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Oct 11
2010

HOMETOWN BOY DOES GOOD: MEARS NETS SECOND CONSECUTIVE TOP 25

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

Fontana, CA (October 10, 2010) – After the checkered flag had been displayed in Kansas last weekend, GEICO driver Casey Mears was quick to pack up his things and board a flight with his wife and daughter to California.  That’s because Mears spent his childhood in Bakersfield, just 150-miles removed from Fontana. 

 

Mears’ week proved fruitful, as he got to visit home, and also celebrated his daughter’s second birthday.  Capping off his week was the success that met him when he arrived in Fontana for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.

 

Mears sent the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to the top of the speed charts within five minutes of being on the racetrack.  He quickly shot up to seventh and would later end up 23rd when the only practice session prior to qualifying ended.  The #13 GEICO Camry was the fastest ‘go or go home’ car, with Jason Leffler being the next closest contender in 30th.

 

When qualifying got underway, Mears went out 38th, meaning he would be the third ‘go or go home’ car to take to the racing surface for his two lap qualifying effort.  Mears would not need to wait around to learn his fate for Sunday’s race because he quickly placed the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry on Row 6 on the starting grid for the Pepsi Max 400.  Qualifying 12th, Mears handed GEICO their best ever qualifying effort since their foray into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009.

 

Hot temperatures heated the racetrack when race day arrived and a stronger than expected wind worried crew chiefs and drivers alike.  Fortunately, it did not appear that either of these conditions would ultimately play a role in Sunday’s race. 

 

After starting 12th, Mears held strong in the Top 15 when the green flag was displayed, battling for positions and even garnering significant television time while holding off several Chase contenders. Unfortunately, however, he soon appeared to freefall through the field.  On Lap 23, Mears radioed to Crew Chief Bootie Barker, “The car is really loose.  It’s tight in the center and loose in and loose off.”  Barker assured him they would go to work on the #13 GEICO Camry when the first caution flag came out. 

 

They would not have to wait long, as Greg Biffle’s engine blew on Lap 40, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the day, and allowing the Germain Racing team the opportunity to right the #13 GEICO Camry. Mears came down pit road and took on four fresh tires, a tank of fuel, and adjustments.  Mears entered the pits 32nd, but the Germain Racing pit crew sent him back out 30th, netting two positions during the stop.

 

After restarting 30th on Lap 46, Mears quickly jumped to 23rd by Lap 51 before the event’s second caution flag of the day was brought out by a Marcos Ambrose spin on Lap 53.  When Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry in for service, the Germain Racing pit crew outfitted his car with four tires, fuel, and a half round of wedge in the left rear.  Despite making the adjustments during the pit stop, Mears would not lose any positions on pit road and would restart 22nd when the race went back under green on Lap 58.  However, the caution flag would immediately make another appearance on behalf of Carl Edwards before one lap was completed under green.  Having picked up two spots on the single green flag lap, Mears restarted 20th on Lap 59.  Mears picked up three positions in two laps and by Lap 63 he was flirting with the Top 15, as he sat 17th. 

 

Mears continued to battle a loose condition and to add to the issue, he reported a vibration on Lap 95.  When the caution flag was displayed on lap 114, the Germain Racing pit crew serviced the #13 GEICO Camry and sent Mears back out two spots to the good, allowing him to restart 19th after coming into the pits in the 21st position. 

 

The call of the day came on Lap 155 when Mears was running 24th when the yellow flag waved.  During Mears’ trip down pit road, Barker ordered the Germain Racing pit crew to only put two tires on the #13 GEICO Camry in order to gain valuable track position.  He added that they needed to pack the fuel tank full of fuel in hopes of having enough to make it to the end.  The former worked, as Mears was able to pick up 17 positions on pit road, but the latter did not fair as well, as the #13 GEICO Camry would still be half a lap short of being able to go the distance. 

 

Restarting 7th with just 42 laps remaining, Mears ran solidly in the Top 10 before competitors with four fresh tires would begin to get the best of him.  He also continued to suffer from an incident that happened midway through the race.  A fellow competitor took a trip through the infield grass, but Mears suffered the consequences, as grass and dirt filled the grill of the #13 GEICO Camry.  The Germain Racing pit crew worked feverishly to clean out the grill, but the engine would continue to lose power nevertheless. Despite the setback, Mears still managed to run comfortably in the Top 20. 

