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Oct 06
2010

Michael Annett Heads to the Golden State Looking for “Good as Gold” Finish in Fontana

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Fontana, Calif. (October 6, 2010) – West coast bound with 29 of 35 races under their belts, Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team will trek to the Golden State this week for Saturday’s CampingWorld.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway. With an average finish of 13.0 on Auto Club Speedway’s two mile track, driver Michael Annett is seeking another strong finish to polish off his records on the Fontana, California oval.

 

The Toyota Camry driver scored his best finish of 2009 in last year’s October event at Auto Club Speedway, collecting awards for Raybestos Rookie of the Race, Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver and Featherlite Most Improved Driver. Annett’s sixth place finish earned him one of five Raybestos Rookie awards in 2009. His two other races at Auto Club Speedway resulted in a 16th place (February 2009) and 17th place finish (February 2010).

 

For the second consecutive week, Annett’s No. 15 Toyota Camry will feature a special paint scheme highlighting sponsor Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate.” Annett will also drive the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry at upcoming races at Gateway International Raceway (October 23), Texas Motor Speedway (November 6) and Phoenix International Raceway (November 13).

 

“We’re excited about to returning to Auto Club Speedway this week and defending our sixth place finish from last year’s October race. It’s a fun track for me. I really enjoy racing there and our team’s solid finishes at Fontana prove that we have what it takes to score another good finish,” said Annett, “The guys have worked hard preparing for this weekend, and we’re excited to get on track at Fontana.”

 

Positioned 12th in the Nationwide Series championship point standings, Annett heads into his 30th race of the 2010 season working hard to boost his points ranking. The No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry hits the track for practice on Friday from 2-2:50 p.m. and for final practice from

4:40-6 p.m. Race day begins with Nationwide Series qualifying at 11:35 a.m. Live coverage of practice, final practice and qualifying can be viewed on SPEED. Engines fire for the CampingWorld.com 300 at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio for live race coverage beginning at 4 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.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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

 

 

Oct 04
2010

Back in the Heartland, Michael Annett Tallies 16th Place Finish at Kansas Speedway

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Kansas City, Kan. (October 4, 2010) – In his 65th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Germain Racing driver Michael Annett powered his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota to a 16th place finish in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300. In his second Nationwide Series start at Kansas Speedway, Annett began the 200 lap battle with all the pieces in place for a solid finish in the Sunflower State.

 

After starting 26th, the 24-year-old Midwest native drove over 65 laps under green flag conditions, gaining valuable track position before the first yellow flag was thrown. Pitting under green on lap 54 for four new Goodyear’s, fuel and air pressure adjustments, Annett made his second trip to pit road under caution on lap 68. Pushing towards the front of the pack, Annett restarted 10th on lap 71.

 

Caution number two of eight was called on lap 76 for debris, and the No.

15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry returned to pit road for a fuel top-off and chassis adjustment. The field was back under green on lap 81, and Annett remained in 10th.

 

The yellow flag was again displayed on lap 89. Annett made a pit stop for four fresh tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment to improve his tight handling race car. He restarted 18th with just over 100 laps remaining.

 

Running 13th, a fourth caution came out and Germain Racing crew chief Ryan Fugle opted for Annett to stay out on the track while the majority of the field came to pit road for four tires and fuel. Fugle’s call not only allowed Annett to lead the field to the green for the restart, but as the first place car for five laps of competition, he earned five bonus points.

 

Looking to tally a solid finish under the Pilot Flying J Coffee banner, Annett was running in fifth when a flat tire caused his car to get loose coming off of turn four, spinning and tagging the wall with the right rear corner of the car. With moderate damage to the car, Fugle directed Annett to pit road where he drove through twice for repairs. First for four tires, fuel and to assess the damage, and second for more repairs.

 

Not letting the mishap get the best of his day, Annett restarted 23rd on lap 137 and continued to rework his way forward. Running caution-free until lap 189, Annett stayed out while the leaders pitted from lap 175 to

179 under green, and his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry was eighth at the drop of the next yellow. Making their final trip to pit road, the No. 15 pit crew refueled, changed four tires and made wedge and track bar adjustments before the restart on lap 194.

 

The caution was back out on the restart, leaving the field with a green, white, checkered flag finish to the 200 lap Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. Annett drove through the checkers in 16th.

 

The No. 15 Germain Racing team will now head to the west coast for the Nationwide Series CampingWorld.com 300 at California Speedway. With only six races to go, tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio to catch the 30th Nationwide Series race of the season at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 9.

 

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.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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

Oct 04
2010

PERSISTENT MEARS NETS TOP 25 IN KANSAS

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

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Sep 29
2010

Michael Annett’s No. 15 Toyota Camry Sports Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate”

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

Kansas City, Kan. (September 29, 2010) – Michael Annett's Germain Racing Toyota Camry will carry a special paint scheme for a portion of the final stretch of 2010 races beginning with this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. The No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry will promote longtime sponsor Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate” initiative. Among the tracks where Pilot Flying J Coffee branding will be featured on the Germain Racing Toyota Camry are Gateway International Raceway on October 23, Texas Motor Speedway on November 6 and Phoenix International Raceway on November 13.

 

Scott Wombold, Vice President, National Accounts and Wholesale Fuel for Pilot Flying J, noted the organization’s excitement for the race promotion, “We at Pilot Flying J are very enthusiastic about our relationship with driver Michael Annett and his No. 15 race car. We are also enthusiastic about the great coffee we offer to all the drivers we know, whether they be professional drivers who depend on us for diesel fuel and other services or the traveling public who also depend on us every day. We are proud to offer the best coffee on the interstate and Michael is helping us get the good news out with his race car.”

