Brendan Gaughan Leaves Phoenix International Raceway with a 16th-Place Finish
Brendan Gaughan drove the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro to a 16th-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Gaughan started in the 14th position and battled a tight racecar for most of the race. During the first caution on lap 21, the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team elected to make a track bar adjustment and take two tires returning to the track in 17th place. The Las Vegas-native reported that it was difficult to pass, but was able to work his way up to fifth while green-flag stops commenced. When the second caution of the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 fell on lap 91, Gaughan pitted for chassis adjustments to his tight South Point Hotel and Casino Chevrolet and four Goodyear tires. The No. 62 team’s hard work on pit road put Gaughan back on track in seventh position. On lap 135, the No. 62 team was penalized for speeding on pit road and served a pass-through penalty. A red flag for rain on lap 168 put a damper on the team’s rebound from the penalty and ended their day with the 16th-place finish. The result places the No.62 South Point Hotel & Casino driver sixth in the championship point standings.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
“The No. 62 team and I really wanted to go back green here at Phoenix International Raceway, but the rain had different plans. We were ready to throw the kitchen sink at it and get back out there. We were hoping to watch the leaders beat and bang, so we could come out of today with a top-10 finish. We don’t always get what we want. I’m excited and look forward to my home track next week in Las Vegas.”