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Aug 09
2010

PAPIS HONORS MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER WHILE RACING THE GLEN

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

#13 GEICO Camry ends up 22nd in NASCAR’s final road course race of the 2010 season

Watkins Glen, NY (August 8, 2010) – A year ago, Max Papis left Watkins Glen smiling ear-to-ear after recording an 8th place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. He was all business when he arrived back in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York for practice on Friday, hoping to once again put the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry up front.  
 
In addition to his attention to racing, he also carried a heavy heart, as he honored United States Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for diving on a grenade in Iraq to save members of his unit in 2004.  The Marine’s name appeared on a decal located on the C-Post of Papis’ #13 GEICO Camry.  Corporal Dunham’s father was also in attendance during the entire weekend and when Papis saw him, he immediately gave him a hug and thanked him for what his son had done for our country.
 
Papis showed visible emotion when speaking of Corporal Dunham.
 
“What we’re doing this weekend is just racing, but what these guys are doing in Afghanistan and Iraq is life or death.  It is serious and it affects so many of our families in the U.S., and it moves me to see this man be so strong after his son gave his life to protect our country.” Papis said.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session found Papis shooting straight to the top of the speed charts.  By its conclusion, the #13 GEICO Camry rested 24th on the chart, and third among the ‘go or go home’ cars.  The GEICO team would experience a setback when a transmission issue forced the team to rebuild a transmission in the middle of the final practice session.  The Germain Racing team masterfully returned Papis to the racetrack in record time.  Despite the setback, Papis put the #13 GEICO Camry 16th on the speed chart, and fastest among the ‘go or go home’ cars, when the session ended.
 
After qualifying 28th, Papis quickly picked up four positions before the close of the opening lap of the race.  Papis then made his way into the 23rd position before he radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker that the car was tight and that he had some ‘wheelhop’.  Barker assured Papis they would make adjustments to the #13 GEICO Camry during the first pit stop.
 
Papis brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road under green flag conditions on Lap 26 for the team’s first stop of the day.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly provided Papis with four fresh Goodyear racing tires, a tank of Sunoco racing fuel and adjustments before returning him to the racing surface.  Unfortunately, just two laps later, the event’s first caution flag of the day would be displayed, causing the GEICO team to go a lap down. Barker would order Papis to take advantage of the ‘wave around’ rule and the #13 GEICO Camry quickly returned to the lead lap.
 
The adjustments must have favored Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry because by Lap 61 they had moved into 10th position, while just a lap later they were sitting in 7th.  On Lap 70, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin found themselves tangled up, bringing out the caution flag.  Papis received rear end damage to the #13 GEICO Camry in the melee. Consequently, he was relegated to restarting 19th on Lap 75.  With just 15 laps remaining, Papis fought hard to hold his position, but would ultimately record a 22nd place finish under perfect skies in upstate New York.  
 
“Our GEICO team worked really hard this weekend and we were competitive, but we battled a few issues,” Papis said.  “All things considered I’m happy to get out of here with a 22nd place finish.  I can’t thank Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the guys on this Germain Racing team enough for all of their support and hard work this weekend.  We kept fighting and never quit, so I’m proud of what we accomplished.”
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
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Aug 09
2010

Michael Annett Battles Transmission Trouble to Finish 19th in Road Course Race at Watkins Glen International

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Watkins Glen, N.Y. (August 9, 2010) – In their second of three road course races on the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 team fought for a 19th place finish at Watkins Glen International after battling transmission issues throughout the second half of the 200 mile race.

 

Annett started the Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at the Glen 24th and made his first pit stop of the day on lap 10. Livonia, N.Y. native, crew chief Ryan Fugle, called for the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry to take four tires and fuel on their visit to pit road before the first caution of the 82 lap event occurred on lap 19.

 

Before his second stop on pit road, Annett reported a tight handling condition when he was free-rolling and back to the gas. In addition to a new set of Goodyears and fuel, air pressure adjustments were made to help ease the car’s tight condition. The No. 15 Germain.com Toyota restarted 24th on lap 23, but after the drop of the green a multi-car pileup brought out the red flag for over 25 minutes. With help from his spotter, Annett was able to avoid the incident to keep his car damage-free.

 

As the race ended early for several cars involved in the accident, Annett was boosted to 12th for the restart on lap 26. He continued to ride in the top-15 before reporting a loose handling condition on lap 30, along with transmission issues.

 

Although plagued with transmission trouble the second half of the race, Annett maintained a top-20 position to pull off a 19th place finish in the 82 lap Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at the Glen. He moved 53 points closer to the top-10 in the Nationwide Series championship point race with his finish at Watkins Glen, leaving him just 48 points outside of the top-10 in 11th.

 

Leaving road course racing behind, Annett and Germain Racing will now head to Michigan International Raceway for the Nationwide Series Carfax 250.

Annett returns to Michigan after finishing 13th there last year and looks to follow through with another respectable finish in Saturday’s race.

 

Tune to ESPN for live coverage of the Carfax 250 at 1 p.m. ET.

 

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

 

For more information on sponsors of the No. 15 Toyota Camry, please visit www.pilottravelcenters.com and www.Germain.com.

 

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

 

Aug 09
2010

Bodine Wins Guitar, Moves Germain Into Tie in Record Books

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, N.C. (08-08-2010) – After starting from the pole position at Nashville Superspeedway for the second time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, Todd Bodine moved promptly backward through the 36-truck field. From the drop of the green flag, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra that had been second and third in the practice sessions and topped the qualifying charts was suddenly extremely loose. Bodine nursed the truck along knowing the Germain Racing team would fix it as soon as he could get to pit road. The problem was easily resolved and Bodine then sliced his way back to the front of the field where he spent 91 of 150 laps before earning his first Nashville Superspeedway victory

 

“I’ve been so close so many times at Nashville Superspeedway. Even at the (Nashville) fairgrounds I was close. We were close with the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra before. The Germain team is awesome -- these guys are the ones that do this every week. I have to thank all the guys in the motor shop, JD (Jon Dysinger) and everyone at TRIAD, this was an awesome Toyota motor again,” exclaimed Bodine after he climbed from his truck in victory lane. “I’d like to thank all the fans, all those sitting in the grandstands and watching it on SPEED, we appreciate the support. It’s about time I got this. The Gibson guitar trophy by Sam Bass is awesome.”

 

The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra took the long way to victory lane because of a cut tire in the early going. From first place at the start of the race, Bodine fell to 16th and got stuck behind some slower race trucks. It took forty laps, but “The Onion” was able to claw his way back to the front of the field at lap 62 and stay there until end of the race.

 

“We didn’t know what was wrong with the truck, but, we all knew it was something that had happened suddenly because the Germain.com Tundra was perfect all weekend. It turned out to be a flat right rear tire. We had nine pounds of air left in it when we got the break and were able to come to pit road under caution,” said Bodine, who pitted during the second caution of the Nashville 200 and restarted in 16th position on lap 22.

 

The victory was “by order of Bob Germain,” one of three Germain brothers who serve as owners of Germain Racing, but, the prize, the custom Gibson Les Paul guitar painted by reknowned motorsports artist Sam Bass, didn’t end up where Germain had planned.

 

“I practically begged the team to get me the guitar when they left for Nashville. And guess what, they did it! But they locked the guitar up in the trophy case at Germain Racing and told me I have to wait for a copy to arrive because they want the original to remain on display,” chuckled Germain. “I couldn’t be more proud of the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team for getting the win. We’ve been so close at Nashville - we definitely felt this win was ‘overdue.’”

 

Adding Nashville Superspeedway to Germain Racing’s extensive win column, 20 in total in the Truck Series, moves the team into an elite club. Germain Racing has earned multiple wins in seven consecutive seasons in Trucks, tying the only other team with such a stat: Ultra Motorsports. Germain Racing operates out of the former Ultra Motorsports buildings. The team has owned the campus since 2006.

 

Bodine, with 19 Truck Series wins and six pole awards, leads the Truck Series championship standings for the eighth-straight weekend.

 

Watch the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra race next at the track ‘Too Tough to Tame,’ Darlington Raceway, on Saturday night, August 14th. The live coverage begins on SPEED at 7:00 PM Eastern 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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Aug 06
2010

Red Dawn and the Lawman on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Germain Racing

      August 6th, 2010... Her high school’s nickname was the Cardinals, she has flowing flaming hair that would make Lucille Ball envious, and she is known for her incredible work ethic as a paralegal and as a future pro stock motorcycle legend.  With all that, don’t you think the nickname Red Dawn fits?  The statuesque Dawn Minturn talks about her quest to make a name in the male-dominated drag  racing world, when she joins  Dan “Boots” Longenette, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Saturday from 1-3pm on 610 WTVN.  Co-host Steve Germain is on assignment.

 

     Are Mazda and Subaru your cup of tea?  There’s no new sheriff in town, but the familiar voice of The Lawman is back in the ‘burg.  Mark Laub of Byers Mazda Subaru has a lifetime of experience in preventing injustice…in real life and on the car lots.  He shares his knowledge and sense of humor during the first hour of the program.

 

     Features?  Yep, we’ve got ‘em!  Michael Sacks is back with his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.  Attorney Jack Moser takes legalese and puts it in common English during his busted for drunk driving.com update.  Mike Fornataro of National Trail Raceway has a full slate to offer about events at his track on Bits from the Pits.  Don’t forget the Mopar Nationals are just a week away and just a couple of miles away in Hebron.  Your car may not always run like a dragster, but it can look like a mean machine after hearing Scott Ellis and his Jax Wax Fax.

 

     Call in your questions during the radio show at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.  You can also email the gang 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

 

    

 

 

 

    

    

 

    

Aug 05
2010

The Ultimate Car Questions Answered on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Germain Racing

     What’s the one car question you always wanted to get answered?  Don’t blurt it out just yet, but you can call or email it to the gang on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Saturday from 1-3pm on 610 WTVN.  Dan “Boots” Longenette, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart are joined by guest co-host Austin Germain who pinch hits for his dad, Steve Germain, this weekend.  Call in your questions during the radio show at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.  You can also email the gang at www.autosmartsradio.com and join us via Facebook or Twitter!

 

     To add to the brain trust, Dave Hix of Dart Automotive drops by again to prove that he is a walking encyclopedia of the car repair info. you “auto” know.   Bring it on!  Ask Dave to deal with that diagnostic dilemma on the phone and hear a legend at work!

 

     Are you a fan of Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodge?  Then Eric Tincher of Performance CJD can bring you up to date on what’s going on in that world.   The GM of the showcase facility on Auto Mall Drive has plenty to share during the second hour of the program

 

     After nearly 2 years on the air, Auto Smarts is getting a reputation for plenty of rapid fire data courtesy of their expanding weekly features.  Is dealing with the dealer getting you down?  Michael Sacks is back with his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.  Have you made a mistake getting behind the wheel?   Attorney Jack Moser understands the law and shares his knowledge during his busted for drunk driving.com update.  Are you looking for a local racing gem close to home?   Mike Fornataro of National Trail Raceway keeps you updated on his track’s menu on Bits from the Pits.  Plus, Mike reflects back on a wild weekend that saw the gang broadcast live last weekend from the Hebron quarter mile!

 

 

    

 

For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart

Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com 614-795-8469     randy@autosmarts4u.com

 

 

 

    

    

 

    

Aug 05
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Head to Watkins Glen International on the Heels of Seventh Place Finish

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Watkins Glen, N.Y. (August 4, 2010) – Following a seventh place finish last week at his home track, Iowa Speedway, Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett will be modifying his on-track technique this weekend by not only steering left, but making right hand turns as well. In their second road course race of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will compete at Watkins Glen International’s 11 turn course in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at the Glen.

 

Annett won’t be the only team member altering his routine, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers pit crew will have to make an unfamiliar change on pit road. With cars entering pit road from the left side rather than the normal right side, crew members have used daily pit practices to rehearse pitting on the opposite side. Watkins Glen is one of two races this season where the pit stop is reversed, with the other being Road America.

 

As the team travels to Watkins Glen International located in upstate New York, two members of the Germain Racing family will visit their home state. Crew chief Ryan Fugle and general manager Mike Hillman Sr. both hail from the Empire State.

 

Fugle grew up in Livonia, N.Y. before moving to North Carolina to get his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNC Charlotte and to pursue a career in racing. The 26-year-old crew chief quickly climbed the ranks, being named crew chief of the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry in 2009. Annett and Fugle are in their second season together in the Nationwide Series after finishing 10th in the championship point standings in 2009.

 

Hillman Sr. is a native of Lockport, N.Y. and has served as general manager for the Germain Racing organization since it’s inception in 2004. He prides himself in the team’s 2006 championship victory in the Camping World Truck Series and the growth of Germain Racing to include all three of NASCAR’s top-ranked series.

 

In his second career start on Watkins Glen International’s 11 turn, 2.45 mile road course, Germain Racing driver Annett will hit the track for practice on Friday from 2-4 p.m. Road course qualifying gears up on Saturday at 9:10 a.m., and the green flag drops for the Zippo 200 at the Glen at 2 p.m. For live race coverage, tune to ESPN and MRN Radio at 1:30 p.m. Practice and qualifying can be seen live on ESPN 2. All times are ET.

 

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

 

For more information on sponsors of the No. 15 Toyota Camry, please visit www.pilottravelcenters.com and www.Germain.com.

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

Aug 03
2010

Germain Racing Hoping for Free but Not Loose Germain.com Tundra for Bodine at Nashville

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

  • Bodine Leads Truck Series Driver’s Points by 149-point margin
  • Has One Pole Award, Four Top-Five and Five Top-Ten Finishes at Nashville

August 3, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads into race No. 14 on the schedule, Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra are focused on the same goals they always are...making better, faster race trucks and winning races. Bodine and the oldest team in the Germain Racing stable have led the Truck Series points since May and plan to keep that streak alive following Saturday night’s racing action at Nashville Superspeedway.

 

“I enjoy racing at Nashville. There the truck has to be free enough to go fast, but not too loose. In the Spring at Nashville, we got the Germain.com Tundra too loose. Mike Jr. and the crew have worked hard to figure out some things and we are all looking forward to returning to Nashville to race,” said Bodine, the 2006 Truck Series champion who has led four of six races at Nashville.

 

Mike Hillman Jr. says chassis TRD-131, which made its track debut at Nashville in the spring and has since earned one victory, two runner-up finishes and six top-five’s in six races, should be even better this trip to Tennessee than last.

 

“Every time we go to the track, whether it’s to race or test the 30 or to work with any of our other teams in Cup, Nationwide or K&N Pro Series East, our goal at Germain Racing is to continue learning how we can improve the cars and trucks we are putting on the track. We’ve learned some things to help Todd have a little more fun at Nashville this weekend,” said Hillman.

 

Bodine, a racer to the core, loves competing on the concrete banking of Nashville Superspeedway. He also loves the opportunity he usually gets to visit with a dear friend, Bo Bice, when he’s in Music City area.

 

“My wife and I love going to Nashville for the racing, and we also love getting a chance to visit with Bo. This trip, we won’t get to see him because he’ll be at The Glen singing the national anthem,” said Bodine.

 

Bodine has finished fourth or better in five consecutive, full-time seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He holds a 149-point lead over fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola in this year’s championship battle. Watch Bodine battle Almirola in Saturday’s 150 lap/200 mile Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway at 9:00 PM Eastern. SPEED coverage begins at 8:30 PM, or fans can tune in to their 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.

 

 

Aug 02
2010

Germain Moves Up in Points after Lee USA Speedway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

 

Mooresville, NC (08/02/2010) – Germain Racing’s rookie driver, Zach Germain, put in hours and hours of preparation before heading to Lee USA Speedway. It showed. Germain had the No. 24 Germain.com Camry in very competitive form at the New Hampshire short track where he turned in his best qualifying effort to date and spent many of the 125 laps of Friday night’s race dicing it up among the top-ten race cars and picked up a spot in the series points standings when the checkered flag waved.

 

“I have to say that Lee USA Speedway was a pretty good combination of the two tracks we used for testing. The banking was similar to Hickory, but the shape was a little more Caraway. I was prepared for the worst as far as grip, and it was good because I felt like the track had more grip than I expected it to,” said Germain who moved up to 14th in the K&N Pro Series East standings following his 17th-place finish at Lee.

 

When one thinks of a 3/8-mile short track, beating and banging are much more top of mind than finesse and accuracy. Germain learned that he actually was going to have to have a perfect blend of all of these at Lee.

 

“The track was the most line-sensitive track I’ve raced yet. Even more so than the road course. And while you’re trying to focus on the line, there are cars running into the back of you, the side of you, you are running into cars ahead of you. It was intense. We’ve raced short tracks this year, but, I think Lee was the most exciting race this year,” said Germain, who wished the team could’ve finished in the top-ten, where he had spent much of the 125 laps racing.

 

Qualifying was a big victory for Germain and the No. 24 Germain.com Camry. With a previous best in qualifying coming at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Columbus, OH, native posted a 12-place time in qualifying which was 3/10s off of the pole speed.

 

“What I’m learning is that qualifying is about who has the most confidence, and at Lee, I felt a lot more confident. I think I made a lot of progress, overall. My car control is better and I’m feeling more confident in the car. We tried to put the car on the edge and we got 12th. We have room for more improvement, of course, but as a team we are definitely moving in the right direction,” said Germain.

 

Germain’s biggest fans, mom, Kim, and dad, Steve, agreed Lee was a huge transformation for their son.

 

“My mom and dad actually watched the race from the grandstands at Lee. My mom sent me a ton of text messages afterward telling me how excited she was – that she was screaming ‘go Zach go’ and that it was really fun for her watching how are team performed at Lee,” said Germain.

 

Watch the Lee USA Speedway action on Thursday, August 5th, on SPEED 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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Aug 02
2010

Pocono Race Just Too Short for Bodine and Germain.com Tundra

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

 

Mooresville, N.C. (08-02-2010) – With the love Todd Bodine has for the area and the race track, 500 laps might not have been enough for him to get his fill of “The Tricky Triangle” known as Pocono Raceway. Certainly, the 50 scheduled race laps for Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the Long Pond, PA, tri-oval were far too few for the division points leader.

 

“The Germain.com Tundra was really good today. We ran up front and were able to lead some laps. I think the race was just way too short. It was a good show for the fans, it just needed to be longer,” said Bodine, who led the Pocono Mountains 125 and spent the majority of the 50-lap event racing among the top-five trucks.

 

Pocono Raceway produced intense, high-speed battles throughout the 125-mile event. At lap 42, Bodine was in a heated battle for 5th-place. After some bumping and rubbing, Bodine found himself sliding through the infield grass and bringing out the fourth caution flag of the race.

 

“It was just a racing deal.  We had a good truck and were running up front with a shot to win. We had some contact with the 3 truck.  I know Austin (Dillon) didn’t mean it, it’s just one of those deals -- racing accidents,” said Bodine, who restarted in 24th place, narrowly missed a huge crash with three laps to go, then finished 12th.

 

As thrilling as Bodine’s bumpy slide through the grass was, the wreck he narrowly missed was what people were talking about with him after the race.

 

“All I was thinking about was getting the Germain.com Tundra back up front with the leaders. I thought, if I had 75 laps, I could do it. I guess while I was driving and thinking I had a very close call. It happened behind me, so I didn’t see it, but a few people have told me we were very close to getting caught up in someone else’s wreck with three to go,” said Bodine, who picked off an easy dozen trucks in the final laps of the race to finish 12th.

 

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. was pleased with the Truck Series debut at Pocono.

 

“There were a lot of unknowns going into this race because Pocono was new to the Truck Series and we had some rules changes for the event. The race turned out to be a great race for the Truck Series fans, and our No. 30 Germain.com Tundra was a contender for the win. We were able to recover from the spin through the grass and get a decent finish, which is a great testament to how Germain Racing works as a team and we never give up,” said Hillman.

 

The 12th place finish at Pocono kept Bodine 149 points in front of his nearest competitor in the Truck Series championship standings. Fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola still trails Bodine as the Truck Series heads into race no. 14 at Nashville Superspeedway on August 7th. 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 30
2010

Michael Annett Teams with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa for Second Annual Helmet Raffle

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Des Moines, Iowa (July 29, 2010) – Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett will once again join with Team WillyK for the group’s second annual helmet raffle during Iowa Speedway race week to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa.

 

The raffle originated last year when Annett wanted to help raise awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training in honor of family friend, six-year-old Will Krueger, who was diagnosed with the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia two years ago.

 

“When Will was diagnosed with Leukemia, it really hit close to home. I knew I wanted to help out in some way, and with the help of Indocil Art and Bell Helmets, we were again able to pull together a race related raffle to contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa,” said Michael. “We raised over $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training with last year’s raffle, and we hope to top that number this time around. The Kruegers are good friends of mine, so being able to help people like them who are directly affected by the disease means a lot to me.”

 

Will’s parents, Nick and Peggy Krueger of Des Moines, are honored that Michael was willing to help them in their fundraising mission.

 

“The entire Krueger Family is grateful to Michael and his team for their work in honor of Will, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa, which are two organizations that have made a huge impact in our lives, and the lives of countless central Iowa families,” said Nick, Will’s father. “Will has 10 months left of treatment and is feeling good, but we are truly looking forward to crossing the finish line with people like Michael and others on our “crew”. The money raised from this helmet raffle will continue to help find a cure for blood cancers and support families with children facing life threatening illnesses.”

 

This weekend, Michael is reaching out to the rest of the Nationwide Series drivers for their support by autographing the helmet. Not only will the donated Bell helmet feature driver autographs, but it also features the unique artwork of Ryan Young of Indocil Art, designer of Michael’s racing helmets.

 

Ryan donated his time and creative efforts in designing the helmet for the giveaway. Ryan’s father, David Young, was diagnosed with Leukemia 15 years ago.

 

“Once I heard Will’s story, I didn’t even hesitate when I was asked to help,” said Ryan. “I’m frequently asked for charitable donations of my artwork, but this particular cause is one that stood out to me.

Since my dad suffers from the same disease and I’m familiar with its effects on a family, it was a project I enjoyed working on because the cause is so close to my heart.”

 

To enter to win the commemorative helmet signed by the drivers in the U.S.

Cellular 250 presented by Northland Oil and John Deere, you can purchase raffle tickets on Friday and Saturday at Iowa Speedway. Representatives from Team WillyK, Will’s fundraising team, will be on-site in red Team WillyK t-shirts throughout the Iowa Speedway property. The cost of tickets is $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20.

 

For more information on Will Krueger, please visit www.teamwillyk.com.

 

For more information on Michael Annett, please visit www.michaelannett.com and www.germainracing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and services for patients. For 60 years, LLS has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers, helping patients live better, longer lives. Because of the funds raised for cancer research, Will is ALIVE today. It is through fundraising and research that the standard Leukemia survival rate has increased to better than 90%. Proceeds from this year’s helmet raffle will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Team WillyK. For more information, visit www.LLS.org.

 

About Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa® was founded in 1985. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa’s mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child’s wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. In Iowa, we currently have 300 volunteers and welcome other interested individuals. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa has granted more than 1,950 wishes since 1985. For more information, visit www.iowa.wish.org.

 

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