AFTER LONG NIGHT, MEARS DEPARTS BRISTOL WITH JUMP IN POINTS

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Bristol, TN (August 23, 2014) – Casey Mears and the GEICO team arrived in Bristol after three strong weeks of racing.  After sitting on the Pole at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012, the team always looks forward to returning to the half-mile facility.

Unfortunately, the weekend saw them confronting and solving issues from the second practice session until nearly all the way through the race to the checkered flag. 

When Mears took his No. 13 GEICO Chevy onto the high-banks at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile for first practice on Friday, he was pleased with the effort and felt confident about qualifying after posting the 22nd fastest time in that session. (complete release)


MEARS MUSCLES TO 17TH PLACE FINISH AT MICHIGAN

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Brooklyn, MI  (August 17, 2014) – What started out as a misty, damp and dreary morning finally gave way to sunshine in Michigan at the conclusion of Sunday’s 200-lap Pure Michigan 400. Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS crew had worked together to put a setup under the car that they felt would work well in race conditions – it seems the efforts paid off.

In Friday’s practice session and qualifying, crew chief Bootie Barker and Mears worked through a variety of adjustments, but the general consensus was that the car was tighter than Mears would like it to be. He posted 26th place times in both the opening practice and in qualifying.

Sunday’s race was scheduled for a competition caution, but it proved a bit anti-climactic since the first yellow flag waved just five laps in after the 18 car slammed into the outside wall. When the time came for the competition caution at lap 22, the handling of the GEICO Chevy played well into Barker’s race strategy. The car was a bit too loose for Mears, and Barker called for two tires and four rounds down on the track bar – an adjustment he’d discussed with the crew that morning. The field went back to green for one short lap at 25 and the team radio chatter took a chaotic then celebratory tone.(complete release)


MEARS’ STRONG RUN AT WATKINS GLEN RESULTS IN TOP 15 FINISH

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Watkins Glen, NY (August 10, 2014) – The Germain Racing team arrived in Watkins Glen, NY, fresh off of a busy week that saw them head straight to Atlanta for a two-day test just after posting a strong run at Pocono, where they finished 12th.  Spirits were high when they unloaded the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for practice on Friday.

The weekend got off to a quick start when Mears ended the opening practice session 16th before improving to 14th in happy hour.  In qualifying, he would tour the 2.45-mile upstate New York road course in an expeditious 69.273-seconds, placing him 22nd on Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting grid.

Ideal weather and packed grandstands watched on as the green flag got the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen underway on Sunday.  Mears rolled off from the 22nd position, but made quick gains, moving up to 15th by lap 14.  The No. 13 GEICO Chevy was strong all day and was scored as high as 4th, but ran solidly in the top ten.  Mears’ heart rate escalated on lap 56 when he narrowly avoided the hard crashing cars of Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell.  The incident resulted in an 80-minute red flag that saw track personnel rebuilding the safety barriers.  When the race returned to green, Mears was in the fourth position, but a few laps later settled into ninth.(complete release)