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Jul 21
2011

South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra: Nashville Preview

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Gaughan Takes South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Back to Nashville

 

 

 - Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra

 - He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

 - He holds two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship Titles

 - Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year

 - Gaughan has 7 NCWTS races at Nashville and has completed 1051 of 1052 laps

 

Mooresville, N.C. (July 21, 2011) - Nashville Superspeedway us up on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for the second time this season. In race 5 on the schedule, Brendan Gaughan qualified 22nd, spent most of the race competing just outside the top-ten in eleventh place only to have the day’s hard work wrapped up in someone else’s crash just 12 laps shy of the finish.

 

“Nashville is a good track for Germain Racing. We just came back from there earlier this year and the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra handled very well. We got hit when another truck spun late in the race and collected us. There wasn’t a lot of time to come back from that, but we managed to finish 17th. I know the No. 62 team is looking forward to another chance at Nashville,” said Gaughan.

 

In April, Gaughan was caught up with the spinning no. 63 truck on lap 138. He fell from just outside the top-ten to 25th, the last truck on the lead lap. His crew patched up the No. 62 Toyota and Gaughan was able to pick off eight positions in the final six green flag laps of the race.

 

“If you are a Germain Racing driver, you have to have confidence when you are heading into a Nashville race weekend. The team has a great feel for tracks within the mile and a half range. From what we saw with our Toyota there in the spring, I know I’m looking forward to racing there Friday night,” said Gaughan.

 

Gaughan will race chassis TRD-122. The truck has been to victory lane with Todd Bodine (Darlington, 2010), and has also been driven by Justin Lofton. The chassis has been a go-to truck in the Germain Racing fleet since June of 2008.

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday, July 22nd, at Nashville Superspeedway on SPEED. Qualifying airs at 5:15 PM Eastern, with racing action at 8:00 PM. Tune in early to catch the NCWTS Setup at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

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

 

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 10th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings. 

 

Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

 

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

 

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Jul 15
2011

Gaughan at Iowa Speedway

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Iowa Speedway Next for Gaughan, South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra

 

 - Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra

 - He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

 - He holds two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship Titles

 - Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year

 

Mooresville, N.C. (July 14, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan has a great winning memory of Kentucky Speedway. Unfortunately, the memory is of someone else’s trip to the winner’s circle instead of his own. Gaughan has led laps before the Kentucky Speedway fans, he’s dominated races, and he’s been a top-contender in both NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. This weekend, he hopes he and his Germain Racing crew can put the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra in contention for his ninth Truck Series win—his first at Kentucky.

 

“Kentucky, even in the Nationwide Series, has always been a good track for me. This race is one of the races that my team has really looked forward to on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule,” explained Gaughan, who will race Tundra chassis TRD-026 at Kentucky. “With the way we were able to get our South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota running at Kansas, Charlotte and even Texas, I know what we are capable of as a team and I’m anxious to see what we can do at Kentucky Speedway.”

 

Gaughan finished fourth in both of his NNS races at Kentucky, but what he remembers most about the track will always be Carl Edwards first NASCAR career win.

 

“A Kentucky Speedway memory I’ll never forget was 2003. I led 66 laps, we had the race won. We were coming to the checkered flag but we blew a motor going down the back straightaway. It put me into a 360-degree spin, and Carl Edwards just missed us when we blew up. I managed to coast all the way into the garage while Carl took the win for his first Truck Series win,” said Gaughan. “Kentucky has always been a great track for me. Our No. 62 Toyota should be strong. I’m confident our Germain Racing team will be tough to beat on Thursday night.”

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Thursday, July 7th, at Kentucky Speedway on SPEED. Qualifying airs at 6:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, with racing action at 8:00 PM ET, preceded by the NCWTS Setup at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

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

 

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 10th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings. 

