No smiles from lady luck. Dover, Del...There were no smiles from Lady Luck on Friday, May 30 for Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing at the MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 at Dover International Speedway. "In fact," quipped Gaughan, who pilots the...
No smiles from lady luck.
Dover, Del...There were no smiles from Lady Luck on Friday, May 30 for Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing at the MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 at Dover International Speedway. "In fact," quipped Gaughan, who pilots the No. 62 Orleans Dodge. "You might say, she downright frowned on us."
Arriving at the speedway, both practice sessions went well. "We were right up there," continues Gaughan. "Our Orleans Dodge was really strong and we figured we had a chance to do well, both in qualifying and the race. However, the weather had a far different idea and by the time qualifying rolled around, we were standing in a pretty steady downpour. NASCAR waited to see if things would change, but to no avail and both qualifying and Happy Hour were cancelled. While I think we had a chance of getting a front row spot, we weren't worried as the Grid was set according to points, giving us the Number 4 slot."
Lining up on the startline, Gaughan took the Green Flag. "We lost a few positions in the early part of the race," he explained, "We were a little loose in and tight off, but I wasn't too worried. Doing well on the Monster Mile requires a lot of patience, plus you need to go easy on the tires if you want them to last. I knew as soon as we could pit, the crew would make adjustments and we would be in good shape."
However, the race just didn't play out the way Gaughan and Orleans Racing envisioned. Going a lap down due to a pit infraction penalty, Gaughan dropped back to 18th. "I definitely wasn't happy," said Gaughan, but my crew chief Shane Wilson calmed me down and told me to stay up on the wheel and run as hard as I could." Page 2
And run hard is exactly what Gaughan did. With the Georgetown fight song running through his head, he made his way through the field, getting back his lap and moving into seventh. With approximately 60 laps left, the potential for a top five finish was looking extremely good. But that's when Lady Luck frowned and tangling with another competitor and hitting the wall ended Gaughan's day and all hopes for a top finish.
"It was my fault," said Gaughan. "I lost my patience and I feel bad. The Orleans crew gave me a great truck and I know we would have finished well if I hadn't made a mistake. But we will be ready for Texas next week and hopefully Lady Luck will turn the tables and give us a big smile.