Mesa Marin: Brendan Gaughan preview

Gaughan and Orleans Racing are ready for another podium finish. Las Vegas...Putting the finishing touches on their No. 62 Orleans Dodge, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing are ready to score another Podium finish at this weekend's Lucas Oil 250,...

Gaughan and Orleans Racing are ready for another podium finish.

Las Vegas...Putting the finishing touches on their No. 62 Orleans Dodge, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing are ready to score another Podium finish at this weekend's Lucas Oil 250, Round 3 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.

No newcomer to this half-mile paved oval, Gaughan has a strong history at Mesa Marin, taking a first and a third in NASCAR Winston West competition and a third in the Craftsman Truck Series, his first ever Podium finish in the trucks.

"I'm really happy we are going back to Mesa Marin," says Gaughan. "After all it is where the Series began back in 1994 and that makes it doubly special, plus we have done well there in the past. It is a fun, fast half-mile track and you can run both high and low. The key to doing well definitely requires a good handling truck and we think we have the right package. The fans will really get an action-packed show from beginning to end."

"We're using our number 2 Dodge," explains Crew Chief Shane Wilson. "It's the one I call 'Work Horse'. We took two top tens with it last year and it is ideal for a track such as Mesa Marin, which requires good handling. Brendan always says he doesn't like short tracks, but truth be known, he tends to do quite well. I think his knowledge of this track plus his experience on other short tracks during his Winston West days will hold us in good stead for this race."

With two races down in this season's 25-race schedule, Gaughan is currently ranked in 4th, just 36 points out of the lead. "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."

With a third place at Darlington to their credit, Orleans Racing would like nothing more than to add a victory at Mesa Marin to their growing list of credits. "You can never predict the outcome of a race," sums up Wilson. "The only thing you can say for sure is that all of us will be doing our very best to reach our goal."

Qualifying for the Lucas Oil 250 gets underway on Saturday, March 22 at 6PM and racing action starts on Sunday, March 23 at 2PM. Live TV coverage can be seen on SPEED starting at 5PM ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan