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Las Vegas...Looking forward to a good day at California Speedway and the American Racing Wheels 200, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing head for Round 19 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "We're ready to fight the fight," says Gaughan, who...

Las Vegas...Looking forward to a good day at California Speedway and the American Racing Wheels 200, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing head for Round 19 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"We're ready to fight the fight," says Gaughan, who hold a nine-point lead in the battle for the Championship. "Our fifth place finish at Loudon last week kept us in first for the second week in-a-row, now we want to extend that margin by a lot more."

Extremely familiar with the 2-mile California Speedway oval, Gaughan and Orleans Racing are definitely happy to be back in their own backyard. "California Speedway is one of my three most favorite tracks," says Gaughan who took the Winston West victory at the Speedway in 2001. " I think it is one of the best race tracks anywhere in the country. You can pass both high and low and the racing is really fun. We had a great race last year, even going three wide in some places, and this weekend should be equally as good."

One of the top competitors in this year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Gaughan has more than shown his behind-the-wheel and that of his Orleans crew by taking wins at Texas Motor Speedway, the Milwaukee Mile, Michigan International Speedway and Gateway International Raceway. "Now we want to add California to our growing list," he says emphatically. This is also a particularity special race for us as it is sponsored by American Racing Wheels, our associate sponsor. They have helped support my various racing programs since I was 15 years old and nothing would please me more than to bring home the win for them."

Last year Gaughan qualified in the Number 9 spot and finished the race in third. "It was a 1-2-3 Dodge sweep," says Gaughan. "I would like to see that again, "but this time I would like to be the first Dodge across the Finish Line."

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Series NASCAR Truck
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