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Jun 12
2011

Lofton Tenth at Texas

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Lofton 10th in Texas

 

Fort Worth, Texas -- Justin Lofton scored his first top-10 finish of the Camping World Truck Series season on Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway. After starting 25th, the California racer drove a consistent race and wheeled his way to 10th following a final green-white-checkered flag restart.

 

"It feels good to come home in the top-10. We had a few close calls out there, but the Lofton Cattle Tundra looks pretty good after the race, and that's a good thing. I like racing here at Texas, but I haven't had the best of luck. It's really cool to get a top-10 here," Lofton said.

 

With temperatures lingering in the upper 90s throughout the two-day trip to the 1.5-mile Texas track, the Lofton Cattle team did their best to ready the No. 77 Toyota for night racing.

 

Throughout the Thursday afternoon practice sessions under the blazing sun and heat of the day, Lofton noted that the truck wasn't picking up as much speed as he had hoped. But with the field taking the green flag under the night sky and slightly cooler temperatures, Lofton looked forward to the changing track conditions giving him an advantage.

 

Once underway on Friday night, two early caution flags allowed Lofton to visit pit road for early adjustments. The team's third stop of the day fell just after the 50-lap mark, with Lofton taking the restart from the 14th position.

 

As the race hit the halfway point, the 77 team opted to make various calls on pit road. From two tires to an additional stop for fuel, the calls mixed things up for Lofton in the rundown. Various changes to the truck throughout the night worked as well, as Lofton radioed to his crew that the truck was "running pretty good" and struggled only with a minor aero problem while racing other trucks.

 

Lofton's final stop of the night fell on lap 121, with the No. 77 Lofton Cattle entry showing in the 23rd position for the restart on lap 123.  Consistently clicking off positions, Lofton had cracked the top-15 just 20 laps later. 

 

The final yellow flag of the night waved on lap 162, extending the race by one lap in order to make for a final green-white-checkered three-lap dash to the finish. Lofton took the final restart from the 13th spot.

 

With just three laps remaining, he dug in and charged his way to 10th, claiming his first top-10 finish after the season's first nine races. The result also moved him up three positions in both driver and owner point standings.

 

Lofton and the No. 77 Lofton Cattle team will next hit the track on July 7th at Kentucky Speedway.

 

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Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations

Email: mandy@justinloftoninc.com

Jun 12
2011

Papis 15th at Texas

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MAX PAPIS BRINGS HOME TOP-15 FINISH IN TEXAS SHOWDOWN

 

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 10, 2011) – As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) entered the Lone Star State, the fast-paced and action-filled series was sure to put on a show for the fans. Friday night’s Winstar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway did not disappoint, setting a new NCWTS record for number of cautions in one event at the Fort Worth facility. Despite a tight handling condition plaguing the No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Max Papis dodged the 10 cautions and finished the showdown in 15th-place.

 

On Thursday night, Papis took to the 1.5-mile oval for qualifying. The Italian clocked a lap of 30.653 seconds (176.165 mph), which placed the GEICO Toyota in the 21st starting position. The Germain Racing team was optimistic heading into Friday’s race, as the two practice sessions reinforced the notion of having a nice piece.

 

The green flag dropped shortly after 9 p.m. ET and the 167-lap showdown under the lights was underway. The first caution came a short seven laps into the race as oil was laid on the track. Papis quickly reported to Crew Chief Randy Goss that his GEICO Tundra was “tight center off”. On lap 10, the field restarted with Papis in 22nd-place. The first opportunity for Papis to hit pit road for adjustments came on lap 23 as the second caution slowed the pace. Goss brought his driver in for four tires, fuel, and adjustments to help the tight handling condition.

 

Papis restarted on lap 27 from the 22nd position and within three laps had moved inside the top-20. However, as the green flag run continued, the tight condition came back to the GEICO machine, which pushed Papis back to 23rd-place as the third caution came on lap 52. Papis returned to pit road for fresh tires, fuel, and more adjustments, before returning to racing action on lap 57 from the 24th position.

