Phoenix II: TRG Motorsports/Gaughan preview

Gaughan in TRG 71 South Point Chevy in Sprint Cup at Phoenix Mooresville, NC, (November 9, 2010) - NASCR veteran, Brendan Gaughan will drive the TRG Motorsports No. 71 South Point Chevrolet Impala SS at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...

Gaughan in TRG 71 South Point Chevy in Sprint Cup at Phoenix

Mooresville, NC, (November 9, 2010) - NASCR veteran, Brendan Gaughan will drive the TRG Motorsports No. 71 South Point Chevrolet Impala SS at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gaughan Phoenix adv Gaughan, from Las Vegas, is fresh off of a 17th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in his season long Nationwide South Point Toyota. Gaughan last made a NSCS start in 2005 at Pocono, subbing for an ill Mike Bliss. His Phoenix resume is rich in top finishes including a fourth place in the Nationwide race this past Spring and six top 15 finishes in the Camping World Truck Series. Gaughan chose Phoenix because the driver can make the difference.

"In the sports car world TRG is the tops," Gaughan said. "I think this is a team that can run a good car at Phoenix. Phoenix is more of a driver's track. Texas for example is an aero track. Also the Phoenix market is very big for us with our South Point Casino. I have done well there in the past, which makes it a natural for me to come back into the series for this race. TRG is a group of guys who are motivated and having fun at what they are doing and enjoy being here."

The key to Phoenix is the dance through Turns Three and Four.

"I have been known to over drive everything at Phoenix. But Phoenix is a place where the driver can make a difference. Getting through three and four fast you have to dance that thing through there. Turns One and Two they've moved the wall back a ways, which has taken some of the difficulty out, but there is a second lane up there. The main thing at Phoenix is to be able to get to the throttle early and be as smooth as you can while having the out of control looking dance."

Gaughan takes on wing versus spoiler.

"It is still a race car. The change may have hurt the smaller teams with the transition coming at mid-season. From a driver's stand point it is a race car. We are all driving the same stuff for the most part. It still makes downforce, it still does the things it is supposed to do, my job is to give the crew the feedback and make positive adjustments and stay on top of the track. On a personal note I want to look good in a Cup car again."

Kevin Buckler, team owner, is happy to have Brendan back in a TRG car.

"We know Brendan from last year when he raced one of our Porsches at Montreal to get additional laps preparing for the Nationwide race," Buckler said. "He was a great teammate for us and did a fantastic job in the car and we are really glad to have him back on board. He has always done well at Phoenix and it makes sense from a business stand point for him as well. Having the experience and top finishes in the trucks and Nationwide will go a long way in getting acclimated back into a Sprint Cup car. This is going to be good!"

-source: trg motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Brendan Gaughan , Mike Bliss
Teams TRG Motorsports