Memphis: Brendan Gaughan preview

Las Vegas...Fresh from an outstanding three-peat victory at Texas Motor Speedway, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing head for Memphis Motorsports Park and Round 8 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "We're looking to put our No. 62 Orleans...

Las Vegas...Fresh from an outstanding three-peat victory at Texas Motor Speedway, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing head for Memphis Motorsports Park and Round 8 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"We're looking to put our No. 62 Orleans Dodge out in front," says Gaughan. "Memphis was a bit of a struggle for us last year, but we think we have what it takes this time. We are testing in Lakeland just before we pull into Memphis so we should be in really good shape by the time we hit the track."

Currently sitting in third place in the overall point standings, Gaughan and Orleans Racing have been running strong at each race. Taking a first at Texas, a second at Charlotte and a third at both Bakersfield and Darlington, this Las Vegas-based team has earned one win, four top 5 and five top 10 finishes in seven events. "My Dad told me a long time ago that being consistent is the way to win championships," says Gaughan, "And, that is definitely what we are planning to do."

Since its inception in 1995, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has grown incredibly over the past few years and is now ranked as the third most watched motorsports series in the country. The upcoming O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park marks the 200th Craftsman Truck race and like all events in the series, will offer some of the most exciting wheel-to-wheel action found in NASCAR today. "This series is extremely competitive," says Gaughan. "There are a number of drivers that can win on any given weekend. In fact, in seven races so far this year, there have been six different winners." Page 2

A former off-road champion, two-time NASCAR Winston West Champion and the 2002 Raybestos Rookie of the Year, Gaughan and his entire team are well-versed in what it takes to win. "Winning requires that everyone on the team is firing on all eight cylinders," explains Gaughan. "Our whole team learned an incredible amount last year, including me," says Gaughan. "Our crew was good last season, but that is nothing compared to now. They are right on."

"Memphis is good old-fashion NASCAR racing with lots of banging and bumping," continues crew chief Shane Wilson. "Aerodynamics aren't the important factor... setup is the major key and with our shock specialist Steve Hibbard's help, I think we will be right there."

Qualifying for the O'Reilly 200 gets underway on Friday, June 20 at 3:00 PM CDT with racers taking the Green Flag on the .75-mile Memphis Motorsports Park Tri-Oval on Saturday, June 21 at 2:00 CDT PM. Race action can be seen live on SPEED.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan