Nashville a Welcome Destination for Gaughan and South Point Crew

* 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

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

* Gaughan has 6 starts at Nashville and has completed 901 of 902 laps

* He has two top-5 and four top-10 starts at Nashville

Mooresville, N.C.(April 19, 2011) – 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.                      

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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 Night  

* Bodine is the Reigning Truck Series Champion after earning his 2nd title in 2010

* Bodine is Third Driver in Truck Series History to Win Multiple Titles, and Clinch Early

* Bodine Owns 21 Truck Series wins with Germain Racing and 36 NASCAR career wins

* He earned his first Nashville victory last year

April 19, 2011 ( Mooresville , N.C. ) – 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 .  

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 170thTruck Series race when he fires up the Germain.com Tundra for the fourth race of the 2011 season. Bodine has 733NASCAR career starts to date. After four races, Bodine ranks 8th in Truck Series standings, 28 points out of first place.      

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Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135. Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on Friday, April 22nd, at Nashville Superspeedway. The action starts on SPEED with qualifying airing at 5:00 PM ET followed by racing at 8:00 PM—all on SPEED. Can’t get to a television? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

“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. 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’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. 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. “ 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. 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.

Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62. 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. 

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. 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.

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. 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.

“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. 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. “ 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.”

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