Gaughan going for unprecedented fourth straight win at Texas DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2003) -- Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 Orleans Hotel Dodge) has every reason to consider Texas Motor Speedway "his" track. He's won three consecutive races on...
Gaughan going for unprecedented fourth straight win at Texas
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2003) -- Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 Orleans Hotel Dodge) has every reason to consider Texas Motor Speedway "his" track.
He's won three consecutive races on the 1.5-mile superspeedway and will be gunning for an unprecedented fourth victory in Saturday's Silverado 350.
A little over one week ago, when the Las Vegas native rode a solid 72-point lead in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship standings, much of Gaughan's attention was on extending the streak and breaking the record he shares with Jack Sprague, who won three straight at Phoenix International Raceway in 1996-97.
Now, with the lead cut to just 20 points with four races remaining, Gaughan doesn't just want the victory -- he needs it.
"Hopefully we'll come back and have a stellar week in Texas," said Gaughan, following a 15th-place finish in last week's John Boy & Billy 250 at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. The day ended a nine-race run, beginning with a victory in St. Louis, during which Gaughan finished in the top five eight times.
Although those finishes are history now, Gaughan believes he can create some new history this week.
Gaughan's family owns the Rocking K Ranch (named after sister Katy) a few miles from Texas Motor Speedway, and considers the track just as much a home venue as Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Winning there isn't just anything; it's everything.
"I don't want to embarrass my daddy," said Gaughan.
And he hasn't done that since finishing second in his first look at TMS in June 2001.
The driver's father, Michael, whose varied business interests include raising bucking horses, owns Orleans Racing. Gaughan's mother, Paula, and his sister are prominent in cutting horse circles.
"All of that has to do a lot with Texas," said Gaughan. "Katy's friends ask, 'Is that (driver) your brother?' They get to their world and to hear that makes them proud."
Gaughan, a varsity basketball player at Georgetown University, had a brief fling with horses -- very brief.
"I rode a saddle bronc, like twice," he said. "I'm glad I stuck with racing."
So far, Texas Motor Speedway is a horse from which Gaughan hasn't been thrown. He's not sure why, except to say that all the ingredients are there -- truck, engine, team and experience -- to mix a winning recipe.
"We've thought and scratched our heads a lot about it but we don't have any one magic thing to explain how well we've done," said Gaughan, while noting the importance of engine builder Kevin Kroyer, who has produced a balance of horsepower and fuel economy.
Beyond that, said Gaughan, it's a matter of his own confidence.
"The biggest thing besides having a great truck is fate," he said. "You have to believe in everything that's been done before you strap in the seat. I have faith in my team."