FEELING GOOD Martinsville, Vir....Ready to race their way to the front, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing feel good about their chances at this weekend's (Saturday, October 18), Advance Auto Parts 200 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville,...
Martinsville, Vir....Ready to race their way to the front, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing feel good about their chances at this weekend's (Saturday, October 18), Advance Auto Parts 200 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Vir.
"This is the third time, we will have actually raced this track," says Gaughan, who pilots the No. 62 Orleans Dodge. Last season, we started at the back of the pack and finished 9th. Earlier this year, we qualified in 11th and finished 16th after being spun out. This time out things are looking far better."
And if qualifying is any indication, Gaughan and Orleans Racing are right on target. Turning a 20.801 for a speed of 91.034 mph, put Gaughan in the Number 4 spot. "This is obviously our best starting position here and we definitely think we can win this race. Our whole team is incredibly motivated and they definitely know how to get the job done as we just proved in Texas."
Currently leading the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points battle by a margin of 30 points Gaughan and his entire team know just how important these last three rounds are...Martinsville, Phoenix and Homestead. With six victories to their credit this season (Texas (2), Milwaukee, Michigan, St. Louis and Las Vegas, Orleans Racing has yet to take a win at a short track in the Craftsman Truck Series.
For this event, Orleans Racing will be running their Number 6 Dodge, the one they call 'Lefty Low" and the one that took the win at Milwaukee.
"We would really like to add a short track victory to our list and since this is the last one this year, we would like it to be Martinsville," smiles Gaughan. "We think our chances are a little better than some and we're certainly going to be trying our hardest."