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Sep 12
2011

Richmond Race Recap: GEICO Camry, Mears

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CASEY MEARS RECORDS 17TH IN RICHMOND; 9/11 HEAVY ON HIS HEART

 

 

 

Richmond, VA (September 10, 2011) – After a tough weekend in Atlanta, Casey Mears and the GEICO team had visions of rebounding in Richmond.  But, before taking their turn at redemption, Mears traveled to Washington, DC, to meet with GEICO executives.  After spending two hours talking about the past, present and future, Mears made his way to Richmond where he anxiously awaited Friday’s practice sessions.

 

Mears quickly settled in at Richmond and paced the ¾-mile facility in just 21.44 seconds at a rate of speed of 125.927 miles per hour.  His sporty effort would place the #13 GEICO Camry third on the speed chart in the opening practice session.  Unfortunately, qualifying saw Mears battle a tight condition that even caused television broadcasters to take notice, prohibiting him to turn the car in the corners.  Saturday night would see Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry rolling off of the starting grid in the 30th position, just behind Martin Truex, Jr, and Denny Hamlin.

 

While Saturday night would present 400 laps of racing in front of a packed house, it also served as the heaviest of eves.  Race fans and drivers alike felt the gravity of the 10-year anniversary of the Attack on America, which would fall just one day later on September 11th.  American flags filled the grandstands, accompanied by an unwavering sense of patriotism, during an emotionally moving pre-race ceremony.   

 

When Mears and the GEICO team took to the starting grid, they were accompanied by Marine Sergeant Courtney Rauch, who lost his left leg while serving in Afghanistan.  Prior to the race, Mears and his wife, Trisha, presented him with a token of the team’s appreciation.  Rauch is in the process of training for a marathon, which served as great motivation for the GEICO team.

 

Starting 30th, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry moved up to 29th by the close of the opening lap.  Unfortunately, the event’s first caution flag of the evening flew on Lap 3, halting Mears’ progress. 

 

It was the next caution that would serve as a thorn in Mears’ side. 

 

After Mears restarted 29th on Lap 7, cars began to bunch up a lap later causing a 13-car crash that collected the GEICO machine.  Upon inspection of the #13 GEICO Camry as it made its way slowly from the crash site, crew chief Bootie Barker indicated to Mears: “It’s not bad at all.”  Mears visited pit road three times to repair damage and thanks to the expedient work of the Germain Racing pit crew, remained on the lead lap. 

 

Mears ultimately restarted 28th when the field went back to green on Lap 20 and would survive the fury of caution flags, fifteen in total, that would wave on Saturday night.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry spent their time diligently trying to make up ground until they finally cracked the Top 25 on Lap 65.  From there, Mears seemed undeterred and would ultimately work his way into the Top 20 on Lap 183 and settle in for the balance of the evening. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry ran comfortably in the 17th position for a large portion of the evening, but a spin by Menard on the frontstretch with just 16 laps remaining threatened the GEICO Camry’s Top 20 status.  The resulting caution flag would cause an always scary restart with the race in its final laps.  Mears took the opportunity to visit pit road and take on four tires and a single can of fuel. 

 

The green flag turned the field loose with just 12 laps left on the board.  While things would get dicey, Mears wheeled the final laps with a veteran’s calm and recorded a 17th place finish under a full moon in Richmond.

 

After exiting his GEICO Camry following the race, Mears was slow to talk about racing, but quick to honor our country and those affected by 9/11.

 

“I’m not sure racing is what we need to be talking about right now, as we sit a day away from the 10th anniversary of the Attack on America,” Mears said.  “It was so humbling to be on pit road before the race with Courtney (Rauch, Marine) and to also see the patriotism of all of our great NASCAR fans.  It really gave me motivation in the racecar tonight and I’m proud of this GEICO team because we didn’t quit after that early crash and they worked really hard to repair the car.  What we did tonight typifies the American spirit: we encountered adversity, we worked hard and we overcame.”  He continued, “Tonight and this weekend is about giving people hope.  It is about thinking of and praying for those affected by 9/11 and also our troops who protect our freedom and allow us to come out here and race every weekend.”

 

Mears and the GEICO team will enjoy a special weekend when they travel to Chicago for the next event.  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, dubbed the GEICO 400, will offer Mears and the Germain Racing team a chance to be surrounded by a great number of GEICO associates and guests from the corporate office.

