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Casey Mears

Team: Biagi-DenBeste Racing-98-NXS
Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/12/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'8 / 158

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After announcing in February that he would run 12 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races in the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford Mustang for Biagi-DenBeste Racing, the time has come for Casey Mears to hit the track.
His first race of the 2017 season is this weekend in Fontana, CA, and the Bakersfield native will make his first laps in his new ride. Mears, a 14-year NASCAR veteran, last competed in the NXS in 2010. He has one win, 16 top-5 and 32 top-10 finishes in just 93 starts in the series. The GEICO driver also captured four pole awards, while leading 361-laps.-Player Management International Mar 23 - 8:20 PM

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NASCAR veteran Casey Mears and sponsor GEICO will partner with Biagi-DenBeste Racing for 12 races in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.

Mears will pilot the #98 GEICO Military Ford Mustang, which will pay tribute to our nation's military and its service members. This partnership reunites a sponsor and team who previously experienced success together in the XFINITY Series from 2002 to 2006, where Biagi-DenBeste Racing handed GEICO their first NASCAR win on July 2, 2004, at the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway. 11-years later, they are back together and looking to achieve similar results with Mears behind the wheel, beginning in Fontana, CA, on March 26th.-Player Management International
Feb 21 - 1:24 AM

Casey Mears’s best current, three-year average finish has come at Daytona International Speedway, where he has a 12.5 in six starts.

Several drivers list the restrictor-plate, superspeedway as their best, but Mears deserves attention for his consistency as well as strength. In his last six starts there, he has three top-10s (plus another at the end of 2013), two more top-15s, and if not for one bad result of 32nd in 2016’s Daytona 500, his average would be 8.6.
Jan 6 - 1:24 PM

Casey Mears earned only six top-20s in 36 races last year, which could hinder his job search for 2017; the No. 13 will be turned over to Ty Dillon.

Mears had three top-15s, but two of these came on specialty tracks. He finished 12th at Watkins Glen International and Daytona International Speedway, leaving only a 14th well back in Atlanta Motor Speedway as a good showcase of what he can bring to a new ride.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 07:09:00 PM

Casey Mears has finished mostly in the mid- to high-20s with Germain Racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In his first start with this team, Mears finished 33rd when he broke a transmission. Last year he crashed to finish 42nd. His other four results in the No. 13 ranged from 20th to 29th. That is the kind of consistency that can be planned for.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 10:41:00 PM

Casey Mears had been running at the end of 34 consecutive races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks until he crashed and failed to finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway this October.

Mears was not only running in his next start on this track type, but he completed all the laps at Kansas Speedway for the first time since he was running with the leaders in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mears finished 23rd in the Hollywood Casino 400 after starting 29th.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 08:59:00 PM

Casey Mears has scored one top-10 in his last 15 Talladega SuperSpeedway races.

Most of these sub-10th-place results came with his current Germain Racing team, but he finished 10th in fall 2014 after starting 19th. Mears is a solid plate racer, but without the luck to give him consistently strong numbers. Mears has finished worse than 25th in his last three attempts.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 02:58:00 PM

Casey Mears has finished worse than he started in his last three similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track attempts.

Just as bad, these three races were worse than his previous 15 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. In those races, he finished mostly in the 20s with a high of 27th and an average of 21.2. His last three attempts on this course type ended in three 30-something results.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 10:35:00 AM

Casey Mears has scored three top-25 finishes in his last four New Hampshire Motor Speedway starts with an average finish of 20.75 in that span.

Unfortunately, his worst result came this July with a 27th after starting 21st. This was the first time in four races that he failed to finish on the same lap as the leader. If Mears catches the cautions right, he should contend for the front half of the pack again. Watch him closely in practice and qualification.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 01:14:00 PM

Casey Mears posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 120.557 mph.

Mears is not on many radar screens at the moment. If he keeps this speed through qualification later Friday afternoon, he could be a good dark horse unless he sustains damage and costs a lot of place-differential points.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 01:33:00 PM

Casey Mears is ready to put his last two Michigan International Speedway races behind him. He experienced an overheating problem last August to finish 42nd and crash damage this June cost him 11 laps. He crossed under the checkers 32nd in the FireKeepers Casino 400.

The last time Mears had an incident free race at Michigan, he finished 13th in the June 2015 Quicken Loans 400. The previous fall, he was 17th in the Pure Michigan 400 so he is a good fantasy value—but only if he can stay out of trouble.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 04:01:00 PM

Casey Mears finished between 23rd and 27th in four of his last five attempts at Bristol Motor Speedway. The only time he failed to finish that well was in April 2015 because of crash damage, but he qualified 27th that afternoon.

Mears has been a compelling dark horse on several occasions this year, but he has not lived up to expectations many times. That could have him flying under the radar and differentiate one’s lineup from the competition. Watch Mears closely in Friday’s practice.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 11:11:00 PM

Casey Mears finished 12th in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, which tied his season-best finish. He was also 12th in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Notably, he stared 20th in both races and added some place-differential points. That has not been typical, however, as he has lost about one and half positions per race on average and finished worse than he started in more than half his attempts.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 01:45:00 PM

Casey Mears posted a lap of 176.478 mph in qualification and will line up 20th on the Pennsylvania 400 grid at Pocono Raceway.

That might not seem incredibly impressive, but he will line up ahead of three of the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers. Confidence is built in a myriad of ways and outqualifying one of the storied teams on this track has to add a horsepower or two.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 11:52:00 AM

Casey Mears qualified 34th with a lap of 180.792 mph for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard, which will mark the fifth time in his career that he starts 30th or worse at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With Free Passes and Wave Arounds it is easy to stay on the lead lap, which is something Mears did three times in his four previous attempts from the back. Mears could be an excellent dark horse this week, but he has not shown enough in practice to make him a must-have.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 03:03:00 PM