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May 11
2010

No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Team Keyed Up for 2010 Return to Monster Mile

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Dover, Del. (May 11, 2010) - This weekend, Michael Annett will return to a track where he earned one out of a total of five 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Race awards. Hoping for another good run, his historical success at Dover International Speedway leads him into Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 with confidence.

Annett's 13th place finish in the September race at Dover last season not only gave him top finishing rookie honors, but marked his second top-20 finish on the one-mile oval in only two starts there. In the June race at the Monster Mile, he scored the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award for his 19th place run.

"Being named Rookie of the Race and Most Improved Driver in my only two races at Dover definitely gives me a lot of confidence heading into Saturday's race. We have a great baseline to start with this weekend and are carrying a lot of momentum from our good finish at Darlington last week. I'm excited to get back to Dover to compete and also to spend time thanking the many soldiers that serve and protect our country," said Annett.

While he'll be spending the majority of his time in Delaware on the track at Dover International Speedway, Annett will also take the time to thank those who serve our country. The 23 year old driver will join several of his NASCAR Nationwide Series competitors for a visit to the Dover Air Force Base on Friday, as well as hosting a soldier and his family as guests for Saturday's race.

This weekend at Dover International Speedway will mark only the second time this season that all three of NASCAR's top ranked series will be competing at the same racetrack. In addition to Annett's No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing will field Max Papis' No. 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry and No. 9 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry, as well as Todd Bodine's No. 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry. All four of Germain Racing's cars and trucks will sport the Autism Speaks puzzle piece logo this weekend at Dover in support of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title sponsor of Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk and Milkshakes.

Friday marks the start of the race weekend at Dover International Speedway for the Nationwide Series with practice from 1:05 until 3 p.m. ET. Saturday's action begins with qualifying at 10:05 a.m. ET and the green flag drops for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on ABC and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET.

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing's No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

May 10
2010

PAPIS SPENDS AN EVENING WITH ‘THE LADY IN BLACK’

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Darlington, SC (May 8, 2010) – Mother’s Day weekend is always special to family man, Max Papis, and with his wife and children in tow they set their sights on Darlington Raceway this weekend.  A year ago, Papis was taken out of the race by an anxious Scott Speed on Lap 3, so he hoped that 2010 would find him with favor as he made his second visit to the storied racetrack.

When the opening practice session ended there was cause for concern, as Papis rested 44th on the speed charts and was the slowest of the ‘go or go home’ cars.  Not to worry however, the second session found Papis shooting the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to the top of the practice charts.  He sat as high as fourth before winding up 27th, and fourth fastest among the ‘go or go homers’.  

When qualifying got underway, Papis wheeled the #13 GEICO Camry around the 1.366-mile oval with a veteran’s calm.  When he completed his two qualifying laps, he was good enough to start 43rd in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Showtime Southern 500.  Given the challenges that ‘The Track Too Tough To Tame’ presents, it is an accomplishment for someone with limited stock car experience, such as Papis, to simply qualify for the race.  With that said, the 2004 Grand-Am Series champion headed into the race looking to rebound from a disappointing 2009 outing in Darlington and continue his progress as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.

Steamy temperatures greeted the GEICO Racing team when they arrived at Darlington Raceway on Saturday afternoon.  By the time the green flag waved at 7:30 PM (EDT), the temperature had cooled, but only by a few degrees.  The racing on the track would get even hotter, and Papis and the Gecko would do all they could to avoid sustaining the legendary ‘Darlington Stripe’ down the right side of the #13 GEICO Camry.

No sooner than the green flag was displayed, Papis picked up three spots by the close of the opening lap.  He would continue to hustle the #13 GEICO Camry around the Track Too Tough To Tame, recording some of the fastest lap times on the track. Unfortunately, on Lap 71 Papis and the GEICO Camry would be forced down pit road under green flag conditions to replace a faltering front left tire.  Despite the green flag stop, Papis would remain just two laps down when he returned to the racing surface.  

Papis’ word of the day should have been ‘resilience’ because Lap 174 found him once again on pit road, this time repairing a hole in the nose of the GEICO Camry.  Despite the setbacks, he settled in and continued tearing around Darlington Raceway focused on completing his first race at the historic racetrack.  When the checkered flag was displayed after 367 laps of racing, Papis recorded a miraculous 29th place finish in the face of an evening of adversity.

