Martinsville: Brendan Gaughan preview

Orleans Racing set for a good weekend of racing. Las Vegas...With two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Podium finishes under their belt; Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing are ready for another good weekend. Heading to Martinsville Speedway and the...

Orleans Racing set for a good weekend of racing.

Las Vegas...With two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Podium finishes under their belt; Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing are ready for another good weekend. Heading to Martinsville Speedway and the Advance Auto Parts 250, this first-rate team is looking to add another top place to their growing list of stats.

"So far this year, things have been much more the way we envisioned," says Gaughan who pilots the No. 62 Orleans Dodge. "We started last season with new Dodge trucks, a lot of new crew members and racing on a number of tracks, I had never seen. A year's worth of experience has definitely made a vast difference and we are looking to do even better as the season continues."

Currently ranked in 3rd after three events, Orleans Racing has taken a third at the last two races - Darlington and Mesa Marin. "We're hoping to make Martinsville our third Podium finish," continues Gaughan. "Last year we definitely lucked out at this race," "We failed to qualify, got into the field when another competitor was found to have an illegal spring, blew an engine in happy hour, spun twice during the race and still managed to finish 9th. This time, we would like to do even better and with a lot less stress."

One of two original NASCAR tracks, Martinsville Speedway, located in Martinsville, Va., was built in 194 and is a real favorite with numerous racers. "It's a great short track," says Gaughan. "And, what a ride for the fans. The action is pretty spectacular. In fact, I tried to make it run three wide last year and that sure didn't work. I won't be making that mistake again."

Running their number 6 Dodge, the one they call "Lefty Low", Orleans Racing feels that they can get the job done. "Doing well at Martinsville requires good brakes and good handling," explains crew chief Shane Wilson. "You need to be able to roll through the center of the turns and you need good bite up off. We think we have "Lefty Low" pretty well dialed but we are going to be doing some final testing at Greenville Pickens before the race and that should tell us anything additional we need. This type of racing is good old short track racing, and with all that bumping and banging that goes on, the aerodynamics don't really mean much. You gotta' hit your marks, stay focused and not burn the brakes. And, we think we have the piece that will suit the bill."

Running 250 laps for a total of 131.500 miles, racing action will get underway at Martinsville on Saturday, April 12 at 1PM (EST). Coverage will be live on SPEED.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan