Bodine’s 47 Career Starts May Have Him Miles Above Competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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

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

He has 47 NASCAR Career (Points-paying) Starts at CMS, 7 in NCWTS

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Bodine has top-10 finishes in Cup, NNS and Trucks, and has led laps in each division

2010 Was Bodine’s best NCWTS finish at CMS—2nd place w/Best start, 2009, 4th

May 17, 2011 ( Mooresville , N.C. ) – Germain Racing has long been established as the benchmark for performance at 1.5-mile race tracks. The team has earned 22 victories, 21 of which are credited specifically to Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com crew. Of those victories, 17 fall within the ‘intermediate’ track or speedway category. Add to that the fact that no other driver entered in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has raced more laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway than Bodine, and you have a team feeling confident, and maybe a bit overdue.

“Charlotte Motor Speedway is a track I’ve always liked. We’ve run well in the past. We need to get the whole package together and get the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra into victory lane. There’s no reason we can’t do it. Our luck at Charlotte has been horrible but our performance has been good. We just need to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Bodine, who finished second at Charlotte last May, and has collected two third-place finishes there in the Truck Series.

In addition to Bodine’s 47 NASCAR career points-paying starts, the Chemung, NY, native has raced in the All Star event, winning the preliminary race, and has competed in the now-defunct Sportsman Series. Bodine has even raced against Jeff Gordon in a Legends Cars match race at Charlotte .

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., of Lockport , NY , long ago adopted Mooresville , NC , as his new home and loves Charlotte race weeks for the opportunity to compete and be home—at the same time.

“ Charlotte racing is awesome because for me it means I get to be at home, spending extra time with my family. Winning in front of the home crowd would be a great way to head into the summer stretch,” said Hillman, whose crew has prepared chassis TRD-131 to race this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Bodine concurs that being home is a huge perk of racing at Charlotte .

“My favorite part of racing Charlotte might be sleeping in my own bed,” smiled Bodine.

Bodine is ranked 9th in Truck Series championship points after six of 25 races.

Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on Friday, May 20th, at Charlotte Motor Speedway . SPEED’s coverage begins with practice at 9:30 AM and 10:20 AM Eastern, followed by qualifying at 4:00 pm, the NCWTS Setup at 7:30 and live racing at 8:00 PM. Can’t get to a television? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

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.

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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Charlotte Kicks Off Big Window of Opportunity for Gaughan and No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra Team

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 5 NCWTS races at Charlotte with two top-5 starts and three top-10 finishes

Mooresville, N.C. (May 17, 2011) – People that know Brendan Gaughan know he has an enthusiasm level that many people can only muster on special occasions. Gaughan’s huge grin actually gets bigger when you mention a track like Charlotte Motor Speedway to the Las Vegas native. He has collected eight wins in his Truck Series career, four from Charlotte ’s 1.5-mile sister track, Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan is thrilled to get to the ‘big track’ section of the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.

“ Charlotte kicks off the stretch on the schedule that I had circled as the reason why I wanted to race for Germain Racing. The team has always been good on mile and a half and ‘big tracks.’ Those are the tracks that I have always loved, so, looking at Charlotte on the schedule means we’re here. I couldn’t be more excited to see how the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra will do on Friday,” said Gaughan.

Gaughan will go so far as to say he sees this stretch as an opportunity for Germain Racing to catch its stride and win some races.

“ Charlotte , Kansas , Texas , Kentucky are all coming up. I think it’s a big opportunity for this No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra team, I think it’s a big opportunity for Germain Racing as a team, to win a bunch of races,” said Gaughan.

The No. 62 driver just had a strong finish at the Monster Mile and looks forward to carrying some momentum from the Dover race weekend.

“Our truck did what Germain Racing is great at doing at Dover . We turned a decent truck, a decent race, into a good finish. The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino pit crew had great stops on pit road. We have a lot of good energy heading into my favorite part of the schedule,” said Gaughan.

Watch Gaughan’s No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday night, May 20th, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gaughan’s truck will feature a local business, Lake Norman Scuba, on the tailgate, rather than the familiar South Point Hotel & Casino logo. Gaughan is active with the Lake Norman scuba group, including working as a Divemaster.

The action from Charlotte will be shown on SPEED beginning with practice at 9:30 AM and 10:20 AM Eastern and qualifying at 4:00 PM. The “NCWTS Setup” show airs pre-race at 7:30 PM followed by live race coverage at 8:00 PM. 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 10th 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.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com.

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