 

Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

 

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

 

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Jul 15
2011

Bodine, Germain Racing Crew at Iowa

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RANDY MOSS MOTORSPORTS AND GERMAIN RACING ANNOUNCE COLLABORATIVE EFFORT THAT PUTS CHAMP BODINE IN NO. 5 INTERNATIONAL TRUCKS/MONACO RVs TUNDRA AT IOWA

 

STATESVILLE, N.C. (July 14, 2011) – Randy Moss Motorsports and Germain Racing today announced a collaborative effort that will have Todd Bodine as the driver of the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.  Bodine, the two-time and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will pilot the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra for this weekend’s Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee with Germain Racing’s veteran crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., leading the collaborative effort between fellow Toyota teams.

 

“We were presented with the opportunity to have Todd Bodine drive the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra, and any time that you can put the reigning series champion behind the wheel, that’s going to be a positive,” stated Randy Moss Motorsports co-owner David Dollar.  “This is a collaborative effort between Randy Moss Motorsports and Germain Racing and just the latest example of one Toyota team helping another.  Todd’s been a longtime Toyota driver, bringing them their first championship in one of NASCAR’s three major touring series, and he’s a proven winner.  We look forward to helping Todd add to that win total, when he gets behind the wheel of the International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra for this weekend’s race in Iowa.”

 

In 175 truck series races, Bodine has amassed 21 victories in addition to his two series championships in his nine seasons of competition.

 

“Teaming up with NFL superstar Randy Moss and International is the perfect opportunity for me and the Germain Racing crew to continue to compete at a championship level in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Bodine, who heads into this weekend’s race 11th in points following a fourth-place finish last week at Kentucky Speedway.  “International Trucks and Monaco RVs have been big supporters of the Truck Series, and I couldn’t be more excited to go to Iowa after facing some uncertainty last week.  Bob Germain, David Dollar and the folks at TRD (Toyota Racing Development) helped put this deal together in a matter of days, and I look forward to building on last week’s fourth-place finish in Kentucky and continuing to march up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings.”

 

 “Collaboration is, and always has been the cornerstone of Navistar’s success. We collaborate every day with our International and Monaco Dealers to put forth the best lineup of Commercial Vehicles and RVs for the markets we serve,” said Matt Smela, Global Marketing Director, Navistar.  “We collaborate with our customers to help provide them with the best equipment and solutions that help their businesses grow.  That’s exactly what this opportunity presents, two outstanding organizations in Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports, together extending our product messages - both on and off the track - to our dealers, customers and prospects. And to do it with an aggressive reigning Champion like Todd Bodine, that’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often.”

 

“Germain Racing is excited about the prospects of teaming up with Randy Moss Motorsports and International trucks to see Todd Bodine race the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra at Iowa this weekend.” said Bob Germain Jr., 

president of Germain Racing.   “Germain Racing and Todd represented Georgia Boot, ‘America’s Hardest Working Boot,’ last week at Kentucky and it just seems natural to help represent the tough trucks built by International. Looking to the future, we have quite a few details to work out but I think this could be a win-win for both teams...we hope to keep Todd Bodine in a Tundra every race and get International and our other sponsors, Tire Kingdom/Service Central, Valvoline and Big Red to victory lane."  

 

Details of the driver lineup for the remainder of the season will be announced at a later date. 

           

About Randy Moss Motorsports:

Randy Moss Motorsports is a leading competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  The team formerly known as Morgan-Dollar Motorsports was founded in 1996 and has competed full time in the series since 1999.  Veteran NASCAR owner David Dollar teamed with NFL All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss in July 2008 to form the race-winning organization, and the team’s performance history includes 16 wins and six poles.  For the 2011 NASCAR season, Randy Moss Motorsports will field the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra.  Additional information is available at www.RandyMossMotorsports.biz and www.facebook.com/RandyMossMotorsports.

 

About Germain Racing:

Germain Racing is only the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins in seven consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons. The team has amassed 22 wins, nine pole awards and two championships since first competing in 2004. The Toyota team races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and has earned two top-ten championship finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. For more information visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @Germainracing. Become a Facebook fan: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

 

About Navistar:

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco® RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.

 

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Randy Moss Motorsports Contact:  Kevin Radvany -- (704) 871-2260

Germain Racing Contact:  Lori Smith, lsmith@germain.com, (704) 799-4300

 

 

 

Jul 09
2011

Bodine Gets Hard Earned 4th Place at Kentucky in Georgia Boot Tundra

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Bodine Gets Hard Earned 4th Place at Kentucky in Georgia Boot Tundra

 

Sparta, KY (07-07-2011) – It wouldn’t have been fitting for a Georgia Boot-sponsored Tundra to waltz easily into the limelight at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night. So, Todd Bodine and the No. 30 crew took the ‘long way’ toward earning their fourth-place finish. From the drop of the green flag, Bodine explained that his Tundra wasn’t handling the way he needed it.  The Georgia Boot pit crew took several big swings at the chassis setup and pulled off some amazing pit stops doing it. The result was that Bodine started 20th and made consistent gains throughout the night to finish fourth.

 

“We worked hard tonight. Georgia Boot, America’s Hardest Working Boot, was with us here in Kentucky and we couldn’t let them down,” said Bodine, who started the night in 20th place and with the help of his Georgia Boot pit crew, made it up into the top-five by night’s end. “(Mike Hillman) Junior made some good calls and our crew did an awesome job with a lot of changes tonight. We made shock adjustments, air pressure adjustments, you name it, we did it. The Georgia Boot Tundra was the best there at the end. We were good in the middle, but then it got a little tight. At the end, we were pretty good and it was great to get a good finish for everyone at Georgia Boot.”

 

The defending race winners, crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. discussed the two-day race weekend.

 

“Kentucky has always been an interesting track for this No. 30 crew. We won there last year after spinning out halfway through the race. That’s how things seem to go for us there. Whatever we get, we have to earn at Kentucky. It’s great we were able to turn the hard work of this Georgia Boot pit crew into a strong, fourth-place finish for our new sponsor. If we had a few more laps without cautions there at the end, we may have been able to challenge for the lead, but our top-five with the Georgia Boot Tundra was a good team effort,” said Hillman, who’s led the team to three top-five and four top-ten finishes in seven races at Kentucky.

 

Georgia Boot is based out of nearby Nelsonville, OH, and there were several company guests in the pits, experiencing the adventures of the Georgia Boot Tundra crew first-hand. They witnessed arguably the best pit crew in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series make eight flawless pit stops that played a key role in the team’s fourth-place finish.

 

Bodine jumped two spots in the Truck Series standings to 11th following Kentucky’s race results.

 

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

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

 

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Jul 09
2011

Gaughan Finishes Third at Kentucky Speedway

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Gaughan Finishes Third at Kentucky Speedway

 

Sparta, KY (07-07-2011) – Brendan Gaughan has had many great finishes at Kentucky Speedway, including two fourth-place results in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Thursday night, Gaughan ran into some difficulties in front of the 30,000 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fans in attendance for the UNOH 225, but, with the help of his Germain Racing pit crew, the Las Vegas driver pushed the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra to its best finish of the 2011 season.

 

“I destroyed our South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra early in the race. I right-sided it in the turn four wall. I had the splitter tucked up under it. The Germain Racing pit crew did an amazing job getting the truck back together. I think it took five trips to pit road, but, they did it and then it was my turn to get to work making up ground on restarts. I learned restart tricks from the best when I first came to the Truck Series. Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday Jr. showed me some old-school tricks that drivers just don’t use anymore. On two restarts I made it from eleventh to third – I passed everybody. I was in my favorite position - racing on the outside. I’m happy to come out of here with a third place finish and run to Iowa Speedway,” smiled Gaughan, who made a total of eight trips to pit road before the 225-mile race was complete.

 

Gaughan was all smiles after leading laps for the second race this season and earning his fourth top-ten finish. He enjoyed watching runner-up finisher Parker Kligerman battle the race winner in the closing laps, though he certainly considered that the rookie could make a mistake.

