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Rotowire: Feb 23 / 8:36a ET
News: Mears and Germain Racing are off to a blazing start in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Save for a distressing Duel 150, the GEICO team scored top finishes during Speedweeks and, more notably, managed to cruise through ten practice sessions, Daytona 500 qualifying, a short-lived Duel 150 and a 507.5-mile race without damaging a single racecar. While their fourth-place finish in the Sprint Unlimited and the sixth-place Daytona 500 result is impressive, most impressive is the fact that they escaped the World Center of Racing unscathed, germainracing.com reports.
Impact: This single-car team just continues to amaze with their strong super speedway efforts. Mears was one of the most consistent performers of last season at Daytona and Talladega and he's carried that excellence forward into 2015. The Germain Racing driver is one to remember when we visit Tallladega in early-May.
Rotowire: Feb 14 / 7:39p ET
News: Mears finished fourth in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night.
Impact: There weren't many undamaged cars by the checkered flag on lap 75 Saturday night, but Mears' No. 13 Chevrolet was clean and fast coming to the stripe. The veteran driver proved yet again that he's a very skilled super speedway driver and he outlasted the competition to race with the leaders right to the end. It was Mears' career-best finish in this exhibition race and second Top 10 in four starts.
Rotowire: Feb 7 / 9:13a ET
News: Mears will join the 25-car Sprint Unlimited next week, NBC Sports reports.
Impact: With drivers Brian Vickers, Brian Scott and A.J. Allmendinger unable to compete in this exhibition race, Mears will get a spot in the 25-driver field. The Germain Racing driver's position in last season's point standings is the reason for his inclusion. This will be Mears fourth appearance in the Sprint Unlimited, but first since the 2009 season.