Dover: Brendan Gaughan preview

Gaughan and Orleans Racing gear up for a top five finish on the Monster Mile. Las Vegas - Geared up for a top-five finish at the famed "Monster Mile", Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing are heading for Dover, Del., and the running of the MBNA ...

Gaughan and Orleans Racing gear up for a top five finish on the Monster Mile.

Las Vegas - Geared up for a top-five finish at the famed "Monster Mile", Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing are heading for Dover, Del., and the running of the MBNA Armed Forced Family 200, Round 6 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"Last season was the first time I had ever raced at Dover," says Gaughan, who drives the No. 62 Orleans Dodge, "and it immediately became one of my favorite tracks. In fact, I think that Dover is one of the best tracks the Craftsman Truck Series races on. When I first got there, I had absolutely No idea what I was doing. In fact, I went over to get some advice from Bobby Hamilton about how to get around and he told me the direct opposite of what I was doing. I though he was joking, but he was right on. Dover is definitely a driver's racetrack. You have to be up on the wheel from start to finish. Because of the concrete you can drive in deeper than you ever thought possible. It is an extremely fast and requires you to totally concentrate every second. I like tracks that require that kind of thought. We took a 7th last year and I'm definitely looking to better that."

Currently ranked 4th in the point's chase, Gaughan now sits 57 points out of the lead. "Our second place at Charlotte two weeks ago helped close the gap," smiles Gaughan. "Now we need another top finish to move us up the ladder a little further. If we can consistently finish in the top five, I think we have a chance of winning the championship. The racing is really close this season and the competition is tough. In five races there have been four different winners and there are a number of other drivers very capable of winning. Each race is pretty much an all-out battle and that's what makes the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks such a good show for the fans."

"One of the important keys to doing well at Dover is having a truck that really handles well. You need to turn good in the center and have good bite off," says Orleans crew chief Shane Wilson. "We are using our No. 8 Dodge, the one I call 'Twister'. It is the same Dodge that we took third in at Darlington. We feel that it is the right package and we should be good to go come race time."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Brendan Gaughan