St. Louis: Brendan Gaughan preview

Las Vegas...Flying the Casino Queen banner, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing look for a Podium Finish at the Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200, July 19 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, IL. "The Casino Queen is one of our properties and I...

Las Vegas...Flying the Casino Queen banner, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing look for a Podium Finish at the Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200, July 19 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, IL.

"The Casino Queen is one of our properties and I have spent a lot of time in St. Louis, says Gaughan, driver of the No. 62 Casino Queen Dodge. It is like a second home and I can't think of anything better than winning this one for both the Casino Queen and Dodge. This will mark our third race at this track. Last year we started 19th and finished 11th and the year before we also finished 11th. The track is fun and unique. There are not many tracks similar and, in fact, it is one of the more exciting courses on the circuit for both drivers and fans. You run both fast and slow. Suspension and gear ratios are an important key to doing well and luckily for us our shock specialist Steve Hibbard is well versed in what we need. Our crew thinks they have found the right combination and this should be a good race for us."

With 11 races complete in this year's 25-event NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Gaughan and Orleans Racing have more than proven their championship ability. With two wins, five top fives and eight top tens already to their credit, they currently sit in 4th place in the standings, just 54 points out of the lead.

"We lost our engine last week at Kansas," explains Gaughan, "and that dropped us back a few points, but it is nothing we can't make up. We've been in the lead once and we will be there again. Our entire team is 100% together and more than determined than ever to win this year's championship. And having your whole team running on all eight cylinders is precisely what it takes." Page 2

Gaughan, who earned Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors last season, is definitely one of the fastest rising stars on the circuit. "Last season, after 11 races, we were in 11th place in the point's chase," he says. "This year it's a much different scenario, which is obvious by our performance. Our Dodges are really strong and we are definitely going to be doing our best to bring home the title.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan