Martinsville II: Brendan Gaughan race notes

Martinsville, Vir...Gaining slowly but surely, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing put another 15 points on the competition at the Advance Auto Parts 200 at Martinsville Speedway. With just two rounds remaining in this year's NASCAR Craftsman...

Martinsville, Vir...Gaining slowly but surely, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing put another 15 points on the competition at the Advance Auto Parts 200 at Martinsville Speedway. With just two rounds remaining in this year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Orleans Racing now leads the point's battle by a margin of 45.

"We would have liked to have done a lot better," said Gaughan, who finished in 11th place, but when you're running for a championship, every point is really important. We've held on to the lead for quite a few races now and we don't plan to relinquish it."

Putting his No. 62 Orleans Dodge in 4th place on the starting grid, Gaughan pulled off ready to fight the good fight. Dropping back to 6th, Gaughan continued to make his way around the .526-mile speedway.

"We were really loose," explained Gaughan. "So when the first yellow came out on Lap 56, we pitted and the crew put on tires, made an adjustment and added fuel. They did an awesome job getting me in and out and we gained two spots. On our second pit stop, the guys made another adjustment, but we were still loose, plus we had a problem on the stop and lost a couple of positions.

Back on track, Gaughan started to move back up and was running in 9th when the caution came out a few laps before the finish. "This meant finishing under a Green/White/Checkered," explained Gaughan. "My crew chief Shane Wilson came on the radio and told me not to go high. We're ninth and the guys we needed to have behind us were behind us. I went in there and I was focused on going low. I forgot to pump the pedal up and it went up high. I caught it, but we ended up losing two positions and had to settle for 11th."

It was one of those days when things definitely didn't go according to plan," sums up Gaughan. "We've haven't had great luck at Martinsville and this race was no exception, However, the important thing is that we've gained on the lead and we should be good at both Phoenix and Homestead."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan