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Nov 13
2010

Congrats Are In Order! Todd Bodine Clinched the Truck Series Title in Phoenix!

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Bodine Officially The Champ After Phoenix

 

Mooresville, N.C. (11-13-2010) - After only 24 of 25 races in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Todd Bodine and Germain Racing's No. 30 Germain.com Tundra crew clinched the championship title. His 12th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway gave him a 202-point lead over fellow Toyota driver Aric Almirola which locked up the title for Bodine. This is Germain Racing and Bodine's second Truck Series championship title.

 

“During the past five years, we have been one of the most consistent teams in the Camping World Truck Series,” says Bodine. “I can’t thank the guys on this Germain Racing team enough for all their hard work over the years, both at the track and in the shop. We’ve had some ups and downs since our 2006 championship, but this one is extra special to share with the Germain family, the Hillman family and all the sponsors who have supported us throughout the year.”

 

The 2010 Truck Series title marks the fourth NASCAR driver’s championship for Toyota since the manufacturer entered the sport in 2004. Germain Racing has given Toyota two of those four titles - 2006 and 2010. The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra also contributed heavily to this season's Tundra win count of 14 wins in 24 races by collecting four victories so far.

 

"We have been blessed with a great team of supporters. At the top of the list is the Germain family for having the vision to start this team. And then you go directly to Toyota, because Toyota is the reason the Germain's started this team. Germain Motor Company proudly operates four Toyota and three Lexus franchises, so winning this championship is a win not just for everyone at Germain Racing - in the shop and in the pits - but it's a win for all of the Germain Motor Company employees, vendors and partners that are behind this No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team," said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., who has held the reigns for this team through both championship wins.

 

Germain Racing has enjoyed support from several sponsors throughout the seasons. This year, Valvoline and GEICO both took their turns adorning the hood of the No. 30 Tundra.

 

"The support of sponsors like Valvoline and GEICO have helped keep this team focused on winning. This championship is as much theirs as it is ours, and we are happy to have been able to turn in such exciting performances as we have done this season for Valvoline and GEICO and for our long-time team sponsor, Germain Motor Company," said Hillman.

 

Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team now turn their focus on the 2010 Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night, November 19th. The team's four wins is still one shy of their all-time season high of five wins, earned in 2005. You can bet that Bodine, Hillman and all the faces behind the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra will be focused on getting their favorite race truck, TRD-131, into victory lane one more time. The truck has collected three of the four wins this season and will be sporting a special, updated paint scheme at Homestead.

 

Watch Friday's 134 laps of Miami racing live on SPEED starting at 7:30 PM ET or tune in to your local MRN affiliate.

 

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

 

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

 

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Nov 11
2010

Driver’s Track is Next for Leader of Driver’s Standings

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  • Bodine Leads the Truck Series Championship Battle by a 230-point margin
  • Germain Racing has 22 Truck Series Victories and Nine Pole Awards
  • Bodine Owns 21 Truck Series wins with Germain Racing and 36 NASCAR career wins
  • Bodine’s 2010 Season Stats include 4 wins, 2 poles, 16 top-fives and 19 top-tens
  • He has 1 Win, 3 Top-fives and 4 top-tens in Trucks at Phoenix

 

November 9, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - As the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season draws to a close, Germain Racing is focused on something other than protecting their lead in the driver’s championship standings. The team is focused on returning to victory lane at Phoenix International Raceway. Todd Bodine likes the Arizona one-mile circuit, and he’ll be driving a winning chassis when he puts the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on track.

 

“Phoenix International Raceway is a driver’s track. There are different corners, different straightaways. You can move around, change your line and make the race truck do different things. We are taking our Darlington race-winner for our Germain.com Tundra and I’m really looking forward to getting on track at Phoenix,” said Bodine, who saved the truck chassis, TRD-122, from the scrap heap when he wheeled it into victory lane in Darlington in August.

 

Mike Hillman Jr. says the days of thinking about recycling TRD-122 are long gone. He’s confident this chassis is the right chassis to give Germain Racing a chance at returning to PIR’s victory lane.

 

“The guys that work on this No. 30 Germain.com Tundra are really the reason we’re taking this chassis to Phoenix. Todd drove a heck of a race for us at Darlington to get that win, but, it was the work that my guys put in behind the scenes, after hours, never giving up that kept this chassis in winning form,” explained Hillman.

 

Hillman and the No. 30 team of Germain Racing tested this chassis before Martinsville, then raced it at the Virginia short-track, leading 83 of 206 laps before finishing 3rd.

 

“With what we learned testing at Little Rockingham and racing at Martinsville, I’m confident this Germain.com Tundra will be very competitive at Phoenix. This team has put in a lot of time to get the truck to where Todd likes driving it. The truck responds well to the changes we do in practice and in the race. I think this is the most excited I’ve been to take a truck to Phoenix in a couple seasons,” said Hillman.

 

Bodine has raced six Truck Series races at Phoenix International Raceway. All have been behind the wheel of the No. 30 with Germain Racing and the pairing has produced one win, three top-five and four top-ten finishes. This Friday night, he’ll compete in his 164th Truck Series race when he fires up the Germain.com Tundra for the 24th race of the 2010 season. Bodine has 725 NASCAR career starts to date.

 

Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on Friday, November 12th, at Phoenix International Raceway. SPEED will cover Truck Series practice on Friday at 4:30 PM ET, and live later at 7:30 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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Nov 11
2010

GEICO SWELL ON MEARS; ADDS PHOENIX AND HOMESTEAD

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Mooresville, NC (November 10, 2010) – Initially scheduled to appear as the primary sponsor of the #13 Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for 18 races during the 2010 season, GEICO’s excitement has grown.  After Talladega, the insurance giant decided to add the Texas Sprint Cup Series race and then, after the checkered flag was displayed in Fort Worth last weekend, they began contemplating the balance of the season. 

 

Late yesterday, GEICO called the offices of Germain Racing and announced that they would be picking up primary sponsorship of Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry for the remaining two Sprint Cup Series races, at Phoenix and Homestead.  GEICO will also appear as a major associate sponsor on the #30 Toyota Tundra of Todd Bodine, who currently has a firm grasp on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points lead.

 

When NASCAR arrives in Homestead for NASCAR’s season finale, the GEICO Gecko will boast a full schedule.  With today’s announcement, GEICO will find themselves on three entries when race activities get underway on the Germain family’s home turf in south Florida.  Aside from the entries of Mears and Bodine, the charming and exciting ‘Mad’ Max Papis will join his teammates, as he pilots the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra in his final Truck Series race of the season before embarking on a full-time Truck Series schedule in 2011.

 

After GEICO announced their sponsorship of the #13 Toyota Camry for Phoenix and Homestead, Mears’ face softened and a smile emerged.

 

“This is great news and I think it says a lot about GEICO’s faith and belief in what we’re doing here; where we started, where we are and where we’re going,” Mears said.  “We’re deeply appreciative of GEICO’s continued support.  It’s been fun to get out there and be competitive every week.  Even in Texas where we had a really tough day, maybe the toughest day we’ve had, we were still able to work hard, stay focused and escape the place with a 26th place finish.”  He continued, “We have a great team of guys here and the Germain family has great belief in what we’re doing, so the atmosphere around the shop is very exciting.”

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1-mile tri-oval of Phoenix International Raceway for the opening practice session at 2:00 PM (ET) on Friday, November 12th. Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).

 

The Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 14th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (ET).  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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

Nov 11
2010

Heated Competition Continues as No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Vies at Phoenix International Raceway

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Avondale, Ariz. (November 11, 2010) – With 33 action-packed races completed, only two races remain in the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. This week, second year Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett and the No. 15 Germain Racing team are making the trek to the Valley of the Sun for Phoenix International Raceway’s WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the second race of the season hosted at the sunny, one mile tri-oval.

 

Annett will veer from a string of races at mile and a half tracks to short track racing this weekend at Phoenix. The series last visited a short track in September for Dover International Speedway’s Dover 200 where Annett secured an 11th place qualifying effort and brought home a 15th place finish on the one mile oval. His best result on a short track this season was at his home track, Iowa Speedway, where he scored a seventh place finish after starting 12th.

 

Behind the wheel of the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry, Annett will once again be promoting Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate.” The coffee themed Camry was also featured in races at Kansas Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Gateway International Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Pilot Flying J Coffee program has allowed the company to further awareness of their popular coffee brand through the car’s special paint scheme, as well as through at-track sampling of their product at various tracks during the months of October and November.

 

On-track activity for the Nationwide Series at Phoenix International Raceway heats up with practice on Friday from 12-1:50 p.m. followed by final practice from 3:40-4:20 p.m. Saturday steams up with qualifying at 12:05 p.m. before the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional begins at 4:30 p.m. Practice, final practice and qualifying can be seen live on SPEED. Live race coverage starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio. 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.

 

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

 

Nov 08
2010

“No Limits” Racing at Texas Motor Speedway Leaves Michael Annett with 18th Place Finish

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Fort Worth, Texas (November 8, 2010) – Texas Motor Speedway’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge produced a middle-of-the-road day for Michael Annett and the No. 15 Germain Racing team. Fighting an ill-handling racecar that wouldn’t respond to changes, Annett worked hard on the track to secure an 18th place finish in Saturday’s race.

 

Despite a 35th place starting position, Annett worked his way just outside the top-20 in 21st on lap 38. The first of five cautions came out on lap 43. Reporting that his car was free through the corners, Annett came to pit road for service on lap 44. The No. 15 Germain Racing pit crew was on top of their game on pit road, moving the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry four spots, pushing Annett to 17th for the restart on lap 48.

 

Still battling a car that was aero tight and wouldn’t turn in traffic, Annett made his second trip to pit road under the second caution on lap 82. This time losing three spots on pit road, Annett restarted 18th on lap 85.

 

Lap 140 brought the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry to pit road under green flag conditions for four Goodyears, fuel and air pressure adjustments to help free the car’s tight condition. The third yellow flag soon came out on lap 147. Annett returned to pit road for four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments. Back to green on lap 152, he restarted 16th.

 

Still fighting a challenging racecar, Annett reporting being loose in the center and tight off. The caution was back out on lap 184. Knowing that there would be only 10 laps to go on the restart and that the car wasn’t responding to changes, crew chief Ryan Fugle did his best to help Annett with track position by opting to change only right side tires on the stop, advancing Annett to sixth for the restart on lap 190.

 

Unable to battle with cars that had four fresh tires, Annett was shuffled back to 17th when the yellow flag was brought back out on lap 197. Coming in one last time for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, Annett was back on the track for a green, white, checkered flag finish. He earned a hard-fought 18th place finish in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

 

With only two races remaining, the Nationwide Series will head west to Phoenix International Raceway for the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional on Saturday. The 200 lap race will preview the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway that takes place on November 20. Tune to ESPN2 and MRN Radio for live coverage of the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional beginning at 4 p.m. ET on November 16.

 

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

 

 

Nov 08
2010

MEARS SAVES DAY WITH LAST LAP HUSTLE

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Fort Worth, TX (November 7, 2010) – As the 2010 season begins to wind down, GEICO driver Casey Mears’ comfort seems to increase.  Since he climbed into the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry in August, he has helped Germain Racing make marked improvement and has consistently performed in the Top 25 each week, as well as improving the team’s qualifying efforts.
 
Mears’ practice effort in Texas left cause for excitement in the GEICO garage stall.  Although Mears would ultimately end up 36th on the speed chart at the end of practice, he initially shot straight to 5th and then sat as high as 2nd during the 90-minute session.  

When qualifying got underway, Mears took to the track 48th out of the 49 cars entered.  He made quick work of the 1.5-mile quad-oval and put the #13 GEICO Camry in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field.  Pacing the track in just 28.463 seconds at a rate of speed of 189.720 miles per hour, Mears would start 35th when the cars rolled off the starting grid on Sunday afternoon.
 
When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field took the green flag under bright, sunny skies on Sunday, Mears would roll off of the starting grid in the 35th position.  Although he picked up three positions by the second lap, the day’s problems set in immediately.  Mears quickly radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker on Lap 6: “This thing is plowin’.”
 
Fortunately for Mears, but not so good for Joe Nemecheck, the event’s first caution flag of the day was displayed when Nemechek’s motor went up in smoke on the frontstretch on Lap 12.  This afforded the GEICO team the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments to the #13 GEICO Camry.  
 
After restarting 33rd on Lap 17, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry began to move forward and by Lap 29 they were in the 30th position.  Unfortunately, just five laps later, an agitated Mears reported to Bootie Barker: “It won’t turn. I can’t make anything happen here. The back is getting worse.”
 
The event’s second caution flag of the day waved on Lap 42, once again allowing Mears to bring his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  Once on pit road, Mears received four tires, fuel and adjustments.  He restarted 32nd on Lap 47, but just 11 laps later, running in the 31st position, Mears’ frustration grew as he told Barker: “It’s so tight it won’t turn.”  
 
Mears, who usually talks little on the radio and generally appears calm, was growing more frustrated as the race wore on.  He was quite verbal throughout the afternoon and despite his concern over the racecar, he remained focused and maintained his position inside of the Top 30.  
 
Despite the best efforts of the team, Mears would continue to battle an ill-handling racecar for the balance of the race.  A bright spot was the GEICO pit crew who served Mears masterfully, getting him on and off of pit road quickly.  A grateful Mears acknowledged the pit crew’s efforts on Lap 132: “You guys did a good job on pit road not getting us behind on the green flag stops.”  
Mears was then credited for leading a lap after he was at the front of the field on Lap 134.
 
When the caution flag was displayed on Lap 191, no one could have predicted the drama that would unfold during a single caution period. Martin Truex, Jr., brought out the caution with a spin, but coming out of Turn 2 Jeff Burton planted Jeff Gordon into the wall, drawing a fiery response from Gordon.  As the drivers were making their way to the ambulance, a melee ensued, as Gordon met Burton with punches before NASCAR officials intervened.  Just minutes later, the crew chief of Jimmie Johnson’s car benched his pit crew and ordered the pit crew of Jeff Gordon’s car to the #48 car’s pit box to tend to Johnson’s pit stops.
 
Although the Lap 191 caution lasted just five laps, it felt more like an hour given the series of events.  Mears restarted 30th on Lap 196 and exhibited marked progress, jumping the #13 GEICO Camry to 27th on Lap 202.  He continued moving forward and reached 20th by Lap 245 before scheduled green flag pit stops began sending the field down pit road for service.
 
On Lap 327, Mears narrowly missed being a part of the event’s last caution of the day.  Patrick Carpentier spun and Mears was hard on the brakes to avoid becoming collateral damage.  Mears brought the GEICO Camry down pit road and took on four fresh tires to prepare for the final restart of the day.
 
Mears restarted 29th with just three laps remaining.  He took the white flag in 28th and by the time the checkered flag was in the air, Mears had somehow managed to hustle to a 26th place finish.  Despite the setbacks with the racecar, Mears salvaged an otherwise bad day at the track and transformed it into a resounding success, given the circumstances.  
 
When he climbed from the #13 GEICO Camry following the race, Mears was succinct and direct.
 
“It was a bad day that we turned into a good day,” Mears said. “The GEICO pit crew did a good job on pit road and that really helped us a lot.  It’s racing and we’re going to have days like today, but it’s good that we’re resilient enough to keep fighting and not quit.  It came down to the final lap, but we ended on a good note and that’s what matters.”
 
Texas concludes GEICO’s 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.  If the last lap of the Texas race is any indication, the future looks bright for Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team. GEICO will be announcing their 2011 Sprint Cup Series schedule within the next few weeks.
 
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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

Nov 06
2010

Bodine Scored 16th Top-Five Finish of Season in Texas

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Mooresville, N.C. (11-06-2010) - When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Texas, there's one thing the competitors count on: chasing Todd Bodine around the race track. Friday night's race was no exception. Bodine put the Valvoline Tundra out front for 23 of 147 laps and earned his 16th top-five finish of the season when he crossed the start/finish line in fourth-place.

 

“Our Valvoline Tundra was awesome. The Germain Racing pit crew was awesome. We pitted for four tires and came out in front for the final restart of the race. I chose the outside line for the restart. I figured momentum would carry the Valvoline Tundra to the lead. Instead, I went down into the first turn and even getting up to speed the truck just bottomed out and pushed," explained Bodine of how the final restart of the race was a preview to the finish results of the 23rd race of the 2010 Truck Series season.

 

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. added some perspective and explained the fourth-place result for the Valvoline Tundra was a fine end to another outstanding trip to Texas Motor Speedway for the No. 30 team of Germain Racing.

 

"Todd Bodine said it best in his post-race interview with SPEED. Germain Racing did a great job again. Texas is our track. We came here with the Valvoline Tundra and did what we expected to do. We led laps, had a great Toyota Tundra, worked well as a team and we got another top-five finish. It was a good points night and it gives us something to build on heading into Phoenix and Homestead," said Hillman, who was very proud of performance of the Valvoline Tundra.

 

Bodine explained to SPEED's pit road reporter after the Winstar World Casino 350K that the consistency in his results this season is due to the hard work and never give up attitude of the No. 30 Germain Racing team. That consistency has allowed Bodine to score the best statistics of his Truck Series career - 16 top-fives and 19 top-10’s in 23 events to-date.

