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Brendan Gaughan And Orleans Racing Head To Phoenix Las Vegas -- Armed with a brand new No. 62 NAPA/Martin Senour Dodge Ram, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing head for Phoenix International Raceway to run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...

Brendan Gaughan And Orleans Racing Head To Phoenix

Las Vegas -- Armed with a brand new No. 62 NAPA/Martin Senour Dodge Ram, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing head for Phoenix International Raceway to run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Silverado 150, Friday, October 26 at 3:30 PM.

"This will be our seventh and last appearance in the truck series this season," said Gaughan. "And, we are really looking to end the year on a high note. Out of the six events, we have run, our best finishes have been a third at Bakersfield and a second at Texas Motor Speedway. A third Podium finish would be perfect and that is definitely our goal."

No newcomer to Phoenix International Raceway, Gaughan has logged a number of race laps on this well-known Arizona track. In fact, he ran a NAPA truck in last year's event, ending the race on the lead lap in 13th place. "This is a track I really like," continues Gaughan. "It is challenging with two opposite corners so you have set yourself up each lap. In short you really have to be on your toes every step of the way or you can be in trouble."

And trouble is something Gaughan experienced first hand earlier this year, when he nailed the wall at the NASCAR Winston West race. "This will be the first time I've been on the track since I crashed, " says Gaughan. "The guys have been giving me a bad time all week asking me if I think I can make it past Turn 3. Obviously, I have to prove them wrong or I will never live it down." Page 2

However, crashing is not the norm for this top rising star. The reigning Winston West Champion and current point lead with one race left in the series, Gaughan has earned himself five wins this season, including one at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend.

"I've learned a lot in the trucks this year," continues the popular Las Vegas resident. "I need to get better at being able to dial in the set-up faster. Right at the moment, it is taking me a little longer than it should, but we get stronger each race and I learn more and more. Our Orleans Racing crew is phenomenal and they keep giving me great trucks. I think we have a great shot at Phoenix and am definitely looking forward to the event."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan