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From Eighth in Points, Bodine Likes His Germain.com Tundra Team’s Chances at Climbing Higher in the Standings at Nashville on Friday Night20 Apr 2011 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Nashville Superspeedway is a track where Todd Bodine and Germain Racing have always managed to be contenders. Until last year, they’d remained shut out of victory lane. With their guitar trophy on display at the team headquarters, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra has nothing more to do this weekend...than try to win again at the concrete oval in Tennessee.
“Nashville is a fun track and, yes, mile and a half tracks are definitely our forte even though we still like short tracks. We know we can go to a mile and a half and win the race. We need to get going and get caught up in points, so Nashville should be a great place for us to do that with the Germain.com Tundra,” explained Bodine.
The two-time Truck Series champion said that after the years of waiting for a Nashville victory, the return to the track after earning the coveted guitar trophy is still all about the business of winning again.
“I’ve always run well at Nashville and always loved going there, so it’s no different. I still want to win, that’s the reason we go to any race track,” said Bodine.
Winning might also be the reason he signs autographs at hockey games? During the off-weeks between Martinsville and Nashville, Bodine signed autographs at a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey game. At half time, he raced NASCAR driver Eddie MacDonald on beer coolers, and he won!
“I didn’t cheat! I just bump-drafted him and passed him,” smiled Bodine, who also installed a vinyl fence for his nephew in Florida during his downtime.
Bodine has competed in seven Truck Series events at Nashville and has scored six top-ten finishes, five top-five’s, two pole awards and one win. This Friday he’ll compete in his 170th Truck Series race when he fires up the Germain.com Tundra for the fourth race of the 2011 season. Bodine has 733 NASCAR career starts to date. After four races, Bodine ranks 8th in Truck Series standings, 28 points out of first place.
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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is entering a stretch of six intermediate race tracks. The stretch kicks off in Nashville on Friday night and Brendan Gaughan couldn’t be happier to hit this comfort zone on the 2011 season schedule. Gaughan has earned eight career wins, all of which were earned on intermediate tracks. Germain Racing, who fields the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra for Gaughan, has 22 Truck Series victories—18 of those have come from tracks within the intermediate category.
“Nashville’s always been a good track for me going back to my earliest days in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I’ve rarely had a bad race at the track. Nashville is the start of us being back to tracks that are good for me and for Germain Racing. Nashville is a fast track with it’s banking and concrete surface. It suits my driving style. I like rolling the corners and driving into the corners real hard,” explained Gaughan, who ranks 13th in NCWTS standings heading into Friday’s race. “We’re coming into a stretch of tracks where I kind of look at them and see the string of tracks that I feel as a driver that I am better at than other places. And, with the Germain Racing team, these are the tracks where our Toyotas excel. You look at the team’s success on these tracks and it’s one of the reasons I came to Germain Racing.”
With Gaughan and the team so in tune with what it takes to win and be successful on intermediate circuits, Gaughan says he and his team know how they will start off their weekend with the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra.
“We’re going back to Nashville knowing that Todd [Bodine, teammate] won there last year. We’re going to start with Mike Hillman Jr.’s setup in our No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra and go from there,” explained Gaughan, who will unveil a slick, brand new race chassis, GR-017.
Gaughan has earned two top-five finishes and four top-ten finishes at Nashville in six Truck Series races. He has completed all but one lap of competition in the NCWTS and despite these strong numbers he’s not yet led a lap there.
In the weeks between Martinsville and Nashville, Gaughan rejoined some of his friends from his earlier Rolex 24 Hours race victory and headed to California for the Long Beach Grand Prix. He raced in the ALMS event with TRG.
Watch Gaughan’s No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday night, April 22nd, at Nashville Superspeedway. The action starts on SPEED with qualifying airing at 5:00 PM ET on Friday and racing at 8:00 PM—all on SPEED. If you’ll be away from a TV, set the DVR and tune your radio dial to your local MRN affiliate.
Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.
Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 13th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings.
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Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) announced today that Bully Hill Vineyards is the newest sponsor to join the organization in 2011. The Western New York vineyard has come on board for two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, both with NASCAR veteran Elliott Sadler behind the wheel.