 

“Pilot Travel Centers has been behind me 100% throughout my racing career, so incorporating their popular coffee brand into our race program is very exciting. Not only are we both looking forward to running the Pilot Flying J Coffee paint scheme, but we’re also excited about the activation program that’s happening at the track in conjunction with these races. Race fans travel for miles to attend these events, so supporting an initiative that they can incorporate into their travels goes hand-in-hand with what a race sponsor hopes to benefit from,” said Annett, “Traveling from track to track, I spent a lot of time on the road myself each week and always make Pilot Flying J locations my number one stop for all my travel needs. You couldn’t ask for a better pit stop along to road to the next racing event.”

 

In addition to the Pilot Flying J Coffee races, sampling of Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate” will be available in the fan zones at upcoming NASCAR events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Fans can also log on to www.pilotflyingj.com to find conveniently located Pilot Flying J stops along their route.

 

Annett’s experience on Kansas Speedway’s 1.5 mile D-shaped oval includes starting ninth in last season’s Nationwide Series race, as well as qualifying fourth, finishing fourth and leading 29 laps of the 2008 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menard’s race.

 

Still aiming to break into the top-10 Nationwide Series championship point race, Midwest native Annett will hit the Sunflower State track in his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry on Friday for practice from 3-4:30 p.m. and final practice from 6-7 p.m. Both practice sessions will air live on SPEED. Race day kicks off with Nationwide Series qualifying at 10:05 a.m. and the green flag waves for the start of the Kansas Lottery 300 at 3:30 p.m. Tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio at 3 p.m. for live coverage of Saturday’s race. 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.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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

 

 

 

Sep 28
2010

Michael Annett Finishes 15th after Qualifying 11th at the Monster Mile

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

Dover, Del. (September 27, 2010) – Michael Annett jump started his weekend at Dover International Speedway by securing an 11th place starting position for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Dover 200. Looking to earn another respectable finish to add to his 19th, 15th and 13th place finishes in his three previous starts at Dover International Speedway, Annett and his team began Saturday’s 200 lap race with confidence from their 11th place starting position.

 

With 70 laps of caution-free racing, Annett battled a race car that was loose in the turns and tight off before the first yellow flag came out on lap 70. To help alleviate the cars handling condition, crew chief Ryan Fugle called for four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments on the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry’s first visit to pit road. Annett was clocked in to start 12th, but was forced to fall back to the end of the longest line for a pit road speeding penalty which positioned him 15th for the restart.

 

The second caution was called on lap 112, and Annett reported that his Toyota Camry was still loose on entry and that the tight condition on exit had slightly improved. Coming to pit road for four sticker tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments, he restarted 14th with 83 laps to go.

 

The Dover 200 was red flagged on lap 134 for a hard crash that produced large amounts of fluid and debris on the track. Opting to improve track position, Fugle made the call for two tires and fuel with a major air pressure adjustment to improve on developing front end handling conditions. The No. 15 pit crew gained six positions on pit road, moving Annett to seventh for the restart on lap 141.

 

Annett was hoping for a long green flag run to improve on the car’s ill handling front end, when another caution came out on lap 160. At the beginning of a run, Annett reported that the car felt like it was running on ice, but those conditions improved as the run continued. Returning to pit road for one last stop, Annett returned to the field to restart 13th. With no yield to his front end issue, the second year Germain Racing driver drove through the checkered flag 15th.

 

Next week Annett will make his 65th career Nationwide Series start in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday for live coverage of the 200 lap Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300.

 

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

 

 

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

 

Sep 27
2010

MONSTER MILE NO MATCH FOR MEARS’ RESILIENCE

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Sep 22
2010

Saturday’s Dover 200 Leads Michael Annett into Final Eight Races of 2010 Nationwide Series Season

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

Dover, Del. (September 22, 2010) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series proceeds into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the second tiered NASCAR Nationwide Series is too on a pursuit in the points race. Positioned 12th in Nationwide Series standings with only eight races remaining, Michael Annett will participate in Saturday’s Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway following an open week of competition.

 

The Dover 200 falls after a stretch of 16 consecutive Nationwide Series races, and Germain Racing’s Annett is only 50 points outside of the top-10 in Nationwide Series championship point standings after the series last raced at Richmond International Raceway. Annett is looking to increase his points rank this weekend with a strong finish on a track where he and his team have competed successfully together.

 

“Dover has been a good track for us, and we’ve shown that our Nationwide Series program is very competitive there. We’ve had good results at Dover in our past three races and look forward to bringing home another good finish on Saturday,” said Annett, “This break in our schedule has been great for our team. It’s given us the chance to regroup and set goals for the remainder of the season. We look to finish in the top-10 in points again, and we’ve got a good mindset leading into these final eight races.”

 

With only three career starts at Dover International Speedway, Annett’s resume boasts respectable stats on the one mile oval. The young driver has an average finish of 15.7 there and under the Germain Racing banner has finished 19th, 13th and 15th respectively in the last three Nationwide Series events at Dover.

 

In his first attempt at the Monster Mile in May 2009, Annett drove his No.

15 Toyota Camry to a top-20 finish while earning the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award. In the Nationwide Series’ second appearance at Dover in 2009, Annett received Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for his 13th place finish and was the only rookie out of seven candidates to finish on the lead lap.

 

Racing action at Dover International Speedway’s Monster Mile starts on Friday with practice from 1:05-3 p.m. Race day begins with Nationwide Series qualifying at 10:35 a.m. and the Dover 200 gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Tune to ESPN 2 for live coverage of practice, qualifying and the race. Saturday’s race broadcast begins at 3 p.m. All times are ET.

 

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

 

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

 

Sep 21
2010

TODD BODINE AT HOME IN VEGAS

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

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

Sep 20
2010

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Sep 15
2010

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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