrier, Patrick (P.J.) Briody, both hail from the state capital. These two Austin, Texas natives will get one of two chances to visit their home track this season in conjunction with this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. 

On-track action at Texas Motor Speedway begins on Thursday with NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at 7 p.m. Final practice kicks off Friday at 10:30 a.m. with qualifying following at 2:45 p.m. The green flag waves for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Watch and listen live to qualifying and the race on ESPN 2. Times are listed in ET. 

For more information on Michael Annett, 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.

May 07
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Germain Racing Team to Compete under the Lights at Darlington Raceway 's "Lady in Black"

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Darlington, S.C. (May 5, 2010) - Ten races into the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Michael Annett and Germain Racing's No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers team will travel to the North Carolina based team's neighboring "Palmetto State" for the Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts at Darlington Raceway. 

The South Carolina track is known as one of the toughest racetracks on the NASCAR circuit, therefore it boasts the well-respected "Too Tough to Tame" slogan. The distinct 1.366 mile track can be compared to no other oval the NASCAR Nationwide Series visits, which produces a challenge for both teams and drivers. 

"You've got to be on top of your game heading into the Darlington race. There's a lot of give and take there and hitting your marks is key. I'm up for the challenge it carries and excited to get on track," said Annett. 

Not only is the track demanding, but Darlington also marks the second consecutive one day show for the NASCAR Nationwide Series with practice, qualifying and the 147 lap race all slated for Friday. Fitting everything into one day in the South Carolina heat can be tough, yet another reason why it's "Too Tough to Tame" at Darlington. 

On-track activity for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington Raceway begins on Friday morning with practice from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. ET. Qualifying gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET with live coverage on SPEED. The call for drivers to start their engines is heard at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts live on ESPN 2 at 7 p.m. ET. 

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

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