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May 18
2011

Charlotte Kicks Off Big Window of Opportunity for Gaughan and No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Team

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Charlotte Kicks Off Big Window of Opportunity for Gaughan and No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Team

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 5 NCWTS races at Charlotte with two top-5 starts and three top-10 finishes

Mooresville, N.C. (May 17, 2011) - People that know Brendan Gaughan know he has an enthusiasm level that many people can only muster on special occasions. Gaughan’s huge grin actually gets bigger when you mention a track like Charlotte Motor Speedway to the Las Vegas native. He has collected eight wins in his Truck Series career, four from Charlotte’s 1.5-mile sister track, Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan is thrilled to get to the ‘big track’ section of the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.

“Charlotte kicks off the stretch on the schedule that I had circled as the reason why I wanted to race for Germain Racing. The team has always been good on mile and a half and ‘big tracks.’ Those are the tracks that I have always loved, so, looking at Charlotte on the schedule means we’re here. I couldn’t be more excited to see how the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra will do on Friday,” said Gaughan.

Gaughan will go so far as to say he sees this stretch as an opportunity for Germain Racing to catch its stride and win some races.

“Charlotte, Kansas, Texas, Kentucky are all coming up. I think it’s a big opportunity for this No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra team, I think it’s a big opportunity for Germain Racing as a team, to win a bunch of races,” said Gaughan.

The No. 62 driver just had a strong finish at the Monster Mile and looks forward to carrying some momentum from the Dover race weekend.

“Our truck did what Germain Racing is great at doing at Dover. We turned a decent truck, a decent race, into a good finish. The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino pit crew had great stops on pit road. We have a lot of good energy heading into my favorite part of the schedule,” said Gaughan.

Watch Gaughan’s No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday night, May 20th, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gaughan’s truck will feature a local business, Lake Norman Scuba, on the tailgate, rather than the familiar South Point Hotel & Casino logo. Gaughan is active with the Lake Norman scuba group, including working as a Divemaster.

The action from Charlotte will be shown on SPEED beginning with practice at 9:30 AM and 10:20 AM Eastern and qualifying at 4:00 PM. The “NCWTS Setup” show airs pre-race at 7:30 PM followed by live race coverage at 8:00 PM. If you’ll be away from a TV, set the DVR and tune your radio dial 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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May 18
2011

Lofton Cattle Tundra - Charlotte Preview

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Justin Lofton, No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway 

Event: N.C. Education Lottery 200

When: Friday, May 20, 8:00 PM (Eastern)

Broadcast information: 7:30 PM (Eastern) SPEED

 

Last Time Out: Last Friday in Dover Justin Lofton and the No. 77 team had a solid run going in the Lucas Oil 200. After starting the event from the 12th position, Lofton held the position through most of the event despite the intense competition around the one-mile concrete track. With just over 20 laps remaining in the race however, Lofton's truck snapped loose off of turn 4, suffering heavy damage. The team ended the event in the 25th spot.

 

Lofton at Charlotte: Last season's NCWTS event marked Lofton's debut on the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. Despite having experience on other tracks measuring the same distance while competing in the ARCA Racing Series, the event was the first for Lofton at Charlotte. When it was all said and done, the race was a solid one for the California native. He started the event 22nd and climbed his way to an impressive 15th place finish. 

 

Out and About: Lofton will be busy around town over the next two weeks while NASCAR competition stays within the Charlotte, N.C. area. Before taking to the track on Friday for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Lofton will appear at the Wal-Mart in Concord from 6 to 7 PM. On Friday during a break in the NCWTS track schedule, Lofton will appear at the Toyota Pit Pass display from 1:30 to 2 PM. On Sunday, he will play in a charity softball game at Fieldcrest Stadium, home of the Kannapolis Intimidators. Next week, Lofton will continue making the rounds around Charlotte, appearing at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Speed Street.

 

Truck Information: Lofton will race chassis GR010, TRD122 this week at Charlotte. It is the same truck that the team raced earlier this season at Darlington, scoring a season's best 13th place finish. They last raced the truck in Nashville, finishing 16th.

 

Lofton on Charlotte: "Charlotte is a lot of fun to race. It is challenging and fast. We race on a lot of intermediate tracks but not many can compare to Charlotte. The atmosphere makes the race a little more special since most of the teams are based in the area. I'm looking forward to it."

 

Crew Chief Ryan "Rudy" Fugle on Charlotte: "Racing at Charlotte is always a lot of fun because we're close to home and all of the shop guys can come out and be a part of what they usually miss once we pack up the truck. We have a good group of guys and Justin has a lot of talent. We're looking forward to the race this week."

 

Contact

Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations

Email:mandy@justinloftoninc.com 

May 16
2011

Gaughan Ties Career Best Dover Finish with a Seventh-Place Run

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Gaughan Ties Career Best Dover Finish with a Seventh-Place Run

 

Mooresville, NC (May 16, 2011) – On Friday the 13th, Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra scored their best finish of the season and tied Gaughan’s career best finish at Dover International Speedway. Gaughan says the seventh-place finish can easily be attributed to a gutsy call from the pit box and great pit road performances by the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra pit crew.

 

“Everything worked out in our favor. We were running just outside the top-ten all day long and our South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra was good. Late in the race, Bryan Berry made a gutsy two-tire call which gave us a lot of track position. It worked out that when the caution came with 20 laps to go, we had a fresh set of stickered tires available that we were able to use. We had another great pit stop, and I was able to use the four fresh tires to help this No. 62 team get its best finish of the year,” said Gaughan, summarizing his 200-laps at Dover.

 

Gaughan started 22nd and was happy with his No. 62 Tundra, but he says it wasn’t as great as his Darlington race truck. The Darlington truck, however, didn’t get as good of a result.

 

“We had a top-five Tundra at Darlington and didn’t get to show it. We had at top-15 or maybe a top-ten Tundra at Dover, but we got a good, top-ten finish out of it. So the tides have sort of equaled out for our South Point Hotel & Casino team,” said Gaughan with a signature smile.

 

Brendan Gaughan has eight career victories in the Truck Series. His performance in Dover moved him into tenth-place in the NCWTS driver’s points standings after six of 25 races. Gaughan drives one of three Germain Racing trucks currently in the top-ten in the Truck Series championship standings.

 

Next up: Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, 2011 at 8:00 PM Eastern.

 

May 16
2011

Determination Drives Max Papis and GEICO Team to 13th-Place Finish at Dover

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Determination Drives Max Papis and GEICO Team to 13th-Place Finish at Dover

 

DOVER, Del. (May 13, 2011) – Known as the “Monster Mile,” Dover International Speedway has the reputation of a fierce animal that can grab a hold of a driver in a matter of seconds and leave teams with nothing but pieces of carnage. Max Papis and the No. 9 GEICO Racing team entered the sixth race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series looking to survive the 200-lap event and bring home a solid effort.

 

Under sunny skies in Delaware, Papis took to the concrete mile for practice with a trial setup to experiment and see if the team could gain ground on their competitors. Papis communicated to his GEICO crew that his Toyota Tundra didn’t like the particular setup, making the decision to switch to one closer to his Germain Racing teammates. Hitting the track early Friday morning for qualifying, Papis held the truck wide open around the high-banked corners to roll off from the 23rd position in the 12th Annual Lucas Oil 200.

 

Once the green flag waved, Papis looked to attack and move towards the front of the field. Unfortunately, a loose handling condition quickly plagued the driver and relegated the GEICO Toyota to the 26th position as the first caution slowed the pace on lap eight for a single-truck accident on the backstretch. Papis remained on the racetrack and restarted on lap 13 from 24th-place.

 

As the air pressure rose in his four tires, Papis radioed to Crew Chief Randy Goss that he began to feel a tight handling condition that was hindering him from turning in the corners. As leader and eventual race winner Kyle Busch was setting a blistering pace, the No. 9 GEICO Toyota fell one lap down to the leaders on lap 30. Seventeen laps later, the second caution flew on lap 47 for a spin in turn two. Papis brought his Tundra to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments to help the handling. The Como, Italy native restarted on lap 51 from the 27th position.

 

Over the next 25 laps, Papis kept working his way past competitors as he looked to place himself in the Lucky Dog position. Another caution came on lap 74 for a hard-hit by Ricky Carmichael but Papis fell a couple spots short of receiving the free pass. The GEICO Toyota returned to the attention of his pit crew for four tires, fuel, and additional adjustments.

 

Restarting on lap 81, Papis took off from 24th-place, after a solid pit stop by the GEICO crew. A long, uncharacteristic green-flag run ensued for the next 75 laps, forcing all teams to pit while the racing on the track continued. On lap 125, the leaders began hitting pit road and a handful of circuits later, Goss called Papis to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments to continue working on fine-tuning the No. 9 Tundra.

 

The fifth caution for debris came on lap 156 after all teams had cycled through their respective green-flag pit stops. Papis had broken into the top-20 but was still looking to regain his position on the lead lap. The GEICO Tundra returned to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments before returning to action on lap 161.

 

As the action picked up on the racetrack over the final 20 laps, four cautions slowed the pace of the race. On lap 186, Papis finally received the break he had been looking for all race long and was the recipient of the Lucky Dog Award, returning the Gecko to the lead lap. The field returned to green with nine laps remaining, with Papis scored in 18th-place. ‘Mad Max’ worked hard to pass numerous competitors to cross the finish line in the 13th position as the checkered flag flew.

 

With the determination of the GEICO team, Papis gained two positions to seventh-place in the NCWTS driver championship point standings, sitting 30 points behind sixth-place Austin Dillon. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action this Friday night, May 20th at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com     

 

May 16
2011

After Valiant Effort, Lofton 25th in Dover

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After Valiant Effort, Lofton 25th in Dover

 

DOVER, DE. -- Despite the challenges of the track dubbed the "Monster Mile" Justin Lofton was consistent and competitive throughout the Lucas Oil 200 on Friday, but with just over 20 laps remaining in the event, the Monster reared its head as Lofton's truck broke loose, ending his day.

 

"I hate to leave Dover like that because we had a decent run going. The track just kind of pushes you down and things like that can happen. It's just real unfortunate for everyone on the No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra team," Lofton said.

 

After two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon, Lofton climbed behind the wheel of his No. 77 Tundra on Friday morning for two laps of qualifying. After his run, Lofton secured the 12th starting spot for the afternoon race.

 

Known for its steep banking and short track characteristics, the one-mile concrete track proved to be a challenge early for the competition once racing got underway. Lofton was no exception, as he radioed to crew chief Ryan Fugle early on that the truck was running just a bit tight. With no major handling issues on the 77 machine, the team kept it simple with air pressure adjustments throughout the day. Under their first pit stop of the race on lap 47, the team swapped out tires and added fuel.

 

Lofton's second stop fell on lap 75, with Fugle calling for two tires and fuel. After the strategic call, Lofton showed 12th for the restart. While some teams opted for four or two tires like Lofton, others stayed on track, shuffling the rundown.

 

As the field hit the halfway mark on lap 100, Lofton showed in the 11th position. He settled in behind the wheel, consistently clicking off competitive laps around the Monster Mile. As Fugle read off the lap times and coached his driver to keep battling, things heated up for Lofton.

 

On lap 120 the 25-year-old found himself in a three-wide battle while knocking on the door of the top-10. Shortly thereafter, green flag stops began. Lofton stayed on track until lap 142 before bringing his No. 77 Lofton Cattle Tundra down pit road for another four-tire change.

 

Once back on track, the battle over position continued, with Lofton seeing more intense three-wide racing. Unfortunately, Lofton's challenges would end on lap 178 while running in the 13th spot after the No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota broke loose out of turn 4. The damage ended Lofton's day. He was credited with the 25th position.

 

Lofton and the No. 77 Lofton Cattle team will regroup next Friday, May 20th, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Contact

Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations

Email:mandy@justinloftoninc.com

 

Visit online at LoftonRacing.com and GermainRacing.com

 

May 16
2011

THE MONSTER PUTS NO FEAR IN MEARS; GEICO DRIVER NETS 23RD

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THE MONSTER PUTS NO FEAR IN MEARS; GEICO DRIVER NETS 23RD

 

DOVER, Del. (May 15, 2011) – Weather outlooks are very similar to those for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Sometimes what you think will be the result, is actually far from the actual one. While the forecast called for rain to wash out all on-track activities throughout the weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team battled all 400 miles at The Monster Mile on Sunday afternoon. During the FedEx 400, Mears faced challenges on the track but in the end, the No. 13 Toyota Camry crossed the finish line in the 23rd position to solidify their spot inside the Top-35 in the point standings.

 

On Friday afternoon, Mears took to the concrete oval for two practice sessions, where the GEICO Camry finished the final session 14th on the speed charts. Optimism was in the air for the Germain Racing crew heading into qualifying on Saturday. Unfortunately, rain showers plagued the Dover area, forcing the field to be set off a combination of practice speeds. This placed Mears in the 30th position for the start of the main show on Sunday.

 

Even with the rain percentages reaching as high as 80%, the 11th race of 2011 season started on time at the track known for fast-paced action. With a lack of rubber laid on the racing surface, Mears completed laps conservatively in the beginning. The first caution slowed the field on lap 21 for a spin on the backstretch. Crew chief Bootie Barker called Mears to pit road for four tires, air pressure, and track bar adjustments to help the tight handling condition. Teams weren’t allowed to take fuel until after the competition caution, displayed by NASCAR, around lap 40.

 

Mears worked his way into 28th-place by the time the aforementioned competition caution came on lap 42. The previous adjustments significantly helped the GEICO Toyota, so Mears came to the attention of his pit crew for just four tires and fuel. The California native restarted on lap 46 from the 30th position to start a long, but expected green flag run that lasted for over 100 laps.

 

Clocking consistent lap times, Mears held his own as the GEICO Toyota became tighter through the center and exit as the run went on. Barker radioed for his driver to pit on lap 109 for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment. The concrete monster began to rear its ugly head as Mears reported that the front end wasn’t turning as well as it needed to. The team made plans to help the Camry on the next stop, which came on lap 163 as the caution was brought out for a slight rain shower that popped up over the track.

 

After the brief shower passed and a solid stop completed by the GEICO team for four tires, fuel, and adjustments, Mears returned to green flag conditions on lap 170 from 29th-place. By the halfway mark of the event, the Gecko was scored in the 26th position. The fourth caution of the afternoon slowed the pace on lap 217, as Mears continued to run inside the top-30. The No. 13 Camry returned to pit road for another stop for tires, fuel, and track bar adjustments to help the stability of the back end.

 

Another 100 lap green flag run ensued forcing Mears to make up ground the tough way on the high banks. With 300 laps in the books, the GEICO Toyota was handling well in the rear but still needed to turn better in the front for Mears to gain additional positions. The fifth caution came on lap 333 for an accident in turn one. Once again, the No. 13 machine came to the attention of its crew for four fresh tires, fuel, and a minor air pressure adjustment.

 

Mears restarted on lap 338 from the 27th position and continued his assault to leave Dover with a top-25 finish. With the track laying rubber marbles in the bottom groove, the majority of drivers were running strictly the high line, hindering the ability to pass. Despite the obstacle, Mears found a way in his GEICO Toyota as he broke into the top-25 by lap 355.

 

The sixth and final caution came a handful of laps later on lap 362, allowing Mears to make one last set of changes to his GEICO entry. Barker brought Mears in for four tires, fuel, wedge, and air pressure adjustments. Gaining one spot on pit road allowed Mears to restart on lap 367 from the 24th position. Over the final 30 laps, the veteran driver picked up one more position to cross the finish line in 23rd-place.

 

“We had a decent day, but it probably could’ve been better,” Mears said.  “We got behind a little bit early, but the GEICO pit crew did a great job of getting me on and off of pit road as the race wore on.  Today’s finish was of great help in the point standings and now we are just one point out of 33rd.  We are moving in the right direction and I think we have shown that we are a contender out here.  Days like this make you feel good about the progress you’re making.”

 

Mears and the No. 13 Germain Racing Toyota team sit 34th in the owner point standings, only one point behind 33rd-place.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads home to Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the running of the Sprint All-Star Challenge on Saturday, May 21st. Mears and the GEICO Racing team will attempt to transfer to the main show via winning the 60-lap Showdown. All of the action can be seen live on SPEED Channel, as well as heard on PRN Radio and Sirius XM Radio.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please 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>

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

 

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Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com     

 

May 11
2011

Gaughan Says Taming the Monster Mile Is a Top Item on Checklist

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Gaughan Says Taming the Monster Mile Is a Top Item on Checklist

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

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

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

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

 - Gaughan has 6 starts at Dover including two top-5 starts and one top-10 finish at Dover

Mooresville, N.C. (May 10, 2011) - Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra crew are ready to tackle the concrete monster—the “Monster Mile” also known as Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. Gaughan has been part of six exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races there and has a total of 12 NASCAR career starts at the one-mile track.

 “Dover is one of the few places in racing that as a driver you actually get a sensation of speed. From the top of that race track to the very bottom I think somebody once told me is 25 or 30 feet? That’s a three story building. You actually drive down hill there. It’s really cool. The concrete gives you so much grip that you drive in so hard it actually frightens you. You kind of hold your breath! It’s a fun place to race,” exclaimed Gaughan.

 

 The Las Vegas native will drive chassis TRD-026, which he has also driven at Phoenix and Martinsville. Dover is a track where engineering makes a huge difference in the outcome of the race, but, it’s also a track where sometimes, the driver can’t control his own destiny.

 

 “At Dover there’s no place to hide. You’re going so fast, everything happens so quickly that you really have to pay attention. At Daytona you say so many things can happen that aren’t in your control. At Dover, it’s really the same. The straightaways are so narrow and there’s so much banking—there’s often just no time to react,” said Gaughan.

 

 Despite the fact that sometimes Monster Mile finishes don’t always match up with a team and driver’s performance, Gaughan really appreciates what the track has done for developing its reputation and creating an atmosphere that gives Truck Series fans a great race to watch.

 

 “Dover is such a fantastic place to race. The fans love it. The moniker they have given themselves, the Monster Mile, the trophy of the concrete monster—it’s one of the coolest trophies in the sport. All in all they’ve made it a fun place to race, and they’ve stayed within their moniker and improved on it. They have that suite where the fans sit right on top of the track and get to watch the race. It’s tough. Not everyone can drive Dover. But, it’s a fun place to race,” said Gaughan, who spent time during the off weeks doing more scuba dives off Florida’s coast and spending time with his wife and son.

 

 Watch Gaughan’s No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday night, May 13th, at Dover International Speedway. The action starts on SPEED at 8:00 PM Eastern with the NCWTS Setup, followed by race coverage at 8:30 PM.  If you’ll be away from a TV, set the DVR and tune your radio dial 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 13th 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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May 11
2011

Bodine is a 3-time Dover Winner Just Not Yet in Trucks

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Bodine is a 3-time Dover Winner Just Not Yet in Trucks

Crew Hopes This Trip They’ll Tame the Monster, Putting the No. 30 Tundra in Victory Lane

  • 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 40 NASCAR Career Starts at Dover including 3 Victories and One Pole

May 10, 2011 (Mooresville, N.C.) - As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series gets ready to spend Friday the 13th at the Monster Mile, Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team are thinking of how nice it would be to finally get their chance to hang out in Dover International Speedway’s victory lane.

“It would mean a lot for me to win at Dover just because I’ve always done so well there. To not have a truck win there is disappointing. I’ve run well at Dover in all three divisions and it’s always been one of my favorites. To get a win with this team would be pretty cool,” said Bodine, who earned his first NASCAR career top-five finish at the Monster Mile in 1990.

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. said that he and his team are just anxious to see a race track again after sitting idle since Nashville.

“I’m just ready to get back to racing. The beginning of the year is so spread out in the Truck Series that it’s hard to get into a rhythm. Whether good or bad, you can’t just keep rolling,” said Hillman. “Dover means we’re finally getting to places on the schedule where we should run good. Our No. 30 Germain.com Tundra actually hasn’t run bad this year. We just haven’t had great finishes.”

Dover is a place that is such a unique race track—even pit strategy is unique at Dover. Teams are allowed to use two more tires there than other tracks—which means they will plan for an extra visit to pit road.

“Despite the track’s name and our team’s misfortunes there, I don’t consider Dover a monster on the schedule. We have run better there than anyone else. It’s just been bad finishes. You get more tires to work with at Dover, so you have a different pit strategy. It’s another race, but it’s a different race compared to other races on the Truck Series schedule,” explained Hillman.

Bodine is ranked 7th in Truck Series championship points after five of 25 races.

Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on Friday, May 13th, at Dover International Speedway. The action starts on SPEED at 8:00 PM Eastern with the NCWTS Setup, followed by race coverage at 8:30 PM. Can’t get to a television? 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.

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

 

 

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May 10
2011

Lofton 3rd at Dover Last Season

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Justin Lofton, No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra

Track: Dover International Speedway 

Event: Lucas Oil 200

When: Friday, May 13, 4:45 PM (Eastern)

Broadcast information: Tape delay, 8:30 PM (Eastern) SPEED

Last Time Out: Justin Lofton and the No. 77 Lofton Cattle team had their work cut out for them during the last event at Nashville Superspeedway. Shortly after Lofton climbed behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra for the start of the race, the team discovered that they could not hear Lofton on the radio. Despite the challenge of adjusting on the truck without their driver's input, the Ryan "Rudy" Fugle led team showed well with a solid 16th place finish. After the tour's first five events Lofton sits 19th in the driver point standings.

 

Lofton at Dover: One year ago, Lofton tallied his best finish to date within Camping World Truck Series competition by scoring a third place finish at the Monster Mile. Lofton started the 200-mile race from the 19th position, ran within the top-10 for most of the event, and ran as high as second before ending the day in the third spot.

Dover Rounds: Lofton and the No. 77 Lofton Cattle team will be busy throughout their two-day stay in Dover. With two practice sessions set for Thursday afternoon, Friday will be a little more hectic both on and off of the track for the team. Following qualifying on Friday morning, Lofton will participate in an autograph session in the Camping World Store in the Fan Zone from 12:30 to 1:30 PM local time. Additionally, the No. 77 team will host two servicemen from the nearby Dover Air Force Base on Friday. Sgt. Gregory L. Hanner and Sgt. Louis Orville Hess will be joining the team, serving as Honorary Pit Crew Members for the Lucas Oil 200, which will begin just after 4:30 PM.

Truck Information: Lofton will race chassis GR102, TRD006. It is the same truck that the team raced earlier this season at Martinsville. The truck showed speed by posting the fourth fastest time in practice, followed by an eighth place qualifying effort. Early contact with a lapped truck however, forced the team to the garage for prolonged repairs. They rallied to finish 32nd.

Lofton on Dover: "I am so excited about getting back to Dover. I had never even raced on a track that was even comparable to it before the race last year. It is challenging and unique, that is for sure. I'm looking forward to going back and running up front again."

Crew Chief Ryan "Rudy" Fugle on Dover: "Dover is a good track for Justin. We've had some bumps along the road but now that we are about to hit a string of racing, we want to start it off with a strong run at Dover, continue building our team, and improve his finish from last season."

 

 

Contact: Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations

Email:mandy@justinloftoninc.com

 

May 09
2011

ADVERSITY NO MATCH FOR MEARS IN DARLINGTON; GIVES GEICO BUMP IN STANDINGS

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ADVERSITY NO MATCH FOR MEARS IN DARLINGTON; GIVES GEICO BUMP IN STANDINGS

 Darlington, SC (May 7, 2011) – Mother’s Day weekend is special to everyone, but for Casey Mears it means a bit more this year.  Aside from having a three year old daughter, Mears’ wife Trisha is nearly nine-months pregnant with their first son.  While Mears spent the better part of Saturday night beating and banging with his fellow competitors on the racetrack, Trisha spent her evening at the racetrack in the couples’ motorhome battling the kicks of the forthcoming Mears.

 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to the track ‘Too Tough To Tame’ on Friday for its opening practice session.  Mears was looking sporty in his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry and rested 26th on the speed charts at its conclusion.  Unfortunately, the final practice would be rained out, forcing the GEICO team to head into qualifying with a bit of uncertainty. 

 When qualifying got underway on Friday evening, Mears calmed the nerves of his GEICO team when he calmly paced the Lady In Black in just 27.879 seconds, at a rate of speed of 176.391 miles per hour.  His effort placed him 32nd on the starting grid for Saturday night’s Showtime Southern 500.

 A packed house and clear skies saw the field get underway when the green flag was displayed on a cool Saturday evening.  Starting 32nd, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry quickly jumped to the 30th position by the close of the event’s second lap.  When the evening’s first caution flag was displayed on Lap 5, Mears radioed to crew chief, Bootie Barker: “The car is so tight.”  Along with providing Mears with four tires and fuel, the Germain Racing pit crew made the necessary adjustments to free the car up when Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road under caution.

 Mears’ visit to pit road proved fruitful and the #13 GEICO Camry began strategically navigating its way through the field.  After reaching the 9th position on Lap 38, Mears eventually found himself as the leader, putting the Gecko at the front of the field for the second time this season. 

 As the Sprint Cup Series field continued to circuit the 1.366-mile oval, Mears would once again begin to battle his racecar.  On Lap 133, Mears radioed to Barker: “It’s terrible, I can’t go.  I can’t do anything because I’m too loose.”  When the caution flag was displayed on Lap 230 for a Brian Vickers/David Ragan crash, Mears took the opportunity to bring his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  After furnishing him with four fresh Goodyear tires, a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel and much needed adjustments, the GEICO crew returned Mears to the racing surface in the 28th position. 

 Mears quickly moved the #13 GEICO Camry forward and landed back in the Top 25 on Lap 247.  Mears remained in hot pursuit of the field and for a series of laps he nipped at the bumper of Juan Pablo Montoya before the Columbian driver fell victim to the Gecko and surrendered the 24th position on Lap 279. 

 As the #13 GEICO Camry continued notching positions on the racetrack, Mears’ voice grew silent on the team’s radio frequency.  Mears’s progress continued until NASCAR placed the field under caution when Mark Martin scraped the wall on Lap 280.

 Sitting inside the Top 20, Mears’ night would take a challenging turn on the Lap 285 restart.  As the field went back under green with just 82 laps to go, cars began to bunch up giving Mears no other option but to check up, consequently causing David Reutimann to make contact with the rear of Mears’ #13 GEICO Camry.  The result was significant rear end damage to Mears’ machine, forcing him down pit road under green flag conditions on Lap 287 to repair the affected sheet metal and attempt to restore the racecar’s stability.   

 With just 80 laps remaining, Mears would spend the balance of his evening fighting to keep the car under control, but turned respectable lap times nevertheless.  His efforts would be rewarded when the checkered flag was displayed, as he was able to salvage a 30th place finish despite the heavy damage to the #13 GEICO Camry.  Mears finished just ahead of Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Brian Vickers and was able to solidify the #13 GEICO Camry in the Owner Point standings, jumping the team to 34th.   

 “Man, we had a nice run going, so it’s a little tough to take a 30th place finish,” Mears said after the race.  “The good thing is that we were able to work hard and run up front tonight.  Crashes happen in racing, so while it’s frustrating, it doesn’t take away from how well we did.  We were right there and we were definitely going to get a good finish for GEICO and the Germain Racing team.  We’re doing all of the right things and we’re getting better each week, so I know we’ll continue moving forward and making it happen.”  He added, “It’s great to see Regan (Smith) win because he, as well as the whole Furniture Row team, are good people.  It’s also encouraging to see a single car team win a race.  Those guys were sitting where we are sitting now about six years ago, so to see them make it to Victory Lane is very encouraging.  We will be there.”

 Next week will find the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series taking aim at the Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware. 

 Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the one-mile oval of Dover International Speedway for the opening practice session at 11:00 AM (EDT) on Friday, May 13th. Qualifying will follow on Saturday, May 14th, at 12:10 PM (EDT).

 The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 15th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast. 

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

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

 

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

  

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