Indianapolis, Ind. (November 20, 2003)-Former Championship Off Road Racing driver Brendan Gaughan of Las Vegas, Nevada was unable to win the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship when an accident knocked him out of the Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 14.
Gaughan competed in Championship Off Road Racing from 1998 through 2000, winning 6 Pro-2 races in 26 starts. In 2000, he started competing in the Winston West Series before moving up to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
After 24 of 25 races in the 2003 Craftsman Truck Series season, Gaughan held a 26 point lead over Ted Musgrave. After completing 101 of the 134 laps at the Ford 200, the final event of the 2003 season, Gaughan's Orleans Hotel Dodge was involved in an accident, knocking him back to a 29th place finish.
Travis Kvapil finished 6th in the race, overtaking Gaughan for first place and the 2003 series title. Bobby Hamilton won the Kroger 200. Gaughan ended the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season in 4th place, 40 points behind Kvapil.
Gaugan's impressive 2003 season ended with 6 wins, 14 top-five and 18 top- ten finishes.