Homestead: Brendan Gaughan preview

Rusty Wallace Racing driver Brendan Gaughan probably could hold a grudge against Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gaughan was in position to win the NASCAR truck series championship in 2003, but was involved in a late-race crash at Homestead. But ...

Rusty Wallace Racing driver Brendan Gaughan probably could hold a grudge against Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gaughan was in position to win the NASCAR truck series championship in 2003, but was involved in a late-race crash at Homestead.

But Gaughan, ever the optimist, doesn't think about that. Instead, he thinks about the fast race cars he's had there, including the No. 62 RWR vehicle he had at the 1.5-mile speedway last year, when he finished 11th after being the top Nationwide Series regular in qualifying by starting 10th.

"Fortunately for that one year that everybody likes to talk about, I don't remember the wreck," Gaughan said. "What I do remember is how fast we were. I've always been really fast there, even in my lean years. Homestead has always been a great track for me."

A solid finish would strike a positive note for Gaughan and the team as they head into the off-season.

"We're really hoping to end on a strong note, maybe the strongest note of the year," crew chief Jason Overstreet said. "We'd like to get some momentum for the wintertime. The last race of the year, if you end bad, it's usually not a very fun winter. If you can get a little momentum, it really seems to help in the wintertime."

Gaughan is currently 11th in the Nationwide Series points standings, fifth among non-Sprint Cup drivers. He's seven points ahead of 12th-place Reed Sorenson and would like to stay there.

"It's been an interesting season," said Gaughan, who has three top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 2010. "It didn't turn out as well as we'd wanted. A lot of good happened. But you know, you either want the season to end because you're winning the championship, or you want the season to end because you want next year's to start. We're in that 'next year's to start' category.

"We're kinda stuck in the spot in points where we are, so we'd like to get that deal done. We'd like to get as good a finish as we can at Homestead, and then start gearing up for next year."

-source: rusty wallace racing

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