“We had a tough night, but at the same time I also completed my first real race here in the GEICO Camry,” Papis said.  “Last year, I was taken out on the second or third lap, so in reality this was my first race here and I’m proud that we finished it.  I am also proud of this GEICO team for fighting and working hard to get the car fixed and keeping us out there in contention.  All things considered, 29th is a good finish and now we will head to Dover next week and drive the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra in the Truck Series race.”

Papis and the Gecko will next travel to Dover, DE, for the May 14th running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  Located just 90-miles from the GEICO corporate office in Washington, DC, the Gecko will feel right at home at the high-banked racetrack.  

Papis and the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra will attempt to conquer the ‘Monster Mile’ when they hit the 1-mile oval of Dover International Speedway for their opening practice session at 2:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, May 13th. Qualifying will follow on Friday at 10:10 AM (EDT).

The Dover 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Friday, May 14th, and it will be televised tape-delayed on SPEED beginning at 8:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast beginning at 5:00 PM (EDT).

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

 

May 10
2010

Michael Annett's Top-12 Finish at "Too Tough to Tame" Darlington Boosts Momentum for No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team

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Darlington, S.C. (May 9, 2010) - On his second date with the "Lady in Black," 23 year old Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team made a consistent performance on Darlington Raceway's challenging 1.366 mile egg-shaped oval resulting an 11th place finish.

Annett started the 147 lap NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts in the 29th spot and was able to gain valuable track position throughout the night by passing cars from the time the green flag dropped for the start of the race. By lap 85, he had driven the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry into the top-15.

In close racing quarters all night, the chemistry built between Annett and his spotter Jason Jarrett proved to work as the young driver avoided mishap on the track with a total of nine caution flags for 42 laps under caution.

"We were consistent all night," said crew chief Ryan "Rudy" Fugle, "Bringing home this top-12 finish is exactly what we needed. Once again we showed our team's strength and that we are capable of competing in the top-10. Even though it wasn't a win, it was a small victory for our entire team. We'll take this momentum and head on to Dover next week."

"The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team worked hard all day and it paid off with a very respectable finish. We proved ourselves finishing 11th tonight. Darlington is one of the toughest and most challenging tracks on the circuit. "Too Tough to Tame" fits it well. To come out of here with the car in one piece and with a really good finish is awesome. We're ready to continue this success and head into the summer stretch of races," noted Annett.

"Tonight was fun. Michael did a great job behind the wheel, Rudy had some really good pit strategy and the guys did some great pit stops. I think choosing to take only two right side tires in the last pit stop really made it work. That was a good call on Rudy's part," said spotter Jason Jarrett, son of former driver Dale Jarrett and grandson of racing legend Ned Jarrett.

Annett was one of only three NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars to finish in the top-12 at the track "Too Tough to Tame" amongst a field made up of several double-duty drivers. His 11th place finish boosted his position in the point standings two places from 17th to 15th, just 72 points outside of the top-10.

The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will now venture to Dover International Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200. At a track where he received Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in his last race there, Annett and his team will take the energy from their top-12 finish at Darlington and look for another respectable run at Dover. Watch and listen live to the Heluva Good! 200 on ABC and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com

and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

May 07
2010

Germain.com Tundra Rebounded from One Lap Down to Finish 3rd in KS

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Mooresville, NC (05-03-2010) – Germain Racing’s No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team stepped out of its comfort zone and unloaded at Kansas Speedway with a dramatically different chassis setup than the formula which had worked for the team’s 13 previous wins on speedways. The result was a long first practice session and a confirmation that sometimes tried and true just can’t be ignored. After three days in Kansas, two practice sessions and 167 laps of racing including two mid-race setbacks, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra finished third and driver Todd Bodine pulled back to second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.

“We unloaded with a chassis setup that was a lot different than we normally would run at a 1.5-mile track. We struggled and learned a lot in our first practice session and for the second practice, we went back to our baseline, speedway setup,” explained crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra started sixth for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. Hillman says they needed a bit more grip in their qualifying setup.

“The truck was too loose in qualifying, but we felt the changes we’d made for the race were going to make our Germain.com Tundra a lot better than it had been in practice,” said Hillman of chassis TRD-131 which ranked 15th after first practice and tenth after final practice.

When racing began on Sunday afternoon, the truck was still too loose but the handling condition took a backseat to a few other mid-race setbacks.

“We started the race with the Germain.com Tundra too loose. It got better throughout the day. Our team battled to overcome a speeding penalty from the first pit stop and a flat right rear tire which had to be changed under the green flag. Bringing the truck home with a top-three finish shows how this team never gives up,” said Hillman. “I couldn’t be more proud of all our team for their hard work all weekend, through practice and the great pit stops during the race. This is how a championship-caliber team takes a day full of adversity and comes home with a top-three finish.”

Driver Todd Bodine echoed the sentiment that strong pit stops and a never-failing commitment to finding a way to succeed helped the Germain.com Tundra end a challenging race day into a third-place finish.

“That’s one thing, all the Germain guys are strong in the pits. Every week they beat guys out and that’s what keeps us up front. We were free all day and right there at the end we got a little tight off. I couldn’t quite run with Ron (Hornaday Jr.) and Johnny (Sauter), they were a little fast with a little too much horsepower, but this Toyota was awesome. To overcome what we did today with getting a speeding penalty and then a flat tire under green putting us a lap down and to come back and finish third, that’s what this team is all about. We just never give up,” said Bodine.

The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra ranks fourth in Truck Series owner’s standings and Bodine ranks second in the driver’s standings. The next race on the Truck Series schedule is at “The Monster Mile,” the high-speed, concrete oval also known as Dover International Speedway. Watch the action on SPEED, May 14th, tape-delayed at 8:00 PM ET or tune into your local MRN affiliate.

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.

Germain Racing competes in each of NASCAR’s three national divisions as well as the K&N Pro Series East. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Visit Germainracing.com for more information. To keep up with team news, follow on Twitter @Germainracing or become a fan on Facebook.

 

May 07
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team Look to Lasso a Good Finish at Texas' Great American Speedway

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Fort Worth, Texas (April 14, 2010) - NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will compete in a Lone Star State showdown this weekend as Texas Motor Speedway hosts the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday. The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team is excited to get on fast 1.5 mile track. 

Annett has two previous starts at Texas Motor Speedway under his belt and notched an 11th place finish in the 2009 Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. 

"Texas Motor Speedway is a good track for us. We've got a great mile and a half program at Germain Racing and we've demonstrated that with historical success on intermediate tracks," said Annett, "We're confident we can translate that intermediate track success to our run at Texas this weekend." 

Mile and a half tracks have proven to be a specialty for the combination of Germain Racing and Annett with top-10 finishes earned in 2009 at the intermediate tracks of Kentucky Speedway and Gateway International Raceway, and top-15 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. 23-year-old Annett also claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at two mile and a half tracks in 2009 for his seventh place finish at Gateway International Raceway and his 14th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

Racing at Texas Motor Speedway means heading home for two of Germain Racing's No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers crew members. Jackman and mechanic, James Davis, and tire carrier, Patrick (P.J.) Briody, both hail from the state capital. These two Austin, Texas natives will get one of two chances to visit their home track this season in conjunction with this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. 

On-track action at Texas Motor Speedway begins on Thursday with NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at 7 p.m. Final practice kicks off Friday at 10:30 a.m. with qualifying following at 2:45 p.m. The green flag waves for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Watch and listen live to qualifying and the race on ESPN 2. Times are listed in ET. 

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett. 

For more information on Pilot Travel Centers, please visit www.pilottravelcenters.com.

May 07
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Germain Racing Team to Compete under the Lights at Darlington Raceway 's "Lady in Black"

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Darlington, S.C. (May 5, 2010) - Ten races into the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Michael Annett and Germain Racing's No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers team will travel to the North Carolina based team's neighboring "Palmetto State" for the Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts at Darlington Raceway. 

The South Carolina track is known as one of the toughest racetracks on the NASCAR circuit, therefore it boasts the well-respected "Too Tough to Tame" slogan. The distinct 1.366 mile track can be compared to no other oval the NASCAR Nationwide Series visits, which produces a challenge for both teams and drivers. 

"You've got to be on top of your game heading into the Darlington race. There's a lot of give and take there and hitting your marks is key. I'm up for the challenge it carries and excited to get on track," said Annett. 

Not only is the track demanding, but Darlington also marks the second consecutive one day show for the NASCAR Nationwide Series with practice, qualifying and the 147 lap race all slated for Friday. Fitting everything into one day in the South Carolina heat can be tough, yet another reason why it's "Too Tough to Tame" at Darlington. 

On-track activity for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington Raceway begins on Friday morning with practice from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. ET. Qualifying gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET with live coverage on SPEED. The call for drivers to start their engines is heard at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts live on ESPN 2 at 7 p.m. ET. 

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett. 

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing's No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

Apr 29
2010

Auto Smarts 5-1-10 "Top Fuel and Top Fuel Mileage on Auto Smarts!"

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  If it’s on wheels and you can race it, then Mike Fornataro has probably built it, driven it, or seen it.  The head of marketing and sales at National Trail Raceway  drops by to visit Dan “Boots” Longenette, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Saturday from 1 to 3pm on 610 WTVN.  The host of the weekly Bits from the Pits segment slows down long enough to spend an hour with the Auto Smarts gang.  Mike will update everyone on the plans at NTR for this season and talk about Auto Smarts Day at National Trail Raceway coming up on July 24th.  Plus, if you have a question about a classic car or an NHRA related question, Mike, Boots, and Lex can come up with an answer faster than your reaction time at the tree!       Are you searching for a way to find out about your vehicle’s fuel mileage and how to improve it?  Forget it!  Just go to fuelmileage.com.  Sean Fultz is the brain behind this concept and joins the gang to talk about his fuel mileage tracking application and how his user friendly web site, their data rich mobile site, or their convenient text message service are all designed to make it as painless as possible to track your fuel mileage and find ways to improve your gas mileage.

     While you’re putting time and effort into improving your fuel mileage, are you exerting the same brain power to make sure your rights as a new car owner are protected?  Michael Sacks is.  Consumer rights, when it comes to your vehicle, are his specialty in his weekly 1-800-Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.  Check out his website at www.lemonlaw.com.

     Call us during the show at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.  We’ll have O’Charley’s gift certificates up for grabs for some lucky callers.   You can always email the show, or listen online at www.autosmartsradio.com.  Check us out on Facebook and Twitter!    

Apr 22
2010

MAX PAPIS & THE GECKO TEAR INTO THE LONE STAR STATE

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When Max Papis and the GEICO team arrived at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday it would have been easy to reflect on the negatives of their past visits to the 1.5-mile quad-oval.  After all, their first visit in November 2008 found them missing the race and returning to North Carolina prematurely.  The Spring of 2009 saw them sit near the top of the speed charts in practice only to end up finishing eight laps down in 35th place when the race concluded.  Then when November rolled around again, Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry once again found themselves excluded from the race after failing to qualify. Once again, short-term memory is important because there is no getting past a racetrack that appears on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule twice yearly.
 
A world-class driver, 2004 Grand-Am Series champion Max Papis knows well the importance of moving forward and this would never be more evident than it was in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.  Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would quickly shoot to the top of the charts, sitting as high as 5th, which easily made him the fastest ‘go or go home’ car on the racetrack.  When the session concluded, he rested 25th on the speed charts and remained the fastest ‘go or go home’ racecar.  
 
Qualifying would follow suit, as he placed the #13 GEICO Camry 27th on the starting grid and was the 3rd fastest among the ‘go or go home’ cars. When Papis peered into his rearview mirror on the parade laps, he would see himself ahead of former Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin.  
 
Rain would set in on Saturday and remain in place until early Monday morning, causing the final practice sessions to be canceled and the race itself to be postponed until noon (EDT) on Monday.
 
When the race got underway, it was anyone’s guess how the #13 GEICO Camry would react in race conditions.  Aside from having a green racetrack, Papis had not turned a single lap in race trim in practice.  Crew chief Bootie Barker would be forced to guess and it seems as though he guessed right.
 
When the race got underway, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry put forth a solid run and remained on the lead lap until late in the race.  At times Papis had to feel as though he was playing a video game, as he was forced to navigate his way through and around crashes that could have otherwise ended his solid run.  Notably, he wheeled the #13 GEICO Camry through a major crash that included nine cars with 17 laps to go in the race, resulting in a red flag.
 
When the green flag was displayed, Papis pressed forward as the race began to wind down.  He even passed two former Sprint Cup Series Champions on the final laps; beating both Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte to the checkered flag to record a 22nd place finish.
 
“We had a really good day and I’m happy that we were able to get a good finish for GEICO and the Germain team,” Papis said.  “We’ve worked really hard and I’m so proud of Bootie Barker and this entire team.  Our work is paying off and I look forward to getting the #13 GEICO Camry to Talladega next week and running up front.”
 
Next weekend, Max Papis and the GEICO Racing team will travel to Talladega, Alabama, for NASCAR’s second restrictor-plate race of the season.  A year ago, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry started 43rd and charged to an 18th place finish in his debut Sprint Cup Series race at the historic superspeedway.
 
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will make their way around the 2.66-mile tri-oval when their first practice session kicks off at 2:00 PM (ET) on Friday, April 23rd.  Qualifying will take place on Saturday afternoon at 11:35 AM (ET).
 
The Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 25th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET), while 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