 

After two cautions hindered Papis’ progress, the GEICO Toyota had returned to the top-20 by lap 90 when the sixth caution came at The Great American Speedway. The tight condition continued to hinder Papis but the GEICO team kept trying to make the situation better. The No. 9 Tundra came to pit road for tires, fuel, and adjustments, before restarting on lap 96 from the 20th position.

 

The field spread out shortly after the restart as the laps clicked down to fewer than 50 remaining. The seventh caution of the night flew on lap 112 with Papis scored in 21st-place. This yellow period allowed Papis to return to pit road for tires, fuel, and additional adjustments. The GEICO Toyota restarted from inside the top-20 on lap 117.

 

With 30 laps to go in the 400K event, Papis made a phenomenal maneuver to dodge the spinning truck of Austin Dillon, which slid directly across the nose of the GEICO Toyota. As the tight handling condition continued, Goss called his driver back to pit road for the final time to “try something out of the box” as the previous adjustments hadn’t made much difference. With fresh tires, enough fuel to make it to the end, and numerous adjustments, Papis returned to racing on lap 143 from the 21st position.

 

Papis quickly moved back inside the top-20 and with only a handful of laps remaining, the GEICO Toyota was making up ground and contending to advance positions. Papis did quite the job behind the steering wheel to dodge the melee on the final lap to bring home a 15th-place finish.

 

“We just missed it on the handling a little bit,” said Papis. “But what I love about this team is that they never gave up. We kept working on it and working on it. It got better towards the end of the race and to bring home a top-15 finish is a solid day. In the big picture, when your bad day is a 15th-place finish, we are doing things right. The Truck Series has a few weeks off so we will go back to the shop and continue to work hard to bring a great GEICO Toyota to Kentucky.”

 

With his fifth top-15 finish of the year, Papis moved up one position to 11th-place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. Papis is only two points behind teammate Brendan Gaughan for the 10th position.

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has a three-week break before returning to action at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night, July 7th. Live television coverage can be seen on SPEED starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET.

 

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 Max Papis Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/maxpapisracing

 

 

-PMI-

 

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com 

Jun 08
2011

Gaughan Debuting Big Red Tundra at Texas Motor Speedway

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Gaughan Debuting Big Red Tundra at Texas Motor Speedway

 

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

He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

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

Gaughan has 13 NCWTS races at Texas including a four-race win streak

 

Mooresville, N.C. (June 7, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan, the No. 62 Tundra and Germain Racing crew will showcase a fresh, bright red look as they unload their Toyota truck at Texas Motor Speedway this week for Friday night’s 167-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Gaughan will commandeer the No. 62 Big Red Tundra—an appropriate fit for a four-time winner at Texas to proudly bear the colors of an Austin, TX, company.

 

“Big Red is on the No. 62 Tundra this week. I couldn’t be more excited to have a sponsor and they couldn’t have picked a better race for me. As I’ve said all season, Texas is a race I’ve been looking forward to racing with this Germain Racing team, and, I hope Todd and I can be there at the end, battling it out for a win between Germain teammates. It would make for a great race for our Texas sponsor, Big Red,” said Gaughan, whose familiar South Point Hotel & Casino logos will be present on the bed rails of his Big Red Tundra.

 

Visiting Texas, and doing well there, is more than a racing habit for Las Vegas native Gaughan. It’s a matter of family pride.

 

“Texas has always been a great track for me. It’s near one of my mother’s horse ranches. My family likes to be known as a bunch of cowboys, so it’s important for me to run well there. I think next to our hometown track in Las Vegas, Texas is the most important venue on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule to my dad,” explained Gaughan.

 

The winning Gaughan has done at Texas certainly raises his expectations, and those of his Germain Racing teammates.

 

“Texas feels different than any other race track because of the history there,” said Gaughan, whose 4 Texas wins added to the team’s 7 brings the trophy count to eleven heading into Friday’s event. “It feels great to show up at Texas, knowing that we are capable of winning with our Big Red Tundra, but, it’s a double-edged sword. If I have a bad race at Texas, it makes it that much worse.”

