Loudon, N.H...Earning a fifth place finish at the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H. kept Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing in first place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point's battle. "This was truly...
Loudon, N.H...Earning a fifth place finish at the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H. kept Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing in first place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point's battle.
"This was truly one of the toughest races we have run to date," said Gaughan who pilots the No. 62 Orleans Dodge. Being able to keep the point lead and even add slightly to our margin is definitely a tribute to our crew's hard work and ability. This is the first time we've actually kept the lead for two races and now I want to make it three-in-a-row when we get to California."
Qualifying on the outside pole, Gaughan pulled off the startline hoping to take the lead right off the bat so he could gain those valuable bonus points. "However, that wasn't to be," said Gaughan. "We were wicked loose at the start. I was pretty much holding on for dear life. Luckily it wasn't too long before the first yellow came out and I could head for the pits. Pulling in the plan was to do a four-tire changer, an adjustment and take on fuel. Unfortunately, we had a gun go bad, but my guys never faltered. They changed the two rights and got me out without skipping a beat."
Continuing to make his way around the 1.058-mile New Hampshire oval, Gaughan was still loose. "Full of fuel our Dodge was definitely hard to handle and it was pretty much a matter of waiting for it to come in - exercising patience - which is not necessarily my strongest trait. Once it came around, we had a great Dodge and terrific Kroyer Racing horsepower, which is really important on a track like this. Our second pit stop went like clockwork and as always, I can't say enough good things about my team.
Running much of the race on the high groove, Gaughan was moving up when he went too high and lost a few positions. Falling back to 15th, he once again began to make his way up through the field "All totaled the high groove worked well for us most of the evening, he said. "I managed to get from 15th back up to 5th, so all in all it was a good day for the Orleans team.