Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing end two years of bad luck at Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kan...Ending two years of bad luck at Kansas Speedway, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing nailed down a top ten finish at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250,...
Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing end two years of bad luck at Kansas Speedway
Kansas City, Kan...Ending two years of bad luck at Kansas Speedway, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing nailed down a top ten finish at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250, Saturday, July 5.
Qualifying in 11th, Gaughan, driver of the No. 62 Orleans Dodge moved up sharply in Happy Hour and the entire team was set for a good run. "Our Dodge was right there," said Gaughan, "and we figured we had a good shot at doing well. We had had bad luck the past two years at this track, and we were definitely determined to break the streak."
When the Green Flag dropped, Gaughan dropped back a couple of spots before he began his charge towards the front. Picking off competitors one by one, Gaughan moved up into second place. Pitting under yellow on Lap 74 for fuel, tires and a minor adjustment, he was forced to pull in again so the crew could remove a hanging bumper flange. Dropping back to 22nd, Gaughan once again showed his uncanny ability to come from the back and by Lao 129 he was in the lead.
"Our entire team is just dynamite this year," he said. "Everyone is working in perfect unison. Our pit stops are incredible, our Dodge trucks and our Kroyer Racing Engine motors are so strong. We have done better at every track this year, won two races out of ten and led a number of times. In short, everyone is in the championship mode."
Making their final pit stop of the 250 mile/167 lap race under green to take on fuel dropped Gaughan in position and he ended the race in 9th place. Page 2
"This was one of those cases when the cautions didn't quite work for us," summed up crew chief Shane Wilson. "While there were a total of 8, the last one came around Lap 106. We knew that if we didn't pit for fuel one last time and the race went to a Green-White-Checkered, we wouldn't make it. And, finishing in the top 10 is far better than running out of gas on the last few laps."
"The guys did a great job today," adds Gaughan. "They were up on the wheel every second. Last year we ended up 29th at this race. This year we were 9th, and when we get to Kentucky next week, we will be ready to take an even higher finish."