Thursday, May 5, 2016

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Practice Report

Since the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions were not televised today we decided to give you the fans a practice report from the Kansas Speedway. John Wes Townley sure looks fast for this weekend as he stayed in the Top 5 all day long throughout 3 practice sessions but also don't forget about Parker Kligerman, Ryan Truex, or Brandon Brown as you make your predictions for tomorrow night's race! NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pre-Race setup comes on at 8:00 pm/ET.

First Practice Results

1 29 Tyler Reddick
2 88 Matt Crafton
3 11 Matt Tifft
4 05 John Wes Townley
5 41 Ben Rhodes
6 21 Johnny Sauter
7 23 Spencer Gallagher
8 4 Christopher Bell
9 13 Cameron Hayley
10 9 William Byron
11 17 Timothy Peters
12 19 Daniel Hemric
13 98 Rico Abreu
14 51 Cody Coughlin
15 33 Ben Kennedy
16 24 Clint Bowyer
17 8 John Hunter Nemechek
18 81 Ryan Truex
19 92 Parker Kligerman
20 86 Brandon Brown
21 71 Mike Bliss
22 02 Tyler Young
23 00 Cole Custer
24 63 Bobby Pierce
25 07 B J McLeod
26 66 Jordan Anderson
27 22 Austin Wayne Self
28 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb

Second Practice Results

1 9 William Byron
2 05 John Wes Townley
3 88 Matt Crafton
4 19 Daniel Hemric
5 41 Ben Rhodes
6 21 Johnny Sauter
7 29 Tyler Reddick
8 23 Spencer Gallagher
9 00 Cole Custer
10 4 Christopher Bell
11 98 Rico Abreu
12 33 Ben Kennedy
13 11 Matt Tifft
14 17 Timothy Peters
15 51 Cody Coughlin
16 13 Cameron Hayley
17 8 John Hunter Nemechek
18 24 Clint Bowyer
19 92 Parker Kligerman
20 66 Jordan Anderson
21 81 Ryan Truex
22 63 Bobby Pierce
23 44 Tommy Joe Martins
24 71 Mike Bliss
25 86 Brandon Brown
26 07 B J McLeod
27 02 Tyler Young
28 22 Austin Wayne Self
29 49 Timmy Hill
30 6 Norm Benning
31 74 Mike Harmon
32 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb

Final Practice

1 05 John Wes Townley
2 23 Spencer Gallagher
3 13 Cameron Hayley
4 29 Tyler Reddick
5 88 Matt Crafton
6 4 Christopher Bell
7 21 Johnny Sauter
8 19 Daniel Hemric
9 8 John Hunter Nemechek
10 41 Ben Rhodes
11 11 Matt Tifft
12 9 William Byron
13 17 Timothy Peters
14 00 Cole Custer
15 51 Cody Coughlin
16 33 Ben Kennedy
17 98 Rico Abreu
18 24 Clint Bowyer
19 92 Parker Kligerman
20 02 Tyler Young
21 86 Brandon Brown
22 71 Mike Bliss
23 66 Jordan Anderson
24 81 Ryan Truex
25 44 Tommy Joe Martins
26 50 Travis Kvapil
27 22 Austin Wayne Self
28 49 Timmy Hill
29 63 Bobby Pierce
30 6 Norm Benning
31 74 Mike Harmon
32 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
33 1 Ryan Ellis

Mears Ends Up Collateral Damage After Top-5 Run at Talladega

Talladega, AL (May 1, 2016) - A restrictor-plate specialist of sorts, Casey Mears always eagerly anticipates the opportunity to race at Talladega Superspeedway. This weekend's GEICO 500 gave the Bakersfield, CA, native the opportunity to do just that. Coupled with Germain Racing's prowess at restrictor-plate facilities, Mears seemed poised for success when his sponsor's marquee weekend got underway on Friday.

Mears wasted little time settling in at the legendary superspeedway and by the time the weekend's first practice session came to a close, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was sitting seventh on the speed chart. Qualifying followed suit, as Mears zipped around the high-banked tri-oval in just 50.196-seconds, at a speed of 190.772-miles per hour. A heavy wind picked up on the backstretch during his qualifying run, thwarting an otherwise top-10 qualifying effort and placing him 20th on Sunday's GEICO 500 starting grid. Cars that immediately followed Mears during the qualifying session would also fall victim to the conditions and find themselves far below Mears in the starting lineup, serving as further evidence of the strength and speed of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy heading into  Sunday's event.

When the GEICO 500 went green at 12:02 PM local time on Sunday, Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the outside of row 10, in the 20th position. Just four laps into the 188-lap event, he reported a heavy vibration to crew chief Bootie Barker and quickly dropped out of the draft, freefalling to the 33rd position. He relayed to Barker that it felt like a driveline or motor issue. However, just four laps later, Mears made a sudden charge to the front of the field, picking up 15 spots in a single lap and taking over the 18th position. While the vibration persisted, Mears did as well, making quick work of the field and landing in the 8th position by lap 15.

Mears ran solidly in the top-10 before lap 29 saw him break into the top-5 and take over the fourth position. His ascent up the scoring tower continued, as he moved the GEICO Chevy into third on lap 37, inching closer to the lead. Mears' afternoon was going as planned until lap 59 when Michael Waltrip went down onto the apron and then shot back up onto the racetrack making contact with Mears and sending the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS into the outside wall. The incident caused heavy damage and sent the Germain Racing team behind the wall for significant repairs.

Despite the carnage, the GEICO pit crew worked efficiently, made quick repairs and returned Mears to the race just 24 laps in arrears. He was scored in the 38th position, but continued to hustle around the 2.66-mile tri-oval in an attempt to recover positions. As the caution flags flew in what seemed like a demolition derby, Mears managed to recover three laps and five positions before crossing the finish line and recording a hard-fought 33rd place finish.

"We come out of this weekend with mixed emotions because the GEICO Chevy was solid and had a lot of speed and we were clearly running strong at the front of the field, but we got clipped by Michael (Waltrip) and ended up with a torn up racecar," Mears said in the garage after the race. "We were fast all weekend and definitely had a shot to win this thing, which is the silver lining, I guess. I was pleased with the crew and how fast they got the car fixed and got me back in the race. We hustled and were able to get some laps back and also pick up five positions. The guys on this GEICO team never quit and I appreciate their commitment and hard work." He continued, "We appreciate GEICO and their support of our sport. Few sponsors do as much as they do and they truly care about NASCAR and its fans. I'm proud to represent them and appreciate the opportunity to drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevy."

Germain Racing will now journey to the Sunflower State.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 6th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET).
The GoBowling 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 7th, and it will be televised live on FS1 beginning at 7:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. (Germain Racing)