 

Aside from his normal weekend duties, Mears will be doing a series of autograph signings and media appearances throughout the week in Chicago.  Thursday night, Mears and GEICO NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver, Max Papis, will be making an appearance at the Fan Rally in Joliet from 7:00 PM (CT) to 8:00 PM (CT).  Friday morning will find Mears meeting fans from 8:00 AM (CT) to 9:00 AM (CT) in the GEICO campground just inside the tunnel, while 10:30 AM (CT) will see the GEICO driver signing for an hour in the Champions Park area.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Chicagoland Speedway for the opening practice session at 2:00 PM (ET) on Friday, September 16th.  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, September 17th, at 1:40 PM (ET).

 

The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 18, 2011, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:00 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

 

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Sep 05
2011

NTB/Service Central Tundra: Atlanta Recap

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Bodine Finishes 9th at Atlanta in NTB/Service Central Tundra

 

Mooresville, NC (09-05-2011) – Todd Bodine and the No. 5 NTB/Service Central Tundra crew held their own in Friday evening’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. The race was slowed by five cautions for 25 laps but finished with a long, 49-lap green flag run to punctuate the 130-lap race. Bodine qualified 19th and finished ninth. Bodine said his truck’s setup was just a touch shy of what he needed to move up in the finishing order.

 

“We missed it just a little bit. The NTB/Service Central Tundra really wasn’t too bad, it was just too tight on exit. I couldn’t carry my momentum off the corner. We were good into the corner, good through the middle. We went with a whole different kind of setup at Atlanta and it wasn’t too bad,” said Bodine, who ranks tenth in points after Atlanta.

 

Long green-flag runs at Atlanta aren’t uncommon, though one that represents more than a third of the event to close out the race in the Truck Series is pretty unusual.

 

 “Atlanta usually is this way. Though, it’s not for the trucks so much, but for the other divisions. I would have never thought it was

going to go the rest of the way without a caution, but it did,” described Bodine of the 49-lap caution-free segment to end the race.

 

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. would have loved to get one more chance to work on the NTB/Service Central Toyota on pit road.

 

“Our Germain Racing pit crew did a great job with adjustments on our stops. I think if we had one more trip to pit road, we were a fourth-place truck or maybe better,” said Hillman.

 

Bodine and Hillman race next with the No. 5 Tundra at Chicagoland Speedway. The Toyota will sport the colors of International Trucks and Monaco RVs as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competes in the 18th event of the 2011 season on Friday, September 16th at 8:00 PM Eastern. Tune in to SPEED TV or your local MRN affiliate for 150 laps/225 miles of Truck Series action.

 

Follow Germain Racing at www.GermainRacing.com or on Twitter @Germainracing. Todd Bodine has joined Twitter @Team_onion.

 

NTB and Service Central are also on line with Twitter @NTB_tires and @SC_Racing. Also, they can be found on Facebook… www.facebook.com/nationaltireandbattery and www.facebook.com/servicecentralracing.

 

Look for NTB on the bed-top of the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra driven by Germain Racing driver Brendan Gaughan at the upcoming Chicagoland Speedway race.

 

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Sep 03
2011

Papis, GEICO Tundra: Atlanta Recap

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STRATEGY CALL PROPELS MAX PAPIS TO 14TH PLACE FINISH IN ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. (September 2, 2011) – Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for fast speeds and drivers holding the gas pedal wide-open around the entire 1.5-mile quad-oval. Add in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series making their one and only stop in Georgia and three and four wide action was sure to be the norm. Friday night’s Good Sam Club 200 was no exception.  

Max Papis and the GEICO Racing team entered the Peachtree State with a plan of attack – keep the Toyota Tundra in one piece and finish inside the top-15. The one-day show started early with two practice sessions followed by qualifying before the race started shortly after 8 p.m. ET. During time trials, Papis clocked a solid lap of 31.679 seconds to place the Germain Racing entry in the 18th starting position.  

As the green flag waved to start the 130-lap race, Papis quickly reported a loose handling condition and that he couldn’t “keep momentum all around the track.” The first caution flag flew on lap 20 for oil on the track, which allowed the No. 9 GEICO machine to come to pit road. The Como, Italy native received four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments. Papis restarted on lap 27 from the 19th position.  

Papis continued to wheel the GEICO Toyota despite the handling changing to “tight on entry and loose on exit.” The second caution of the night came on lap 38 for a two-truck accident in turn four. Papis returned to pit road for additional adjustments and fuel, before returning to green flag conditions on lap 43.  

