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Nov 11
2010

Heated Competition Continues as No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Vies at Phoenix International Raceway

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Avondale, Ariz. (November 11, 2010) – With 33 action-packed races completed, only two races remain in the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. This week, second year Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett and the No. 15 Germain Racing team are making the trek to the Valley of the Sun for Phoenix International Raceway’s WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the second race of the season hosted at the sunny, one mile tri-oval.

 

Annett will veer from a string of races at mile and a half tracks to short track racing this weekend at Phoenix. The series last visited a short track in September for Dover International Speedway’s Dover 200 where Annett secured an 11th place qualifying effort and brought home a 15th place finish on the one mile oval. His best result on a short track this season was at his home track, Iowa Speedway, where he scored a seventh place finish after starting 12th.

 

Behind the wheel of the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry, Annett will once again be promoting Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate.” The coffee themed Camry was also featured in races at Kansas Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Gateway International Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Pilot Flying J Coffee program has allowed the company to further awareness of their popular coffee brand through the car’s special paint scheme, as well as through at-track sampling of their product at various tracks during the months of October and November.

 

On-track activity for the Nationwide Series at Phoenix International Raceway heats up with practice on Friday from 12-1:50 p.m. followed by final practice from 3:40-4:20 p.m. Saturday steams up with qualifying at 12:05 p.m. before the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional begins at 4:30 p.m. Practice, final practice and qualifying can be seen live on SPEED. Live race coverage starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio. All times are ET.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

Nov 08
2010

“No Limits” Racing at Texas Motor Speedway Leaves Michael Annett with 18th Place Finish

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Fort Worth, Texas (November 8, 2010) – Texas Motor Speedway’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge produced a middle-of-the-road day for Michael Annett and the No. 15 Germain Racing team. Fighting an ill-handling racecar that wouldn’t respond to changes, Annett worked hard on the track to secure an 18th place finish in Saturday’s race.

 

Despite a 35th place starting position, Annett worked his way just outside the top-20 in 21st on lap 38. The first of five cautions came out on lap 43. Reporting that his car was free through the corners, Annett came to pit road for service on lap 44. The No. 15 Germain Racing pit crew was on top of their game on pit road, moving the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry four spots, pushing Annett to 17th for the restart on lap 48.

 

Still battling a car that was aero tight and wouldn’t turn in traffic, Annett made his second trip to pit road under the second caution on lap 82. This time losing three spots on pit road, Annett restarted 18th on lap 85.

 

Lap 140 brought the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry to pit road under green flag conditions for four Goodyears, fuel and air pressure adjustments to help free the car’s tight condition. The third yellow flag soon came out on lap 147. Annett returned to pit road for four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments. Back to green on lap 152, he restarted 16th.

 

Still fighting a challenging racecar, Annett reporting being loose in the center and tight off. The caution was back out on lap 184. Knowing that there would be only 10 laps to go on the restart and that the car wasn’t responding to changes, crew chief Ryan Fugle did his best to help Annett with track position by opting to change only right side tires on the stop, advancing Annett to sixth for the restart on lap 190.

 

Unable to battle with cars that had four fresh tires, Annett was shuffled back to 17th when the yellow flag was brought back out on lap 197. Coming in one last time for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, Annett was back on the track for a green, white, checkered flag finish. He earned a hard-fought 18th place finish in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

 

With only two races remaining, the Nationwide Series will head west to Phoenix International Raceway for the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional on Saturday. The 200 lap race will preview the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway that takes place on November 20. Tune to ESPN2 and MRN Radio for live coverage of the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional beginning at 4 p.m. ET on November 16.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

 

Nov 08
2010

MEARS SAVES DAY WITH LAST LAP HUSTLE

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Fort Worth, TX (November 7, 2010) – As the 2010 season begins to wind down, GEICO driver Casey Mears’ comfort seems to increase.  Since he climbed into the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry in August, he has helped Germain Racing make marked improvement and has consistently performed in the Top 25 each week, as well as improving the team’s qualifying efforts.
 
Mears’ practice effort in Texas left cause for excitement in the GEICO garage stall.  Although Mears would ultimately end up 36th on the speed chart at the end of practice, he initially shot straight to 5th and then sat as high as 2nd during the 90-minute session.  

When qualifying got underway, Mears took to the track 48th out of the 49 cars entered.  He made quick work of the 1.5-mile quad-oval and put the #13 GEICO Camry in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field.  Pacing the track in just 28.463 seconds at a rate of speed of 189.720 miles per hour, Mears would start 35th when the cars rolled off the starting grid on Sunday afternoon.
 
When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field took the green flag under bright, sunny skies on Sunday, Mears would roll off of the starting grid in the 35th position.  Although he picked up three positions by the second lap, the day’s problems set in immediately.  Mears quickly radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker on Lap 6: “This thing is plowin’.”
 
Fortunately for Mears, but not so good for Joe Nemecheck, the event’s first caution flag of the day was displayed when Nemechek’s motor went up in smoke on the frontstretch on Lap 12.  This afforded the GEICO team the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments to the #13 GEICO Camry.  
 
After restarting 33rd on Lap 17, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry began to move forward and by Lap 29 they were in the 30th position.  Unfortunately, just five laps later, an agitated Mears reported to Bootie Barker: “It won’t turn. I can’t make anything happen here. The back is getting worse.”
 
The event’s second caution flag of the day waved on Lap 42, once again allowing Mears to bring his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  Once on pit road, Mears received four tires, fuel and adjustments.  He restarted 32nd on Lap 47, but just 11 laps later, running in the 31st position, Mears’ frustration grew as he told Barker: “It’s so tight it won’t turn.”  
 
Mears, who usually talks little on the radio and generally appears calm, was growing more frustrated as the race wore on.  He was quite verbal throughout the afternoon and despite his concern over the racecar, he remained focused and maintained his position inside of the Top 30.  
 
Despite the best efforts of the team, Mears would continue to battle an ill-handling racecar for the balance of the race.  A bright spot was the GEICO pit crew who served Mears masterfully, getting him on and off of pit road quickly.  A grateful Mears acknowledged the pit crew’s efforts on Lap 132: “You guys did a good job on pit road not getting us behind on the green flag stops.”  
Mears was then credited for leading a lap after he was at the front of the field on Lap 134.
 
When the caution flag was displayed on Lap 191, no one could have predicted the drama that would unfold during a single caution period. Martin Truex, Jr., brought out the caution with a spin, but coming out of Turn 2 Jeff Burton planted Jeff Gordon into the wall, drawing a fiery response from Gordon.  As the drivers were making their way to the ambulance, a melee ensued, as Gordon met Burton with punches before NASCAR officials intervened.  Just minutes later, the crew chief of Jimmie Johnson’s car benched his pit crew and ordered the pit crew of Jeff Gordon’s car to the #48 car’s pit box to tend to Johnson’s pit stops.
 
Although the Lap 191 caution lasted just five laps, it felt more like an hour given the series of events.  Mears restarted 30th on Lap 196 and exhibited marked progress, jumping the #13 GEICO Camry to 27th on Lap 202.  He continued moving forward and reached 20th by Lap 245 before scheduled green flag pit stops began sending the field down pit road for service.
 
On Lap 327, Mears narrowly missed being a part of the event’s last caution of the day.  Patrick Carpentier spun and Mears was hard on the brakes to avoid becoming collateral damage.  Mears brought the GEICO Camry down pit road and took on four fresh tires to prepare for the final restart of the day.
 
Mears restarted 29th with just three laps remaining.  He took the white flag in 28th and by the time the checkered flag was in the air, Mears had somehow managed to hustle to a 26th place finish.  Despite the setbacks with the racecar, Mears salvaged an otherwise bad day at the track and transformed it into a resounding success, given the circumstances.  
 
When he climbed from the #13 GEICO Camry following the race, Mears was succinct and direct.
 
“It was a bad day that we turned into a good day,” Mears said. “The GEICO pit crew did a good job on pit road and that really helped us a lot.  It’s racing and we’re going to have days like today, but it’s good that we’re resilient enough to keep fighting and not quit.  It came down to the final lap, but we ended on a good note and that’s what matters.”
 
Texas concludes GEICO’s 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.  If the last lap of the Texas race is any indication, the future looks bright for Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team. GEICO will be announcing their 2011 Sprint Cup Series schedule within the next few weeks.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing  
Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing
 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

Nov 06
2010

Bodine Scored 16th Top-Five Finish of Season in Texas

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, N.C. (11-06-2010) - When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Texas, there's one thing the competitors count on: chasing Todd Bodine around the race track. Friday night's race was no exception. Bodine put the Valvoline Tundra out front for 23 of 147 laps and earned his 16th top-five finish of the season when he crossed the start/finish line in fourth-place.

 

“Our Valvoline Tundra was awesome. The Germain Racing pit crew was awesome. We pitted for four tires and came out in front for the final restart of the race. I chose the outside line for the restart. I figured momentum would carry the Valvoline Tundra to the lead. Instead, I went down into the first turn and even getting up to speed the truck just bottomed out and pushed," explained Bodine of how the final restart of the race was a preview to the finish results of the 23rd race of the 2010 Truck Series season.

 

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. added some perspective and explained the fourth-place result for the Valvoline Tundra was a fine end to another outstanding trip to Texas Motor Speedway for the No. 30 team of Germain Racing.

 

"Todd Bodine said it best in his post-race interview with SPEED. Germain Racing did a great job again. Texas is our track. We came here with the Valvoline Tundra and did what we expected to do. We led laps, had a great Toyota Tundra, worked well as a team and we got another top-five finish. It was a good points night and it gives us something to build on heading into Phoenix and Homestead," said Hillman, who was very proud of performance of the Valvoline Tundra.

 

Bodine explained to SPEED's pit road reporter after the Winstar World Casino 350K that the consistency in his results this season is due to the hard work and never give up attitude of the No. 30 Germain Racing team. That consistency has allowed Bodine to score the best statistics of his Truck Series career - 16 top-fives and 19 top-10’s in 23 events to-date.

 

"I think the consistency just shows how good our guys are and how good (Mike Hillman) Jr. (crew chief) and the team have been getting the truck setup.  I’ve said quite a few times, the first five races we struggled with making the trucks drive good and then went to work and figured it out and since then these Tundra trucks have been driving great. That’s what allows us to keep that consistency. It just shows how good the 30 team really is,” explained Bodine.

 

Todd Bodine has led the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings since the conclusion of race no. 7, in May, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has a 230-point margin over second-place and looks to lock in his second series title in the final two weeks.

 

Next up for Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra is Phoenix International Raceway.  Watch qualifying and racing on SPEED at 4:30 and 7:30 PM Eastern on Friday, November 12th, or tune into the race on your local MRN affiliate.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 

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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Nov 06
2010

MAX PAPIS NETS TOP 25 DESPITE FUEL ISSUE

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Fort Worth, TX (November 5, 2010) – A week removed from having his day ended prematurely on the count of a negligent move by a fellow driver, ‘Mad’ Max Papis arrived in the Lone Star state looking to rebound.  A week ago in Talladega, Papis piloted the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra solidly at the front of the field and aimed to achieve the same at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night.

 

Papis and the GEICO team quickly took to the 1.5-mile quad-oval and appeared comfortable through the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ two practice sessions on Thursday.  The opening session saw the #9 GEICO Tundra 14th on the speed charts, while the final practice session saw Papis as a respectable 19th. 

 

With practice in the books and only qualifying remaining, Papis solidified his position in the field when he qualified the #9 GEICO Tundra 23rd for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 350K NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  He toured the facility in just 30.608 seconds, at a rate of speed of 176.424 miles per hour. 

 

While his teammate, Todd Bodine, is on the verge of winning his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, Papis has his mind set on 2011.  His final races of the 2010 season are preparing him for his own run at the Truck Series championship in 2011.

 

Cool temperatures and the smell of thousands of campfires blanketed the racetrack on Friday night, as the green flag waved under clear skies. Starting 23rd, Papis quickly jumped to 20th on the opening lap before a Johanna Long spin brought out the event’s first caution flag of the night.  Just one lap into the race, there was no reason for Papis to bring the #9 GEICO Tundra down pit road. 

 

Papis would restart 19th on Lap 5 and ride solidly in the Top 20 before the evening’s second caution flag was displayed on Lap 41.  Just one lap later, Papis traveled down pit road where the Germain Racing pit crew outfitted the #9 GEICO Tundra with four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and a right rear air pressure adjustment. While Papis entered pit road in the 20th position, the Germain Racing pit crew turned him around in astounding time, sending Mad Max back out onto the racing surface in the 14th position. 

 

The race would once again go green on Lap 49, but just three laps later the caution lights were flashing at Texas Motor Speedway for a crash involving Ron Hornaday, Tayler Malsam and Miguel Paludo.  After just three laps of racing, it was not necessary for the #9 GEICO Tundra to visit pit road.

 

Papis restarted the race in the 14th position on Lap 60 and by Lap 97 the Gecko was sitting 12th. The #9 GEICO Tundra entered the Top 10 on Lap 98, but the following lap would cause Papis’ demise. 

 

As he exited Turn 4, Papis’ truck appeared to run out of fuel. By the time he entered the front-stretch it was a certainty.  Papis managed to coast around the 1.5-mile quad-oval and make it to pit road where the GEICO Racing pit crew would provide him with the necessary fuel.  Unfortunately, the GEICO Tundra had stalled and because there was no fuel pressure it would take time to build up the pressure.  Once Papis had the truck re-fired, he returned to the race, but he would do so five laps down in the 26th position; a far cry from where he was running in 10th just a few minutes earlier.

 

Despite the setback, Papis continued to pick up positions and when the checkered flag was displayed, he recorded a 23rd place finish. The final result was clearly not indicative of his performance throughout the evening. 

 

“We had a nice run going tonight in the #9 GEICO Tundra, but the fuel problem really ended it for us,” said a dejected Papis.  “I battled a tight truck all night, but we kept fighting and this GEICO pit crew did a great job of getting me in and out. We’re building for next year, we have a new crew chief and right now everything is looking great.  The things that happened in Talladega last week and then what happened tonight is just misfortune, not mistakes. We’re doing a good job and you will continue to see us be competitive and run up front.”

 

Papis and the GEICO team will take a week off before traveling to south Florida for the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the 2010 season.

 

Papis and the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra will hit the 1.5-mile oval of Homestead-Miami Speedway for the opening practice session at 5:00 PM (EDT) on Thursday, November 18th.  Qualifying will take place on Friday at 5:05 PM (EDT).

 

The Ford 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is on Friday, November 19th.  The race will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT), 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

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Nov 04
2010

Bodine and No. 30 Valvoline Tundra Ready for Texas Return

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 - Bodine Leads Truck Series Championship Battle by 216-point margin

 - Has Earned Four Wins this season, 21 in his Truck Series Career

 - Germain Racing has 22 Truck Series Victories and Nine Pole Awards

 

November 2, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Texas Motor Speedway is set to host its second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season, and Germain Racing is one Truck Series team that can’t wait to unload their hauler at the Fort Worth, TX, facility. Germain Racing has earned wins at Texas in six of seven seasons, including a sweep in 2007 for a total of seven trips to Texas’s victory lane. In addition, the team has two pole awards. Germain Racing’s Todd Bodine has a 50% chance of steering the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra into Victory Lane on Friday night based on his Texas record of six wins in 12 NCWTS races.

 

“We appreciate Valvoline coming on board in time for our race at Texas in June and we were happy to get a win for them. We hope to get another one on Friday night with the Valvoline Tundra. Valvoline has been an incredible sponsor and ambassador for our sport for a lot of years and we’re proud to represent them,” said Bodine, who led 106 of 169 laps at Texas in June and has led 305 of the 1845 laps he has completed at TMS.

 

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. likes the team’s chances any time they head to Texas, but with this particular race truck, Chassis TRD-131, he is extra confident.

 

“When we put this race truck on the track for the first time in Nashville this spring, we knew we had a special Tundra. What makes it great is that it responds consistently to whatever chassis setup we throw at it. We’ve won three races with this truck this year, including in June at Texas. We’ll try our best to sweep the Texas races with the Valvoline Tundra on Friday night,” said Hillman.

 

Texas Motor Speedway fits into the ‘intermediate’ race track category. It’s a track that’s one and a half miles in length, it’s D-shaped, and it’s got a fair amount of banking (24 degrees in the corners and 5 degrees on the straightaways. But of the intermediate tracks, it’s the one that Bodine has been the most successful with and he’s not sure how to explain why.

 

“Texas Motor Speedway is a track that suits my style, and we’ve always had great Tundra race trucks there which makes it easy to go fast,” said Bodine, who says the team sticks to their weekly plan when they arrive in Fort Worth, despite their outstanding performance record there. “We go to Texas and do our deal like we do every time, every race, it doesn’t matter where it is, we just go. We get the truck driving as best as we can, as fast as we can and we race to win.”

 

Watch Bodine the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra continue on their mission to secure the second Truck Series title for Germain Racing and Toyota on Friday, November 5th, at Texas Motor  Speedway. You can watch the action on SPEED beginning 8:30 PM Eastern on Friday night. If you won’t be by a TV, set your DVR, and tune your radio dial to your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 

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Nov 04
2010

Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Big Success on the Mind of Michael Annett Heading into Texas Motor Speedway Barnburner

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Fort Worth, Texas (November 4, 2010) – Behind the wheel of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry on Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5 mile tri-oval, Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett is ready to duel for a successful finish in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, one of the final three races in the 2010 season.

 

Annett has three starts on the Fort Worth track and holds an average finish of 16.3. The second year Nationwide Series driver secured an 11th place finish in his first ever attempt at Texas’ Great American Speedway in 2009, and in his most recent performance in the Lone Star State he produced a 16th place finish.

 

“As an organization, we’re continually showing our strength on mile and half tracks. I’m excited to get back to intermediate track racing this weekend at Texas. We’ve definitely got what it takes to lock in a good finish on Saturday,” said Annett.

 

Annett will once again be contending with the Pilot Flying J “Best Coffee on the Interstate” paint scheme adorning his Toyota Camry and will continue the promotion of their coffee brand off the track as well.

 

Fans can visit the Pilot Flying J display in the Texas Motor Speedway fan zone on Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET to get Annett’s autograph and try samples of Pilot Flying J coffee.

 

With all three of NASCAR’s top-ranked series linked together for the final three race stretch, the Nationwide Series will hit the Texas Motor Speedway track on Friday for practice from 10-11:15 a.m. Final practice will follow from 11:40 a.m.-12:55 p.m. Both practice sessions can be seen live on SPEED. Nationwide Series qualifying begins at 6:35 p.m. on Friday.

 

Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge starts at 12:55 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN 2 beginning at 12 p.m. All times are ET.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

Nov 02
2010

Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com is proud to announce their new radio home!

Posted by lori in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain.com , Germain Racing

     The green flag has been waved and the expansion of the region’s premiere auto, truck, and motorcycle show is in high gear!  Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com moves to 95.5 The Hawk and Wink 107.1 starting Sunday, November 7th, from 10am-12n.

 

     “It’s such a perfect fit to be working with two outstanding Wilks stations and to offer a lead-in to 95.5 The Hawk’s coverage of LIVE NASCAR Racing,” said Dan “Boots” Longenette, co-founder of Auto Smarts Radio.

 

     The band stays together as Boots is joined by Steve Germain, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart.  Host Dan "Boots" Longenette has over 20 years experience in the car business. Co-host Steve Germain owns more than a dozen dealerships in 3 different states and also owns a vehicle in all 3 major NASCAR series.  Lex McAllister is a motorcycle mama and a savvy marketing genius.  Randy Rhinehart has over 30 years of broadcast experience and tries to keep the other three in line! Together, they are ready to answer your questions!  Email the gang by going to their website at www.autosmartsradio.com.  and join them via Facebook or Twitter! 

 

      While the show is built around listeners’ automotive, truck, and motorcycle questions, guests ranging from Jay Leno to Richard Petty have had their say on Auto Smarts.   Plus, the show is loaded with features.  Michael Sacks is an expert when it comes to automotive recalls and defects.  He offers up some insights every week, with his own style and flair in the 1-800-LEMON LAW MINUTE.  .   Attorney Jack Moser shares his passion and seemingly endless knowledge of transportation law in his weekly busted for drunk driving.com feature.   

    

 

 

         For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart

         Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com 614-795-8469     randy@autosmarts4u.com

 

    

    

 

    

Nov 01
2010

No. 30 Valvoline Tundra Finally Settles Up With the Odds at Talladega

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, N.C. (11-1-2010) – Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competed in its fifth event at Talladega Superspeedway. The truck chosen to be the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra was chassis TRD-058, a truck that has produced impeccable results since making its debut as a Germain Racing truck in 2005. As with any gambling venture, sometimes the gambler has to even up with the odds. This week’s Mountain Dew 250 – Fueled by Fred’s was an event that evened the odds a bit, but there’s still no argument, this chassis, with Todd Bodine behind the wheel, has been outstanding.

 

“Our Valvoline Tundra did exactly what we expected it would do this week in Talladega. We can expect our trucks to be that good because of the extra effort that everyone at Germain Racing puts into our speedway trucks. The attention to detail shows in our level of competition,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., who, for the first time since becoming crew chief of Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Tundra team, saw chassis TRD-058 finish outside of the top-five on Saturday. “Talladega is a wild card race for every truck and driver out there. A finish like we had Saturday was bound to happen. We’ve taken this race truck, with Todd Bodine behind the wheel, to Daytona five times and Talladega five. We now have one finish outside of the top-five after ten superspeedway races. That is still a record for the Valvoline Tundra that we can be proud of.”

 

Bodine, the Truck Series points leader since May’s Charlotte Motor Speedway race, was confident in the Valvoline Tundra heading into Saturday’s 94-lap event.

 

 “The Valvoline Tundra is good.  It drives good, does everything we need and that’s the important thing.  We knew it wasn’t going to qualify that great, but we were willing to sacrifice that for the race,” explained Bodine after qualifying 10th for Saturday’s race.

 

For more than half of the scheduled 94 laps of Talladega racing, Todd Bodine kept the Valvoline Tundra very visible. He stayed in line, in the lead pack, mostly running in the number-two or three positions, aside from one trip to the tail end of the lead pack due to a pit road speeding infraction. As the field worked lap 92, Bodine ran out of favor with Lady Luck at Talladega.

 

“It’s a shame that things like that happen.  I think the 95 (Grant Enfinger) just gave me a huge shove and thought he was going to bump me somewhere.  Instead, it turned the Valvoline Tundra sideways and caused a big wreck,” said a disappointed Bodine after climbing from the wreckage that was a top-three running Valvoline Tundra.  “My guys being the great crew they are, they did the best they could to get the truck back together to pick up a few spots in the final two laps after the red flag. What we were driving to the checkered flag wasn’t pretty, but it did the job.”

 

The Mountain Dew 250 concluded after 95 laps with a fellow Toyota driver, Kyle Busch, taking the win and Bodine finishing 18th.  Bodine leads the Truck Series standings by 216 points over Aric Almirola as the Truck Series heads to a track where Germain Racing has collected seven wins – Texas Motor Speedway.

 

Watch the Truck Series take on Texas, Friday night, November 5th at 8:30 PM Eastern on SPEED, or tune your dial to your local MRN affiliate.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 

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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Nov 01
2010

MEARS LEADS IN ‘DEGA; NETS TOP 25

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain.com , Germain Racing , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Talladega, AL (October 31, 2010) – Talladega is known to have one of the wildest races (and infields) on the NASCAR circuit.  When Halloween and NASCAR clash at the historic racetrack it only lends credence on both counts.  Casey Mears and the GEICO team were hoping not to fall victim to ‘The Big One’ when they arrived on-site this weekend.

 

Friday afternoon saw the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hitting the track for two practice sessions.  Although Mears appeared to be fast enough to make Sunday’s field of 43, his times were unspectacular.  A seasoned veteran, Mears showed little concern as he left the garage area after the final practice on Friday.

 

When qualifying got underway, Mears appeared relaxed as he buckled into the #13 GEICO Camry.  He calmly left pit road, but soon after he stormed around the 2.66-mile tri-oval in just 52.151 seconds, netting GEICO their best ever NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying effort.  Mears would start Sunday’s Amp Energy Juice 500 from the inside of Row 5, in the 9th position. 

 

Bright sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s welcomed the Sprint Cup Series to the track on race day.  Mears took the green flag in the 9th position, but by Lap 5 he was running 5th.  As Talladega would have it, the #13 GEICO Camry would fall in and out of the draft and vacillated anywhere between 5th and 24th positions through the opening forty laps of the race.

 

Crew chief Bootie Barker ordered the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road on Lap 40 for a scheduled green flag pit stop.  The Germain Racing pit crew outfitted Mears with two right side tires and fuel before returning him to the racing surface in the 24th position.

 

Just two laps later, Mears reported to Barker: “It won’t run by itself, I need someone around me.”  On Lap 47, he found that someone and he quickly jumped the GEICO Camry to 19th.  Lap 50 saw Mears in the middle of a four-car draft that included Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.  The 4-car draft quickly rejoined the main pack of cars and Mears returned to business as usual, picking up positions until he reached 8th on Lap 60. 

 

A single lap later, on Lap 61, Mears was running third and pulled out and became the leader of the race, until Jeff Burton left him hung out to dry with no one to push him.

 

The event’s first caution flag of the day was displayed on Lap 70, allowing Mears to bring the #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  They provided Mears with four fresh Goodyear tires, a tank of Sunoco racing fuel and much needed rear adjustments.  After restarting 20th on Lap 74, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry continued their solid Top 20 run. 

 

With 62 laps to go, Casey asked Barker how many laps were left, obviously starting to mentally decide when to make a move. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry were running solidly in the Top 10 when Marcos Ambrose got turned, initiating a multi-car spin.  Mears somehow managed to narrowly avoid peril and keep the GEICO Camry clean despite cars spinning around him.  Barker told Mears to come down pit road for a quick fuel stop under the caution.  Mears arrived in the GEICO Racing pit box and the Germain Racing pit crew quickly filled his car with fuel and returned him to the racetrack two spots to the good.

 

As the laps began to wind down, the GEICO Camry was sitting in the 9th position with just 43 laps remaining in the race.  With 20 to go, Mears’ voice sounded more like he was sitting on his couch at home, rather than in a racecar traveling at 200 miles per hour.  He was calm, cool and collected when he said to Barker, “I’m waiting to see who is going to make a move.”

 

In Hollywood drama type fashion, the caution flag was displayed for debris with just seven laps remaining in the race.  Mears took the opportunity to come down pit road and take a quick splash of fuel before the dash for cash began. 

 

Restarting 26th with five laps to go, Mears moved the #13 GEICO into the 21st position on the subsequent lap.  He dropped to 32nd on Lap 187, but the final lap found him charging hard to the front, reaching as high as 24th before the event’s final caution flag of the day waved just after the white flag was shown to the field.  Consequently, the field was frozen, prohibiting Mears from continuing his assault on the field.  Rather than the Top 10 he was sure to have, Mears and the GEICO Racing team were instead stuck with a 24th place finish, just ahead of Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne, who also fell victim to the last lap caution.

 

While a Top 25 is generally considered a success in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing, today it was only frustrating.  Mears spent his entire afternoon running in or around the Top 15 and the #13 GEICO Camry was poised for a Top 10 finish, if not for the last lap crash that saw A.J. Allmendinger upside down in Turn 1.

 

When spotter Jason Jarrett informed Mears of the last lap caution flag, Mears yelled what everyone was else was thinking: “You’ve got to be kidding me!”

 

“It’s a frustrating outcome because we ran so well all day; the #13 GEICO Camry was great in the draft and we were definitely headed for a Top 10,” said a frustrated Mears.  “We were solid today and it was great to be able to put the GEICO Camry up front and even lead the race at one point.  This is Talladega, what else can you say.  We’ll get back after it in Texas next week.”

 

Next week, Casey Mears and the GEICO team head to the Lone Star State.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile quad-oval at Texas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 1:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, November 5th.  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (EDT).

 

The AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 7th and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 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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