Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:14 pm
Germain and Randy Moss join forces.......from CBSSportsline.com
After last Thursday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway it appeared as if defending series champion Todd Bodine would miss the next race this Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. Sponsorship issues have plagued the Germain Motorsports team since the beginning of the season and that funding had run out as the calendar hit mid-July.
But on Wednesday the Germain operation announced it would join forces with Randy Moss Motorsports, a move that will on paper give both organizations to compete for the remainder of the season. The news was first broken Sirius NASCAR Radio's "Sirius Speedway" program Wednesday afternoon:
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that Randy Moss Motorsports and Germain Racing will join forces to put reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine in the #5 Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2011 season. Germain Racing owner Bob Germain confirmed the move today, saying, "We began talking with (RMM co-owner) David Dollar last weekend, and met this week about the possibility of combining their #5 and our #30 trucks for an unknown period of time; possibly the rest of the season. We compared sponsor commitments, and with 15 races left in the season, that's about what we had in combined sponsorship. It made sense to talk, and while the deal is not completely done, we knew we had to make a decision on Iowa right away. We've told Todd that he will go to Iowa this weekend and drive the #5 Toyota with Mike Hillman, Jr. as crew chief and our pit crew. The move will leave former series champion Travis Kvapil without a ride, after he replaced Mike Skinner as driver of the #5 during the offseason. Kvapil currently stands 18th in Truck Series points, with a pair of tenth-place finishes the highlight of his year. It's been a surprise to all of us that (Randy Moss Motorsports) hasn't been more competitive this season," said Germain. "The upside for them is better performance for the #5 truck and their sponsors." He said it was "fair to assume" that Bodine will pilot trucks from the Germain Racing stable for the remainder of the season, re-numbered with RMM's #5 and prepared and crewed by Germain. "I think we're a little bit ahead of them on the superspeedways and 1.5-mile tracks," he said, "so we will probably end up using our trucks.