 

As the race began to wind down, Barker began to contemplate when he would need to bring the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road to top off with fuel.  On Lap 182, the racing gods answered his prayer when the caution flag was displayed, allowing Mears the opportunity to take on the necessary Sunoco racing fuel.  He would also take on four tires and then restart the race in the 21st position on Lap 187. 

 

When you go to Hollywood, you would expect drama.  NASCAR is no different, and with just seven laps remaining in the 400-mile race, the final caution flag of the day came out, providing fans with an entertaining finish. 

 

Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road and took on just two tires before restarting the race 21st with just three laps left on the docket. Despite losing power in the engine and battling the flag-to-flag loose condition, Mears managed to hustle to his second consecutive Top 25 finish and also put smiles on the faces of his hometown crowd. 

 

“We are competitive and this GEICO team can be really good; we’re getting there,” Mears said after climbing from the GEICO Camry.  “We’ve come a long way pretty quick and we have high expectations for ourselves, so we’re going to continue working hard at the shop, as well as working on getting sponsorship for the remaining races, both this year and next.” 

 

He continued, “We have GEICO on-board for Charlotte and Talladega for the remainder of this year, so we need to find a company to partner with us for the other races and have as much fun as we’re having building this program. GEICO is a tremendous partner and their support is unwavering; I really can’t thank them enough for giving us this opportunity.”

 

Next week, Casey Mears and the GEICO team get to sleep in their own beds, as they will race under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile quad-oval in Concord, NC, for the opening practice session at 3:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, October 14th.  Qualifying will follow at 7:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, October 16th, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT), 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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Oct 04
2010

PERSISTENT MEARS NETS TOP 25 IN KANSAS

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

Kansas City, KS (October 3, 2010) – This weekend, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team headed to the heart of America where cooler temperatures awaited them.  They were looking to improve upon their 29th place finish in Dover last week.
 
Things got off to a quick start when Mears was the second fastest ‘go or go home’ car at the conclusion of the opening practice session on Friday.  However, qualifying dealt them a bit of a wildcard when Mears qualified the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry 37th for Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  The team felt as though they may have over adjusted the car prior to qualifying, causing them to be relegated to the 19th row on the starting grid.
 
When race day arrived, it was met with cold temperatures and bright sunshine.  As the green flag approached, the day would warm and a light breeze would overtake the speedway. Due to a transmission change in the #13 GEICO Camry, Mears would be forced to start at the rear of the field.
 
A seemingly undaunted Mears would quickly pick up positions once the race got underway, moving up to 37th by the second lap.  The GEICO Camry picked up another three spots and sat in the 34th position on Lap 6.  Mears immediately began battling a tight condition and found the car hard to handle in and out of the turns.  He radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker, “The car is really tight.” Barker assured Mears that they would make the necessary adjustments when the race went under caution.
 
Lap 41 found Juan Pablo Montoya scraping the wall in Turn 3, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the day.  Mears traveled down pit road on Lap 43 looking for relief from the Germain Racing pit crew.  The GEICO pit crew replenished the #13 GEICO Camry with four fresh Goodyear Racing tires, a tank of Sunoco racing fuel, and also made significant adjustments to the racecar.  Upon his return to the racing surface, Mears informed Barker that he felt a vibration.  
 
After restarting 34th on Lap 47, Mears noted the front end of the GEICO Camry, indicating that he was lacking grip on the racetrack. Just a few laps later, on Lap 52, Kyle Busch assisted David Reutimann coming out of Turn 2, sending Reutimann into a spin.  Mears said to Barker, “The car won’t turn.  The front end doesn’t grip and work.”  Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for service on Lap 53, where he received four tires, fuel and more adjustments.  Mears came down pit road in the 33rd position, but restarted the race on Lap 56 in 31st due to a timely stop by the Germain Racing pit crew.  
 
Mears dropped to 33rd on Lap 58 before making a brave move on the front stretch, going three wide in order to pick up two positions and move into 31st.  
 
The GEICO team would make their first scheduled green flag pit stop of the day on Lap 96.  Mears took on four new tires and fuel and, after coming down pit road in the 30th position, he would return to the racing surface 37th.  Mears made quick work of the cars in front of him, jumping up to 33rd in just two laps.  
Mears broke into the Top 30 and sat 27th on Lap 141 before another scheduled green flag pit stop sent him down pit road for service. He would emerge 34th and would take over the 28th position on Lap 154.  Lap 154 also found Reutimann and Busch once again making contact in Turn 2, sending the field under caution.  
 
Mears narrowly avoided peril on Lap 168 when Elliott Sadler was headed down pit road, but quickly changed his mind and turned up in front of the #13 GEICO Camry.  
 
Mears cracked the Top 25 on Lap 190.  Barker told Mears: “As it gets cooler, you’re getting faster. Keep doin’ what you’re doin’.” And he did.  Mears captured the 23rd position on Lap 198 before the GEICO team made their final stop of the day under green on Lap 220. After the Germain Racing pit crew turned out another quick stop, Mears rejoined the field running in the 33rd position.  Two laps later, the #13 GEICO Camry was 30th.
 
On Lap 226, Mears let Barker know that “all of a sudden the car got really loose.”  Loose must have been good because the GEICO Camry began picking off one spot after the other, rejoining the Top 25 on Lap 239.  
 
When the checkered flag was displayed after 400 miles of racing, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry recorded a 24th place finish.  
 
“It was a challenging day today, but the guys on this GEICO team worked really hard to get the car right,” Mears said.  “I was pleased with the pit crew today and we did a good job of getting on and off of pit road.  While we would liked to have finished better, we’ll take 24th and head to Fontana looking to continue to build this GEICO Racing program.”
 
Next week, Casey Mears and the GEICO team head west to Southern California for the Pepsi Max 400.  
 
Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 2-mile D-shaped oval in Fontana for the opening practice session at 3:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, October 8th.  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EDT).
 
The Pepsi Max 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 10th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing  
Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing
 

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Sep 27
2010

MONSTER MILE NO MATCH FOR MEARS’ RESILIENCE

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

Dover, DE (September 26, 2010) – Casey Mears arrived at Dover International Speedway looking to continue a roll that originated in Atlanta.  After finishing 26th in the Emory Healthcare 500, he took the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to Richmond and recorded a 21st place finish.

 

Mears’ effort is turning heads and among those heads are the executives at GEICO’s corporate office.  Initially not on the 18-race GEICO NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, Dover was quickly added after Mears’ finish at Richmond International Raceway.  Much like Richmond, Dover is just 90-miles from GEICO’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and provided yet another opportunity for the Gecko to play in his own backyard.

 

In typical Mears fashion, the #13 GEICO Camry was swift and decisive when it took to the Monster Mile in Dover.  Mears was second fastest among the ‘go or go home’ cars when the opening practice session concluded.  His encore performance in qualifying showed him one spot better, as he was the fastest ‘go or go home’ car and sat 27th overall, just head of Jeff Burton and one spot behind Tony Stewart. 

 

While rain began to fall on Sunday morning, it quickly cleared allowing the Sprint Cup Series the opportunity to go racing for 400-miles. When the race went green under overcast skies, Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry dropped to 29th during the opening laps. 

 

From the outset, Mears would battle a loose racecar.  The event’s first caution on Lap 39 would allow the Germain Racing pit crew to make adjustments on the #13 GEICO Camry. The adjustments would serve as little consolation to Mears, as he would continue to hold on and try to maintain control of the racecar. 

 

The Germain Racing team received another opportunity to work on the GEICO Camry when Ryan Newman seemed to get the best of David Reutimann on Lap 52, drawing the second caution flag of the afternoon.  After restarting 32nd on Lap 58, Mears seemed to pick up speed and move steadily through the field, reaching 24th by Lap 116.  A few laps later, the #13 GEICO Camry dipped into the Top 10, when Mears took over the 9th position just prior to his scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 118. 

 

Crew chief Bootie Barker made the save of the day when he anticipated a caution on Lap 187.  Mears, riding in the 23rd position, was preparing to guide the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop when Barker yelled, “Stay out, stay out, there’s going to be a caution.”  Barker’s words proved to be prophetic as just moments later the caution flag was displayed.  His quick action saved the GEICO team from going down multiple laps on the pit stop. 

 

Mears restarted the race in the 29th position on Lap 194 and settled in there for the balance of the afternoon. 

 

Despite battling an ill-handling racecar for nearly the entire 400-miles of the race, Mears and the GEICO Racing team managed to hustle to a 29th place finish, falling just two spots shy of their qualifying position.  Mears finished just behind Kasey Kahne and was outpaced by only one ‘go or go home’ car, the #09 of Bobby Labonte. 

 

“We had a tough day out there today and I’m proud of my GEICO team because we never quit all afternoon, we kept fighting until the checkered flag,” Mears said.  “The car was hard to handle and we really seemed to battle that all weekend, so it was nice to be able to salvage a 29th place finish today.  We’re excited to get to Kansas next weekend and get back after these guys.”

 

Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team will next head to the heart of America when they travel to Kansas City, Kansas, for the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Kansas Speedway for the opening practice session at 1:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, October 1st.  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 3rd, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

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Sep 21
2010

TODD BODINE AT HOME IN VEGAS

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

Mooresville, NC (September 20, 2010) – Widely regarded as one of the top drivers in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history, Todd Bodine is a native of Chemung, NY.  Shortly after catching the racing bug, Bodine moved south and settled in the Charlotte, NC, area, which serves as the epicenter of NASCAR. There is something to be said for ‘home sweet home’, but the 2006 Truck Series Champion feels just as comfortable when he settles into his room at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.  
 
While he has raced in America’s biggest races at some of the most historic racetracks, Bodine seems to favor Las Vegas.  Aside from his demonstrated success at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, which includes two victories, Bodine maintains a longstanding friendship with fellow Truck Series competitor Brendan Gaughan and his father, Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino proprietor who provides him with his Las Vegas home away from home at South Point.
 
“Janet (wife) and I always enjoy coming to Las Vegas because of the atmosphere at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the treatment we receive at the South Point.  I’ve known Brendan and Mr. Gaughan for many years and count them among our closest friends,” Bodine said.  “There’s something about flying into Vegas and seeing the bright lights and all of the energy the city provides.  It’s really special.”  He continued, “I also like what LVMS has done with the infield because the Fan Experience gives NASCAR fans great access to the garage and to their favorite drivers.”
 
Bodine’s New Year kicked off in a special way when he married the love of his life, Janet, in a South Florida ceremony that included only their closest friends and family members.  In a scene more suited for a NASCAR starting grid, Bodine was side-by-side with close friend Brendan Gaughan when the ceremony got underway.
 
While Bodine’s personal life was in perfect harmony, the Truck Series season would quickly follow suit.
 
2010 has Bodine and his #30 Toyota Tundra showing near domination of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  Six races remain on the schedule and he now holds one of the largest point leads in Truck Series history.  Having visited Victory Lane four times this season, Bodine and the Germain Racing team are coming to Las Vegas with one thing in mind: Winning.  
 
When asked about his expectations for this weekend’s Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350, Bodine answered bluntly and with a veteran’s calm.
 
“We go every week to win the race and if we can’t win the race, then we do the best we can and have the best points day possible,” Bodine said. “I’m appreciative of the support of the Germain Racing team and Valvoline this week, so when I get to Vegas I’m focused on one thing and that’s getting to Victory Lane; that’s the only reason we’re at the track.”
 
One thing is for certain and that is when Bodine arrives in the Entertainment Capital of the World, he will be putting on a show of his own when the green flag is displayed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
 
Bodine and the #30 Valvoline Toyota Tundra will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Saturday, September 25th.  Final practice follows at 1:45 PM (EDT), while qualifying is at 6:15 PM (EDT).
 
The Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race begins on Saturday, September 25th, at 9:00 PM (EDT) and will be televised live on SPEED television network.  Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
Email:
dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Sep 20
2010

Bodine Nets Another Top-Ten Finish in Germain.com Tundra at New Hampshire

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

Mooresville, N.C. (09-19-1010) – Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team of Germain Racing entered this weekend’s TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 with very high expectations. Bodine has won a third of the last twelve NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season, and ranked second and seventh in the two practice sessions on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s fair to say the team and the driver, who have incredibly high expectations, wanted a lot more than the ninth-place qualifying position and ninth-place finish position that they earned at Loudon, N.H.

 

“After the way this Germain.com Tundra crew has been performing, and the strength our Toyota trucks have shown, Saturday feels a lot worse than it was. We were still a top-ten team, we had another single-digit finish. Compared to winning at Kentucky, Darlington, Nashville or even Texas, obviously, it was a let down. We’re taking our favorite chassis, TRD-131, to Las Vegas next week and I know we’re all looking forward to a good performance there,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., who’s been part of his team’s four victories this season that have contributed to Bodine’s commanding 257-lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.

 

Hillman explained that the New England weather changed enough from Friday to Saturday that the track surface was not what the Germain.com Tundra was set up for.

 

“We were really happy with the Germain.com Tundra after practice on Friday. It was very cool and overcast on Friday. Saturday was warmer with a lot more sun and it made the truck tight for the race. Unfortunately, the changes we needed to make to fix the problem were much bigger than we could make on pit road,” said Hillman.

 

Bodine, who has 16 top-ten finishes after 19 races this year, was obviously disappointed with Saturday’s run and agreed that the team didn’t have the Germain.com Tundra in the same, perfect shape they’ve come to expect.

 

“Our race was terrible, we just missed the setup.  We were way tight all day.  The track was nothing like it was in practice and we just missed it.  We fought it and fought it and didn’t gain on the race leaders. We are used to having our Toyota up front. We weren’t that way Saturday and it was our fault,” said Bodine.

 

Hillman Jr. led Saturday’s efforts while struggling with injuries sustained in Friday afternoon’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

 

“We had a little too much fun on pit road on Friday afternoon,” smiled Hillman, who sustained leg and foot injuries while carrying tires in Friday’s race. “Friday was actually pretty scary for me. I just want everyone to know that I’m fine, and, I’ll have to undergo more testing in Charlotte to see what they want to do to fix me. NASCAR has done a lot to make pit road a safer place for our crew members, and, I have to say, I’m proof that it’s worked. I’ve got a couple broken bones in my leg and foot, but, I’m otherwise fine. For the kind of hit I took, that says a lot.”

 

The Germain.com Tundra races next in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 25th. You can watch the coverage on SPEED beginning at 9 P.M. ET on Saturday night, 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.

 

 

Sep 15
2010

New England is Like Home to So Many on Germain Racing’s No. 30 Germain.com Tundra Team

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

  - Bodine Leads the Truck Series Championship Battle by a 261-point margin

  - Germain Racing has 22 Truck Series Victories and Eight Pole Awards

  - Bodine Owns 21 Truck Series Wins with Germain Racing and 36 NASCAR career wins

 

September 14, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - This season, Germain Racing has notched four wins. One celebration came in familiar surroundings—a victory lane that Germain Racing has visited seven times (Texas). The other three, were all new experiences for the team and driver Todd Bodine. Bodine, who hails from Chemung, NY, hopes he and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team can notch another win at one of the two tracks ahead on the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule where they remain winless—New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

“We go every week with the Germain.com Tundra prepared to win the race. It doesn’t matter what the track is. Would it be nice to win New Hampshire? Yes. New England is my second home. I’ve got a lot of friends there and I’ve been going to New Hampshire since it was built,” explained Bodine, who leads the Truck Series championship standings by a record-breaking margin of 261 points. “I’ve always run well at New Hampshire and just never got it done. To be able to go there and win would be very special to me. It would be like winning at Martinsville, which is another track I feel is like a home track for me. It’s definitely something we need to get done.”

 

Of the seven tracks remaining on this season’s schedule, Bodine and Germain Racing have combined for wins at five of them with an impressive total of 13 wins and four poles at those tracks. New Hampshire and Martinsville are the two tracks still waiting to be conquered.

 

“New Hampshire is a track where we’ve been close. Our focus with our Germain.com Tundra this weekend will be to get it to turn in the middle of the corner. That’s critical there. We are taking our Iowa race chassis, which is also our winner from Darlington. We learned some things at Iowa and in our test at Gresham that should work well at Loudon. We’re going to win,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 

Bodine says his outstanding lead in the Truck Series points doesn’t give the team any extra comfort heading into New Hampshire. For them, it’s still about one thing: winning.

 

“The points lead doesn’t change the way we look at things at all. At least we try not to let it change. We go and practice and do the same things we do every week and that’s just work on the truck to get it the best we can. We don’t let any of those outside influences affect our decisions. So when we get in the race, we race the same way, until we have to be points racers. At that point, you look at the big picture, and you figure out what you need to do,” said Bodine, alluding to what he and Hillman have said for years—that points racing happens only if you know your truck can’t win the race—whether you’re the points leader or you’re eighth in the standings.

