Brendan Gaughan: Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway … Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No. 059 from the Richard Childress Racing Camping World Truck Series stable. This Chevrolet Silverado was acquired during the Kevin Harvick Inc. and RCR merger at the end of the 2011 season. After undergoing a remodel during the off season, the RCR entry will make its first paces around the 1.5-mile track on Friday during practice.
Welcome Back … Gaughan returns to the driver’s seat of No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet for the first time since his 20th-place showing at Daytona International Speedway in February. The Las Vegas native is scheduled to compete in five additional Camping World Truck Series races with RCR this season. Gaughan will also share the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition alongside teammates Harvick, Paul Menard, Tony Stewart and Max Papis with Ernie Cope serving as crew chief.
Callin’ the Shots … There will be a new face on top of the No. 2 pit box this weekend. Gil Martin will serve as Gaughan’s crew chief for the 134-lap affair at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Martin was appointed crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the No. 33 RCR entry early in the 2012 season.
Charlotte Details … In six Camping World Truck Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, Gaughan notched two top-five and three top-10 finishes with his best finish of second coming in May 2003. He also competed in four Nationwide Series races and two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the Concord, N.C.-based track running at the end of each race and completing 91.1 percent of the laps contested.
Start Your Engine … This weekend’s 134-lap event will mark the Las Vegas native’s 189th career Camping World Truck Series start. In more than 12 years of competing in NASCAR’s truck division, Gaughan has added eight wins, three pole awards, 33 top-five and 63 top-10 finishes to his racing resume. He also led a total of 872 laps and scored his highest season point standing position of fourth in 2003.
A Look Back … Gaughan’s last Camping World Truck Series start under the RCR banner came at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February where he started the 100-lap event from the 10th position. The No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino team was caught up in a late-race, multi-car incident that ended their night early and relegated them to a 20th-place finish.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts about getting back into the truck for RCR at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
“It’s been tough watching from the sidelines the past few weeks that I haven’t been running in the No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado, but RCR has had fast trucks every race no matter who drives. I can’t wait to climb back in for my turn at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.”
The last time you were in a truck was at Daytona International Speedway at the beginning of the season. How do you prepare for Charlotte Motor Speedway after having off for a long period of time?
“Fortunately, RCR has given me plenty of other opportunities in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series this year. I don’t feel rusty coming into this weekend’s race at Charlotte (Motor Speedway). I’m really excited to be back racing in my favorite NASCAR series.”