Bully Hill Vineyards will make their KHI debut this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway on the No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado, where the winery will also serve as entitlement sponsor of the Truck Series race, the Bully Hill Vineyards 200. The No. 21, a fourth entry for KHI, will feature the winery's Sweet Walter Red variety, described as a "grapey," rich and smooth red wine, great for after dinner sipping and conversation.
Bully Hill Vineyards will make its second primary sponsor appearance of the season on the No. 2 truck when the Truck Series returns to Nashville on July 22nd. In both events, the Bully Hill Vineyards machine will be driven by 16-year NASCAR veteran Sadler.
"I'm very excited to have Bully Hill Vineyards on board," said Sadler. "It's always great when we can bring a new sponsor to the team. We've got a really unique looking truck and I look forward to bringing it to the front at both races in Nashville.
The No. 21 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet will first hit the track this Friday, April 22nd at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is pleased to announce that 9-year old Dalton Griffin of Spring Hill Tenn. has been selected as the winner of the "Riding Shotgun With Kyle Busch Motorsports" essay contest for the Greater Nashville area. Griffin's name and picture will adorn the area above the passenger side window of Kyle Busch's No. 18 Dollar General Toyota for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway this Friday, April 22. Additionally, Griffin will receive a $100 gift card from Goodlettsville, Tenn. based Dollar General, KBM's primary sponsor for the race.
Griffin, a student at Wright Elementary School in Spring Hill Tenn., had his essay selected as the winner among submissions from children age 5-12 in the Greater Nashville area. The contest called for children to submit an essay of 150 words or less that described an experience and/or achievement that occurred within the past 12 months and affected their lives in a positive way. Griffin's essay described the pride he felt from winning his first-ever trophy in the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby in his third year participating in the event.
A motivational letter that Kyle Busch received during the off season from Kyle Savoie (sa-VOY), a 12-year old fan, inspired Busch to develop a program that will recognize children for experiences and achievements that had a positive effect on their lives. To recognize Kyle Savoie for inspiring the contest, a decal with his name and picture adorned the area above the passenger window of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra driven by Busch in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.
Nashville is the first of 10 races throughout the 2011 season that an essay contest winner will follow in Savoie's footsteps and "Ride Shotgun" with Kyle Busch Motorsports. The other races scheduled are Dover (May 13), Kansas (June 4), Kentucky (July 7), Michigan (Aug. 20), Bristol (Aug. 24), Chicagoland (Sep. 16), Talladega (Oct. 22), Texas (Nov. 4) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 18).
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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration, Curb Records and ThorSport Racing will celebrate Mike Curb's historic 500th NASCAR start at Nashville Superspeedway's Bully Hill Vineyards 200 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records Chevrolet Silverado and recent winner at Martinsville Speedway, will pilot the entry as he also celebrates a long-standing relationship with Curb as a sponsor throughout his career. Sauter is also the driver points leader going into the race.
The Ronald Reagan Centennial is a historic, year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of the 40th President of the United States of America. A series of substantive and celebratory events, partnerships and initiatives - such as this - sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation are planned throughout 2011.
As President, Ronald Reagan started the 1984 Firecracker 400 at Daytona where he gave the command, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" from aboard Air Force One. Later that day, Air Force One landed at Daytona International Airport behind the speedway in full view of the fans. That day, Richard Petty captured his historic 200th victory in a car owned by Mike Curb."I have been proud to be a part of the Ronald Reagan President Foundation since its inception. We are particularly excited about the newly renovated Library that coincides with President Reagan's 100th birthday. I am also very proud of my longstanding relationship with Johnny and his success over the years. We are excited to be celebrating this Centennial with both Johnny and ThorSport Racing," said Mike Curb Owner of Curb Records.
"Like President Reagan, Mike Curb's vision of America that is optimistic, patriotic, and proud is as alive today as it was when he served as Lt. Governor of California from 1979-1983," said Stewart McLaurin, Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Centennial Celebration. "As many Americans take a moment this year to remember the life, lessons and legacy of President Reagan, we are honored to have this special tribute."
