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Sep 22
2011

NHMS preview: South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra, Brendan Gaughan

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New Hampshire Next for South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Driver

 

 - 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 raced in each of NASCAR’s three national series at NHMS

- He has 6 Truck Series races to his credit there

- His best finish is 5th and his best start is 2nd

- Gaughan has earned a win on a former NASCAR one-mile track—The Milwaukee Mile

 

Mooresville, N.C. (Sep. 21, 2011) - New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a track that Brendan Gaughan is only cautiously optimistic about. He admits he has had some great race trucks and race cars at the Loudon, NH, based 1-mile oval, but, he has had his fair share of run-ins and at the track, too. For the eight-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner, New Hampshire is certainly a track he’d like to conquer—and one he knows can be tricky for him.

 

“New Hampshire is New Hampshire. It’s a bit like Milwaukee but with more grip since the pavement is newer. I have had good race trucks there but it’s a bit frustrating to me because my finishes at the track don’t really show it. I have been caught up in other people’s problems there. You name it, I think it’s happened to me at New Hampshire. That said, I’m looking forward to getting there to see what our No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra will do. Our team has had some strong performances in the past few races and I expect to see more of the same at New Hampshire,” explained Gaughan.

 

Gaughan will race chassis number GR-017 for Saturday’s 175 laps/185.15 miles at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on SPEED. Racing action at is Saturday, September 24th 3:00 PM. Tune in early to catch the NCWTS Setup at 2:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

 

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 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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Sep 20
2011

GEICO Camry, Casey Mears: Chicagoland Race Recap

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MEARS AND THE GECKO NET FRUITFUL WEEKEND IN THE WINDY CITY



Joliet, IL (September 19, 2011) – Coming off of a strong week at Richmond, Mears and the GEICO Racing team looked forward to seeing the Gecko in Chicago when they arrived for the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.  Mears arrived early on Thursday and spent the vast majority of his time doing media interviews along with appearances where he greeted fans and further promoted the GEICO brand.
 
When Mears took to the racetrack for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday, he did not find the speed for which he was looking.  At the conclusion of both practices, the GEICO team was left with more questions than answers, as Mears sat 35th and 40th in the respective sessions.  A previous polesitter and winner at Chicagoland Speedway, Mears knows full well how to navigate the 1.5-mile tri-oval, but his expertise did not provide relief during qualifying.  Mears was forced to use his Top 35 status to secure his position in the race, as his qualifying laps would relegate him to 41st on the starting grid.
 
Mears and the GEICO team arrived early Sunday morning preparing to take to the grid for the GEICO 400, but instead found themselves sidelined as Mother Nature had her way with the speedway.  For the third time in the last six races, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series saw their race postponed due to rain.   
With overcast skies looming and a grandstand full of dedicated fans, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry finally took the green flag at noon (ET) on Monday afternoon.  Starting the race in 41st, Mears quickly began to make up ground and took over the 38th position by the close of the opening lap.  When the scheduled competition caution was displayed on Lap 30, Mears took the opportunity to visit pit road where the Germain Racing team supplied him with four fresh tires, a tank of fuel and a wedge adjustment.
 
Mears’ progress was later thwarted just after visiting pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 68.  No sooner than Mears departed pit road, the caution flag waved, instantly sending the #13 GEICO Camry two laps down to the leaders and forcing Mears to spend the balance of his afternoon trying to regain his position on the lead lap.   
After taking the wave-around under caution, Mears was left just one lap down, but that nearly changed on Lap 78.  Robby Gordon cut down a tire and quickly moved to the bottom of the racetrack just in front of the GEICO Camry.  Mears narrowly avoided peril and continued on his way.   
Mears was running in the 34th position when a debris caution on Lap 144 offered the GEICO team the opportunity to gain track position.  Crew chief, Bootie Barker, ordered Mears to remain on the racetrack and take the wave-around rather than come down pit road for service.  The gamble would be that Mears would have just enough fuel to complete another ten laps after the race went green, so he would need a caution to come out or otherwise visit pit road under green flag conditions.  If the caution flag were to wave, the #13 GEICO Camry would return to the lead lap.   
Mears restarted in the 33rd position on Lap 151, but unfortunately, the caution did not come out and the GEICO Camry would be forced to travel down pit road under green on Lap 161 for a much-needed service.  For a second time, Mears would experience heartbreak at the hands of the caution flag.  Just two laps after he returned to the racing surface following his pit stop, the caution was displayed when Jamie McMurray’s engine gave way, sending the field under caution and Mears two laps down.
 
With 50 laps remaining in the race, Barker warned Mears that the #13 GEICO Camry was two laps short on fuel.  Mears was not alone in this scenario, as much of the field was presented with the same dilemma.  Mears took the necessary precautions and was able to save enough fuel to take the checkered flag.  After starting 41st, Mears and the GEICO team persevered through a challenging afternoon and collected 12 positions en route to a 29th place finish in the GEICO 400.  
“It was really fun to come to the track this weekend and see GEICO plastered everywhere, even on the outside wall of the racetrack.  I entered turn four at one point and thought I saw a huge blow up gecko,” Mears joked.  “The weather was unpleasant on Sunday, but I was glad I was able to spend some time with our guests from GEICO’s corporate office and thank them for their tremendous support as we continue building our race program.”
 
Mears’ 29th place finish at Chicagoland Speedway allowed Germain Racing to maintain their 32nd position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner 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
 

- PMI -

Sep 19
2011

Max Papis, GEICO Tundra - Chicagoland Race Report

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LOOSE HANDLING CONDITION PLAGUES MAX PAPIS IN CHICAGOLAND

 

JOLIET, Ill. (September 16, 2011) – With only eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races left on the 2011 schedule, Max Papis and his GEICO Racing team were looking for a strong run at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night. During the 150-lap race, Papis and the No. 9 Toyota Tundra battled a loose handling condition. Despite only three cautions leaving the team with a small realm of opportunity to make adjustments, Papis captured an 18th-place finish under the lights. This was Papis’ 13th top-20 finish this season.

 

“We fought hard all night long,” said Papis, after the race. “The GEICO team continues to keep pushing and never give up no matter what we are facing. The truck was just really loose all night and we got it better towards the end of the race but we ran out of time. We will head back to the shop and keep working. I think we will be good in New Hampshire.”

 

After two practice sessions, Papis took to the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval for qualifying. The Como, Italy native clocked a lap of 31.334 seconds (172.337 mph) to secure the 19th starting position. Shortly after 8 p.m. ET, Papis and the rest of the field started the Fast Five 225. The first caution came quickly on lap 11 for debris in turn 2. The GEICO Toyota Tundra was loose right from the start, prompting crew chief Randy Goss to bring Papis to pit road for fuel and wedge adjustment. Papis took off from 20th-place on the lap 14 restart.

 

The Germain Racing Toyota continued to be hindered by the loose condition as Papis entered and exited the corners. The leaders who did not pit under the first caution were forced to make green flag pit stops around lap 35. Because Papis topped off with fuel during his earlier stop, the GEICO machine was able to continue longer than his competitors. The No. 9 red and blue Tundra moved as high as fifth before pitting under green on lap 56 for four tires, fuel, and adjustments.

 

A short three circuits later, the second caution slowed the pace on lap 59 for fluid on the track. Since the team just visited pit road, Papis took the wave around to receive one lap back and be in contention for the Lucky Dog Award. On lap 66, the field returned to green flag conditions with Papis scored in the 22nd position.

 

Within 10 laps, Papis returned to the top-20 in 18th-place as the racer continued to drive through the loose handling condition. The fast pace persisted as only the third caution was displayed on lap 83 for debris. Papis reported that the GEICO Tundra was “loose center off” before returning to pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment.

 

Papis was scored in the 20th position on the lap 88 restart. By lap 100, the Gecko was back up to 18th-place. The final 50 laps remained caution-free, forcing teams to return to pit road for fuel under green conditions. The loose handling condition got better as the run went on, so on lap 131 Papis brought his GEICO Toyota to the attention of his crew one last time for four tires, fuel, and minor adjustments. Over the final 10 laps, Papis was able to hold his spot on the track and cross the finish line in the 18th position.

 

With his solid finish, Papis currently sits in 16th-place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings. ‘Mad Max’ is only two points behind Justin Lofton who holds the 15th position. The Truck Series returns to action this Saturday, September 24th for the running of the F.W. Webb 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Watch the action live on SPEED Channel at 3 p.m. ET.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, visit: www.geicogarage.com <http://www.geicogarage.com> .

 

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

 

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com  

 

Sep 16
2011

Chicagoland Speedway: Bodine Preview

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Todd Bodine

No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra

Chicagoland Speedway – Fast Five 225

September 16, 2011

 

Todd Bodine at Chicagoland Speedway (NCWTS)

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Status

Money

Laps Led

08/28/2009

3

2

150/150

Running

$41,495

39

08/27/2010

1

2

154/154

Running

$39,640

17

TOTAL/AVERAGE

2

2

304 / 304 (100.0%)

DNF: 0

$81,135

56

 

Starts

Poles

Wins

Top-Fives

Top-10s

Total Winnings

2

1

0

2 (100.0%)

2 (100.0%)

$81,135

 

No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra News and Notes

  • This Week’s Tundra… The No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs team and Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will utilize GR-018 in Friday’s 150-lap NCWTS race at Chicagoland Speedway.  This is the same truck that Bodine drove to a ninth-place finish two weeks ago at Atlanta, and it was raced earlier this season at Pocono (12th), Michigan (11th) and Nashville (6th).  Mike Hillman Jr. will once again be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the eighth race of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra.  Bodine has finished no worse than 12th in those seven previous races, with an average finish of ninth.

 

·         Starting Up Front… Bodine captured the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole at Chicagoland Speedway (2001), as well as the first Nationwide Series pole (2002).  Bodine captured the pole award in the Camping World Truck Series' second trip to Chicagoland (2010) and has earned two runner-up finishes there in the Trucks. 

 

·         Holding Steady… With his ninth-place finish last race at Atlanta, Bodine maintained his 10th-place standing in the driver points and is just 16 points out of the top five.

 

·         Watch and Listen… The Fast Five 225 from Chicagoland Speedway will be broadcast live on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, on Friday night.  SPEED kicks off its pre-race coverage at 6:30 p.m. CDT, and MRN Radio will begin its live broadcast at 6:45 p.m. CDT on Friday, September 16.  SPEED will also carry a live broadcast of qualifying on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

 

Todd Bodine on Chicagoland Speedway:

"Chicago fits into this race team's strong suit. You have to carry momentum at Chicagoland and the tires go away, which slows down the race pace. You have to have your Tundra set up for the long runs and that's where this team has been so strong, and we expect to show that with our International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra on Friday night.

 

"Chicagoland's back straightaway isn't exactly straight, so it makes your corners feel a lot more sweeping than other tracks. The surface is getting some bumps and character from age."

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Bodine Camping World Truck Series Career Totals

Races

Wins

Top-Fives

Top-10s

Poles

Money Won

182

21

86

113

7

$5,529,493

 

 

Todd Bodine 2011 Camping World Truck Series Race Results

Date

Track

Start

Finish

Laps

Status

Money Won

02/18/2011

Daytona International Speedway

15

23

96/103

Accident

$13,850

02/25/2011

Phoenix International Raceway

7

14

150/150

Running

$11,750

03/12/2011

Darlington Raceway

12

3

147/147

Running

$20,725

04/02/2011

Martinsville Speedway

15

14

250/250

Running

$12,075

04/22/2011

Nashville Superspeedway

7

19

150/150

Running

$10,700

05/13/2011

Dover International Speedway

15

27

85/200

Ignition

$11,175

05/20/2011

Charlotte Motor Speedway

9

27

107/134

Running

$8,950

06/04/2011

Kansas Speedway

10

3

167/167

Running

$25,600

06/10/2011

Texas Motor Speedway

 8

31

66/168

Accident

$9,345

07/07/2011

Kentucky Speedway

 20

 4

152/152

 Running

$23,825

07/16/2011

Iowa Speedway

 21

10 

200/200

 Running

$13,125

07/22/2011

Nashville Superspeedway

 21

6

150/150

Running

$11,700

07/29/2011

Indianapolis Raceway Park

18

12 

199/200

Running 

$11,850

08/06/2011

Pocono Raceway

10 

12

53/53

Running 

$11,350

08/20/2011

Michigan International Speedway

 2

11

102/102

Running

$12,175

08/24/2011

Bristol Motor Speedway

 9

200/200

 Running

$20,225

09/02/2011

Atlanta Motor Speedway

 19

130/130

 Running

$12,915

09/16/2011

Chicagoland Speedway

 

 

 

 

 

09/24/2011

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

 

 

 

 

 

10/01/2011

Kentucky Speedway

 

 

 

 

 

10/15/2011

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

 

 

 

 

10/22/2011

Talladega Superspeedway

 

 

 

 

 

10/29/2011

Martinsville Speedway

 

 

 

 

 

11/04/2011

Texas Motor Speedway

 

 

 

 

 

11/18/2011

Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

12.8

13.4

2404/2656

DNF: 3 

$241,335

Sep 15
2011

Chicagoland Preview: Gaughan

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Gaughan Likes Chicagoland; Will Have Fun in Dirt Before Hitting Pavement

 

 

 - 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 never raced Truck Series at Chicagoland

 

Mooresville, N.C. (Sep. 14, 2011) - Chicagoland Speedway is one of several 1.5-mile oval tracks on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. In the opinion of No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra driver Brendan Gaughan, the Joliet, IL, track is one of the easiest to learn and produces some very exciting racing. Gaughan will make his first Truck Series start in Friday’s 150 lap/225 mile race, but he’s been to Chicagoland in two other NASCAR Series.

 

"As far as mile and a half corners go, Chicagoland is one of the easiest to drive because both corners are increasing radius corners. It's basically a 'double D' formation. It's really unique as far as the oval courses go because of that. It allows you to stay two and three wide longer in the corner - where normally toward the exit of the corner most tracks tighten up. It's a fun place to race and I'm looking forward to seeing what our South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra will do there on Friday night,” said Gaughan.

 

In addition to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night, Brendan Gaughan will debut the new Douglas Motorsports PRO 2WD truck at the Chicagoland TRAXXAS TORC Series. The event takes place on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Gaughan will sport an 'old-school' Walker Evans/South Point paint scheme.

 

Crew chief Bryan Berry and the No. 62 team of Germain Racing have prepared chassis GR-016 to be the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Chicagoland Speedway. The truck raced last in Atlanta and has competed in several other events for Germain Racing this season.

 

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Atlanta Motor Speedway on SPEED. Qualifying airs Friday, September 16th at 3:30 PM ET with racing action at 8:00 PM. Tune in early to catch the NCWTS Setup at 7:30 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

 

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

 

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 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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Sep 14
2011

Gaughan Returns to Dirt at Chicagoland

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BRENDAN GAUGHAN TO DRIVE NEW DOUGLAS MOTORSPORTS PRO 2WD

 

 

CHICAGO, IL—NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan will debut the new Douglas Motorsports PRO 2WD truck at the Chicagoland TRAXXAS TORC Series presented by AMSOIL race. Sponsored by South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the Ford Raptor carries the legendary Walker Evans Racing colors. Before graduating to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Gaughan honed his car control skills racing in the dirt, competing in both desert and short course. Brendan successfully campaigned a PRO2 truck driving for Walker Evans in the former SODA series and early days of the CORR series.

 

“Brendan is a very talented driver and fierce competitor. Everyone at Douglas Motorsports is thrilled he will be driving the South Point Walker Evans Racing PRO 2WD truck in Chicago,” commented Scott Douglas. “Walker Evans has had a huge influence on my off-road racing career. More than twenty years ago, he hired me as a full-time professional driver. I owe a great deal to Walker and the entire Walker Evans Racing organization,” continued Douglas.

 

The TRAXXAS TORC Series kicks off the Chase for the Cup NASCAR week at Chicagoland Speedway with racing scheduled for both Wednesday September 14th and Thurday September 15th. In addition to live internet video streaming on torcseries.com and coverage on Discovery HD Theater, the September 15th race will be covered live on the Speed Channel. 

 

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Contact: Todd Kaho

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              740-215-5918

Sep 12
2011

Richmond Race Recap: GEICO Camry, Mears

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 18, 2011, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:00 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Sep 05
2011

NTB/Service Central Tundra: Atlanta Recap

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Sep 03
2011

Papis, GEICO Tundra: Atlanta Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, visit: www.geicogarage.com <http://www.geicogarage.com> .  
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing <http://www.twitter.com/geicoracing> .  

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


Sep 01
2011

Atlanta Preview: Bodine

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Todd Bodine

No. 5 NTB/Service Central Toyota Tundra

Atlanta Motor Speedway – Atlanta 200

September 2, 2011

News and Notes

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Todd Bodine on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

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

 

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

 

ABOUT SERVICE CENTRAL:

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

 

ABOUT TBC RETAIL GROUP:

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