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 Big Red Tundra on Friday, June 10th, at Texas Motor Speedway on SPEED. Coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup at 8:30 PM Eastern followed by live racing at 9:00 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. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

 

Brendan Gaughan currently ranks 10th in the 2011 Truck Series driver’s points standings. Follow Gaughan at BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

 

About Big Red, Inc….Big Red, Inc. is one of the top 10 beverage companies in North America with a history dating back to 1937. Along with Big Red®, recognized as the number-one selling red soda, Big Red, Inc. also markets beverage brands Diet Big Red®, Big Blue®, Big Red Vanilla Float®, Big Peach®, Big Pineapple®, Big Punch®, Big Honey Lemonade®, NuGrape®, and Nesbitt’s ® products. Distributed widely throughout the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Independent Bottlers and Pepsi Bottling Group, consumers across the country enjoy Big Red, Inc.’s beverages.

 

About ALL SPORT®...ALL SPORT® was developed using today’s sport physiology research and provides an optimal balance of fluids to help rehydrate during physical exertion. ALL SPORT® delivers real value by combining desired taste with replenishing carbohydrates, 100% RDA Vitamin C and 60 mg Potassium to help prevent muscle cramping while satisfying both thirst and body. ALL SPORT® is available in 12-ounce, 20-ounce and 32-ounce bottles, and is sold at retail stores throughout the country. A subsidiary of Big Red, Inc., All Sport, Inc. is based in Austin, Texas and distributed by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Visit us at www.drinkallsport.com.

 

 

Jun 08
2011

NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra Advance: Texas, June 2011

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Germain Racing, Bodine Looking for Repeat Win in Texas with NTB, Service Central and Valvoline On Board the No. 30 Tundra

 

Bodine is the Reigning Truck Series Champion after earning his 2nd title in 2010

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

He has six wins at Texas and is the defending race winner for the June, TMS, Truck Series event

 

Mooresville, N.C. (June 6, 2011) - If 2010 numbers can predict 2011 results, the competition could skip out on Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway. Todd Bodine just scored a strong third-place finish at Kansas Speedway, where he also finished third in 2010. There were a few events in between the two 1.5-mile races last season, but, the events were the longest races on the schedule and the trip to Texas produced a victory for the No. 30 Tundra with Valvoline on the quarter panels.  When Bodine puts the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra on track at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, he and his crew will look for nothing less than another win from their efforts.

 

“We always feel like we can go win at Texas any time we race there,” said Bodine, who admits that this time the team has to put in some extra effort to be in winning form at TMS. “Goodyear’s coming back with a different tire, so the advantage we had with the old setup for our NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra is one we’ll have to work on with the tire change. We’ll just have to work hard to get our Toyota to go as fast as it normally does, but I’m sure this Germain Racing team will have no problem doing just that.”

 

Bodine says that returning to Texas with Valvoline branding on board certainly is part of a familiar scenario he and Germain Racing hope to duplicate.

 

“When we went to Texas last June, we had Valvoline on the quarter panels for the first time and we were able to take them to victory lane. We’re hoping to give them, Service Central and NTB another winning experience with the 30 Tundra at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Bodine.

 

Bodine is strapping into racing chassis GR-019 for Friday’s Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The truck is new to the Germain Racing fleet; it raced first at Kansas Speedway. The No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra driver is currently ranked ninth in the championship standings.

 

Watch the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra on Friday, June 10th, at Texas Motor Speedway on SPEED. Live race coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup at 8:30 PM Eastern with the start of racing at 9:00 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

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

 

ABOUT SERVICE CENTRAL: Service Central® is the automotive service offering available exclusively at Tire Kingdom®, NTB-National Tire and Battery®, Merchant’s Tire and Auto®, and Big O Tires®. Available at nearly 1,300 locations nationwide, its trained and certified ASE technicians use state-of-the art equipment to provide quality service on cars or trucks. The nationwide warranty provides peace of mind while it protects consumers and their investment in over 40 states. (http://www.facebook.com/ServiceCentralRacing & www.servicecentralauto.com)

 

ABOUT TBC RETAIL GROUP: Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, TBC Retail Group, Inc., a subsidiary of TBC Corporation, operates more than 800 tire and automotive service centers under the brands: Tire Kingdom®, NTB - National Tire and Battery®, and Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers®, along with nearly 500 franchised Big O Tires® locations. The contingent of nearly 1300 stores has trained and certified ASE technicians who use state-of-the-art equipment to provide quality service on cars and trucks.  The nationwide warranty provides peace of mind while it protects consumers and their investment in over 40 states.  TBC Retail Group employs more than 300 associates at its Juno Beach, Fla. headquarters and approximately 10,000 associates nationally.  To locate a store near you, call 800-NEW-TIRE. TBC Corporation, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is one of the nation's largest marketers of automotive replacement tires through a multi-channel retail and wholesale strategy.

 

ABOUT VALVOLINE: Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. The Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One® appearance products, Car Brite® car restoration products, Zerex® antifreeze, SynPower® performance products and MaxLife® products created for higher-mileage engines. With more than 870 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change® is a leader in serving the quick lube market.

 

 

Jun 08
2011

Bodine Ties Season’s Best Finish, Grabbing Third in Kansas

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Bodine Ties Season’s Best Finish, Grabbing Third in Kansas

 

Mooresville, NC (06-06-2011) – Todd Bodine steered the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra to a third-place finish at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The finish was the best Toyota result in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, ties his best effort of the year, and puts the team in high spirits heading into next weekend’s race in Texas.

 

“Our truck was a brand new Tundra. These guys worked to build a great new race truck for our NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra this week. It ran great. We had a great truck and we hung in there. We had great pit stops. At the end, the ‘Dirty 30’ Germain team is just awesome every single week. We had a good run. To come out of this slump – we wanted to win no doubt – but we had the third-best truck. We were running Johnny (Sauter) down at the end. If we had another 10 or 15 laps, we probably could have got him. We had a great day and a great race truck,” beamed Bodine, who led twice for nine laps making Kansas the second race of the season where Bodine has had the No. 30 Tundra in front of the field.

 

Bodine emphasized the team effort that led to the third-place result in Kansas.

 

“This NTB/Service Central/Valvoline crew did a great job. The “Dirty 30” on pit road again – awesome, awesome pit stops. Those guys kept us up there,” said Bodine, praising the work of his Germain Racing pit crew.

 

The Chemung, NY, driver hopes the Kansas performance is truly the end of the post-championship bitters that have kept the No. 30 Tundra team scratching their heads through much of the first eight races of the 2011 season.

 

“We’re going to take the same truck (to Texas). To be able to run here and run that good and come out of here in one piece and just rub on it and look at the set-up a little bit and see what we got to do. I think it’s a different tire at Texas that we’re going back with. It’s going to change some things. The good thing about this NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra is its brand new and it really responds. This Toyota Tundra was awesome and I can’t wait to see how it runs in Texas,” said Bodine.

 

After his third-place result from the tenth-place starting position, Bodine moved up two spots in the points standings to ninth.

 

Watch the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra compete next at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 10th with SPEED coverage beginning with the NCWTS Setup at 8:30 PM Eastern followed by live racing at 9:00 PM.

 

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Jun 08
2011

Gaughan Scored Another 7th-place Finish Saturday at Kansas Speedway

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Gaughan Scored Another 7th-place Finish Saturday at Kansas Speedway

 

Mooresville, NC (06-06-2011) – Brendan Gaughan pushed through intense heat in the cockpit of the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra to earn his second seventh-place finish of the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway was held in the heat of the afternoon, with temperatures already in the mid-90’s. That was nothing compared to what Gaughan and his crew overcame.

 

“Our South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra was fast. We had a better Tundra -- probably a top-five – than we got to show. I think we were a little better than Kyle (Busch). I just overshot the pits which cost us a lot of time on pit road,” explained Gaughan. “We had a great comeback by the boys on pit road. That’s the way this Germain Racing team runs -- Todd (Bodine) and I finished top-10 and all four team Tundras are in one piece after the race. That’s what we needed to do heading into Texas.”

 

Gaughan described the extreme heat he faced during Saturday’s 167-lap race. The race, along with the upcoming Texas event, is tied for the longest race on the Truck Series schedule at 250.5 miles.

 

“We cracked an exhaust, I guess. The exhaust broke and they put a heat gun on my seat when I got out (after the race) and it said 220 degrees. So, they gave me some ice bags during the race. But, they broke open. You never want water in a seat. I don’t know if you remember watching Bugs Bunny when you were a kid -- Elmer Fudd used to always put him in a big pot and try to cook him. That’s what happens when you add water to a metal seat,” explained Gaughan, who, despite the discomfort, was very pleased with his Toyota’s performance and his team’s effort on Saturday.

 

Gaughan’s finished moved him up two spots to tenth in the Truck Series standings.

 

The next race is Friday, June 10th, at Texas Motor Speedway, where Gaughan will race the No. 62 Big Red Tundra.

 

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Jun 06
2011

Lofton Leads Some Laps, Tallies Solid Finish in Devil Brigade Tundra in Kansas

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Lofton Leads Some Laps, Tallies Solid Finish in Devil Brigade Tundra in Kansas

 

Kansas City, KS. - Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 was a special race to Justin Lofton and the No. 77 Germain Racing team. After a visit to nearby Fort Riley on Thursday, Lofton climbed behind the wheel of his race truck at Kansas Speedway with a special paint scheme in honor of his new friends within the Devil Brigade; the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army. With 45 soldiers showing their support on Saturday, Lofton led some laps, contended within the top-10, and despite a late race pit road penalty, nailed down a solid 19th place finish.

 

"I had so much fun at Fort Riley on Thursday. I went last year and it was nice seeing some old faces as well as meeting some new ones. They came out in full force today and it was really a lot of fun to have them out here. After they let me go through some of their training sessions, it was neat to show them what I do," Lofton said of the soldiers within the Devil Brigade.

 

"We put on a show for them with the No. 77 Devil Brigade Tundra leading some laps. It was really hot out there and the track was slick, but the truck was a lot of fun to drive. We got caught up there on that last stop, but overall, it was a good day."

 

Prior to taking the green flag, Lofton met with members of the Devil Brigade, signing autographs, taking photos, and thanking them for their service. After a few photos by the truck, Lofton climbed in, rolling off of the grid from the 18th spot.

 

After an early caution flag just 18 laps in, and while some leaders opted to stay on track, Lofton dropped down pit road for four tires and fuel. Four laps after the restart, he had climbed from 21st to 17th.

 

As the laps clicked down, Lofton continued his climb through the field, moving into the top-10 by lap 50.  By that point, some trucks elected to make green flag pit stops. Having pit under the first yellow, the No. 77 Devil Brigade Toyota was able to stay on track, inheriting the lead on lap 55.

 

After holding the position for just over six laps, Lofton prepared to drop down pit road for his stop. Simultaneously, a caution flag waved, allowing Lofton to make his stop under yellow.  The pit crew sprang into action, swapped out the tires, added fuel, and sent Lofton back on track. For the restart, the No. 77 machine lined up from the fourth position.

 

As the race hit the 100-lap mark Lofton showed in the 12th spot as he informed his crew that the truck was handling a bit tight. Two more pit stops allowed the crew to tune on the truck, with the final stop falling under the seventh and final caution flag of the race on lap 133. The team made spring rubber and track bar adjustments in addition to adding four fresh tires and fuel. Unfortunately, NASCAR clocked the No. 77 Devil Brigade Tundra running slightly over pit road speed on the exit. The penalty dropped Lofton to the back of the pack for the restart.

 

With the final 30 laps staying green, Lofton reclaimed as many positions as possible, crossing the finish line in 19th at the drop of the checkered flag.

 

"It was a tough race out there, battling the heat all day, but the truck was good. I feel like we could have gained some of those spots back if we had a few more laps. The most important thing is that we've got a good truck and a lot to grow with next week in Texas," Lofton said.  

 

Lofton and the No. 77 team will next hit the track on Friday, June 10th at the Texas Motor Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations

Email: mandy@justinloftoninc.com

Jun 06
2011

PAPIS GETS SHORT END OF THE STICK IN KANSAS, ENDS UP 22ND

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PAPIS GETS SHORT END OF THE STICK IN KANSAS, ENDS UP 22ND

 

 

 

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 4, 2011) – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) added another mark in the history books this weekend, as the competitive series completed its 400th race on Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Despite making his first NCWTS start at the 1.5-mile oval, Max Papis looked to collect a top-10 finish in the historic event. Unfortunately, an accident on lap 112 left the No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra with damage, relegating the team to a 22nd-place finish.

 

During qualifying on Saturday morning, Papis laid down a lap of 32.758 seconds (164.845 mph), placing the GEICO Toyota in the 20th position to start the 167-lap race. Within the first 10 laps, Papis reported to Crew Chief Randy Goss that his truck was loose entering and in the middle of the corners. The first caution came on lap 18 and Papis brought his truck to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments.

 

The majority of the leaders made the decision to stay out and not pit during the caution, putting Papis in the 23rd position on the lap 22 restart. The adjustments helped the Germain Racing entry, however the Toyota was still loose. On lap 47, the leaders began to pit under green flag conditions as they reached their fuel cycle. Papis remained on the racetrack, due to his previous pit stop, and moved into the seventh-place by lap 60.

 

Two laps later a lucky break came for the GEICO Racing team, as the caution slowed the field and allowed Papis to pit under yellow. Goss brought his Italian driver in for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. A great stop by the over-the-wall crew picked up two positions for Papis to restart from fourth-place on lap 66.

 

Before the competitors could make one circuit, another caution was brought out for a single-truck spin. Papis had to return to pit road as the team had discovered the truck was not full of fuel from the previous stop. Goss used this time to make an additional adjustment to tighten up the GEICO machine.

 

Papis restarted on lap 71 from the 19th position. As the laps clicked off, the loose handling condition continued to plague the GEICO Toyota Tundra. The fifth caution of the afternoon came on lap 99 for debris on the backstretch. Papis returned to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments, before restarting in the 16th-place on lap 103.

 

While battling with Shane Sieg for position, Papis received contact from the competitor, sending the GEICO Toyota into the outside wall. Right-side damage forced the team to pit for repairs, but good work once again by the team allowed Papis to retain his position on the lead lap and return racing as the 250-mile event restarted on lap 116.

 

Over the final 50 laps, the damage continued to hinder Papis’ quest to gain additional positions, leaving the GEICO Racing team with a 22nd-place finish. With the unfortunate ending, Papis dropped one spot in the NCWTS Championship Point Standings and is tied for 11th-place with Joey Coulter. Both drivers are only one point behind Germain Racing teammate Brendan Gaughan, who holds the 10th position.

 

Next week, Papis and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series head to Texas Motor Speedway for a country showdown under the lights on Friday, June 10th. Coverage begins live on SPEED Channel at 8 p.m. ET.

 

 

-PMI-

 

Jun 02
2011

Bodine in NTB, Service Central and Valvoline Colors at Kansas

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Bodine in NTB, Service Central and Valvoline Colors at Kansas

 

Bodine is the Reigning Truck Series Champion after earning his 2nd title in 2010

Bodine is Third Driver in Truck Series History to Win Multiple Titles, and Clinch Early

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

He has one win at Kansas and last year finished 3rd

 

Mooresville, N.C. (June 2, 2011) - Germain Racing will show up in Kansas sporting a look similar to what they debuted in Daytona on the No. 30 Tundra. The reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Todd Bodine, will drive the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra at Kansas Speedway, a track where he finished third last year, and, a track where he and his crew, led by Mike Hillman Jr., know how to win. After a tough weekend in front of the home crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bodine and Hillman are ready for some vindication in Kansas.

 

“We need to get back on track and Kansas is as good a place as any.  Mile and a half tracks are our strong suit and we hope to prove that once again. The track has some wear on it and has continued to grow character. Drivers can move around the track into different grooves and make their trucks run faster. We are taking a brand new race truck for Germain Racing and the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra should be great,” said Bodine.

 

Kansas Speedway is a much different track than Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bodine explains that the shape of the Kansas circuit means momentum and corner speed are the focus.

“Kansas is really wide and the field does spread out there. It drives more like a Michigan or California. There’s a lot more momentum than most mile and a half tracks. You have to keep the center of the corner speed up to get a good lap time and that’s been one of our strong points. Hopefully we can make it work to our advantage with our No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra this weekend,” said Bodine.

 

Bodine is strapping into racing chassis GR-019 for Saturday’s Kansas Speedway Truck Series race. He is currently ranked eleventh in the championship standings.

 

Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Tire Kingdom Tundra on Saturday, June 4th, at Kansas Speedway on SPEED. Practice coverage airs at 12:30 and 3:00 PM Eastern on Friday, June 3rd, with qualifying at 10:30 AM on Saturday morning and racing action at 2:00 PM, preceded by the NCWTS Setup at 1:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

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

ABOUT SERVICE CENTRAL:
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ABOUT TBC RETAIL GROUP
Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, TBC Retail Group, Inc., a subsidiary of TBC Corporation, operates more than 800 tire and automotive service centers under the brands: Tire Kingdom®, NTB - National Tire and Battery®, and Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers®, along with nearly 500 franchised Big O Tires® locations. The contingent of nearly 1300 stores has trained and certified ASE technicians who use state-of-the-art equipment to provide quality service on cars and trucks.  The nationwide warranty provides peace of mind while it protects consumers and their investment in over 40 states.  TBC Retail Group employs more than 300 associates at its Juno Beach, Fla. headquarters and approximately 10,000 associates nationally.  To locate a store near you, call 800-NEW-TIRE. TBC Corporation, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is one of the nation's largest marketers of automotive replacement tires through a multi-channel retail and wholesale strategy.

ABOUT VALVOLINE
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Jun 02
2011

Gaughan & Crew Looking Ahead to Kansas Racing with No. 62 Tundra

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Gaughan & Crew Looking Ahead to Kansas Racing with No. 62 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

 - Gaughan has 7 NCWTS races at Kansas and a top-10 finish in each NASCAR national series

 

Mooresville, N.C. (June 1, 2011) - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Brendan Gaughan is no stranger to Kansas Speedway. He’s scored top-ten finishes in each of NASCAR’s three national series and has seven Truck Series starts under his belt at the 1.5-mile track. Gaughan is looking to see the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra back in form as it was in Charlotte last week, but in Kansas, he and his crew want the finish to match their performance level.

 

“Our Toyota Tundra was really good at Charlotte. I think our mile and a half stuff is really going in the right direction. We’ll take what we learned from Charlotte and go to Kansas and see what we can do. I’ve said it from the get-go, this is part of the season where I think Germain Racing can win and I feel we can win at Kansas,” said Gaughan.

 

Gaughan gets to visit with some Kansas troops before racing—something which is dear to him and his teammates.

 

“On Thursday I’m going over to Fort Riley with Justin Lofton to do some troop appreciation which is a huge deal to me and Germain Racing. There are a lot of bases in the area, a lot of military personnel. Even though Memorial Day has passed, it’s still a great opportunity to hang out with the troops and show some appreciation for all they do for all of us,” said Gaughan, who can often be spotted wearing hats from troop members he meets.

 

Kansas is perfectly suited to Gaughan, according to the Las Vegas native.

 

“Kansas is different from the Texas and Charlotte types of tracks where drivers like to work the higher groove. Everyone is nervous to go high at Kansas, which means there will be less people in my preferred groove, so that will help me get by people,” smiled Gaughan.

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Saturday, June 4th, at Kansas Speedway on SPEED. Practice coverage airs at 12:30 and 3:00 PM Eastern on Friday, June 3rd, with qualifying at 10:30 AM on Saturday morning and racing action at 2:00 PM ET, preceded by the NCWTS Setup at 1:30 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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