By lap 50, Papis had moved into the 21st position but reported to his GEICO team that the truck was now looser than it was before the previous adjustments. The third caution came on lap 60 and crew chief Randy Goss took the opportunity to bring his driver back down pit road. The No. 9 over-the-wall crew changed four tires, fueled the truck, and made major adjustments to dial in the truck.  

The GEICO Toyota Tundra restarted from the 25th position on lap 65, as numerous leaders did not pit. In eight short laps, Papis drove up to 22nd-place before the fourth caution slowed the pace on lap 73 for debris. The truck was feeling better underneath Papis so the team made the decision to stay out, to restart in the same position on lap 77.  

However, one short lap later another caution was displayed for a spinning truck on the frontstretch. Now that the GEICO team was inside their fuel window to make it to the end of the race, Papis brought his red and blue machine down pit road for fresh tires, fuel and one last set of adjustments. The field restarted on lap 82, with Papis in the 22nd position.  

With the leaders unable to make it to the end of the race on fuel, Papis and the GEICO team were looking for the remainder of the event to be caution-free. Their strategy played out perfect as the frontrunners started to hit pit road around lap 115. On lap 120, Papis was running in the seventh position.  

Over the final 10 laps, the competitors with fresh tires, who could run almost a second faster than those on old ones, caught Papis. The GEICO Toyota Tundra crossed the finish line in the 14th position.
  
“We raced hard all night long and finished the best way we could,” said Papis, after the race. “Our strategy was to stay out just like Hornaday did to win the race but we came up a little short when those guys with fresh tires caught us with only a few laps left. I’m proud of the GEICO guys to never give up and keep digging.”  

With his top-15 effort, Papis moved up two positions, to 15th-place, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. Papis sits just one point behind 14th-place Jason White.  

Papis and the No. 9 GEICO team have a one-week hiatus before returning to action at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, September 16th. Catch all the action live on SPEED Channel, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also have the live radio broadcast.  

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> .  

-PMI- Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.
Email:
sjones@pmifirm.com 


Sep 01
2011

Atlanta Preview: Bodine

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Todd Bodine

No. 5 NTB/Service Central Toyota Tundra

Atlanta Motor Speedway – Atlanta 200

September 2, 2011

News and Notes

 

           This Week’s Tundra… The No. 5 NTB/Service Central team and Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will utilize GR-018 in Friday’s 130-lap NCWTS race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Chassis GR-018 is the newest chassis in the Germain Racing stable and made its debut at Nashville Superspeedway in July, finishing sixth.  Since then it’s been raced at Pocono Raceway (12th) and, most recently, Michigan (11th).  Mike Hillman Jr. will once again be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the seventh race of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra.

 

           Raising Awareness… The No. 5 NTB/Service Central Tundra will feature a Teal Ribbon to recognize the kick off of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which is September. Additionally, the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra and No. 9 GEICO Tundra will also feature Teal Ribbons.

 

           Track Stats… Bodine leads all active truck series drivers in top-fives (6) and top-10s (7) at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  In 9 NNS starts, Bodine has led three races, scored three top-5 and four top-10 finishes.  In 18 NSCS starts, Bodine has led 89 laps in three races, scored two top-5 and four top-10 finishes.

 

           Closing the Gap… With his third-place finish last race at Bristol, Bodine maintained his 10th-place standing in the driver points and is now just 30 points out of the top five.

 

           Watch and Listen… The Atlanta 200 from Atlanta Motor Speedway will be broadcast live on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, on Friday night.  SPEED kicks off its pre-race coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and MRN Radio will begin its live broadcast at 7:45 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 2.  SPEED will also carry live a broadcast of qualifying on Friday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

 

Todd Bodine on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

 “Momentum is an important thing, but it’s not everything. We have to go to Atlanta and do the best job we can. We feel like maybe we got the monkey off our back a little bit and we’re going to Atlanta with high hopes for the NTB/Service Central Tundra. Our mile and a half program has always been strong – so coming off a good finish like we had at Bristol can’t hurt anything.”

 

“Atlanta, when the tires get hot the race track doesn’t have a lot of grip. You slip and slide and that’s my strong suit is racing there on the older tires. We plan to go there and get a good balance on the NTB/Service Central Tundra and run up front.”

 

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.

 

Sep 01
2011

South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Preview: Atlanta

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Gaughan Racing Chassis GR-016 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

 

  • 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. (Aug. 31, 2011) - Atlanta Motor Speedway sees Brendan Gaughan back behind the wheel of a Tundra chassis he last drove at Darlington Raceway earlier in the season. Gaughan likes the truck and loves the racing action at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s anxious to see what his No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra can do with the competition in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.

 

“Atlanta is a very, very fast track. You go so fast there. Even though it looks like Texas and it looks like Charlotte – for some reason it has faster characteristics. Bruton Smith has some of the best tracks on the schedule and Atlanta is one of them. There are multiple grooves to pick and choose from – if you’re tight you can find a groove that works better, if you are loose you can find a groove that will help out,” said Gaughan.

 

Gaughan is racing chassis GR-016, one that served him very well at Darlington until an incident very late in the race.

 

“We’re taking a truck I ran at Darlington earlier this year. It’s got some of the best side-force numbers of any of the trucks in the shop. We’re optimistic heading into Atlanta that it will be a good South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra for us there,” said Gaughan.

 

In addition to racing in Atlanta, Gaughan says he enjoys the area and what it has to offer. He and his wife have some fun planned, and may make their Atlanta trip several days longer given the off-week for the Truck Series next week.

 

“My wife and I are going to dive at the Georgia Aquarium just for fun. We’ll probably get dinner at Dante’s Down the Hatch. It’s a really cool restaurant. It’s a pirate ship inside the building. Atlanta’s a great town to go race in, and since we’re off the week after we race, we might just call my buddy Andy Lally and get some more ideas of things to do around town and kind of spend some time there,” said Gaughan.”

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Atlanta Motor Speedway on SPEED. Qualifying airs Friday, September 2nd at 5:00 PM ET 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 11th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings, just 97 points out of first 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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Aug 26
2011

Valvoline Tundra Finishes 3rd at Bristol

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Bodine Finishes Third with Valvoline Tundra at Bristol

 

Mooresville, NC (08-25-2011) – Todd Bodine and his teammates found their stride at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bodine qualified the No. 5 Valvoline Tundra in ninth place and spent the majority of Wednesday night’s 200 laps or racing in the top-five. Throughout the O’Reilly 200, Bodine kept the Valvoline Tundra clear from the nine cautions that slowed the race and brought home a third-place finish.

 

“We struggled a little bit, we didn’t have the ‘best’ truck tonight. Our Valvoline Tundra struggled with a power steering issue. In the middle of the corners the power steering would go out and it was interesting,” said Bodine. “We’ve developed a great relationship with International Trucks and Monaco RVs and they were on board on the Valvoline Tundra with us. Tonight is a performance that is what our team is about. We’re used to top-fives and strong runs. It was a great third-place finish. We didn’t have a perfect night, but it was a great result.”

 

Bodine holds onto tenth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings, 72 points behind the leader.

 

The next race is Friday night, September 2nd at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

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Aug 26
2011

GEICO Tundra Bristol Recap

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BRISTOL BULLRING LEAVES MAX PAPIS WITH BATTLE SCARS

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 24, 2011) – Every driver leaves Bristol Motor Speedway with either a huge smile or upset feelings. When the action picks up at The World’s Fastest Half Mile, it picks up rapidly and Max Papis was on the receiving end of the action on Wednesday night. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicked off the festivities with a rare mid-week race but the GEICO Racing team was prepared to battle. Unfortunately, the concrete bullring didn’t play nice and left Papis with a 26th-place finish.

 

The misfortune struck early for Papis as the GEICO Toyota Tundra scrapped the outside wall during qualifying on Wednesday afternoon. The Germain Racing crew quickly went to work to repair the minimal damage, however this forced Papis to start from the rear of the field when the green flag flew later that evening.

 

The O’Reilly 200 began shortly after 8:15 p.m. ET and Papis knew the GEICO team must be patiently aggressive to maneuver their way to the front. Papis quickly gained seven positions to take over 29th-place as the first caution was seen on lap 11. Crew chief Randy Goss took this opportunity to pit for fuel and wedge adjustments as Papis reported the truck as “tight center off.” Returning to green flag conditions on lap 18, the Como, Italy native was scored in the 27th position.

 

Marred with a very tight handling condition at a track that is difficult to pass on, Papis faced obstacles when moving through traffic. As the second caution slowed the pace on lap 32, Goss brought his driver back down pit road for four tires, fuel, and two rounds up on the track bar. Papis took off from 28th-place on lap 37. By lap 50, Papis broke into the top-25 and less than 10 laps later, the GEICO machine was holding the 18th position.

