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Jul 15
2010

Germain Racing Looking for Perfect Balance at Gateway International Raceway

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 July 13, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Gateway International Raceway is a bright spot on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team. The team has one win at the Madison, Ill., race track, and knows how to be a fixture at the top of the running order there.

 “Gateway is a track I’ve always enjoyed racing because it’s a challenge for drivers and crew chiefs to find a perfect balance in the setup. It’s critical to get your race truck to handle the differences in both ends of the track,” explained Bodine. “The Germain.com Tundra is always a contender at Gateway and that’s because our team does such a great job of focusing on whole track setup at every track we race.”

 Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. explains that the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team focuses on ‘feel’ each weekend, which means Gateway preparation isn’t really different for their team compared to any other race track, despite the track’s very unique corners.

 “The feel that Todd is looking for at Gateway is similar to what he looks for in any track that’s under a mile and a half in length. We’ll take the setup we had at Iowa and make small changes for Gateway,” said Hillman, who’s No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team has scored three top-five and four top-ten finishes in five Truck Series races at the St. Louis area race track.

 Bodine will race chassis TRD-131. Hillman says it’s the best in the fleet, and, true to the team philosophy, he always puts out the best truck.

 “This truck is our Texas race winner, but it’s also the best truck we’ve got for racing at Gateway. The most important race on the schedule is the next one, so Gateway is getting the best equipment we have,” explained Hillman.

 Bodine captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points lead following race seven at Charlotte. After ten races,  he has an 88-point lead over second-place Aric Almirola. In the Truck Series owner’s standings, Germain Racing leads Kyle Busch Motorsports by ten points.

 Watch the Germain.com Tundra race Friday, July 31st at Gateway International Raceway on SPEED beginning at 8:30 PM Eastern, or tune into 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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Jul 13
2010

Iowa Shake-up Can’t Knock Bodine from Top Spot

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Mooresville, N.C. (07-12-2010) – Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway had all of the drama and excitement one would expect from a short-track race. All four of the top-ranked drivers in the series experienced disappointing and dramatic days, but Todd Bodine was able to withstand the Iowa Speedway shakedown and maintain his spot atop the championship standings. Bodine started ninth and finished 17th after being a party to two on-track altercations. He leads the points by an 88-point margin over second-place Aric Almirola.

 

“This season has been a return to form for the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team. We’ve been competitive each weekend and this was no exception. The reason we lead the Truck Series points is because of all the hard work that everyone at Germain Racing has been putting in to improve our race trucks. We are ten races into our 25-race season and we’ve only left two race tracks with finishes that didn’t match the quality of our race truck, and, unfortunately, Iowa Speedway was one of those two race tracks,” explained crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., who has led Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra crew to eight top-five finishes this season, including one win.

 

Bodine was fasted after first practice at Iowa and ranked eighth in final practice. He felt he had a shot to win the pole award heading into qualifying, but knew he had a race truck capable of earning a great finish in the race.

 

“I think we had a shot at the pole,” said Bodine after qualifying on Saturday at Iowa. “The second lap was the money lap and the Germain.com Tundra broke loose on me in the middle of turns one and two and I didn’t get the lap when it counted. This 30 team has a great Tundra for Sunday, so I’m not too worried about starting ninth.”    

 

That confidence turned out to be well-placed. Bodine worked his way into the top-three within 50 laps of the race beginning and raced as high as second-place before a few wrinkles relegated the Germain.com Tundra to a 17th-place finish; rookie Austin Dillon scored the victory.

 

“I am really proud of how hard the guys on the 30 truck worked to make sure our performance at Iowa was an improvement over last year. The Germain.com Tundra was a top-five truck, just like we it has been every week,” said Hillman.

 

Bodine races the Germain.com Tundra next at Gateway International Raceway on Friday night, July 16th. Watch the action on SPEED or tune in to 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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Jul 12
2010

SPLIT DECISION: Germain Chases His NASCAR Dream With Determination

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K&N Pro Series rookie embracing the stock-car challenge By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com
July 10, 2010 - 11:37am

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Decisions, decisions. For Zach Germain, there really was no decision to be made.

"Race cars or sell cars?" the Bexley, Ohio, native recalled of weighing his future options late in the summer of 2009. "It was the easiest decision I've ever had to make."

As the son of Steve Germain, who owns Germain Motor Company with his brothers, the 25-year-old Zach got a relatively late start in racing. Despite Germain Motorsports fielding entries in each of NASCAR's top three national series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks -- there was very little pressure on Zach Germain to pursue a racing career.

In fact, he says, there was none.

"It was definitely me putting the pressure on everybody else to get into racing," he said. "The more I've been around it, I've wanted to pursue it more and more."

2010_NKNPS_Feature_Zach_Germain_headshot_200As hard as it is to believe, Zach Germain -- a rookie in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2010 -- is just four years into his career as a driver. He spent parts of three seasons in Legends cars at Columbus Motor Speedway near his hometown, and then in 2009 competed full-time at that track in its Super Late Model division.

Germain said he only got started in racing when his family did. And despite Germain Racing's success in places like the Camping World Truck Series, the organization is still a relative newcomer to NASCAR.

"We're pretty new when you compare us to the other bigger teams in the sport," Germain said. "We got started in NASCAR in 2004, and I didn't start racing myself until 2006.

"It wasn't something that I set out to do when I was younger. But I saw my family getting into NASCAR and that got me thinking. I've always had a fascination with cars from very early on."

And while some of the other drivers he races against in the K&N Pro Series have been racing since they were seven or eight years old, Germain hasn't. Which is not to say he had no experience behind the wheel of a car.

It just wasn't a race car.

"I've been driving cars around the parking lot since I was a kid," Germain said as he started laughing. "When I was 12 years old, I could drive a manual (shift). I wasn't out racing go-karts like Cole Whitt or some of the others, but I was running '100-lap races' on a new car lot.

"Instead of running into walls, I was running into other new cars."

Germain always viewed his future in the family business of selling cars. When he headed off to Miami (Ohio) University, he'd still never turned a competitive lap behind the wheel of a stock car. In fact, it wasn't until he was well on his way to earning a political science degree that he ended up racing Legends.

Germain figured racing would be something fun on the side while he looked at heading to law school, following in the footsteps of his older sister.

In a strange twist of fate, though, a broken hand and wrist in 2008 -- suffered while racing his Legend car -- sidelined Germain for half that season. It was then that he realized how difficult it was to sit on the sidelines and not race.

The next season, he was in a Super Late Model. He finished seventh in Columbus Motor Speedway's standings in 2009. This year, he jumped into the deep end of a racing career with both feet.

"I just knew that if I was really going to do this, I needed to pursue it to a much greater degree than I  was," said Germain, who has one top-10 in five races this season in the No. 24 Germain.com Toyota. "I knew that if I hadn't have poured myself into it, I always would have looked back later on and wondered, 'What if?'"

This year, Germain packed up and moved to Mooresville, N.C., -- the NASCAR hub -- and cleared out a conference room above the race shop where his cars are prepared. That's where he lives now. Every morning, he's up at 6:45 and joins the guys 15 minutes later working on the team’s K&N Series cars.

For a driver sporting a trademark 'faux-hawk' atop his head -- a strip of hair spiked tall along the middle of his head -- image is, well, everything.

"I know that there are some drivers in the past in this sport who haven't had the best, well ..." Germain pauses, choosing his words carefully, perhaps to draw from that political science background. "Let's just say, some teams would rather not have drivers around because they're not the hardest workers in the world.

"I wasn't going to let them say that about me. I don't want people to ever be able to hold it against me that I'm the son of the team owner with all the money, and I'm lackadaisical and not approaching everything like it matters. ... Sometimes I think that makes me work even harder at this."

Germain feels that being older than most traditional rookies gives him a maturity to understand the bigger picture. That maturity also helps with a steep learning curve.

"It's definitely a learning curve," Germain said. "And I know I've made mistakes at a much higher level than I probably should have. Unfortunately, that's the truth -- I just haven't had the seat time at the local tracks over the years. But everyone's been really gracious with me and supportive, and I feel like as long as I don't make the same mistakes twice, they'll continue to help me and be supportive.

"Every type of car I've raced -- going from Legends to Super Late Models, from Super Late Models to the K&N cars -- it's been night and day different. Every lap I get more and more comfortable and learn a lot. I've learned a tremendous amount in five races. Look at Iowa Speedway -- the biggest track I'd ever been on and I wrecked early. But I learned a lot, and I wish I could go back now and try again."

Despite the trials and tribulations, Germain is as committed to racing as ever.

"There is nothing better than racing cars," said Germain, who has no timetable for a graduation from the K&N Pro Series but has an ultimate goal of racing a Camping World Truck. "The rush, the atmosphere, all of it is unbelievable to me.

"I told my dad the other day and he laughed at me, but I'm living the dream. I'm so fortunate to be able to put things on hold for a while and chase my dream like this. I'm just trying to do my part to make that happen."

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Original Article published at: http://hometracks.nascar.com/feature/SPLIT_DECISION_Germain_Chases_His_NASCAR_Dream

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Jul 08
2010

Steve is Back and it’s off to Dublin for Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

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

     The 28th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In takes place this weekend and the crew can’t resist the chance to take a road trip!  Dan “Boots” Longenette, Steve Germain, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart head to 555 Metro Place North in Dublin for Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Saturday from 1-3pm on 610 WTVN.   

      From classic cars to classic owners, the Auto Smarts gang will paint the pictures from a monster wheel deal and even offer up some trophies for one of the largest events of its kind in the country.  Yes, the public is invited!  For more information, check arthritisautoshow.com.

      And the countdown has begun!  Saturday, July 24th is Auto Smarts Day during the Lucas Oil Buckeye Fuel Wars at National Trail Raceway.  Once again, the Auto Smarts quartet will be on location to broadcast live.  Plus they have tickets to giveaway to the event AND it’s the showdown the racing world has been begging for!   FUEL DUEL I pits Lex against Steve in identically matched SmartCars with bragging rights and their weekly allowances on the line!  Don’t miss the build-up!  You can cut the tension with a really dull butter knife!

      But wait there’s more this Saturday!  Michael Sacks is back with his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute, Mike Fornataro of National Trail Raceway serves up some Bits from the Pits, and Jack Moser gets legal during busted for drunk driving.com update.  

      You have a chance to win tickets to Auto Smarts Day and voice your opinion or ask your question.  Call us during the radio show at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.  You can also hit the net at www.autosmartsradio.com and join us via Facebook or Twitter!

 

For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart
Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com 614-795-8469 randy@autosmarts4u.com

 

Jul 06
2010

Germain Finished 16th in Road Course Debut at Lime Rock

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Mooresville, N.C. (07-05-2010) – In his first road course race, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rookie driver Zach Germain finished 16th in the No. 24 Germain.com Camry. The results were a handsome payoff for the 25 year-old from Columbus, Ohio, who finished just a couple spots behind some of the instructors that had tutored him on the mechanics of racing at the 1.54-mile Lime Rock Park circuit in Lakeville, CT.

 

“I really enjoyed my first road course race. It was an extreme challenge for my physical endurance and mental stamina, but I think our finish showed that the driver and the crew were up for the test. I prepared for the K&N 100 by attending the Skip Barber Racing School. Getting to know the course helped so that I could focus on technique and getting the car adjusted for the race. Tom Ackerman, our shock specialist on the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, came to Lime Rock with us this weekend. He and the No. 24 Germain.com Camry team made some great adjustments to the car. It handled the right-hand turns very well,” said Germain who ranks 15th in the K&N Pro Series East points standings after six races.

 

The weekend kicked off with Germain hearing a new but very familiar voice on his team radio as he put the No. 24 Germain.com Camry in the top-20 on the practice charts.

 

“My dad did a great job in his spotting debut. He had no idea he was getting put to work when he got to the track, but we needed extra spotters for practice. He did a great job. When I heard his voice, it reminded me of the virtue that he and my mom preach to me when they are at the race track – patience,” smiled Germain. “After the first run in practice, I had a lot of confidence in our team and in what I’d learned about getting around the course. At other new tracks we’ve gone to, I’ve had to commit time in first practice to learning the lines around the track. At Lime Rock, I already knew the line from the Skip Barber school and it worked very well for the Germain.com Camry. I was comfortable in the car and could focus on pedal technique and positioning the car for each corner.”

 

The 66-lap race was slowed by only three cautions for a total of eight yellow-flag laps. The long green-flag runs allowed the 29-car field to space out over the mile and a half circuit.

 

“The long green flag runs worked out great. The field spaced out pretty quickly and I was able to get in the zone so well that the cars around me didn’t bother me at all,” explained Germain. “We had one bobble. I didn’t get the Germain.com Camry slowed down heading into the chicane on lap 35. I spun but was able to keep the car on course. It wouldn’t re-start and it cost us a couple laps waiting for a push-start. If there was a disappointing moment in the race weekend, I guess that was it. But, the weekend was a great experience. The guys did a great job with adjustments and we’re all anxious to get to our next race at Lee.”

 

Watch Saturday’s Lime Rock Park NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Thursday, July 8th at 6:00 PM on SPEED. The next race on the K&N Pro Series East schedule is July 30th at Lee USA Speedway. 

 

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.

 

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Jun 30
2010

Lime Rock Will Be First Road Course Race for Zach Germain

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Mooresville, N.C. (June 30, 2010) – Zach Germain is very pleased with the variety of race tracks that are represented by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The rookie driver will make his road course debut this weekend at Lime Rock Park, just a week after racing on the second of three Sprint Cup Series race tracks on the K&N Pro Series. Germain thinks his team is ready for the challenge of turning right and left at Lime Rock.

“With what this Germain.com Camry team has been able to accomplish in the last two races, I am very confident that we can have a good race weekend at Lime Rock. The track is another unique race course that is part of why the K&N Pro Series East has such a strong field of rookie contenders. Driving in this series gives sponsors exposure on SPEED and it gives drivers and teams experience with a wide variety of race tracks to prepare them for their NASCAR careers,” said Germain.

In preparation for the Lime Rock race weekend, Germain, a graduate of Miami University of Ohio,  has gone back to school.

“I’ve enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School at Lime Rock and the program has been amazing. All of the tracks we race in the K&N Pro Series are new to me, so usually I will try to prepare on a simulator, or to go through notes from our Germain Racing teams.  For Lime Rock, the experience has been much different. We had classroom time, then ride-along time before we drove on the course. One of the Skip Barber instructors is a former East Series driver who has competed at Lime Rock, so the information I’ve been able to learn has given me a lot of comfort heading into the race weekend,” said Germain.

With Germain Racing’s No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team off this weekend, Tom Ackerman, shock specialist for the points-leading truck, will travel to Lime Rock to work with the No. 24 Germain.com Camry team.

“This will be the second time Tom has been a part of our race team this season. He came to Martinsville Speedway along with several of our teammates from the 30 truck. Tom has been a crew chief in the Truck Series, he’s won races, and he’s a tireless team player. I know the guys are excited about having him along this weekend at Lime Rock,” said Germain.

The Germain.com Camry races at Lime Rock Park on Saturday, July 3rd, at 2:15 PM Eastern. The race will be broadcast on SPEED on July 8th at 6:00 PM Eastern.

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.

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Media Contact: Lori Smith, Germain Racing 704-651-0606 (M) or Lsmith@germain.com

 

 

Jun 28
2010

Germain Tackles Tough Oval with Best Qualifying Effort of Season

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Mooresville, N.C. (06-27-2010) – Zach Germain has completed competition on two very tough NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  race tracks and has earned a wealth of experience to use for his budding NASCAR career. In race number five on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule, Germain raced the No. 24 Germain.com Camry at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He earned his best qualifying spot of the season, 18th, and finished the 125-lap race in 17th.

 

“First of all, this Germain Racing team turned in another great performance. The Germain.com Camry we brought to the race track handled very well and we were able to earn our best qualifying effort of the season on a challenging, Sprint Cup Series race track. We ran through a 55-lap green flag run, which was a new experience for me. The car was very loose at the start of the race, then it got tight. The crew made good adjustments and kept making the Germain.com Camry better. All in all, it was a great effort and I’m very proud of this No. 24 team,” said Germain, who ranks 15th in the series standings after five races.

 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway provided rookie driver Germain and his team with another weekend of solid gains and solid experience.

 

“This weekend we knew there would be many opportunities to learn, and we were able to gain positive experience from every one of them. Our pit stops were very good. Whether we took fuel-only or tires, my team did great stops. I experienced several three-wide restarts, a lot of beating and banging and the long green flag run. We worked through a variety of handling conditions and I learned a lot about how my input into the steering wheel affects the handling of the car. New Hampshire is a track that is very ‘line-sensitive.’ I can’t wait to unload our Germain.com Camry at Lime Rock,” said Germain.  

 

See the Germain.com Camry on national television. Friday’s K&N Pro Series East race from New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be broadcast on SPEED on Thursday, July 1st at 6:00 PM Eastern.

 

Lime Rock Park, the next race on the K&N Pro Series East schedule, is the only road course race of the season. Germain will race the No. 24 Germain.com Camry at the Connecticut facility on Saturday, July 3rd.

 

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.

 

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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 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 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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