 

"I think the consistency just shows how good our guys are and how good (Mike Hillman) Jr. (crew chief) and the team have been getting the truck setup.  I’ve said quite a few times, the first five races we struggled with making the trucks drive good and then went to work and figured it out and since then these Tundra trucks have been driving great. That’s what allows us to keep that consistency. It just shows how good the 30 team really is,” explained Bodine.

 

Todd Bodine has led the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings since the conclusion of race no. 7, in May, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has a 230-point margin over second-place and looks to lock in his second series title in the final two weeks.

 

Next up for Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra is Phoenix International Raceway.  Watch qualifying and racing on SPEED at 4:30 and 7:30 PM Eastern on Friday, November 12th, or tune into the race on your local MRN affiliate.

 

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

 

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

 

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Nov 06
2010

MAX PAPIS NETS TOP 25 DESPITE FUEL ISSUE

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Fort Worth, TX (November 5, 2010) – A week removed from having his day ended prematurely on the count of a negligent move by a fellow driver, ‘Mad’ Max Papis arrived in the Lone Star state looking to rebound.  A week ago in Talladega, Papis piloted the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra solidly at the front of the field and aimed to achieve the same at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night.

 

Papis and the GEICO team quickly took to the 1.5-mile quad-oval and appeared comfortable through the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ two practice sessions on Thursday.  The opening session saw the #9 GEICO Tundra 14th on the speed charts, while the final practice session saw Papis as a respectable 19th. 

 

With practice in the books and only qualifying remaining, Papis solidified his position in the field when he qualified the #9 GEICO Tundra 23rd for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 350K NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  He toured the facility in just 30.608 seconds, at a rate of speed of 176.424 miles per hour. 

 

While his teammate, Todd Bodine, is on the verge of winning his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, Papis has his mind set on 2011.  His final races of the 2010 season are preparing him for his own run at the Truck Series championship in 2011.

 

Cool temperatures and the smell of thousands of campfires blanketed the racetrack on Friday night, as the green flag waved under clear skies. Starting 23rd, Papis quickly jumped to 20th on the opening lap before a Johanna Long spin brought out the event’s first caution flag of the night.  Just one lap into the race, there was no reason for Papis to bring the #9 GEICO Tundra down pit road. 

 

Papis would restart 19th on Lap 5 and ride solidly in the Top 20 before the evening’s second caution flag was displayed on Lap 41.  Just one lap later, Papis traveled down pit road where the Germain Racing pit crew outfitted the #9 GEICO Tundra with four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and a right rear air pressure adjustment. While Papis entered pit road in the 20th position, the Germain Racing pit crew turned him around in astounding time, sending Mad Max back out onto the racing surface in the 14th position. 

 

The race would once again go green on Lap 49, but just three laps later the caution lights were flashing at Texas Motor Speedway for a crash involving Ron Hornaday, Tayler Malsam and Miguel Paludo.  After just three laps of racing, it was not necessary for the #9 GEICO Tundra to visit pit road.

 

Papis restarted the race in the 14th position on Lap 60 and by Lap 97 the Gecko was sitting 12th. The #9 GEICO Tundra entered the Top 10 on Lap 98, but the following lap would cause Papis’ demise. 

 

As he exited Turn 4, Papis’ truck appeared to run out of fuel. By the time he entered the front-stretch it was a certainty.  Papis managed to coast around the 1.5-mile quad-oval and make it to pit road where the GEICO Racing pit crew would provide him with the necessary fuel.  Unfortunately, the GEICO Tundra had stalled and because there was no fuel pressure it would take time to build up the pressure.  Once Papis had the truck re-fired, he returned to the race, but he would do so five laps down in the 26th position; a far cry from where he was running in 10th just a few minutes earlier.

 

Despite the setback, Papis continued to pick up positions and when the checkered flag was displayed, he recorded a 23rd place finish. The final result was clearly not indicative of his performance throughout the evening. 

 

“We had a nice run going tonight in the #9 GEICO Tundra, but the fuel problem really ended it for us,” said a dejected Papis.  “I battled a tight truck all night, but we kept fighting and this GEICO pit crew did a great job of getting me in and out. We’re building for next year, we have a new crew chief and right now everything is looking great.  The things that happened in Talladega last week and then what happened tonight is just misfortune, not mistakes. We’re doing a good job and you will continue to see us be competitive and run up front.”

 

Papis and the GEICO team will take a week off before traveling to south Florida for the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the 2010 season.