 

On lap 63, a fellow competitor got loose underneath Papis, causing a multi-truck accident and bringing out the fourth caution. The GEICO Toyota received a heavy amount of damage but the over-the-wall crew worked hard to keep the No. 9 on the track. Due to the numerous pit stops for repairs, Papis restarted from 30th-place on lap 72.

 

Papis began to feel a loose handling condition because of the damage. With the GEICO Tundra in the 27th position on lap 114, another multi-truck accident occurred and Papis had nowhere to go. Once again, the pit crew never gave up and repaired the battle scars as much as possible.

 

Over the final 75 laps, Papis continued to wheel the GEICO machine, although the Italian was only able to move up one position due to the number of laps the team was down to the leaders. When the checkered flag flew, Papis and the team were left with a 26th-place finish.

 

“We had a rough day but I couldn’t be more proud of my guys on this GEICO Toyota,” said Papis. “They worked so hard all day and never gave up during the race even when we got in those two wrecks. We will keep digging as hard as we can and getting back in the top-10 is coming soon for us.”

 

Papis now sits in the 17th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings. He is only three points behind 16th-place Miguel Paludo and 11 points behind 15th-place Justin Lofton.

 

The GEICO team will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway next Friday night, September 2nd, to kick off Labor Day weekend in the ATL. The green flag waves shortly after 8 p.m. ET and all the action can be seen live on SPEED. MRN Radio and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio will both carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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> .

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com 

 

Aug 23
2011

Bodine Bristol Preview

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No. 5 Valvoline Toyota Tundra News and Notes

  • This Week’s Tundra… The No. 5 Valvoline team and Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will utilize GR-019 in Wednesday’s 200-lap NCWTS race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Mike Hillman Jr. will once again be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the sixth race of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra.  

·          One Spot Better… While all 21 of his truck series victories have occurred on tracks one mile or larger, Bodine has three runner-up finishes in six truck series starts at Bristol.  Bodine, however, knows his way to victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway, collecting two victories in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.

 

·         Holding Steady… With his 11th-place finish last race at Pocono, Bodine maintained his 10th-place standing in the driver points and is just 39 points out of the top five.

 

·         Meet Todd... Fans in the Bristol, Tenn., area will have the opportunity to meet Todd Bodine on Thursday, August 25.  The driver of the No. 5 Valvoline Toyota Tundra will join fellow NASCAR competitors to meet fans during a free autograph session as part of the annual Food City Fan Fest.  The Food City Fan Fest will be held in the streets of downtown Bristol on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 EDT p.m., with Bodine scheduled to participate from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. the night after the truck series race.

 

·         Watch and Listen… The O’Reilly 200 from Bristol Motor Speedway will be broadcast live on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, on Wednesday night.  SPEED kicks off its pre-race coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and MRN Radio will begin its live broadcast at 7:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 24.  SPEED will also carry live a broadcast of qualifying on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

 

Todd Bodine on Bristol Motor Speedway:

“Bristol is just one of those tracks that you really have to get on the wheel and drive hard. It’s a half mile that you’re on for 15 or 16 seconds. There’s no time to relax, you have to get on the wheel and go. That’s kind of been my style. It’s always been what I liked. From the first time I ever raced at Bristol, I ran well. I’ve had some success with a couple wins. Really it’s been a good track for me in all three NASCAR series, but I’m still looking for a Camping World Truck Series win there. I feel that this week is a week we could get it done with our Valvoline/International Trucks Tundra.”

 

“To win at Bristol, first you have to have a truck that handles. It has to drive good and do everything you need, but maybe the bigger half of the battle is staying out of trouble. It’s so fast and so tight there that it’s really easy to get tangled up in someone else’s mess.”

 

“There’s so much to pay attention to at Bristol that the spotter becomes even more important. He has to be on his toes. He’s got to watch your race truck and watch ahead of you and keep you out of trouble. The spotter is a huge part of the team at Bristol.”

 

Comments about the Food City Fan Fest…

“I like being a part of the festival for the Bristol fans. Food City has always been very important to Bristol Motor Speedway.  In the old days, I did a lot for them. They do a great job for the fans with this event and it makes it a lot of fun.” 

Aug 17
2011

Bodine Returns to MIS in International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra

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No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra

News and Notes

           This Week’s Tundra… The No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs team and Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will utilize GR-018 in Saturday’s 100-lap NCWTS race at Michigan International Speedway.  This is the same truck that Bodine drove to a 12th-place finish two weeks ago at Pocono, and it was raced to a sixth-place finish by Bodine in its debut at Nashville Superspeedway last month.  Mike Hillman Jr. will once again be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the fifth race of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra.

 

           Consistency is Key… Bodine is tied among active truck series drivers for the most top-10 finishes (5) at Michigan and has completed every lap of competition in the six previous races at MIS (602 of 602 laps).  Bodine has also accrued the most points of any driver in the five previous truck series races at MIS (785 points), and earned his best MIS finish in 2010 – a second-place finish.

 

           No Stranger to Victory Lane… Bodine, who has 325 career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts to his credit, posted two of his 15 NSS victories at Michigan International Speedway.  In addition to his Truck and Nationwide Series statistics, Bodine will also attempt to qualify for this weekend’s 400-mile Cup Series race at MIS, looking to add to his 14 career NSCS starts at the 2-mile speedway. 

 

           Holding Steady… With his 12th-place finish last race at Pocono, Bodine maintained his 10th-place standing in the driver points and is just 38 points out of the top five.

 

           Watch and Listen… The VFW 200 from Michigan International Speedway will be broadcast live on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, on Saturday afternoon.  SPEED kicks off its pre-race coverage at 12:00 p.m. EDT, and MRN Radio will begin its live broadcast at 12:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 20.  SPEED will also carry live broadcasts of both practice sessions on Friday afternoon (11:00 a.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. EDT) and qualifying on Saturday morning (9:00 a.m. EDT).

 


Todd Bodine on Michigan International Speedway:

 “I love Michigan. We’ve got a lot of people coming from International. It’s a good race for us and I love the track. We were runner-up last year; hopefully we can make it one finishing spot better this year with the International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra.”

 

“My favorite groove at Michigan is whichever one is going the fastest. I may even try the Brendan Gaughan line and ride around at the top and see how it goes. Our Toyota Tundras have been fast there and I expect more of the same from this team this weekend.”

 

 

Crew Chief Mike Hillman Jr. on setting up the race truck for Michigan:

“There are a lot of ways to get around Michigan. As a crew chief, you setup the race truck for the bottom of the track, and the driver moves the truck around to the other grooves from there. The bottom is the fastest, shortest way around, so that’s where you have to start. I think the Tundra we are taking to Michigan should give our International Trucks and Monaco RVs guests a lot to cheer about on race day.”

 

Aug 17
2011

New Toyota for Gaughan at Michigan

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Gaughan, a MIS Race Winner, Anxious to Shake Down

New South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Chassis at Michigan International Speedway

 

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

·- e 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

 - He won in the Truck Series at MIS in 2003 and has led laps in both Cup Series starts at MIS

 

Mooresville, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan loves the speed, size and competition level of Michigan International Speedway. The Las Vegas native has earned a victory in Brooklyn, MI, and he’s run up front both in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series. He’ll have a brand new racing chassis decked out as the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra when his crew turns him loose in first practice on Friday morning.

 

“The aero package is a huge part of success or failure at Michigan. At Germain Racing right now, all three teams have been struggling with our chassis setups, but aero is key at Michigan and it’s been something we’ve had a good handle on at Germain. The Tundra we will race is brand new. It went to the wind tunnel last week. I know Bryan Berry and the crew have high hopes for the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra this week,” said Gaughan.

 

Gaughan is known as a big-oval racer, and Michigan fits right into his list of favorite tracks. He explained why.

 

“I love Michigan International Speedway. Over the years I’ve had a ton of success at Michigan. I used to hold the record for fastest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race there. I think I was on track to get the largest margin of victory there, but we just ended up with the win – which was obviously fine! Michigan is my style of race track. It’s big and fast, there are multiple grooves. There are so many ways to get around the track and into the corners, but, I call it the ‘Michigan merge’ because everyone kind of ends up in the same line coming off of the turns,” said Gaughan.

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Michigan International Speedway on SPEED. The practice sessions airs Friday, August 19th at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM ET with qualifying airs at 9:00 AM Saturday, August 20th with racing action at 12:30 PM. Tune in early to catch the NCWTS Setup at 12:00 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 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 11th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings, just 97 points out of first 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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