Texas II: Gaughan - Ford Thursday interview

Brendan Gaughan, driver of the No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150, has four wins and two second place finishes at Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan has several ties to Texas -- he earned his first career truck series victory in 2002...

Brendan Gaughan, driver of the No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150, has four wins and two second place finishes at Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan has several ties to Texas -- he earned his first career truck series victory in 2002 and Circle Bar Racing owner Tom Mitchell, jails from Ozona, Texas.

BRENDAN GAUGHAN -- No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150

THIS IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE TRACKS. ARE YOU GLAD TO BE BACK HERE IN TEXAS? "This is a place that I always want to do well at, so I don't know if this is the place to try to get out of the slide at because this is a place that I want to do so well at. I believe that we have the stuff to do well. The 10 team has run in the top-10 just about every week and we just can't finish them. It gets disheartening especially when you know you had a chance at a top-10 finish and you know you had a chance to get a lot of good stuff for your sponsors. Then, coming to the last lap, everything is looking good and it just falls apart on you. In Texas, this is where my career kind of took flight and now that I'm driving for Mr. Mitchell and Texas owners, what's ironic is that very first win that I got in the Craftsman Truck Series, that first Texas win, Rick Crawford gave me my lap back. It was back in the day when you used to race back to the caution. When I say he gave it back to me, he lifted for me, but I got it back by about an inch-and-a-half and went on to win. I sure would love to repay that favor by winning for his own team because it sure would do wonders for us and the morale of the team and the guys."

IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, YOU'VE HAD SOME UNLUCKY MOMENTS ON THE FINAL LAP. HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE YOU'RE AT THE END HERE? "We do that every week. Bryan Berry [crew chief] does it every week. This team doesn't have a problem getting to the finish; Bryan does a great job calling the race. We make great adjustments during the race. One of the things that hurts us without testing, we have to use practice and the first 100 laps of the race as a test almost. If you look at any race that the Circle Bar, No. 10 Ford team does, we might go down a lap; we stop twice as much as anybody else. Bryan Berry makes 10 times more adjustments than anybody else to get me back on the lead lap. Then with 30 laps to go, we drive all the way to the front. That's how good Bryan Berry is with adjustments and that's how much faith we all have in each other that we know, give it some time and we'll get it figured out. Getting to the finish has not been our problem; it's been getting that last lap of the finish that's what is hurting us. If you go back and look at this season, three races in a row on the last lap, we were running seventh, eighth and eight and those got taken away from us. In Kentucky, we were running eighth with 10 laps to go and that got taken away from us. In St. Louis, we had a flat tire with 10 laps to go and we were running 10th with fresher tires, and that got taken away from us. We've got so many late-race deals. We were in the spots we needed to be for a great finish but we've been wrecked in the top-10, we've had flat tires. Our problem isn't necessarily getting to the finish, it's just been finding out how to actually the last lap. The guys have all been laughing with me, at the start of the season, we were the best closers. When it came down to the last 10 percent of the race, our MAXX Force Ford was always driving forward, gaining 30 or 40 spots over the first 20 races. In the last four races, I've lost 40 spots in the last 10 percent of races. So, it's a complete reversal of what we started the season. Getting through the race isn't our problem, it's just that last lap lately."

CAN YOU CARRY INFORMATION FROM THE APRIL RACE INTO THIS RACE? "I think we can. We do believe we can carry some stuff but we didn't come here very good the first time. We had a couple part malfunctions while we were here. Our body didn't work real well. The truck that we are racing today is the truck we finished that top-five at Michigan, which was such a fantastic looking finish, the first to fifth, we were in that melee, so it ran good there. This is the one that had our sixth place run at Kansas. This is what we feel is our best mile-and-a-half truck. We want to take this truck to Homestead also. We feel we're bringing all the stuff we have. Our best equipment is here, so I'm optimistic."

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY? "I like the big, fast places. All these big fast places like Atlanta, Vegas and all these big fast places that I like so much. This is a track that's my style. What made Texas any different or made us any better at Texas; I don't know what it was. I always joked because my family owns a ranch in Brock, Texas. We spent a lot of years claiming to be cowboys in family. My father is in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. We're cowboys for a long time. We like to claim cowboy status and Texas is where you want to do well. It's just that cowboy mentality of 'I've got to do well here.' I've got to represent the rest of the family that wears the cowboy hats more than I do."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford , Brendan Gaughan