 

Watch Bodine drive the Germain.com Tundra on Saturday, September 18th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. SPEED will cover practice on Friday, the 17th, at 1:00 PM ET, Qualifying on Saturday morning at 10:05 AM and race coverage starts at 2:30 PM.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Sep 13
2010

IMPRESSIVE MEARS FINISHES 21ST IN GECKO’S BACKYARD

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

Richmond, VA (September 11, 2010) – A week removed from going on a tear in Atlanta that found his average lap times in the Top 15, Casey Mears was anxious to get back to work in Richmond. 

 

The race weekend kicked off with a visit to GEICO’s corporate office, located just 100-miles from Richmond International Raceway.  GEICO officials expressed their excitement about Mears’ contribution to their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program and Mears departed the D.C. office with confidence and focus.

 

Whatever GEICO’s top brass shared with Mears must have carried great motivation because the GEICO Racing team entered Richmond poised for success. 

 

At the end of the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session, Mears was the fourth fastest ‘go or go home’ car.  Crew chief Bootie Barker then made wholesale changes before the final practice session got underway.  Barker, known as one of the most cerebral crew chiefs in the business, nailed it.  The final session saw Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry as high as fourth on the speed chart before ending up 17th when the session closed.  More importantly for the Germain Racing team, Mears was the fastest ‘go or go home’ car, while the next ‘go or go homer’ sat all the way down in 28th position.

 

When qualifying got underway, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry went out 38th and quickly placed themselves in Saturday night’s field. When the checkered flag ended his qualifying run, Mears found himself 18th on the starting grid after pacing the ¾-mile D-shaped oval in just 21.366 seconds, at a rate of speed of 126.369 miles per hour.

 

When race time arrived, the GEICO Racing team carried heavy hearts, as the NASCAR pre-race activities honored those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, as well as first responders and our troops abroad. 

 

Starting in the 18th position, Mears would drop to 21st on Lap 23, but just one lap later, he placed the #13 GEICO Camry back in the Top 20.  On lap 57, Kurt Busch sent David Reutimann for a spin, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the evening.  The caution would allow Mears to bring the GEICO Camry down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel.

 

On an otherwise beautiful evening, rain began to fall on lap 215, ultimately causing the caution flag to be displayed on lap 225.  Mears came down pit road with the balance of the field to take on tires and fuel while the rain began to slow a bit. By lap 241, the green flag was out and the race was back underway.

 

Mears kept the #13 GEICO Camry in the Top 25 for the entire evening, running solidly ahead of both Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin for much of the time.  He even flirted with the top 10 when he found himself in the 11th position on lap 327, until a scheduled green flag pit stop sent him down pit road for his final stop of the evening.  After taking on tires and fuel, Mears rejoined the field in the 22nd spot.  With just eight laps remaining in the Air Guard 400, Mears managed to track down Martin Truex, Jr, and secure the 21st position.

 

When the checkered flag was displayed, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry notched a 21st place finish, capping off a two week run that has shown marked improvement in the GEICO Racing Sprint Cup Series program.

 

“Tonight was a lot of fun and I think we’re showing that we’re pretty good at what we’re doing,” Mears said.  “This #13 GEICO Camry is a good racecar and I appreciate all of the hard work that these Germain Racing guys are putting into it.  We’re committed to getting to the front of the field, so we’re continuing to work hard and tweak on some things to make the program better.”  He continued, “It was a great experience going to GEICO’s corporate office on Thursday and getting to sit down and talk to their top executives face-to-face and see their excitement about our race program.  They are committed to giving us what we need to be successful and it feels great knowing we have that kind of support.” 

 

The next GEICO sponsored race for Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team will be at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, September 26, 2010. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the Monster Mile for the opening practice session at 11:30 AM (EDT) on Friday, September 24th, followed by qualifying at 3:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 26th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Sep 06
2010

Bodine Takes the Germain.com Tundra for a Spin and Win at Kentucky

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

 Mooresville, NC (09-06-2010) – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Todd Bodine drove the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra to the fifth-consecutive Toyota victory this season, 11th overall. The win, Bodine’s fourth after 17 races, marks the first time the Germain Racing team had been able to overcome wildly bad luck at Kentucky Speedway to pull off the win. Friday night’s win was not without its extra excitement, but, Bodine and the No. 30 crew utilized their “never give up” motto and came out on top.