 

Papis and the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra will hit the 1.5-mile oval of Homestead-Miami Speedway for the opening practice session at 5:00 PM (EDT) on Thursday, November 18th.  Qualifying will take place on Friday at 5:05 PM (EDT).

 

The Ford 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is on Friday, November 19th.  The race will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 7:30 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

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Nov 04
2010

Bodine and No. 30 Valvoline Tundra Ready for Texas Return

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

 - Bodine Leads Truck Series Championship Battle by 216-point margin

 - Has Earned Four Wins this season, 21 in his Truck Series Career

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

 

November 2, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Texas Motor Speedway is set to host its second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season, and Germain Racing is one Truck Series team that can’t wait to unload their hauler at the Fort Worth, TX, facility. Germain Racing has earned wins at Texas in six of seven seasons, including a sweep in 2007 for a total of seven trips to Texas’s victory lane. In addition, the team has two pole awards. Germain Racing’s Todd Bodine has a 50% chance of steering the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra into Victory Lane on Friday night based on his Texas record of six wins in 12 NCWTS races.

 

“We appreciate Valvoline coming on board in time for our race at Texas in June and we were happy to get a win for them. We hope to get another one on Friday night with the Valvoline Tundra. Valvoline has been an incredible sponsor and ambassador for our sport for a lot of years and we’re proud to represent them,” said Bodine, who led 106 of 169 laps at Texas in June and has led 305 of the 1845 laps he has completed at TMS.

 

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. likes the team’s chances any time they head to Texas, but with this particular race truck, Chassis TRD-131, he is extra confident.

 

“When we put this race truck on the track for the first time in Nashville this spring, we knew we had a special Tundra. What makes it great is that it responds consistently to whatever chassis setup we throw at it. We’ve won three races with this truck this year, including in June at Texas. We’ll try our best to sweep the Texas races with the Valvoline Tundra on Friday night,” said Hillman.

 

Texas Motor Speedway fits into the ‘intermediate’ race track category. It’s a track that’s one and a half miles in length, it’s D-shaped, and it’s got a fair amount of banking (24 degrees in the corners and 5 degrees on the straightaways. But of the intermediate tracks, it’s the one that Bodine has been the most successful with and he’s not sure how to explain why.

 

“Texas Motor Speedway is a track that suits my style, and we’ve always had great Tundra race trucks there which makes it easy to go fast,” said Bodine, who says the team sticks to their weekly plan when they arrive in Fort Worth, despite their outstanding performance record there. “We go to Texas and do our deal like we do every time, every race, it doesn’t matter where it is, we just go. We get the truck driving as best as we can, as fast as we can and we race to win.”

 

Watch Bodine the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra continue on their mission to secure the second Truck Series title for Germain Racing and Toyota on Friday, November 5th, at Texas Motor  Speedway. You can watch the action on SPEED beginning 8:30 PM Eastern on Friday night. If you won’t be by a TV, set your DVR, and tune your radio dial to your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 

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Nov 04
2010

Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Big Success on the Mind of Michael Annett Heading into Texas Motor Speedway Barnburner

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

Fort Worth, Texas (November 4, 2010) – Behind the wheel of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry on Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5 mile tri-oval, Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett is ready to duel for a successful finish in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, one of the final three races in the 2010 season.

 

Annett has three starts on the Fort Worth track and holds an average finish of 16.3. The second year Nationwide Series driver secured an 11th place finish in his first ever attempt at Texas’ Great American Speedway in 2009, and in his most recent performance in the Lone Star State he produced a 16th place finish.

 

“As an organization, we’re continually showing our strength on mile and half tracks. I’m excited to get back to intermediate track racing this weekend at Texas. We’ve definitely got what it takes to lock in a good finish on Saturday,” said Annett.

 

Annett will once again be contending with the Pilot Flying J “Best Coffee on the Interstate” paint scheme adorning his Toyota Camry and will continue the promotion of their coffee brand off the track as well.

 

Fans can visit the Pilot Flying J display in the Texas Motor Speedway fan zone on Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET to get Annett’s autograph and try samples of Pilot Flying J coffee.

 

With all three of NASCAR’s top-ranked series linked together for the final three race stretch, the Nationwide Series will hit the Texas Motor Speedway track on Friday for practice from 10-11:15 a.m. Final practice will follow from 11:40 a.m.-12:55 p.m. Both practice sessions can be seen live on SPEED. Nationwide Series qualifying begins at 6:35 p.m. on Friday.

 

Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge starts at 12:55 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN 2 beginning at 12 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.

 

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