Sauter's relationship with Curb goes back over ten years, when he first raced in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series and Sprint Cup Series with his team. 2011 marks the third year of co-primary sponsorship of the No. 13 truck with Sauter and ThorSport Racing in the NCWTS. Nashville Superspeedway also marks ThorSport Racing's 327th consecutive race, matching Circle Bar Racing for second all-time in the series and the longest-standing operation dating to 1996.
"It's very cool to see Mike Curb making his 500th start in NASCAR, and I'm proud to be the one making it for him," said Sauter. "We've been racing together a long time, and he's been a huge supporter of mine over the past 10 years. It would be great to win such a momentous race for him, especially seeing as how it's in the Curb Records backyard of Nashville. I hope we can keep our momentum going coming off the win at Martinsville. I want to bring home the Gibson guitar for the Curb contingent."
A motivational letter that Kyle Busch received during the off season from Kyle Savoie (sa-VOY), a 12-year old fan, has inspired Busch to develop a program that will recognize children for experiences and achievements that had a positive effect on their lives.
The "Riding Shotgun With Kyle Busch Motorsports" Essay Contest will allow one child, age five to 12, in the Greater Kansas City area to have a decal with their name and 2.5" x 3.5" photo above the passenger window of Busch's No. 18 Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, June 4.
"The message behind Kyle Savoie's letter was how dreams are important and to never give up on your dreams," reflected Busch. "He even sent us his five dollar-allowance with the letter in an effort to help support our KBM truck team. He suggested that if other kids followed his lead, they could serve as the sponsor for a race. In return, he suggested that we would put their names and school pictures on the truck. I obviously don't want kids to send us their allowances, but I loved the idea of recognizing kids for positive experiences and achievements by putting their name and picture on my truck! Too many stories in the news these days are about negative issues. This essay contest will be a great way to create a positive news story with the help of children in the Greater Kansas City area."
To recognize Kyle Savoie for inspiring the contest, a decal with his name and picture adorned the area above the passenger window of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra driven by Busch in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.
The Kansas Speedway race will be the third of 10 select races throughout the 2011 season that an essay contest winner will follow in Savoie's footsteps and "Ride Shotgun" with Kyle Busch Motorsports. The other remaining races scheduled are Kentucky (July 7), Michigan (Aug. 20), Bristol (Aug. 24), Chicagoland (Sep. 16), Talladega (Oct. 22), Texas (Nov. 4) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 18).
Kyle Busch Motorsports
351 Mazeppa Rd.
Mooresville, N.C. 28115
Attn: "Riding Shotgun" Essay Contest
"RIDING SHOTGUN WITH KYLE BUSCH MOTORSPORTS"
ESSAY CONTEST RULES
Essay Topic: In 150 words or less, describe an experience and/or achievement that occurred in the last 12 months that has affected your life in a positive way.
Eligibility: Children age five to 12 who reside in the United States are eligible.
Essay Deadline: The winning essay for Kansas Speedway will be selected on May 21, 2011. Sorry, but entries submitted after the deadline (deadline in parentheses) will not be considered due to time constraints.
Prize: One winner in each race market will have their name and a 2.5" x 3.5" photo displayed above the passenger side window of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra for the selected race. Within six weeks of the completion of the race, the winner will receive an autographed 8" x 10" photo of the No. 18 KBM Toyota Tundra from the race in which their name appeared on the truck.
Kyle Busch Motorsports
351 Mazeppa Rd.
Mooresville, N.C. 28115
Attn: "Riding Shotgun" Essay Contest
In addition to your essay and 2.5" x 3.5" photo*, please be sure to include the following information:
*Parent or legal guardian must approve submission of the contestant's photo. By submitting a photo, parent or legal guardian grants Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) the right to display submitted photo and child's name on the No. 18 Toyota Tundra and the company website and/or marketing materials. Photos will become the property of KBM and will not be returned to the contestant. No purchase is necessary to submit an entry.
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Randy Moss Motorsports will achieve a significant milestone April 22 at Nashville Superspeedway, becoming just the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization to field at least one truck in 300 consecutive races.
Known previously as Dollar Motorsports, the team has competed in 15 of the series’ 16 seasons. Its No. 5 Toyota is driven by 2003 champion Travis Kvapil.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to reach this milestone in my career as a team owner,” said team founder and co-owner David Dollar. “As a young racer competing on dirt tracks back in Oklahoma, I always heard about Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, and now here we are competing against their drivers and equipment every week.”
Randy Moss, the National Football League wide receiver, became a team principal in mid-2008. “I can sleep every night knowing David really cares about the sport, making it better and educating me; that has made the transition a lot smoother,” said Moss.
Kvapil, one of more than 30 to drive for the organization, said, “I’ve been racing in the (series) on-and-off for the last 10 years, and have had some intense battles with drivers from Randy Moss Motorsports. David and Randy have always put in a lot of time to make this team one of the strongest in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series garage.”
The Randy Moss Motorsports timeline:
• Oct. 7, 1996 Marc Robe starts and finishes 33rd as Dollar Motorsports debuts at Infineon Raceway.
• Rob Morgan and Dollar form Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in 1999. The team begins its current streak on March 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Morgan finishes 18th in the championship standings.
• Dennis Setzer scores the team’s first victory on June 23, 2001 at Memphis Motorsports Park and adds a first pole two weeks later at Kansas Speedway.
• Setzer is the team’s most successful driver, winning 11 times and finishing runner up in the championship standings from 2003-05. Three other drivers - Mike Skinner (three wins), Clint Bowyer and Bobby Labonte - contribute to the team’s 16 wins, ranking 11th all-time among owners.
• A virtual who’s who of NASCAR has been at the controls of a Randy Moss Motorsports truck contributing to 70 top-five and 164 top-10 finishes and six poles. They include AJ Allmendinger, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Scott Speed and Tony Stewart.
Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) announced today a three-race partnership with Pennsylvania-based company Utz Quality Foods. Utz will join four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday and the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado team for two events in May, at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on May 14 and at NASCAR's 'home track' to 90% of the sport's teams and drivers, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21. Utz will also serve as the primary sponsor for the race in their home state at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on August 7.
"We are really excited to help bring Utz Quality Foods back into the racing circuit," said Hornaday. "Our No. 33 truck has visited victory lane at both Dover and Charlotte. We will definitely be on a charge to bring home a victory for Utz at in their home state of Pennsylvania at the Pocono Mountains 125 in August."
"Utz Quality Foods is excited to be partnering with four-time champion Ron Hornaday," said Alec Sivel, Vice President of Marketing for Utz Quality Foods. "The No. 33 truck looks great with our Utz branding and we are really looking forward to some exciting racing. A special thank you goes out to the entire KHI staff, as they have shown a great passion in our relationship and in the NASCAR industry. We couldn't be more excited about the partnership."
Just two days after finalizing a partnership to run a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), IceOne Racing's Kimi Raikkonen participated in a two-day test in the team's Toyota Tundra's at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson. Ga.
Rick Ren, General Manager Kyle Busch Motorsports:
"Overall the test went really well. We ran about 400 laps total between Monday and Tuesday. Kimi provided good feedback that allowed us to make our Toyota Tundra go faster. He is very methodical with his acceleration, braking and steering and there is no doubt that he has a good feel for a race vehicle. We threw a lot at him over the two days. We made a lot of chassis changes to both the front and rear. Shock adjustments, air pressure adjustments and trackbar adjustments so he could get a good feel for how these adjustments affect the handling of the truck. For being unfamiliar with a truck and unfamiliar with the track, he did an outstanding job. We made both race runs and qualifying runs and there is no doubt that making the truck go fast will not be a problem."
"It was a lot of fun, I really had no expectations or anything to compare it to beforehand but at the end of the day, I am really looking forward to the first race. It seems like KBM is a top team and I am excited to work with them."
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Brendan Gaughan steered the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra to a ninth-place finish after starting deep in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field in Saturday afternoon’s Kroger 250. Gaughan qualified 31st, led seven laps and earned his third top-ten finish at the low-banked but high-action Martinsville Speedway.
“The only time I ever have a good finish is if I start behind 30th-place. All my top-10s at Martinsville have come from 30th or worse in
qualifying and it really drives me nuts because Germain Racing is giving me great Toyotas and this Tundra was very good,” said Gaughan, who correctly stated his results – both of his previous top-ten’s at Martinsville came from starting spots in the back of the field.
Gaughan loves to hate the Virginia track because the style of racing is frustrating for a driver who cut his teeth off-road – not on short, tight ovals. He admits that Martinsville got the better of him after qualifying on Saturday morning.
“I was mad in qualifying because I kept saying that the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra was a good race truck and I just feel or I get all flustered here at Martinsville. I don’t feel like I’m good at it, but when the race comes, I’m fine,” explained the Las Vegas native.
After the completion of the 250 lap event, Gaughan and his crew wondered if he passed more vehicles than any one else out there on route to his ninth-place finish. According to NASCAR’s Loop Data, Gaughan ranked seventh. He passed 63 trucks under green flag conditions. The racer that passed the most actually overtook 80 race trucks under the green flag.
“Germain Racing gave me good stuff. I think we definitely got the deal for passing the most vehicles today because I know I went back to 25th at least three times,” exclaimed Gaughan, who had no complaints about the tires that many others were questioning. “I like the Goodyear tires. This reminded me of the old school tire where the tires wear out and that’s where I won my race is when you had tires that were old and worn out and sliding.”
All in all, Gaughan enjoyed his 250-lap Martinsville adventure. The ninth-place effort boosted him eight places to 13th in the Truck Series standings.
“Had a great time, had a great Martinsville race and came out of here with a top-10. This is what we needed to get ourselves back on track and I can’t believe I did it at Martinsville,” smiled Gaughan.
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Jason White, driver of the No. 23 GunBroker.com Chevrolet, was on the fast track to being the biggest mover in Saturday afternoon’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway until a flat tire with three laps remaining in the 250-lap event derailed the freshmen team to a 22nd-place finish in the fourth event on the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.
While the end result missed the mark of expectations, the Joe Denette Motorsports team moved up four positions to 26th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner point standings, a mere one point outside the top-25. As a result, the No. 23 machine will be required to qualify in the field on time at Nashville Superspeedway.
White, who struggled in qualifying due to engine woes, would start the 13th Annual Kroger 250 from the 35th position because of an unapproved adjustment on the GunBroker.com Chevrolet. Gaining modest ground on the competition, White was sitting in the 27th position just 14 laps into the event. However, struggling with a tight handling Chevy Silverado, White made a quick trip down pit road during the first of 13 cautions for a chassis adjustment. When racing resumed on lap 22, the GunBroker.com machine was scored in the 32nd position.
Making his way around the .526-mile oval, White began to complain about brakes and was still not happy with the handling of his No. 23 Chevy. Crew Chief Chad Kendrick made the call to bring White down pit road during the afternoon’s second caution at lap 45 for another chassis adjustment, four tires and fuel. When the field went back to green at lap 47, the GunBroker.com machine was sitting 28th.
Finally pleased with the handling of his No. 23 Chevy, White ran consistently in the top-10 over the next 90 circuits, running as high as second. When the field was slowed for the seventh time for an accident in turn-1, White made his way down pit road for what should have been the last stop of the day for a chassis adjustment, four Goodyear tires, including an air pressure adjustment, and fuel.
The Virginia-native restarted 14th with just over 100 laps left in the event, and was set-up nicely for a top-5 finish considering the leaders still had to pit. However, the handling on the GunBroker.com machine went away and White was forced to pit at lap 162 under caution for a chassis adjustment and fuel.
Continuing to run in the top-15, but battling a loose handling machine, White held on to his GunBroker Chevy for the next 40 laps and was forced back down pit road under caution at lap 204 for a used set of Goodyear tires. Due to the unscheduled stop by the JDM team, White started 18th with 40 laps remaining in the 250-lap event.
Running in the 12th position with three laps remaining, a left rear tire went down on the GunBroker.com Chevrolet leading White to a 22nd-place finish, one lap down to race winner, Johnny Sauter.
“Our bad day started off in qualifying.” said White, “Plug wires were crossed on our GunBroker.com Chevrolet and we weren’t running on all eight cylinders when we took the green flag. The mishap caused us to start in the back of the field which is never a good place to start at Martinsville. We did a good job all day in the pits and were positioned for a good finish at the end, but when our left rear tire went down with three to go it really hurt us. This finish does not reflect the effort that we put in this weekend and it’s hard to swallow that we are this far back in points. I know this team will bounce back, and a solid run at Nashville will put us back in contention.”
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