Germain Racing Benefiting From Start and Park
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Casey Mears has not had a top-10 run since 2009. He's looking to change that soon with the recent top-25 runs as his team is becoming more competitive.
By Dominic Aragon
With just ten races to go, being inside the top-35 in owner points is now more crucial than ever. With the competition stronger than ever, it is vital to be locked into NASCAR’s marquee event next year to try and get a good foundation on 2012.
Casey Mears, driver for Germain Racing’s 13 car with sponsor Geico, sits 32nd in owner points heading into Dover. Although the team is not running a full year, Mears came off his best finish of the season at Richmond with a 17th place, lead lap showing.
In the last paragraph, no, you did not read a typo. His team has made all races except for the season opening Daytona 500. What’s meant by “not running a full year” is that the 13 team hasn’t had secure sponsorship for all events, and will start-and-park when needed. The Racing Experts have learned the team will continue to pull the car off early in some races for the rest of the year.
In a previous interview with us, Mears said along the lines that “we are trying to secure Geico for next season. We haven’t been running the full schedule, but hopefully we can next year.”
Many races fans who are against the “SnP” practice might ask “why don’t they just skip the races where they don’t have funding?” Unfortunately, that would not be feasible, especially for a team that is inside the top-35.
A team in a similar situation like Germain Racing will not be willing to take a blow in points. There are two things that teams in this situation will benefit from.
When the cars come to the track with the intention of pulling off, they typically spend their practice and setups geared towards a qualifying setup. If their car starts farther towards the front, there’s an increase in the possibility that fans and TV will pick up their car.
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A driver that is starting and parking, compared to a driver who’s not at the track, is still in the car and at the track weekly.
A car that is not at the track refusing to start and park is less likely to pick up funding. Many fans may not like what I am about to say, but future start-up Cup teams may have to use starting and parking as a foundation.
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TRG Motorsports, once a start and park team, has lifted up from that status to become a top-35 team.
The opinions expressed in this story are solely those of the writer.