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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

 

 

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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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Jun 12
2011

Mears - Pocono Post Race Report

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DESPITE SETBACK, MEARS MAINTAINS MOMENTUM IN POCONO

 

Long Pond, PA (June 12, 2011) – The last couple of weeks have found Casey Mears’ dance card unusually full.  He and his wife Trisha have welcomed home a baby boy, and Mears has managed to keep his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry 33rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Point standings.  Pocono offered the Bakersfield, CA, native the opportunity to further solidify his status in the Top 35.

 

After being 36th in the opening practice session on Friday, Mears gained speed and rested 29th on the chart when the final practice session closed later in the afternoon.  His qualifying draw did him no favors, as he was just the ninth driver to take a shot at a starting position for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race when qualifying got underway on Saturday at Pocono Raceway.  Mears paced the 2.5-mile tri-oval in 53.360 seconds, landing the #13 GEICO Camry 35th on the starting grid, just behind Kyle Busch in 34th.

 

Race day found teams pondering Mother Nature’s plans, as overcast skies, cool temperatures and light drizzle encompassed the Pocono area.  With 200 laps on the docket, teams were plotting strategies that would hopefully find them at the head of the field at the halfway point.  Fortunately, for the full house of race fans on hand Sunday, the weather would hold off and the field would go green at its advertised start time.

 

Mears and the GEICO Camry rolled off of the starting grid in the 35th position when the green flag was displayed in Long Pond, PA, on Sunday afternoon.  Bookended on the starting grid by Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle, Mears was looking to make quick progress in the #13 GEICO Camry.  By the close of the opening lap, he had moved into the 34th position, and Lap 2 saw the #13 GEICO Camry in 31st.

 

Mears wheeled effortlessly around the ‘Tricky Triangle’, maneuvering the #13 GEICO Camry into the 17th position on Lap 12.  The Gecko’s assault on Pocono would continue and Mears would eventually break into the Top 5 on Lap 21. 

 

Mears’ success would not come without adversity, however, as he seemed to have a war brewing with Turn 3.  Lacking rear bite, Mears struggled to make it through the turn on each lap.  A scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 45 provided the Germain Racing pit crew the opportunity to refresh the #13 GEICO Camry with four new Goodyear tires, a tank full of Sunoco racing fuel and much needed adjustments.   

 

Upon his return to the racing surface, Mears would once again approach the Top 20 before Lap 64 delivered a gut-punch of sorts.  Mears radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker that his shifter handle had broken, leaving the #13 GEICO Camry stuck in fourth gear.  The good news is that the car was stuck in fourth gear, which allowed Mears to remain at speed while navigating the racetrack under green flag conditions.  The challenge would be getting the #13 GEICO Camry off of pit road during any upcoming pit stops when the first three gears were not available to assist. 

 

The first hurdle came on Lap 73, when Mears visited pit road for service under green flag conditions.  He would quickly go down a lap and find himself in the 33rd position.  An undaunted Mears would not surrender to his frustration, but instead continued the fight.  By the halfway point of the race, Mears had the #13 GEICO Camry once again approaching the Top 25 and ran in 27th on Lap 98.

 

A much needed caution flag was displayed on Lap 110, allowing the Germain Racing pit crew the opportunity to fix the infamous shifter handle.  It would take two separate visits to pit road in order to avoid going down another lap, but the GEICO crew made the repair and Mears returned to the racetrack with all four gears in operable condition.   

 

After restarting the race in the 32nd position on Lap 117, Mears spent the balance of the afternoon trying to make up lost ground. 

 

When the checkered flag waved in the Pennsylvania mountains, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry recorded a 30th place finish and further solidified their position in the Top 35.  The Germain Racing team remains 33rd in the standings, but they now have a 39-point cushion over 35th. 

 

“It was a frustrating day for us because we had a good car and a good motor and the #13 GEICO Camry felt good out there early on,” Mears said after exiting the GEICO Camry.  “The important thing is that we showed how well we can run and we also remained composed when we had to get the shifter repaired.  I love the attitude of this team and the fact that we never quit.  We could’ve very easily gone down three or four laps, but we didn’t.  It was a tough day, but we still were able to gain in the point standings.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

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

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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