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Jul 02
2010

Annett Will Be on Outdoor Channel, Monday, July 5th

Posted by lori in Germain.com , Germain Racing

Michael Annett, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver of the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota, and Germain Racing crew chief Ryan Fugle will be featured on the Outdoor Channel this week. The driver/crew chief pair recently spent time with Brian Fisher of Fisher’s ATV World on the Outdoor Channel for an ATV ride at Carolina Adventure World. Not only did Fisher show Annett and Fugle how to hit the Carolina Adventure World trail, but the No. 15 Germain Racing team also gave Fisher a behind the scenes tour of their race shop in Mooresville, N.C. Annett took Fisher on a visit to a local Pilot Travel Center as well, the perfect place to gear up for a fun day at Carolina Adventure World!

To catch the excitement that these three shared, tune into the Outdoor Channel Monday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m. ET. The show will also air on Tuesday, July 6 at 12:30 a.m. ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out

 

www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com

. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

www.pilottravelcenters.com

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Jun 30
2010

Lime Rock Will Be First Road Course Race for Zach Germain

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

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 29
2010

Michael Annett Looking Forward to Nationwide Series New Car Debut at Daytona International SpeedwayBlog title (click to edit)

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Daytona Beach, Fla. (June 29, 2010) The NASCAR Nationwide Series new car will make its debut this weekend at legendary Daytona International Speedway in Friday’s Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola. Michael Annett, a former winner at Daytona in the ARCA Racing Series, will pilot the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry for the inaugural Nationwide Series new car race, one of four on the Nationwide Series schedule for 2010.

In addition to this week’s Subway Jalapeno 250, the Nationwide Series events at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, Richmond International Speedway on September 10 and Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 15 will all be Nationwide Series new car points races before the new car’s full integration into the series in 2011.

In preparation for Friday’s race, the No. 15 Germain Racing team participated in NASCAR’s two day test of the new car at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 19th. Of the 24 cars that completed the test, Annett was third fastest in the Tuesday morning session, 12th in the Tuesday afternoon session and sixth in the Wednesday morning session.

In response to the successful new car test in May, Annett said, "Overall, we had a productive test at Daytona back in May. We learned a lot about the new car, and it was really fun to drive. I’m excited about the new car bringing more tightened competition among all of the teams in the Nationwide Series. One of the best features about the new car is its look. Each manufacturer’s model has created a signature look, so the Toyota Camry now has its own identity. On the competition side, we unloaded a really comfortable and fast race car."

Statistically, Annett has shown great success on superspeedways with two wins tallied in the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona International Speedway

(2008) and Talladega Superspeedway (2007). In five career qualifying attempts at Daytona, Annett has started third (ARCA, 2008), fourth (ARCA, 2009), 18th (Nationwide Series, 2009), ninth (Nationwide Series, 2009) and 18th (Nationwide Series, 2010). He heads to Daytona on the heels of a 12th place finish in his most recent run on the 2.5 mile tri-oval in February’s Drive4COPD 300.

"Daytona has always been one of my favorite tracks, so I’m looking forward to the first race in the new car being on a superspeedway. We’ll be racing the new car on a variety of tracks this season, but Daytona will be our only superspeedway run," said Annett. "Not only have I run well at Daytona, but I enjoy everything about racing there. I’m really excited to get back on the track this week in the new No. 15 Toyota Camry."

An additional day of practice from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday will enable teams to have more time on the track in the Nationwide Series new cars to prepare for Friday’s race. Practice on Thursday begins at 2 p.m. and final practice gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Nationwide Series qualifying starts at 1:05 p.m. on Friday, and engines fire up for the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola at 8 p.m. Watch and listen live on ESPN and MRN Radio beginning at 7:30 p.m. All times are ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out

 

 

www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com

. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

www.Germain.com and www.pilottravelcenters.com.

 

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

Jun 28
2010

Germain Tackles Tough Oval with Best Qualifying Effort of Season

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

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 23
2010

Roll Out the (Orange) Barrels! Top-Line Event for Summit Racing on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

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

     Yes, it’s that most wonderful time of the year!  Not the winter holidays, it’s time for construction in central Ohio and around the state.  Nancy Burton is the District 6 Communication Manager for ODOT and she is armed with the information you need about the projects including, where the work is being done, when they are slated to be finished, and how to deal with the face-lift for our roadways.  Orange you glad she’s there to share?   She’ll do just that this Saturday with Dan “Boots” Longenette, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Saturday from 1-3pm on 610 WTVN.   

 

     Greg Anderson and Jason Line of Summit Racing are two of the top pro stock drag racers in the world.  Both will be showing off their talents this weekend in Ohio at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk.  The duo rank fourth and sixth in points respectively and will share their thoughts about racing in the Buckeye state with the Auto Smarts team.  

 

     Features?  Sure, we have those.  Michael Sacks with his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute, Mike Fornataro of National Trail Raceway with his weekly Bits from the Pits, and Jack Moser of bustedfordrunkdriving.com will all be on with their weekly tips and insights.   

 

     Plus, you always have a chance to 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!

 

     Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com will be packing up and doing their road show twice in the month of July.  Listen this weekend for all the details!  

 

For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart

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

 

Jun 23
2010

For Zach Germain, His First Trip to New Hampshire Is About His Next

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Mooresville, N.C. (June 22, 2010) – Germain Racing driver Zach Germain is looking forward to taking his first ever trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The 25 year-old Columbus, Ohio, native, sees his debut on the 1.058-mile oval as an opportunity to learn and prepare for the team’s return to the Sprint Cup Series race track in September. With momentum from a strong performance at Martinsville, the No. 24 Germain.com Camry NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team plans to rack up another top-15 finish and build a strong play-book for the New Hampshire race track.

“The focus for me and this No. 24 Germain.com Camry team this entire season has been on education. We want to gain the most from each race weekend that we can. Going to New Hampshire to race Friday means we have a chance to test, practice and prepare for our return in September. It makes every lap this weekend more valuable because we will get a chance to reuse everything we learn in Friday’s New England 125,” said Germain, a 2007 graduate of Miami University of Ohio. 

Germain and the No. 24 crew carry some extra confidence into New Hampshire. Along with their top-15 finish at Martinsville Speedway still fresh on their minds, the crew gets to work again with Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief of the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra.

“We don’t get the chance to work with Junior every weekend, so, having him with us at New Hampshire is a bonus. The team really enjoyed his help in Martinsville and I know I was able to learn a lot from him. I think it will be a great experience for us and his experience at New Hampshire will help build our notes for when we return in September,” said Germain.

Hillman could race every weekend if he didn’t enjoy spending time with his family so much. He is looking forward to sneaking in another K&N Pro Series East race weekend.

“Germain Racing’s goal with our K&N Pro Series East program is to let younger drivers gain experience at race tracks that will benefit them in the future. I think at Martinsville from where we started to where we ended we made big gains. If it was up to me we could race our truck 36 times a year like the Cup cars but since we don’t, it gives me an opportunity to work with our other teams and drivers. I had a blast at Martinsville. Hopefully this weekend at New Hampshire we can make more steps in the right direction, improving our K&N team and our driver development program,” said Hillman.

The Germain.com Camry races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, June 25th, at 5:00 PM Eastern. The race will be broadcast on SPEED on July 1st 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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Jun 17
2010

Steve Germain on Auto Smarts Saturday, Plus Charity Events

Posted by lori in Germain.com

(Columbus, Ohio)

Hot Dog!

Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com

Hits the Road!

 

     How about combining cars, coneys, and charity in one afternoon?  That’s what will happen this Saturday for Dan “Boots” Longenette, Steve Germain, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Saturday from 1-3pm on 610 WTVN. The crew will be broadcasting live from George’s All-American Grille at 155 Georgesville Road. 

 

     The gang at George’s will play host to the lid-lifter for their Charity Cruise Season 2010.  Yes, it’s time to bring your classic car to a classic grille.  Registration starts at 11am.  Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com will help in the judging and 25 trophies are up for grabs.  The awards ceremony takes place at 4pm.  There will be door prizes, games, and more.   Proceeds go to help the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps of Columbus,   a nationwide organization dedicated to helping American youth realize personal success and achievement through a nautically oriented training program. Teens in the program learn skills in basic seamanship, while also learning the value of patriotism, courage, self-reliance, teamwork, and accountability.

 

     A number of special guests will be a part of the two-hour radio event, including Bob Ucker from Lizard Skinz,   Michael Sacks with his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute, Mike Fornataro of National Trail Raceway with his weekly Bits from the Pits, and Jack Moser of bustedfordrunkdriving.com.  

 

     It’s a full day for the Auto Smarts team.  They begin the day at 8am at the 2010 Memory Walk for the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter at Fred Beekman Park at Lane Avenue and Kenny Road.  Drop by and for more information, call (614) 457-6003 or email jsega@alz.org.  

 

     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!  

 

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For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart

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

 

 

Jun 14
2010

Bodine Finishes Runner-up after Intense Michigan Truck Series RaceBlog title (click to edit)

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

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 14
2010

Promising Race at Kentucky Speedway Ended Early for Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Teamlog title (click to edit)

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Sparta, Ky. (June 14, 2010) Michael Annett made his 50th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, a track where both he and Germain Racing have a strong history. Last year Annett made a top-10 performance with his seventh place finish at Kentucky Speedway, and was en route to another top-10 finish on the 1.5 mile tri-oval on Saturday when he was collected in a crash with 44 laps to go.

From the start, Annett raced his way through the field from his 26th starting position. With fast lap times and pit strategy in the team’s favor, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team was on pace to beat their best finish of the year, ninth at Nashville Superspeedway in April.

The first caution of the race was called on lap 21, and crew chief Ryan "Rudy" Fugle made the call for fuel only on the No. 15 Germain Racing pit crew’s first stop of the night. Annett restarted seventh. Able to stay at the front of the pack and battle for his position in the top-10, the second caution of the Miejer 300 was thrown on lap 73.

In the next yellow flag stop, Fugle opted for the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry to take two right side tires, fuel and a slight air pressure adjustment. Annett then restarted the 200 lap race second.

Running in ninth on lap 156 and looking ahead to scoring a top-five or top-10 finish, Annett was collected in a wreck when the No. 38, No. 98 and No. 66 cars attempted to go three wide in front of him. With damage too severe for repair, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers car was forced to the garage for the night, an unfortunate end to a promising race for Annett.

"It was unfortunate that our good night turned out to have a bad ending. Running our best race of the season and getting taken out with 40 laps to go was a big disappointment. We have a good history at Kentucky Speedway, and we’d been looking forward to this race all year. We knew we had the car to bring home a really respectable finish, and Rudy made some good pit calls to get us where we needed to be to battle it out at the end," said Annett.

"We ran in the top-10 throughout the majority of the race, and we were definitely on our way to our best finish so far this season," said Fugle. "We had really impressive pit stops all night and Michael was continually running fast lap times on the track. Our No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team was on the way to a strong top-10 finish. I’m sure of that. There was nothing Michael could’ve done to steer clear of the accident. I’m just proud that we could show our team’s strength."

The Nationwide Series will now compete in their first road course race of the season at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards will be the first ever NASCAR race on the 4.048, 14 turn Road America road course. The Nationwide Series Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards can be seen and heard live at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out

 

 

www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com

. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

www.pilottravelcenters.com

 

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

Jun 09
2010

Michael Annett Looks for Success at Kentucky Speedway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Michael Annett Looks for Success at Kentucky Speedway

Sparta, Ky. (June 9, 2010) – Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will return to Kentucky Speedway this weekend after recording a seventh place finish in the Bluegrass State in 2009’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Meijer 300. Annett qualified fourth for the 200 lap race, and his seventh place finish was one of four top-10s earned by the rookie driver in 2009.

Annett’s stats at Kentucky Speedway prove his knack for the track. In three races run on the 1.5 mile D-shaped oval, Annett has started in the top-five twice and finished in the top-10 all three times. In his first experience at Kentucky, the two time ARCA Racing Series winner started fourth, finished ninth and led 31 laps of the ARCA Racing Series Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150. In his Truck Series debut at Kentucky Speedway, Annett scored a second place finish, his career best in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

"I’m excited to get back to Kentucky. We really enjoy racing there, so we’ve been looking forward to this race all year long," said Annett.

"We had a really strong run there last year, and we hope to repeat that success in this weekend’s Meijer 300."

Historical success at Kentucky Speedway gives the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team confidence for another winning performance this weekend.

"Kentucky Speedway is by far one of the most exciting and fun race tracks on the Nationwide Series circuit. They always draw a large crowd and the fans there are great," said crew chief Ryan Fugle. "Our Nationwide Series program has had great success there. Our proven track record includes Michael’s seventh place finish there last year and our third place finish there in 2008. We’re heading there this year ready to compete for the win."

On-track activity at Kentucky Speedway starts on Friday with Nationwide Series practice from 5-6:15 p.m. and final practice from 6:45-8 p.m.

Saturday’s festivities begin with qualifying at 4:05 p.m. and the green flag drops for the Nationwide Series Meijer 300 at 8 p.m. Live broadcasts of qualifying and the race can be seen on ESPN. All times are ET.

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

For more information on Pilot Travel Centers, please visit www.pilottravelcenters.com.

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