Brendan Gaughan and No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Team Post Top-15 Finish at Iowa
After running in the top-10 for the majority of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, Brendan Gaughan nursed a shredding right-front tire on the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet in the closing laps to finish in the 14th-position.
Gaughan started the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by Enlist Weed Control System from the sixth position in front of a standing room-only crowd of 50,000 at the Newton, Iowa-based track. The Las Vegas native was a strong contender throughout the 250-lap contest, reporting to crew chief Ernie Cope that the neon yellow machine handled especially well during long green-flag runs. Gaughan was scored in the eighth position when the final caution flag of the race was displayed at lap 174, prompting the team to pit for four Goodyear tires and Sunoco Green E15 fuel. Restarting from the eighth position with 73 laps remaining, Gaughan remained in the top 10 until reporting the right-front tire was going down on the No. 33 Chevrolet with 25 laps to go, causing him to fall to 14th before crossing the finish line. The No. 33 team remains seventh in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
“Overall, it was a great day for Richard Childress Racing, so congratulations to Richard and everyone associated with the organization on wins with Joey Coulter and Elliott Sadler. The Rheem/Menards team had a strong run today but the ending was a bit disappointing. The right-front tire fell apart during the last run and we didn’t get a caution when we needed it.”