Event Preview Fact Sheet at Bristol
This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway … Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No. 008 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in the UNOH 200. This Chevrolet was last utilized by Gaughan’s RCR teammate Ty Dillon at Dover International Speedway in June where he started fifth and finished in the sixth position.
Back in Action … Gaughan returns to the driver’s seat of the No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet this Wednesday evening for the UNOH 200, his fifth of eight scheduled appearances in the 2012 season. Thus far this season, the Las Vegas native has collected two top-five and two top-10 finishes, maintaining an average starting position of 8.5 and an average finishing position of 9.5.
Bristol Fast Facts … Wednesday night’s Camping World Truck Series race marks Gaughan’s sixth series career start at the half-mile concrete race track. The 37-year-old driver earned two top-five finishes and completed 84.7 percent (1,019 of 1,203) of his contested laps. Gaughan holds a 9.7 average starting position and 15.3 average finishing position. Aside from the Camping World Truck Series, Gaughan raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for four events, earning the pole award in the spring 2009 race.
Going for a Loop … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Gaughan maintains an average starting position of 8.5 and an average finishing position of 9.5 in the Camping World Truck Series in his four races this season. He has made 228 quality passes while running within the top 15 for 528 laps.
To the Points … The No. 2 RCR Chevrolet team sits ninth in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, 62 points behind the No. 17 team. The No. 2 team has earned three pole awards, one victory, three top-five and threetop-10 finishes between three different drivers (Gaughan, Tim George Jr. and Kevin Harvick) thus far this season.
Target Practice … Before heading to Bristol Motor Speedway, Gaughan is scheduled to compete in a Speedway Children’s Charities Shooting Stars Tournament presented by the National Rifle Association (NRA) at Shooters Edge in Piney Flats, Tenn. on Tuesday, August 21 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Participants are placed on four-person teams and will have the opportunity to shoot with Gaughan. All proceeds from the participants are donated to the Speedway Children’s Charities.
South Point Hotel & Casino … South Point Hotel & Casino will serve as Gaughan’s primary sponsor for the No. 2 Chevrolet this week at Bristol Motor Speedway Speedway. Located in the heart of the premiere southwest Las Vegas valley, minutes away from the famous Las Vegas Strip, South Point Hotel & Casino amenities include a 16-screen century theatre movie complex, 64-lane bowling center and a handful of restaurants that cater to all appetites and tastes. The casino features a large selection of table games and the latest slot and video poker machines. The distinctive hotel features spacious rooms and suites with 42-inch LED televisions, Point Plush mattresses and wireless fidelity throughout. A unique feature to this property is its Equestrian Center, which is the finest horse facility in the country. South Point also has a fabulous 400-seat showroom that features headliner entertainment and dancing to live bands on weekends.
In the Rearview Mirror: Michigan … Tim George Jr. and the No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group team were relegated to a 21st-place finish in the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway after the No. 2 Chevrolet spun on the backstretch in the late stages of the race. The RCR pit crew had to make an unscheduled pit stop under green-flag conditions on lap 66 to change tires before sending George back out on the racing surface two laps down to the leader. George produced lap times as quick as the leader and gained track position in the closing laps of the event, ultimately crossing the finish line in the 21st position.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts about racing at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday?
“I love racing at Bristol (Motor Speedway), especially under the lights. That track always brings a great crowd, and it’s a lot of fun to race in front of all those fans. Bristol is one of those races that everyone wants to win. It’ll be a battle until the end.”