 

“The first person I have to thank is Kyle Busch for getting me spun out which gave us the opportunity to get gas. That’s why we won the race. We had a great truck, don’t get me wrong, our Toyota Tundra was incredibly fast,” explained Bodine after taking his 21st Truck Series victory. “When I got up behind Kyle (Busch), we got aero tight, which that’s what happens in Truck Series racing. I backed off kind of riding there trying to keep the right front out in clean air and to wait for later. Low and behold we got sucked around, got some fuel and here we are in victory lane. This is awesome. I have to thank all the fans -- Kentucky fans here are awesome. Everybody watching on SPEED - thank you. This Toyota Tundra is awesome. I’m happy we could get the win just next to Germain Motor Company’s home state of Ohio.”

 

Kentucky Speedway is a track that has confounded the No. 30 team of Germain Racing. In the team’s last visit to the track, for example, the team was leading the race and experienced a rare rear end gear failure. The year before that, they recovered from an early flat tire only to be spun out by Ron Hornaday Jr. in a situation similar to Friday night’s incident with Busch on lap 81.

 

“I have to tell you, for a minute, when we spun, I thought we were in big trouble. To spin out in front of the field and only have minor damage was amazing. But, I was worried. I thought, ‘We’re at Kentucky, with another great Germain.com Tundra, and, in a flash, we’re right back where we have been at this track so many times.’ To come out of here with a win for Toyota, for the Germain’s, for our No. 30 crew, it feels wonderful. It truly does,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 

Bodine led twice on Friday night for a total of 18 laps. His win marks the 22nd victory for Germain Racing and his 21st in the Truck Series. All of Bodine’s Truck Series wins have come behind the wheel of the No. 30 Tundra for Germain. He maintains the Truck Series championship points lead with a staggering 261-point margin.

 

Friday’s win marked the first time in 22 victories that all three Germain brothers, Bob, Steve and Rick, were together, trackside, for the celebration.

 

“It was fun to have both my brothers here. It was a lot of fun and I’m very proud of Todd, Mike and the whole team. We’ve got a great team this year. The pit crew does a wonderful job. To have all of us here tonight was a lot of fun,” explained Steve Germain, who hails from nearby Columbus, OH.

 

The Truck Series has a week off before heading to Loudon, NH and on to Las Vegas – two more tracks where the team has yet to score a victory. Of Bodine’s four wins this season, three have come at tracks that previously hadn’t seen a Germain Racing Tundra in their winner’s circles.

 

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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Sep 05
2010

MEARS PUTS GECKO ON FAST-TRACK

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Hampton, GA (September 5, 2010) – It is not a secret that the GEICO Racing program has undergone changes over the last couple of weeks.  With Casey Mears taking over the #13 GEICO Sprint Cup Series car and Max Papis moving full-time to the Truck Series in 2011 in the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Atlanta provided everyone the opportunity to move forward.

 

Mears wasted little time making himself at home in the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry, quickly establishing his presence at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In both practice sessions on Saturday, Mears and the Gecko were fastest among the ‘go or go home’ cars. Unfortunately, during his qualifying run later that afternoon, he experienced a severe vibration, but managed to place the GEICO Camry in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field despite the unforeseen condition.

 

Sunday found Mears and the GEICO Racing team surrounded by special guests, including Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway.  Rock star Rachel Bolan of Skid Row and Layne Schranz, who pilots the GEICO car in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, also joined Mears and the GEICO crew on pit road prior to the race. 

 

Atlanta’s NASCAR weekend was accompanied by perfect weather conditions and Sunday night’s race would not disappoint.  With temperatures in the 70’s, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the green flag as the sun began to set over the 1.54-mile quad-oval. 

 

After a vibration squalled his qualifying efforts, Mears was relegated to starting 43rd.  Though temperatures were cooling, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry were heating up. Mears picked up seven positions by the close of the first lap, while half a lap later he was sitting in the 34th position; netting 9 spots in the event’s opening two laps.  Mears and the Gecko continued on a tear and found themselves in the Top 20 when they arrived in 19th position on lap 47. 

 

While Atlanta Motor Speedway is known as one of the toughest, fastest tracks on the Sprint Cup Series circuit, Mears remained on the lead lap and dipped into the Top 10 when he moved into the 8th position before scheduled green flag pit stops sent the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for service on lap 49.  The Germain Racing pit crew replenished Mears’ GEICO Camry with four fresh Goodyear tires and a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel before returning him to the racing surface in the 34th position.  While the stop was necessary, it also put Mears a lap down to the field.

 

Mears quickly began to make progress and moved back into the Top 30 on lap 83.  Germain Racing crew chief Bootie Barker radioed to Mears, “You’re doing a great job, Casey. You’re faster than the guys in front of you.”  That would be an understatement by Barker, as the #13 GEICO Camry was, at times, one full second faster than the cars he was chasing. 

 

He was able to reach 29th place before scheduled green flag pit stops once again got underway. 

 

On lap 94, Mears brought the GEICO Camry down pit road where the Germain Racing pit crew provided him with four new tires, fuel and adjustments. He returned to the racetrack in the 35th position, but had the #13 GEICO Camry back in the Top 30 by lap 106.  With only 19 cars on the lead lap, Mears remained just one lap down to the leaders. 

 

Throughout the race, Mears spoke on the radio with a veteran’s calm. He sounded more like he was at home on his couch rather than in one of the most intense races of the year. His relaxed demeanor betrayed his on-track aggression, but seemed to have a calming affect on the GEICO pit area.

 

Although Mears seemed calm on the radio, what happened on lap 151 was sure to get his attention.  Greg Biffle and Elliott Sadler began spinning, and Mears avoided peril by the narrowest of margins while running in the 26th position. Mears was forced down hard onto the apron, but the GEICO Camry did not appear to have sustained any damage. After the caution, Mears restarted the race running 25th, but cars began to check-up, causing him to drop several spots to 29th.  Despite the setback, Mears had the GEICO Camry back in the Top 25 inside of ten laps. 

 

The race was beginning to wind down, but the excitement was not over for Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry.  On lap 265, the engine of Scott Speed’s #82 Red Bull car blew up in front of Mears and the Gecko.  Mears quickly radioed to Barker, “I got in that oil and almost wrecked.”

 

Just over 50 laps remained in the Emory Healthcare 500 when Barker informed the team that they would be nine laps short on fuel and would need to pit before event’s end.  Barker must have favor with the racing gods because almost on queue, the caution flag was displayed on lap 295 for a Brad Keselowski spin, allowing Mears to get the fuel he needed to finish the race.  Just prior to the restart on lap 300, Mears predicted there would be another caution. 

 

After restarting 27th on Lap 300, Mears’ statement proved to be prophetic as the caution flag waved once again just one lap later for debris. Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry were the first car a lap down when they restarted 26th with 18 laps to go in the race.  Another caution would put the GEICO Camry back on the lead lap.  The caution would not come out again before the checkered flag was in the air.

 

Mears managed a 26th place finish in his debut in the #13 GEICO Camry and gave great hope to the Germain Racing team and the Gecko.

 

“I had a lot of fun tonight in the #13 GEICO Camry.  We had a great car and should’ve definitely finished on the lead lap,” Mears said after emerging from his GEICO machine.  “This is our first time out, so we’re only going to get better.  We know what we need to do and we’ll make it happen.  I’m happy with the team and equipment and I’m looking forward to getting to Richmond and building upon what we accomplished here in Atlanta this weekend.”

 

Next weekend will prove extra special, as Mears and the Germain Racing team travel to Richmond, VA, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  GEICO’s corporate office is just 100 miles removed from Richmond International Raceway, making it almost a ‘home game’ of sorts for the GEICO team. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 3/4-mile D-shaped oval of Richmond International Raceway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, September 10th.  Qualifying will begin at 5:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Air Guard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, September 11th, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Sep 01
2010

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

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

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

ermain Racing has 21 Truck Series Victories and Eight Pole Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Chassis TRD-131 has raced eight times this season, scored two wins and finished no worse than fifth. Watch Bodine drive this Germain.com Tundra chassis on Friday, September 3rd at Kentucky Speedway. Qualifying will be on SPEED at 6:00 PM ET, with race coverage starting at 7:30 PM. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

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

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