Indy IRP: Brendan Gaughan race notes

Indianapolis...Earning a fourth place finish at the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park kept Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing high in the hunt for this year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship. Qualifying in sixth, ...

Indianapolis...Earning a fourth place finish at the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park kept Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing high in the hunt for this year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship.

Qualifying in sixth, Gaughan, driver of the No. 62 Orleans Dodge, spent most of the evening running in the top four. "This was a good day for Orleans Racing," said Gaughan. "Shane Wilson, my crew chief, made a great call on making a late pit stop. A couple of guys were running out of gas and Shane said, 'I don't think we can make it,' so I dove into the pits and took on fuel and four tires."

Going back out in 11th with just about 36 laps left, Gaughan made a masterful charge to the front, ending up in 4th place, his eighth top five finish of the season. "We had to dig hard," he smiled, "but my spotter Billy Holbrook did a terrific job of getting me through the pack. I pretty much ran the high groove all night and it obviously worked for us.

When you are running for a championship," continued Gaughan, "you can't run out of gas. You have to make good calculated decisions. You can't afford to take chances and making the decision to pit gave us a strong finish."

With 14 races completed in the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Gaughan now sits in second place, just 10 points out of the lead. "There are 11 races left," he says. "We have won four, Texas, Milwaukee, Michigan and Madison, and we are going to win more. We've got tracks coming up that are great for the Orleans team and it shouldn't be long before we grab the lead again."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan