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Tire Kingdom®, a leading brand of automotive service centers for the Florida-based TBC Retail Group, announced that it will be the primary sponsor in Todd Bodine's quest to compete in NASCAR's three national racing series for Germain Racing at Daytona International Speedway.

A 36-time NASCAR winner, Bodine is entered in the No. 30 Tire Kingdom Toyota Tundra for the Feb. 18 Camping World Truck Series race, the No. 15 Tire Kingdom Toyota Camry for the Feb. 19 Nationwide Series event and the No. 60 Tire Kingdom Toyota Camry for the Feb. 20 Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series opener.

Bodine’s vehicles for the season-opening races will also carry associate sponsorship from Valvoline and TBC Retail’s other automotive service centers -- NTB - National Tire and Battery®, Merchant's Tire and Auto Centers® and Big O Tires®.

“Featuring Tire Kingdom as the primary on these vehicles is a great complement to our automotive service centers in the Florida market,” said Bob Crostarosa, senior vice president of marketing and advertising, TBC Retail Group. “We are able to maintain the consistent theme of our Service Central Racing program. The red, white and blue color scheme is synonymous with integrity, trustworthiness, and quality, which is the foundation of Service Central® and our service centers Tire Kingdom, NTB-National Tire and Battery, Merchant’s Tire and Big O Tires.”

Bodine is the reigning and two-time NASCAR truck season champion. Since 2005 – his first season driving full time for Germain Racing -- he has never finished lower than fourth in the season point standings. Along with winning the series title last year, he also took home the truck championship in 2006.

Bodine’s truck record at Daytona has been impeccable with two wins, two runners-up, a third and a fifth for a finishing average of 2.3 in six starts. Bodine’s overall truck record includes: 21 wins, 82 top fives and 106 top 10s in 165 starts.

“I am very excited to have Tire Kingdom and Valvoline for all of my races in Daytona and being part of the Service Central Racing program,” said Bodine. “It does not happen often that you get to represent one great company, let alone two in all three races in a weekend. Hopefully with a little luck we can run up front and get into Victory Lane.”

Bodine, a native of Chemung, N.Y. and the youngest (46) of the three famous racing brothers with Geoffrey and Brett, has a career total of 238 Cup starts (including four in the Daytona 500) and 324 Nationwide Series starts. He has captured 15 victories in the Nationwide Series.

"It is with great honor that we can bring world class brands such as Tire Kingdom, Service Central and Valvoline together with Germain Racing and our reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Todd Bodine,” said team owner Bob Germain Jr.  “It is a perfect complement in both brand and sport, and a partnership we are very much looking forward to cultivating as we have done with Valvoline."


Germain Racing

Fresh off his first season in stock cars, Red Bull Racing Team development driver Cole Whitt is taking the next step in his NASCAR career. The 19-year-old will drive Turn One Racing.

Whitt and Turn One Racing, owned by veteran NASCAR driver Stacy Compton, have a one-race head start on 2011. The driver made his Truck debut in the No. 60 last fall at Homestead-Miami Speedway. levelThe 2008 USAC National Midget Series champion, Whitt spent 2010 in finished third at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

He went on to finish fourth in points with two poles, six top fives and seven top 10s in only 10 races. That success carried over to a late- Whitt, in the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota, debuted in the Nationwide Series in November, putting together impressive weekends back-to-back at Phoenix International Raceway (15th) and Homestead (17th).

In the Truck finale at Homestead, he qualified 10th and finished 28th after an on-track incident ruined what could have been a top-10 day. Whitt established a baseline for communication with crew chief Marcus Richmond, who returns to call the shots in 2011.

Homestead last year, and he proved to us that he has a ton of talent and the ability to win. By adding Cole to our lineup as a teammate to Justin Marks, we will have two of the rising talents in t Whitt takes over a truck that finished 14th in the 2010 owner points.

He and Marks, in the No. 66, will unload next month for Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway with a brief test session, practice and qualifying all leading up a 100-lap, 250-mile race to start the season Feb. 18.


Red Bull Racing PR

Vision Aviation Racing announced today that Aric Almirola will drive the No.51 Vision Airlines/Emerald Coast Resorts Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 18, 2011.

Almirola will be climbing behind the wheel of the same equipment that propelled him to a second-place points finish in the 2010 NCWTS driver standings. Coming off his most successful season in the Truck Series since his debut in 2005, Almirola visited victory lane twice and racked up 11 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes to round out the 2010 season.

"We are extremely happy to have Aric back in the 51 for our Daytona efforts. He has proven himself to be a top contender in the Truck Series and we look forward to a very successful weekend," said team General Manager Tom Davis.

"I'm really excited to have the opportunity, thanks to Vision Aviation Racing, to race the 51 truck at Daytona," commented Aric Almirola. "The equipment is top of the line and I hope to bring my Vision Airlines/Emerald Coast Resort truck to victory lane.

"When I was asked to drive the 51 at Daytona, I jumped on the opportunity. It only helps me with more track time, since I'll race both the Truck and Nationwide Series at Daytona. And who would pass up the opportunity to run the Truck Series race, especially if they feel they have the chance to win?

"I think the owners of Vision Aviation Racing have done a great job at building a new team in the off-season. But that doesn't mean we have a rookie team; if you look at the personnel that has been assembled there are a lot of good, experienced guys that work at VAR."



Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) and JEGS Mail Order announced today the continuation of their full-time partnership which began last season. JEGS Mail Order will once again be the primary sponsor on the No. 2 Chevrolet for KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24.

"JEGS has a deep history in motorsports, from Coughlin family members being racers themselves to various partnerships throughout NASCAR," said Harvick. "The fans were really excited to see the JEGS No. 2 Chevrolet truck race around the track at New Hampshire last year, so we are very happy to continue this partnership and we'd love nothing more than to take them into victory lane in September."

"JEGS is excited to continue our involvement with KHI. Kevin, DeLana and the team at KHI is committed to excellence on and off the track," said John Coughlin, Vice President and one of the four Coughlin brothers that own and operate JEGS. "Kevin will once again drive the truck with our familiar yellow and black colors in New Hampshire and that's exciting. Last year was our first year having a JEGS branded vehicle in NASCAR competition and it was exciting for our loyal JEGS customers worldwide to see."



Lucas Oil, Dover International Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway have entered into a new partnership agreement that names the manufacturer of problem solving additives and high performance lubricants as title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at both Dover Motorsports, Inc. facilities.

The “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 13 will kickoff the May 13-15, 2011 NASCAR tripleheader at the Monster Mile in Dover, Del. The “Lucas Deep Clean 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, July 22 will be held under the lights at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn. as part of a NASCAR doubleheader on July 22-23, 2011.
“The Dover ‘Monster Mile’ is an iconic facility in the racing world. It has a certain mystique about it that draws you in, much like Nashville Superspeedway, near Music City, U.S.A. They are great venues to watch a race and offer fan friendly environments from the moment you enter the facilities,” said Executive Vice President Bob Patison of Lucas Oil. “Lucas Oil is delighted to be title sponsor of the Camping World Truck Series events at Dover International Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway this year. We are looking forward to working with the talented staff at Dover Motorsports!”
“We’re excited to partner with Lucas Oil and extend the relationship to include both Dover International Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway,” said Denis McGlynn, president & CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “Lucas Oil is a familiar name in the motorsports industry, and with this new agreement they’ll be able to showcase their high performance products through their involvement with two national motorsports events in two important regions we serve.”
Tickets are now on sale for NASCAR’s return to the Monster Mile on May 13-15, 2011. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit
NASCAR returns to Nashville Superspeedway on April 22-23, 2011. To purchase tickets, call 1-866-RACE-TIX or visit

Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing (JJCR) and Lilly's Cosmetics ( have reunited for the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) "NextEra Energy Resources 250" at Daytona International Speedway February 18 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Jennifer Jo Cobb was driving her pink Lilly's Cosmetics Ford when she made history in the 2010 season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.)Speedway, as the highest-finishing female driver in NASCAR points in the modern era. Lilly's Cosmetics will return on Cobb's No. 10 Ford F-150 at the newly paved high banks during Daytona's famed Speedweeks. Cobb's 2010 NCWTS performance will guarantee her a position in the 36-truck starting field. The race will be aired live on SPEED.


"In 2011 sponsorship will be crucial to the survival of our team and we are so grateful to have small- to medium-size businesses like Lilly's Cosmetics join us for one-race deals," said Cobb, JJCR owner and driver. "I proudly wear make-up I purchased from and receive so many compliments; even from professional television make-up artists!"

Cobb is referring to her recent stint on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 program where she was dubbed "NASCAR's Fastest Woman." She insisted on wearing the make-up from her sponsor and the stylists provided by CNN gave it a thumbs-up.

"I am excited to once again work with Jennifer and JJCR.  Our experience at Homestead-Miami was very positive and I am sure Daytona will be even better," said Lilly's Cosmetics owner Sharon Lilly. "It is nice to have owners and drivers who are willing to work with small businesses that do not have large advertising budgets. With a large number of female NASCAR fans, I feel this is a great way to present my products to them."



Travis Kvapil will join Randy Moss Motorsports to race for his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship during the 2011 season.  The Janesville, Wis., native will pilot the No. 5 International Truck/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra with veteran crew chief Rick Viers leading the team.

“I’m excited to be competing with Randy Moss Motorsports and International Truck/Monaco RVs for the 2011 season,” commented Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 5 International Truck/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra.  “The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a great series with a lot of tough competition, and I’m excited to be there full-time.  I’ve had a lot of success racing in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series in the past, and I’m looking forward to winning races and contending for the championship.  International Truck and Monaco RVs are great sponsors and supporters and to be able to pair that with a leading competitor like Randy Moss Motorsports makes me very excited to see what we can achieve this season.”

Kvapil, the 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, has been a dominant force when racing in the truck series since his 2001 debut.  In 132 starts, the 34-year-old has collected nine wins, four poles and led nearly 900 laps; all while maintaining an average start of 9.4 and an average finish of 9.8.  In his five full seasons of NCWTS competition, the Wisconsin native has never finished outside of the top-10 in the championship point standings.

“We’re really excited about the addition of Travis Kvapil to the International Truck/Monaco RV race team,” said Matt Smela, Global Engine Marketing Director for Navistar, Inc.  “His championship background, and drive for top performance, matches up great with all our market leading brands of International Trucks, Monaco RVs and MaxxForce engines.  And he’s such a friendly guy, our customers are certain to embrace him from the moment he takes to the track at Daytona.”

“Travis is known for being a fierce competitor and veteran in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” commented David Dollar, co-owner of Randy Moss Motorsports.  “With his experience racing in the [NASCAR Sprint] Cup Series, we look for Travis to make an immediate impact on the team and become an asset to our organization.  He has an impeccable record in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series and everyone at Randy Moss Motorsports is looking forward to having the opportunity to bring home our first championship and Travis’ second title.”

Rick Viers joins Randy Moss Motorsports from Roush Fenway Racing where he served as a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series throughout the last 21 races of the 2010 season.  With 28 years of motorsports experience, Viers has held virtually every title from driver, to owner, mechanic, tire changer, and crew chief.  As a crew chief, the Maryland native has recorded eight NASCAR Nationwide Series victories and one win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“I’m looking forward to working with Travis Kvapil, Randy Moss, David Dollar and everyone else at Randy Moss Motorsports throughout the 2011 season,” commented Rick Viers, crew chief of the No. 5 International Truck/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra.  “Travis has had immense success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and to have a driver of his caliber behind the wheel of our Toyota Tundra is very exciting.  Everyone at Randy Moss Motorsports has put in a lot of hard work and dedication to make this a championship-caliber team, and I believe that is exactly what you will see the International Truck/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra racing for at the end of the season.”

Travis Kvapil will make his debut with Randy Moss Motorsports next month at Daytona International Speedway.  The No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra will also sport a new paint scheme which will be used throughout the 2011 season.


CREDIT: Randy Moss Motorsports PR


RBR Motorsports announced today they will compete in a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with driver, Clay Rogers, behind the wheel. Rogers will pilot the #92 fleetHQ/BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors Chevrolet Silverado at the Daytona International Speedway to kick off the 2011 NASCAR Season on February 18th.

Clay Rogers, born November 6, 1980 in Mooresville, NC, holds 4 USAR Procup Championships (2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010). He has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Clay has raced for nearly 20 years, visiting Victory Lane well over 125 times in a career in which he’s won championships in the WKA, Allison Legacy Series, USAR Pro Cup, and is the current defending national champion of the USAR Pro Cup Series. Rogers is teaming with the RBR Enterprises team to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 2011. This marks Clay’s first return to the Trucks Series since 2009 and his debut at Daytona under race conditions. RBR will be entering their sophomore season in the Truck Series and will be looking to improve on the great start they got in 2010. Clay is coming off another banner season. Last year he won 50 percent of the races with 7 wins and led over 1600 laps. He is looking to continue that momentum with the RBR Team.

RBR Motorsports is headquartered in Cerro Gordo, NC and has been racing since the early 1990s.

“We are extremely excited to team up with Clay to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Ricky Benton, RBR Team Owner. “We have known and raced around Clay for many years and know first-hand that he has the talent to go to the next level. We feel we have a winning combination with Clay and our crew chief, Michael Hester. There is a heightened sense of excitement now that we have put this deal together.”

RBR will continue to market fleetHQ as a marketing partner sponsor for the #92 entry. fleetHQ is a business solutions provider for commercial trucking fleets and servicing tire dealers all across North America. fleetHQ provides 24-hour support, and helps fleets reduce operating cost while making it easier to do business.

BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors will continue to serve as an associate sponsor. BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors offers wholesale distribution services to tire and automotive dealers across the Southeast. BTS operates mostly in North and South Carolina.


CREDIT: RBR Motorsports

A little over a week ago, Alli Owens announced on her social media channels that she intended to make her NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series at her home track, the Daytona International Speedway. To do so, Owens asked her fans to raise the additional capital needed to fulfill the monetary commitment to run the race. With the help of those fans, a few local businesses and a new website, Owens announced today she will indeed make her debut in NASCAR during the NextEra Energy Resources 250 driving for Ray Hackett Racing, an experienced team based out of Salisbury, N.C.

Owens was able to raise the funds after getting support from Mullinax Ford, a dealership from New Smyrna, Fla.; local Daytona Beach area chapters of the IBEW and NECA to promote, a website dedicated to the National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee of the Electrical Construction Industry; and also her fans, who helped her raise enough funds to complete the sponsorship needed.

"It's amazing that in such a short period of time everything has come together like it has," said Owens. "I went to Twitter and Facebook and put the word out there that we needed help. Almost immediately we had people jumping on board. It's been humbling, and I'm so truly grateful for the businesses and fans who have helped me."

Owens has three top-10 finishes in the ARCA Series and started on the outside pole at Daytona in the series in 2009. Owens will be the only female competitor from Daytona Beach competing at Speedweeks in 2011.

"I'm really honored to race for the city of Daytona Beach, the local IBEW and NECA chapters, Mullinax Ford and my family in the area," said Owens. "Growing up, the Daytona International Speedway meant everything to me. It still does, and I'm ready to make a successful NASCAR debut there. It's going to be a special day."

Owens will stay in North Carolina to help with the team the remainder of this month and into February. She will travel with the team to Daytona, where their first practice is scheduled for Wednesday, February 16.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available for Owens in 2011. For more information, please visit




Panhandle Motorsports announces plans to race the entire 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule, beginning with the first four NASCAR-sanctioned events. 18-year-old driver from the Panhandle stable, Johanna Long - fresh off a successful learning season in the NCWTS and a confidence-building historic win at the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby - will pilot the No. 20 Panhandle Motorsports Toyota Tundra. Long, the youngest female Derby champion and only the second to win the prestigious "Superbowl of Short Track Racing" trophy, is returning to the NCWTS with two goals in mind - to continue to gain experience at the 25 Series tracks, many of which are a first time for the young driver; and to race for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year in 2011. She will begin by cutting her teeth at some of the most challenging tracks of the Series - Daytona International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Darlington Raceway and Martinsville Speedway.
"Every track that I go to, I strive to soak in and gain as much experience as I can - and that's exactly what we did last year," said Long. "We had our ups and downs, and that led to a lot of learning experiences in NASCAR. This year is about moving forward and soaking in as much experience as I can, as well as being in contention for the Rookie of the Year title. It's a huge commitment to run a full season, but hopefully we can put ourselves out there enough while continuing to knock on doors to attract marketing dollars. We're still actively seeking out marketing partners to round out the year, but we'll be doing our best to get to every single racetrack on the 2011 schedule in order to make that rookie dream happen."
Continuing the national Girl Scouts of the USA partnership this year - with over 4 million young women in empowering programs across the world - Long will also continue to inspire local Girl Scouts in each city she races. The groundbreaking teenage driver will continue to speak about her journey in motorsports, hard work and determination in whatever they choose to do in life. She will also have her "honorary pit crew" members cross the stage with her at driver introductions at various racetracks.
"I'm extremely blessed to have the opportunity to do what I love to do and be able to race at tracks that I've only dreamed about - such as Daytona," Long continued. "From the beginning of my career, I was always told that it wasn't about gender - it's all about being a competitor. That's exactly how I see myself continuing this season. I'm looking forward to what this season brings - getting experience at new tracks as well as bringing lessons learned to the tracks I was able to run in 2010. There is a 'youth movement' that is the next generation of NASCAR, and I'm learning day by day that several people look to me to help inspire that group. I hope that I can do them justice in representing them!"
Long made seven starts in the NCWTS in 2010, in addition to 18 starts in late models and the famed Snowball Derby. A native of Pensacola, Fla., she began her racing career in go-karts at eight years old and then moved on to Legends cars. She then made the big jump to the Pro Late Model division as a 15-year-old at her home track of Five Flags Speedway, where she won the championship and became the youngest champion in the history of the track. She went on to win three Blizzard Series races as well as the championship, along with the SUNOCO Gulf Coast Series Championship at age 17.
In 2010, she made another major jump in the racing ranks, moving to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Panhandle Motorsports - running a limited schedule to gain track knowledge and experience on the Speedways. Her season-best finish of 17th came at Indianapolis Raceway Park. She also has qualified among the top 20 in all seven of her starts, with a top qualification of 9th at Texas Motor Speedway in November 2010.

Veteran crew chief Kevin "Cowboy" Starland has all the confidence that his young driver can make her mark in the 2011 NCWTS Rookie class. "I see the drive in this girl's eyes every day," he said. "The level of drive, determination and preparation she goes to in the quest for someday going Cup racing - I wish I could bottle that for every driver. The combination of her hunger and passion to learn and get better, paired with her innate ability and natural-born talent at 18, is really a recipe for good things in 2011. Watch out for this young driver - she's going to be a competitor this year."

CREDIT: Panhandle Motorsports PR

Alli Owens, with a little help from her friends, is looking to make her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this February at her home track, the Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks. Owens, who lost primary sponsorship at the end of the 2010 season, has asked local companies and her friends, via Facebook and Twitter, to help raise the $35,000 needed to compete in the event. Owens currently has a commitment from one team owner to race if the funds can be collected.

Owens has also dedicated her website to her fans to help donate and show them what they will receive in return for different levels of sponsorship. So far, Owens has collected over $3,000, and has even taken $1,000 from her own wedding fund to help her race. Owens plans to get married this spring in victory lane at the Daytona International Speedway.

"I'm just really grateful for all my fans right now," said Owens. "We have some support from some local businesses, but we need to raise a little bit more to make this happen. My fans have been such great supporters of mine throughout my career that we decided to reach out to them and communicate with them every day using Facebook and Twitter. It's been great. Every day, almost every hour I can update everyone on our progress. It's been a great tool and something the fans have been excited about.

Owens has three top-10 finishes in the ARCA Series and started on the outside pole at Daytona in the series in 2009. She's looking to make her first NASCAR start in Daytona, no matter at what cost, including dipping into her wedding fund.

"Yeah, maybe our honeymoon will be cut a bit short," said Owens. "But, my husband-to-be has been very supportive of my efforts. He knows how much this means to me to race at Daytona and make my first NASCAR start."

Fans who are interested in helping Owens reach her goal may log onto where they can donate via paypal.


Credit: Alli Ownes PR

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