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Mar 03
2011

Georgia Boot Joins Germain Racing

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Georgia Boot, America’s Hardest Working Boot,
Aligns with Reigning Truck Series Champ Todd Bodine & Germain Racing for 2011

 

Mooresville, N.C. (March 2, 2011) - Germain Racing proudly announces a new team sponsorship for the 2011 season. The team has partnered with America’s Hardest Working Boot, Georgia Boot. The brand is a perfect match for Germain Racing’s strength and competitive reputation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“To have a company like Georgia Boot come on board with us is just a perfect fit. Germain Racing is the hardest working team in the Truck Series, I am absolutely convinced of this. Georgia Boot is made for the hardest working folks in America—the kind of people that have a work ethic strong enough that they could be part of our racing team,” said Todd Bodine, the two-time Truck Series champion who will sport the Georgia Boot paint scheme this season.

Georgia Boot has signed on as primary sponsor of the No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra at Kentucky Speedway in July and the No. 30 Germain Racing team will proudly wear the Georgia Boot logo as an associate sponsor for the entire 2011 season.

“Georgia Boot is a sponsor that’s been in front of the Truck Series fans for years. They know that race fans love the Truck Series because it’s tough. It’s competitive.  It might be the best racing around.  We love the fact that Georgia Boot is headquartered in Central Ohio, just down the road from Germain Motor Company headquarters.  We are looking forward to having Georgia Boot on Todd's Tundra as he defends his Championship in 2011," said team owner Bob Germain Jr.

Earning back-to-back titles has proven an impossible feat in the Truck Series. In fact, only three drivers have earned more than one title, and Bodine is one of them.

We are excited to join forces with Germain Racing for the 2011 season. Todd Bodine and Germain Racing are great examples of consistency, performance, and a drive for excellence that make them a great fit for our brand. The team is coming off a winning season and we are excited to be a part of their quest to win it all this season. We look forward to supporting Todd and the team and look forward to a great year,” said Jared Oviatt, Georgia Boot vice president of sales.

Germain Racing is only the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins in seven consecutive seasons. Germain Racing has 22 wins, nine pole awards and two championships. Follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

Georgia Boot is a manufacturer and marketer of quality work and outdoor footwear. It is a division of Rocky Brands, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ® under the symbol: RCKY. For more information, visit www.georgiaboot.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @GeorgiaBoot
Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/GeorgiaBoot

  

Contact:

Mike Alday

Alday Communications for Georgia Boot

615-791-1535


Lori Smith

Germain Racing

704-799-4300

 

Feb 28
2011

Throttle Stop Issue Slows Lofton in Phoenix

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

// February 28th, 2011

Phoenix International Raceway is one of Justin Lofton’s favorite race tracks. He entered the event weekend with high hopes at the one-mile facility, but an issue with his No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra early into the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday night left him with a 30th place finish.

“It’s disappointing because I had some family come from California and I always look forward to racing here. I knew something wasn’t right pretty early, but it is something that gradually gets worse and you can’t tell right off what it is,” Lofton said. “Once we figured it out, the truck ran pretty good. We’ll shake it off this week and be back at it in Darlington.”

At the start of the race, Lofton dropped his No. 77 Toyota to the rear of the field after the crew made adjustments to the truck following qualifying. Initially, Lofton grabbed the 24th starting spot. With just under 20 laps on the board however, the 25-year-old radioed to crew chief Ryan Fugle that the truck seemed sluggish on the front stretch.

Shortly after the race hit the lap 40 mark, the first yellow flag of the night waved, allowing Lofton to make a trip down pit road. The crew raised the hood, investigating the problem. The field returned to green flag conditions, but the Lofton Cattle machine remained on pit road. While looking their machine over, the crew found that the throttle stop backed out, fixed the problem, and sent Lofton back on track.

Despite rejoining the race with a 10 lap deficit, Lofton did his job, running a clean race and clicking off lap times that equaled other trucks within the top-10.

On lap 104 Fugle and Lofton agreed to drop to the rear of the field following a restart, since “cautions breed cautions.” And they were right. Five more caution flags waved during the course of the final 40 laps. Spotter Mark Green called Lofton through the action, allowing the California native to drive his Toyota home to a 30th place finish.

After a week off the No. 77 Lofton Cattle crew will next head to Darlington Raceway on March 12th.


Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations

Email: mandy@justinloftoninc.com

LoftonRacing.com - twitter.com/jlracing  

Feb 28
2011

Germain.com Tundra Has Top-Five Performance with Top-15 Result in Phoenix

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

Mooresville, N.C. (02-28-2011) – On Friday, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team unleashed a new chassis setup on their Toyota truck for driver Todd Bodine. The setup came as a result of off-season testing and it seemed to work very well. Bodine qualified in the seventh position and spent more than 110 laps of the 77th Annual Lucas Oil 150 running in or near that same spot.  Things changed for the team when the fifth caution of the night flew at lap 113 in the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season.

“We probably unloaded our best Germain.com Tundra at Phoenix in three or four years,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.  “We had a great practice session, a good qualifying position and good pit stops. If we didn’t have the racing incident, we were a top-five truck.”

The Germain.com Tundra pit crew had some crash repair practice at the season opener in Daytona. At Phoenix, unfortunately, it was more of the same.

“We were able to bring the truck into the pits, get it repaired, and stay on the lead lap. The Germain.com Tundra took a pretty big hit, so, salvaging a 14th-place finish was a good result for us. We’re all looking ahead to Darlington,” said Hillman.

After two of 25 races, Bodine ranks 12th in the Truck Series points standings. Bodine races the No. 30 Tundra next at Darlington Raceway on March 12th, where they will be defending their 2010 victory at the track “Too Tough to Tame.”

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

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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Feb 28
2011

Gaughan Finishes 17th at PIR

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Mooresville, N.C. (02-28-2011) – Heading into the second race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Brendan Gaughan and his No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team were excited about the possibilities of racing at Phoenix International Raceway. Gaughan qualified 12th and raced among the top-15 trucks for much of the 150-lap event.

“When race time came, the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra was very loose getting into the corners. We were able to make some adjustments on the first pit stop that helped Brendan, but we lost some track position and it was hard to make it up on Friday night,” said crew chief Bryan Berry.

Gaughan was in the top-15 for most of the night and in the final 40 laps, he began working his way toward the top-ten before ending the night with a 17th-place finish.

“I think we had a truck that was a top-ten Tundra, but the brush with the wall on lap 129 took us off the lead lap,” explained Berry.

Brendan Gaughan is currently 19th in Truck Series points standings. His next Truck Series race is March 12th, at Darlington Raceway.

Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

About South Point…The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.

 

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Feb 28
2011

RESILIENT MEARS REBOUNDS IN PHOENIX

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

Avondale, AZ (February 27, 2011) – Ten days ago, Casey Mears was dealt one of the worst hands in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing career when two motors broke in two days at Daytona, forcing him and the Germain Racing team to pack up the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry and head home.  While sitting on his couch watching the Daytona 500, Mears pondered long and hard the prospect of arriving in Phoenix to seek redemption.

 

Mears, whose wife, Trisha, played college basketball, saw Phoenix as a chance to rebound, but his performance in the first and second practices on Friday appeared more akin to a fast-break.  He quickly found himself among the fastest go or go home cars in both sessions, giving the GEICO team much needed hope heading into Saturday afternoon qualifying.

 

Qualifying would see more of the same out of the #13 GEICO Camry, as Mears worked his way around the one-mile tri-oval, out-hustling even Jimmie Johnson, to put the #13 GEICO Camry 27th on the starting grid for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500.  While Mears’ effort was the fastest among the go or go home cars, it more importantly exposed the resilience of both Mears and his Germain Racing team after experiencing heartbreak just a week ago in Daytona.

 

On Sunday, the green flag turned the field loose under sunny skies and cool temperatures.  Starting 27th, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry made quick work of Matt Kenseth and Juan Pablo Montoya and promptly moved into the Top 25 by Lap 17. 

 

NASCAR informed the teams prior to the race that there would be a competition caution on Lap 40.  The green flag would not last that long, as debris would bring out the yellow flag for the first time on Lap 19.  Given that the teams were not allowed to refuel until the Lap 40 competition caution, crew chief Bootie Barker advised Mears not to visit pit road.  The result would be Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry restarting 7th on Lap 23.  Mears ran solidly in the 7th position for five laps before he fell victim to the fresh tires of cars behind him. 

 

He slid as low as 18th before the second caution of the afternoon was displayed on Lap 33 for a Robby Gordon spin.  Mears brought his #13 GEICO Camry down pit road to the attention of his Germain Racing pit crew for the first stop of the day.  After being outfitted with four fresh Goodyear tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel, Mears would sustain light fender damage while exiting pit road when a member of the #43 team inadvertently struck Mears’ car.  Consequently, Mears was forced to surrender 18th position and take another trip down pit road to have the fender pulled off of the tire.  Mears was relegated to restarting 38th on Lap 39, losing 20 positions due to the pit road incident. 

 

After narrowly avoiding two crashes earlier in the race, Mears soon found himself involved in one.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry restarted 19th on Lap 67, but before the field could complete a full sweep of the racetrack, a Talladega-like crash ensued, collecting thirteen cars, including that of Mears.  Mears radioed to Barker that the car was destroyed and that he was taking it to the garage, but Barker instructed him to limp the car down pit road so the pit crew could more properly assess the situation.  Upon seeing the heavy left side damage and right rear damage, the GEICO Racing pit crew promptly went to work.  Following a heavy investment of blood, sweat and Bear Bond tape, they returned Mears to the racing surface without causing him to lose a single lap. 

 

After restarting 18th on Lap 73, Mears settled the #13 GEICO Camry in for one of the longest green flag runs of the day.  He would dip in and out of the Top 20 through Lap 127 when David Ragan found himself crashing hard into the wall.  The caution flag provided Mears the opportunity to bring the GEICO Camry down pit road and let the Germain Racing pit crew continue to make repairs to the crash damage. 

 

Mears would travel down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 255.  The GEICO crew supplied him with four fresh tires and a tank of fuel in a timely fashion, returning him to the track in the 23rd position.  Unfortunately, he would find himself two laps down.  Mears appeared undaunted and continued picking off cars one by one until he cracked the Top 20 on Lap 282. 

 

Mears had slipped to three laps down, but a caution flag provided a bit of relief on Lap 284.  Many cars had just visited pit road, which allowed Mears to recover one of the three.  Barker quickly radioed to Mears: “Because you were out there haulin’ butt, you actually made up a lap!”  Now the team was just a single lap down to the leaders and sitting in the 19th position as the race began to wind down. 

 

After going green for the final time on Lap 291, Mears would hustle through the final laps of the race and manage to record an 18th place finish.  Mears’ determination was evident, as he managed to track down and pass Montoya with just three laps to go. 

Despite sustaining heavy crash damage on Lap 67, Mears and the GEICO team displayed resilience and poise and delivered their first Top 20 finish of the season. 

 

“This is one of those races where we can think about what kind of finish we could’ve had if we didn’t get caught in that wreck, but these guys worked so hard today to keep this #13 GEICO Camry on the race track and it really paid off,” Mears said with a smile after emerging from the badly damaged GEICO Camry.  “This weekend says everything about this GEICO team.  We had a tough week in Daytona and everyone from GEICO’s corporate office down to the janitor at the race shop was heartbroken, but we came back this week and showed that Daytona was a fluke.  Today… this is who we are.”  He continued, “I can’t thank GEICO enough for their support over the last week and also for the Germain team for staying focused and giving us the opportunity to have a good weekend here in Phoenix.”

 

Next weekend, Mears and the GEICO Racing team will travel to Las Vegas for the series’ third stop on the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 3:00 PM (EST) on Friday, March 4th. Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EST).

 

The Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 6th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (EST).  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

 

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

 

 

Feb 26
2011

Max Papis Avoids Late-Race Cautions to Bring Home Top-15 at Phoenix

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

 

 

AVONDALE, Ariz. (February 25, 2011) – One week after crossing the finish line in 12th-place at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Max Papis and the No. 9 GEICO Racing team trekked cross country to compete at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, the second stop of the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Numerous late race cautions plagued the field, but Papis used patience to bring home a solid 15th-place finish in the Arizona desert.

 

A normal schedule occurrence saw the Truck Series complete a one-day show on Friday, as practice, qualifying and the race all took place during the same day at the one-mile track. After dialing in the GEICO Toyota in the morning practice session, Papis laid down a respectable lap in qualifying to start the 150-mile race from the 18th position.

 

The beginning of the Lucas Oil 150 saw the 36-truck field complete laps under green-flag conditions. As Papis faced a loose handling Tundra, the Italian slipped back a few spots in the first 30 laps and was placed one lap down to the leaders. The yellow flag was displayed on lap 43, with the Gecko holding 22nd-place. Crew chief Randy Goss called his driver to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments to help tighten up the Toyota. Restarting on lap 49 from 23rd-place, Papis began fighting for the Lucky Dog award.

 

The second caution of the night was brought out on lap 59, with Papis in 22nd-place, two spots shy of receiving the Lucky Dog award to return to the lead lap. Papis reported to his GEICO crew that the adjustments made on the first pit stop helped but he was still loose. Remaining on the track, Papis restarted on lap 63 from the same position. Another 40 lap green-flag period ensued as Papis continued to run strong in the 22nd position.

 

On lap 101, the third caution slowed the pace, sparking a string of six cautions in 40 laps. Goss radioed for Papis to come back to pit road for the final stop of the evening, taking four fresh tires and fuel. Continuing to dodge accidents in front of his GEICO Toyota, Papis swerved and swayed to break into the top-20 by lap 119. Showing extreme patience and driving skills, the driver’s break finally came on lap 133 as he received the Lucky Dog award and regained his position on the lead lap.

 

The green flag waved for the final time on lap 140, setting up a 10-lap shootout in the Valley of the Sun. With six laps remaining, Papis battled his way into 15th-place. Never looking back, Papis crossed the finish line and recorded his second consecutive top-15 finish. Papis continues to hold the eighth position in the Camping World Truck Series Driver Championship Point Standings, only 10 points behind leader Matt Crafton.

 

“We battled hard tonight to get that Top 15 finish for GEICO and Germain Racing.  We took what the day gave us and we will move forward to the next race in Darlington,” Papis said.  “I was able to stay out of trouble and we are getting better one lap at a time.  We’re 8th in the point standings and just ten points out of first place, so we are in a good place and we are going to keep fighting and getting better each race.”

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Darlington Raceway on Saturday, March 12.  The Too Tough To Tame 200 will be broadcast on SPEED Channel, Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio and MRN Radio beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST. Visit www.twitter.com/GEICORacing for news and updates throughout the weekend.

 

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sammjones1@gmail.com

Feb 24
2011

Zach Germain's Races Will be Broadcast Live in 2011

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Zach Germain races for Germain Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Please review the NASCAR media release below for information on how you can tune in to the live internet broadcasts of Germain's NKNPSE races!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NASCARHomeTracks.com To Feature Live Race Audio Streaming

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2011) — NASCAR announced today that NASCARHomeTracks.com will feature live internet radio broadcasts of 32 touring series events, beginning with Thursday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season-opener at Phoenix International Raceway.

NASCARHomeTracks.com is NASCAR.com’s official home for touring and weekly series news and results. The live radio broadcasts will be provided by the team from Speed 51 Radio, headed by SPEED announcer Bob Dillner.

The broadcasts will feature flag-to-flag coverage of many of the top events in NASCAR’s touring series, including the championship season finales in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

 “This is a tremendous opportunity to bring the racing action at our short tracks to fans across North America,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. “There is no substitute for being at the race track, but this is yet another avenue for fans to follow their favorite drivers and series wherever they may be.”

Among the highlights on the broadcast schedule include the annual combination race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series on May 21 at Iowa Speedway, and the first NASCAR Whelen Modified/NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour special event on Sept. 11 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

The announcement comes on the heels of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series kickoff, which saw NASCAR K&N Pro Series alum Trevor Bayne capture the Daytona 500. The broadcasts provide fans a unique opportunity to following the next wave of stars as they gain valuable experience competing in NASCAR’s regional touring series.

"This is a unique opportunity NASCAR is providing its fans, teams and marketing partners and we are excited to be part of it,” Dillner said. “I was there for the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season back in 1985 and we (Speed 51 Radio) all have a lot of experience with each of the touring series. We all have a passion for this and we hope that is portrayed this year on the NASCAR Hometracks Radio broadcasts."

Speed 51 Radio has extensive experience broadcasting short-track racing and hosted a live fan event with the NASCAR champions last December in Charlotte, N.C. Dillner and Elgin Traylor will broadcast the Phoenix race, while Dillner and Speed 51 Radio’s Matt Kentfield were part of the team that hosted the pre-event web broadcasts of the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions Awards Gala and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet on NASCARHomeTracks.com in December.

 

For additional information, contact:

Jason Christley, Integrated Marketing Communications, (386) 310-6094 or jchristley@nascar.com

 

 

 

2011 NASCARHomeTracks.com Radio Schedule

 

Date

Track

Series

February 24, 2011

Phoenix International Raceway

NKPS West

March 13, 2011

Caraway Speedway

NWSMT

March 26, 2011

Greenville-Pickens Speedway

NKPS East

April 2, 2011

Hickory Motor Speedway

NWSMT

April 16, 2011

South Boston Speedway

NKPS East

April 16, 2011

South Boston Speedway

NWSMT

April 16, 2011

All American Speedway

NKNPS West

April 28, 2011

Richmond Int'l Speedway

NKPS East

May 1, 2011

Stafford Motor Speedway

NWMT

May 21, 2011

Iowa Speedway

NKNPS East & West Combination Race

June 4, 2011

Bowman Gray Stadium

NKPS East

June 11, 2011

Gresham Motorsports Park

NKPS East

June 11, 2011

Bullring at Las Vegas

NKPS West

June 18, 2011

Langley Speedway

NKPS East

July 1, 2011

Caraway Speedway

NWSMT

July 2, 2011

Irwindale Speedway

NKPS West

July 15, 2011

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NKPS East

July 16, 2011

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NWMT

July 30, 2011

Riverhead Raceway

NWMT

August 6, 2011

Bowman Gray Stadium

NWSMT

August 13, 2011

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NWMT

September 3, 2011

Spokane Speedway

NKPS West

September 5, 2011

Greenville-Pickens Speedway

NKPS East

September 11, 2011

Thompson Int'l Speedway

NWMT/NWSMT

September 23, 2011

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NKPS East

September 24, 2011

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NWMT

September 30, 2011

Dover Int'l Raceway

NKPS East

October 2, 2011

Stafford Motor Speedway

NWMT

October 13, 2011

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NWSMT

October 16, 2011

All American Speedway

NKNPS West

October 16, 2011

Thompson Int'l Speedway

NWMT

November 12, 2011

Phoenix International Raceway

NKPS West

 

Schedule subject to change

Feb 24
2011

Gaughan Ready for Westward Swing to Phoenix

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 

 

 

  • Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra
  • He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series
  • He holds two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship Titles
  • Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year
  • Gaughan has 8 Truck Series, 4 NKNPSW, 4 NNS and 2 NSCS starts at PIR 

 

 

Mooresville, N.C. (February 23, 2011) - After watching a promising season opening performance get crashed in Daytona, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Brendan Gaughan is anxious to put his No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on track in familiar racing territory—Phoenix International Raceway.

“Anytime we go west, I love it. Phoenix, California, Vegas – all that is where I grew up. All that is where I started racing.  I raced an off-road car inside Phoenix International Raceway – I grew up watching Walker Evans race inside Phoenix. I guess I always have a different swagger when I go to the West Coast. It’s a little more intense because you are ‘local’ to the area,” explained Gaughan who holds to NKNPSW titles but has not yet been to the winner’s circle of PIR.

Gaughan and crew chief Bryan Berry agree that the off-season testing the team did at Disney World’s speedway should factor in favorably when the team unloads their Toyota in the desert.

“Turn one is where we learned the most at Disney and a lot of what we learned will apply to turns one and two at Phoenix. Brendan loves the track. The biggest challenge is for us to help him get the truck free enough that he can roll the centers of the corner, but not too free so that it hurts his entry into the corners,” explained Berry.

Gaughan loves his race truck for Phoenix, which will be chassis TRD-026.

“Phoenix is a track that I love as a driver. We’ve already tested the Phoenix South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra twice at Disney World so I feel really good about what we’re taking there,“ said Gaughan. “Our truck at Daytona was one of the best trucks I’ve driven there in years. And it doesn’t come close to how good our truck is for Phoenix. I couldn’t be more excited.”

While heading west is fun and familiar for Gaughan, who grew up in Las Vegas and raced off-road in the area for several years. The westward trip also makes him consider the upcoming talent in the Truck Series field—a few fellow Tundra drivers that are fellow Vegas natives...

“The Truck Series is awesome racing. It always has an interesting blend of young, upcoming talent and wiley veteran racers. This year, Vision Aviation Racing has Justin Johnson and Dusty Davis racing – they are two fellow Vegas guys. Here’s a fun fact. I emceed Dusty Davis’ go-kart banquet when he won the championship when he was eight years-old,” said Gaughan with a pause and grin. “It’s cool to see a couple more Vegas boys coming up in the Toyota ranks, but, it’s sad to say…I feel a bit older because of it!”

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday, February 25th, at Phoenix International Raceway. Watch PIR excitement on SPEED starting with practice at 11:00 AM ET on Friday followed at 5 PM with qualifying and racing action at 8 PM. Or, tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 21st in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings following his 26th-place finish at Daytona.  Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

About South Point…The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.

 

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 Media Contact: Lori Smith - Germain Racing - prlorismith@gmail.com

 

 

Feb 24
2011

Phoenix Preview: Justin Lofton

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Justin Lofton, No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra

Track: Phoenix International Raceway

Event: Lucas Oil 150

When: Friday, February 25th 8:00 PM (Eastern)

Broadcast information: 7:30 PM (Eastern), SPEED

Last Time Out: Justin Lofton had an eventful run at Daytona last week. First, he had to qualify on time in order to make the 250-mile Friday night event. On Thursday, Lofton did just that and nabbed the 17th starting position. The race however, was a bit of a challenge, with Lofton and the No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra team falling victim to the tight racing on the 2.-5 mile superspeedway, suffering damage to their Tundra due to a lap 76 multi-truck wreck. Despite a few lingering issues, the team banded together and drove home to an 18th place finish.

Lofton at Phoenix: Born and raised in southern California, Lofton climbed the racing ladder throughout the Southwest.  From late models to lower-tiered NASCAR touring series, including the K&N Pro Series West, Lofton has visited PIR many times. To date, he has logged nearly 600 miles on the 1-mile track. In 2010 in Camping World Truck Series competition, Lofton had a stellar run in front of many family members and friends that made the trip from California. He started the event last November from the seventh position and finished and impressive ninth.

Off Week Plans: The Camping World Truck Series schedule sees a break in competition next weekend, allowing Lofton time to shift his focus to the production company, Weekend Warriors TV, that he co-owns. The three-person organization will head to Lofton’s home town in Brawley, California and shoot a music video for the Los Angeles-based rock band Paperback Hero.

Truck Information: Lofton will race chassis GR010 this week in Phoenix. Lofton and the No. 77 team recently tested the truck at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida. Last year, teammate, champion Todd Bodine raced the machine numerous times, notching several top-fives and a visit to victory lane.

Lofton on Phoenix: “I am excited about Phoenix this week. I love racing there. I consider it my home track. It is always a lot of fun to go there because family and friends from back home can make the trip. For some of them, it is the only trip they make all year. I had a good finish for them last year and I’m really excited about our chances this week. We tested this truck during the off season and it was really fast.”

 

Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations

Email: mandy@justinloftoninc.com

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Feb 20
2011

Max Papis Battles for 12th Place Finish in Season Opener at Daytona

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

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 19, 2011) – The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicked off Friday night, under the lights of Daytona International Speedway. Max Papis and the No. 9 GEICO Toyota team prepared for battle as 36 competitors eyed the prestigious trophy at the track that is known for hard racing and big wrecks.

 

On Thursday evening under cool temperatures, Papis completed his two-lap qualifying attempt and placed his GEICO Tundra in the 36th starting position for the 100-lap race. The buzz around the 2.5-mile superspeedway on Friday night, prior to the green flag waving, was electric as the Truck Series began one of the most competitive seasons in its history of existence. Mad Max pulled the belts tight in his Germain Racing truck and was ready to draft to the front of the field.

 

The first lap of the race saw Papis gain 13 positions, to 23rd-place on the grid. The field settled in a single-file draft, while remaining caution-free. Crew chief Randy Goss called Papis to pit road under green flag conditions on lap 30 for right-side tires and fuel. Unfortunately, the Toyota didn’t get full of fuel, sending the No. 9 GEICO truck off sequence with the rest of their fellow competitors. A much-needed break for the team came when the first caution was brought out on lap 39. Papis returned to pit road to top off with fuel and restarted on lap 43 from the 25th position.

 

Papis patiently completed laps, keeping up with the draft but working to stay out of looming trouble. A second caution slowed the field on lap 55 as the Italian was scored in 24th-place. Goss once again brought Papis to the attention of his GEICO crew for Sunoco racing fuel. When the race went back to green on lap 58, Papis was inside the top-20 and the action started to heat up. By lap 65, the Gecko broke into the top-10 on the track.

 

The third caution came out on lap 67 and Papis returned to pit road for one additional can of fuel. A small issue on pit road with the new fueling system pushed Papis back to the 21st position for the restart on lap 70. The first “big one” happened a short six laps later and the GEICO Tundra received some damage to the right-rear quarter panel. A series of pit stops over the next few laps allowed the team to repair the damage, change four tires, and top off with fuel.

 

Restarting from 18th-place on lap 82, Papis only had three short laps before the yellow flag was waved for the fifth time. Remaining on the track and keeping his position, Mad Max was lined up in the draft with fellow Germain Racing teammate Todd Bodine. The two Toyotas hooked up nose to tail and worked their way back into the top-10 by lap 90. The drafting dance continued to shuffle with the laps quickly counting down.

 

The final caution and the second “big one” took place on lap 98, which collected Bodine and Papis. Bodine was unable to continue but Papis came to pit road for repairs and four fresh Goodyear tires. Once the debris and wrecked trucks were cleared from the track, the stage was set for a green-white-checkered finish on lap 102. In the final two laps, Papis gained four spots to bring home a 12th-place finish in the season opener.

 

“I’m very proud of everyone who works on this GEICO Toyota,” said Papis after the race. “All the guys never gave up and kept working on the truck when we would get some damage from the wrecks. We kept going and I’m very happy with a 12th-place finish, when you consider what type of finish we could have had. I feel very confident that we will contend for a win before this season is over.”

 

Papis and the No. 9 GEICO team will head to Phoenix International Raceway for the second race of the 2011 Camping World Truck Series season. The race can be seen live on SPEED, Friday, February 25, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

-PMI-


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