Brendan Gaughan in the No 62 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge was The RaybestosÂ® Rookie of the Race at Dover. Gaughan finished seventh, his second top-10 of the 2002 season. he has now been RaybestosÂ® Rookie Of The Race three times, more than any other...
Brendan Gaughan in the No 62 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge was The Raybestos® Rookie of the Race at Dover. Gaughan finished seventh, his second top-10 of the 2002 season. he has now been Raybestos® Rookie Of The Race three times, more than any other rookie driver. Gaughan was the only Raybestos® Rookie to finish on the lead lap.
"We were terrible most of the day but Shane (Wilson, his crew chief) saved me. Billy Holbrook, my spotter, my crew chief Shane, and the guys really saved me on this one. I called on the radio at one point and said 'I'm sorry but I don't know what else to do.' This track is a tough place but I like it a lot. Finally in the end Shane loosened it up and it actually stuck really well going in through the centers. We had great power coming off and it stuck coming out. I had some great yanks on people coming out. We had some great horsepower in the Dodge today. In the end I burned the rear tire a little bit and couldn't get one more spot. Thanks to the Ultra Dodge boys (because) they gave me my lap back twice. I owe them more than a seafood buffet in Vegas. They bailed us out and Shane made good calls and Billy Holbrook upstairs. I love having this team."
DID THE TRACK CHANGE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE RACE TO THE END?
"I was running like a dingus to start. I don't know if it changed, but I had to change. You know what? This tire stayed really well. We kept swapping back and forth and could never get it quite right. That's dealing with an inexperienced driver who can't help them enough. When came in like five times when we got back on the lead lap. There's no reason not to stop. We gained a few spots from it. It was great team day."
SHANE WILSON, CREW CHIEF NO. 62 NAPA AUTO PARTS DODGE:
"I think he got better all day. He was learning the track and we had some calls that worked out for us. Some days it goes your way and some days it doesn't. We worked to give him a good, solid piece all weekend. It's a good learning experience for him and I think when he comes back here next time he'll be really good. The team is getting better every day."
YOU TEAM IS BASED IN LAS VEGAS BUT YOU RACE ON THE EAST COAST. HOW IS THAT GOING?
"It's going okay right now. This is the easy part. Come back and see me in July and we'll see how it's going (laughs). We have a good group out there and we're a pretty close knit group. We all work hard. It's another challenge, doing it out in Las Vegas. Our owner has some businesses out there and we're doing it for him and we're having fun."
BILL LESTER, NO.8 DODGE MOTORSPORTS DODGE, FINISHED 12TH.
"I ran it for all it was worth. I didn't leave anything out there. My back was on fire. My butt was on fire. My left and right heels were on fire. I kept telling myself, 'Don't you dare quit; keep digging you've worked too hard. Just make it happen.' Bobby Hamilton Racing and Dodge gave me too good of an opportunity to squander it. I'm going to do it if it kills me."
YOU AND THE TEAM HAD TO DO A LITTLE BODYWORK BEFORE THE RACE TODAY
"I did my own bodywork. I might be a jack of all trades and master of none. Saving trucks off turn one at Daytona and turn four here at Dover. I guess I have some skill. I just need to make up for that lack of experience as quickly as I can."
DID YOU LEARN ANTHING TODAY THAT CAN TRANSFER LATER IN THE SEASON?
"No question. I made a whole bunch of mental notes. I was gathering information. It's tough being a rookie out there. My learning curve is steep but I think I'm getting there."