 

“Parker did a great job there at the end. I definitely knew he could’ve made the wrong decision and he and Kyle (Busch, race winner) could’ve wrecked each other and I could’ve scored the win. But, I am impressed. He made the right decisions and a lot of young drivers don’t make the right decisions anymore. It was nice to see that some do that and he got the great finish,” said Gaughan.

 

With the points race now a 60-point battle from first to Gaughan, the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra crew and driver are anxious to get on track next weekend at Iowa Speedway. After ten of 25 races, Gaughan ranks tenth in Truck Series standings, 60 points behind the leader and a mere 25 points out of fifth place.

 

Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

 

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

 

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Jul 09
2011

MAX PAPIS GALLOPS TO AN 11TH-PLACE FINISH AT KENTUCKY

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MAX PAPIS GALLOPS TO AN 11TH-PLACE FINISH AT KENTUCKY

 

SPARTA, Ky. (July 7, 2011) – Kentucky is known for the biggest horse race of the year. But when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to town, a different set of horses take the stage – horsepower under the hood that is. With the inaugural Sprint Cup Series event taking place on Saturday night, the Truck Series roared to life on Thursday for hard racing action under the lights. Max Papis was prepared to make his first career start at the 1.5-mile oval in the Bluegrass State.

 

On Thursday afternoon, Papis completed his qualifying effort, clocking a time of 32.015 seconds (168.671 mph). This lap placed the Como, Italy native in the 22nd position as the green flag flew shortly after 8 p.m. ET. As the 150-lap race began, Papis quickly radioed to his GEICO Racing crew that his No. 9 Toyota was tight on entry and lacked grip on the outside. The first caution of the night slowed the pace on lap seven for a multi-track accident in turn two. Papis restarted from 20th-place on lap 13.

 

Papis continued to exuberate patience as the second caution came on lap 19 for oil on the track. Crew chief Randy Goss called his driver to the attention of the GEICO pit crew for fuel and a shock adjustment to help the tight handling condition. With the shock adjustment taking an extended amount of time on pit road, Papis restarted from the 24th position on lap 22.

 

The GEICO Toyota Tundra did not react the intended way, as Papis radioed that the shock adjustment made the truck loose on entrance and tight in the middle, as well as hitting the splitter on the racetrack. Goss encouraged his driver to keep pushing the Gecko as hard as he could and reassured him that changes would be made on the next stop. The third caution came on lap 59 and gave Papis the opportunity to return to pit road for changes. The GEICO pit crew changed four tires, fuel, reversed the previous shock adjustment and made an air pressure change. As the race returned to green flag conditions on lap 64, Papis held the 21st position.

 

A short nine laps later, the fourth caution was brought out for an accident in turn four. Papis received the Lucky Dog Award, placing the GEICO Toyota back on the lead lap. Having to start at the tail end of the longest line as a result of the award, Papis came in for fuel and a rubber adjustment to help the handling. On lap 76, Papis was scored in 19th-place.

 

As the race went into a routine, green flag pit stops became necessary for all the leaders. Around lap 120, fellow competitors began to hit pit road for fuel and adjustments. Papis moved into sixth position before coming to the attention of his GEICO pit crew once again on lap 131 for fuel and a track bar adjustment. The sixth caution came on lap 143 after the field had cycled through with Papis holding 15th-place on the restart.

 

One lap later, a multi-truck accident occurred in turn four setting the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. Papis once again received the Lucky Dog Award and came to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. Taking the first attempt at a two-lap finish, Papis took off from the 11th position, which is where the GEICO Toyota Tundra crossed the finish line as the checkered flag flew.

 

“This race showed the character of my guys on this GEICO team,” said Papis after the race. “We didn’t have a very good Toyota but we never gave up. We kept digging as hard as we could and to come home with an 11th-place finish is good. This team will head back to the shop and figure out why we didn’t run as well as we would have liked and be ready to go next week at Iowa. Overall it was a great night for Germain Racing to have two trucks in the top-five and the GEICO Toyota close behind.”

 

Papis dropped one position to 12th-place in the NCWTS driver championship point standings. The Italian is only one point behind teammate Todd Bodine who holds the 11th position. Next Saturday, July 16, Papis and the GEICO Racing team head to Iowa Speedway for the 11th race of the 2011 season. Live television coverage can be seen on SPEED beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Set-Up Show. In addition, the radio broadcast can be heard on MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, visit: www.geicogarage.com <http://www.geicogarage.com> .

 

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

 

 

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Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com 

 

Jul 04
2011

GEORGIA BOOT TUNDRA PREVIEW: KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

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Georgia Boot, America’s Hardest Working Boot,

Ready for Bodine to Defend Race Title at Kentucky Speedway

Mooresville, N.C. (July 4, 2011) - Germain Racing finally gets to show off the No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fans on Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. Todd Bodine, last year’s Kentucky Speedway race winner and the defending Truck Series champion will be behind the wheel of the Toyota which proudly bears the branding of America’s Hardest Working Boot.

“This first race with Georgia Boot is one we’ve been looking forward to on the schedule for quite some time. Georgia Boot is America’s Hardest Working Boot, and I truly believe they are with the best team in the Truck Series. Germain Racing’s crew guys work their guts out each and every week, so Georgia Boot is a natural fit here. We’re looking forward to having a long relationship with Georgia Boot,” said Bodine.

Announced earlier in the season, the Georgia Boot primary sponsorship event is finally here and everyone from Rocky Brands in Nelsonville, OH, is looking forward to Thursday.

“Everybody at Rocky Brands is very excited about our upcoming primary at Kentucky Speedway! We can’t wait to see Todd race around the track in the #30 Georgia Boot Racing truck! Hopefully our truck will bring Todd a little bit of luck and he’ll be able to bring home the checkered flag to victory lane! Georgia Boot has always been “America’s Hardest Working Boot” and this year we were lucky enough to join forces with “America’s Hardest Working Team” in Germain Racing. We really couldn’t have picked a better team to sponsor,” said Jordan Gottke, Marketing Manager for Georgia Boot at Rocky Brands, Inc.

Being the defending race winner gives Bodine and the No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra team some extra confidence heading into Kentucky.

“It’s definitely a better state of mind heading to Kentucky Speedway after our win there last year. We know we can get it done.  We already knew that because we’d always run well there in the past. But, getting the win last year proves it. We have high hopes for the Georgia Boot Tundra this week at Kentucky,” said Bodine, who will race chassis GR-016 on Thursday.

Thursday’s race will be broadcast on SPEED at 8:00 PM Eastern. Watch it live, or tune your radio dial to your local MRN affiliate.

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

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

Follow us on Twitter: @GeorgiaBoot

Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/GeorgiaBoot

Jul 04
2011

Gaughan Looking Forward to Continuing Good Runs at Kentucky

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Gaughan Looking Forward to Continuing Good Runs at Kentucky


Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra

He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

He holds two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship Titles

Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year

Gaughan has 6 NCWTS races at Kentucky and 2 NNS races with laps led in both series

 

Mooresville, N.C. (July 4, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan has a great winning memory of Kentucky Speedway. Unfortunately, the memory is of someone else’s trip to the winner’s circle instead of his own. Gaughan has led laps before the Kentucky Speedway fans, he’s dominated races, and he’s been a top-contender in both NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. This weekend, he hopes he and his Germain Racing crew can put the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra in contention for his ninth Truck Series win—his first at Kentucky.

“Kentucky, even in the Nationwide Series, has always been a good track for me. This race is one of the races that my team has really looked forward to on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule,” explained Gaughan, who will race Tundra chassis TRD-026 at Kentucky. “With the way we were able to get our South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota running at Kansas, Charlotte and even Texas, I know what we are capable of as a team and I’m anxious to see what we can do at Kentucky Speedway.”

Gaughan finished fourth in both of his NNS races at Kentucky, but what he remembers most about the track will always be Carl Edwards first NASCAR career win.

“A Kentucky Speedway memory I’ll never forget was 2003. I led 66 laps, we had the race won. We were coming to the checkered flag but we blew a motor going down the back straightaway. It put me into a 360-degree spin, and Carl Edwards just missed us when we blew up. I managed to coast all the way into the garage while Carl took the win for his first Truck Series win,” said Gaughan. “Kentucky has always been a great track for me. Our No. 62 Toyota should be strong. I’m confident our Germain Racing team will be tough to beat on Thursday night.”

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Thursday, July 7th, at Kentucky Speedway on SPEED. Qualifying airs at 6:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, with racing action at 8:00 PM ET, preceded by the NCWTS Setup at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

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

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 10th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings. 

Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

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

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Jul 04
2011

MEARS AND THE GECKO TAKE CHARGE OF THE FIELD IN DAYTONA

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Daytona Beach, FL (July 2, 2011) – Springtime in Daytona did not favor Casey Mears, but he was hoping as he arrived this week for the July 2nd race that summer would prove to be more auspicious.  After Daytona’s legendary speedway betrayed the Bakersfield, CA, native in February, the security of being in the Top 35 for the Coke Zero 400 eased the nerves of the Germain Racing team when they unloaded their #13 GEICO Toyota Camry on Thursday.

Prior to the start of practice, Mears and the GEICO team would first be forced to wait out the aggression of Mother Nature, who blanketed the speedway with rain for the majority of Thursday afternoon.  After the cancellation of the opening practice, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would offer the field a compacted 45-minute session later in the evening.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry would end up 32nd on the speed chart, just behind Brian Vickers and Kasey Kahne, when the red flag closed the series’ only practice session. 

Qualifying got underway late Friday afternoon, and Mears would be the 14th driver to take to the newly paved tri-oval.  He navigated the #13 GEICO Camry around the high-banks of Daytona International Speedway in just 50.107-seconds, at a rate of speed of 179.616-miles per hour, placing him 32nd on the starting grid, ahead of Martin Truex, Jr., and Denny Hamlin.

Before Mears would take the green flag on Saturday night, he would first make an appearance at the GEICO display area in the GEICO campgrounds.  After signing hundreds of autographs and taking photos with admiring fans, Mears then set his sights on the 160 laps of racing that would ensue a few hours later.

Clear skies and a packed grandstand overlooked the racetrack when the green flag turned the field loose for 400-miles of racing on Saturday evening.  Starting 32nd, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry immediately hooked up with their drafting partner Bobby Labonte and began to move forward until a Trevor Bayne crash brought out the event’s first caution flag on Lap 4.  Labonte received collateral damage and after moving up to the 24th position, Mears and the Gecko were now on the lookout for a new dance partner.

When the race went back to green on Lap 9, Mears restarted 17th and hooked up with Landon Cassill, forming what would end up being one of the most formidable duos of the evening.  However, Cassill would not be Mears’ only ally during the race.  When the event’s second caution flag was displayed on Lap 23 after Carl Edwards met the wall in Turn 4, the Germain Racing pit crew churned out a fast stop and returned Mears to the racing surface in an expedient fashion.  While the #13 GEICO Camry entered pit road in the 16th position, Mears would restart ninth on Lap 27, netting seven spots during his visit.

Mears and Cassill began to effortlessly navigate to the front and cracked the Top 10 on Lap 39, when the #13 GEICO Camry took over the ninth position.  Just a few laps later, on Lap 43, Mears captured fifth, and soon after moved into third on his quest to command the field. 

As the race began to wear on, Mears settled comfortably into the Top 10 and would make the occasional visit to the Top 5.  Lap 75 found the Daytona crowd exposed to their favorite reptile as Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry shot to the lead and would hold the spot for the next two laps.  After the Gecko led his first Daytona laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Mears settled into the third position as the race approached the halfway point.

With just 80 laps left on the docket, the tension on the racetrack became palpable and a focused Mears would wheel around the racetrack speaking very little on the team’s radio frequency.

A persistent Mears handled the race with a veteran’s calm and Lap 94 saw the hard-charging GEICO driver once again chase down the leader and take over the race’s top spot, marking the second time the #13 GEICO Camry led the field. 

As he approached Lap 100, Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for a scheduled green flag stop, taking on only left-side tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel.  He rejoined the event in the 19th position, but quickly made up lost ground.  Mears reached the Top 15 by Lap 104, while one lap later the #13 GEICO Camry would tread in familiar territory when it landed back in the Top 5. 

With just two laps left in the event, race fans leaped from their seats when a big group of cars began to make contact, sending Jeff Gordon spinning in front of an oncoming Mears.  Mears would miss Gordon’s car by only the narrowest of margins, drawing a collective sigh from the GEICO Racing pit area.  The incident would set the race up for a green-white-checker finish.

Riding in 12th under caution on Lap 160, Mears was handed his marching orders by crew chief, Bootie Barker.  “Casey, you have enough fuel to do what you need to do here at the end.  You and Landon should be nose to tail.  Good luck.” 

When the race went back under green with two laps remaining, the field began crashing in Turn 2 and Mears was left with nowhere to go, falling victim to the ‘big one’ and causing significant damage to the #13 GEICO Camry.  Mears was able to carefully limp the GEICO machine back to pit road where the Germain Racing pit crew skillfully repaired the car during the caution period. 

Mears would ultimately restart the race in the 33rd position, and hustle to a 32nd place finish.  The late-race crash would not overshadow the team’s best overall performance of the season.   

“We had a really good night tonight and it was great being able to take the lead on two different occasions and put GEICO at the front of the field at one of the biggest races of the year,” Mears said.  “Getting caught up in a crash with two to go is unfortunate, but wrecks happen in racing and we got wrecked while in position to make a run for the win; that’s something we can live with.  What’s important is that we got to show the progress we’re making and how good we can be.  I’m proud of this entire Germain Racing team.  I had a lot of fun tonight and I’m really looking forward to getting to Kentucky next week.” 

Next week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make its first-ever visit to Kentucky Speedway when all three of NASCAR’s top series’ compete at the Sparta facility.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval for an open day of testing on Thursday, July 7th, prior to beginning practice on Friday, July 8th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Friday evening at 5:10 PM (EDT).

The Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, July 9th and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

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

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

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Jun 13
2011

Bodine Says NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra Was in Shape to Contend before Crash Ended Night Early

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Bodine Says NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra Was in Shape to Contend before Crash Ended Night Early

 

Mooresville, NC (06-13-2011) – Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway saw six-time winner Todd Bodine ease the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra into position, just outside the top-five 40 laps into the 167-lap event. As if to show the fans what he’s famous for – running up front at the Fort Worth 1.5-mile circuit – Bodine spent the early laps running in and around the top-ten and marching steadily toward the front. He and his crew were in a good position to contend for their seventh victory, according to Bodine.

 

“I think we would’ve been a contender that’s the way we end up doing things at Germain Racing. By the end of the race, the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra was going to be ready to go,” said Bodine, who started eighth after ranking ninth and eighth in Thursday’s two practice sessions.

 

Bodine said the No. 30 Tundra started a bit tight, but, the team made adjustments that were needed and he was very confident in his NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Toyota.

 

“We started off way too tight off the corners. We adjusted it and got it freed up and it was definitely better. Our NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra still wasn’t completely right but we were gaining on it,” said Bodine.

 

The night took a downward turn in a sequence of events. Bodine spun out with Brian Ickler, causing little damage to either truck, but, putting Bodine back in traffic.

 

“I spun out with Brian Ickler and that got us in the back with the guys we didn’t want to race with. I made a mistake and caused us to wreck and it hurts because I think we had a great chance at getting this NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra into the winner’s circle tonight,” said Bodine who finished 31st on Friday.

 

The next race for Todd Bodine and the No. 30 team is at Kentucky Speedway on July 7th. There the team will unveil a new paint scheme; a black/gold/silver and white No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra will take the to track and Bodine and the Germain Racing crew will work to defend last season’s Kentucky race win. Watch the action live starting at 8:00 PM on SPEED, July 7th.

 

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