Gaughan leads the RaybestosÂ® Rookie standings in the truck series by 60 points (214-154) over Bill Lester. BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO. 62 NAPA AUTO PARTS DODGE: "We're real excited about Texas. NASCAR gave us back that goofy spoiler, what we call...
Gaughan leads the Raybestos® Rookie standings in the truck series by 60 points (214-154) over Bill Lester.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO. 62 NAPA AUTO PARTS DODGE:
"We're real excited about Texas. NASCAR gave us back that goofy spoiler, what we call the bat wing. We took that Texas truck to Michigan and, frankly, sucked. We believe a lot of it was in that spoiler. That truck was built with that spoiler in mind so we lacked some downforce. We lacked something and that's what hurt us there at Michigan. We got the bat wing spoiler back. We keep finding one, two, and three horsepower in each motor. The whole engine shop is really finding good power and for Texas, the motor is already done, the truck is already done. We'd like to make it nine out of 10 races they've had a different winner because I know that they've had a new winners every race. We'd like to end that streak and be the first one to repeat there."
Highest qualifying rookie, taking the seventh starting position. entering the silverado 350, Lester has been top qualifying Raybestos® Rookie in nine of the 16 races this season.
BILL LESTER, NO. 8 DODGE MOTORSPORTS DODGE:
YOU HAVE RACE EXPERIENCE AT TEXAS. WILL THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU RETURN THIS WEEKEND?
"I think it will. I'll know exactly what to expect and what to feel going right into it as opposed to trying to feel my way in the dark. I'm looking forward to it. We have a really great truck there, tricks that got us a seventh place qualifying position and we finished 11th there which was my best to date. I'm hoping to up the ante a little bit more this next time around."
WHAT DID YOU LEARN THAT WILL HELP YOU FRIDAY NIGHT?
"I wouldn't say there is any one particular thing. If there is one thing I would say that you really do experience what's called aero-tight at a track like Texas. That's where you are trying to get off the corner and if you're right up underneath somebody you turn the wheel and the thing wants to go straight because you don't have enough air on the nose to turn. I'd say overall the experience I had there in traffic and who you can run with and who you can't. I learned a lot there. I was apprehensive about Texas in terms of hearing about how the Champ cars didn't run their race there because it was so fast and drivers were experiencing blocks and stuff like that and blacking out. Needless to say, in the Craftsman Truck you're not going to go hardly as fast. It's also a place where, unfortunately, Tony Roper lost his life so there are things like that that make you roll back on your heels a little bit. Once you get out there all those things roll by the wayside and you have a job to do and you just do the best you can. I'm looking forward to it again."
CAN YOU FEEL THE SENSATION OF SPEED MORE AT TEXAS?
"There's a pretty good sensation of speed at Texas. You can kind of get lulled to sleep at Daytona because it's so big and you don't really realize how fast you are going. But at track like Texas, you do kind of realize it more so than other tracks. By the same token you are so concentrated on the situation at hand and so up on the wheel that you don't really have an opportunity to really take in the sensation of speed. You're concentrating so closely and carefully there because things are going around you so fast and things are happening so quickly that you don't really have a chance to realize 'Dang, I'm really doing 180 miles per hour.'"