Brendan Gaughan lands on podium for second time in-a-row. Bakersfield, Calif...Landing on the Podium for the second time in-a-row, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing earned a top three finish at the Lucas Oil 250, Round 3 of the NASCAR Craftsman...
Brendan Gaughan lands on podium for second time in-a-row.
Bakersfield, Calif...Landing on the Podium for the second time in-a-row, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing earned a top three finish at the Lucas Oil 250, Round 3 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.
Piloting the No. 62 Orleans Dodge, Gaughan's success at Mesa Marin Speedway moved him into third in the Series points standings, just 31 points out of the lead.
"Naturally, I would been happier had we won," said Gaughan with a smile. But all in all, it was a good race and our team did an awesome job. We had a very strong Dodge which is evidenced by us being the top finishing Dodge team. "It took two Chevys ganging up to get me out of the lead."
Running second fastest in practice, Gaughan qualified in 7th with at 19.444 just 0.150 off the Pole. When the Green Flag fell, he took off with a vengeance. See sawing back and forth between 6th and 8th for the first 100 laps, Gaughan moved into 4th place just before lap 120. "We made our first of two pit stops just before the first 100 laps," he explained. "We took on four tires, fuel and made a minor adjustment. Our Dodge was running pretty sporty and I felt we could easily make the Podium."
Continuing to move up, Gaughan pushed his way to the front, taking over the lead from Robert Pressley on Lap 196 just before the rain began to fall. "We knew the rain was coming and I was pretty determined to get in front. Pressley and I were bumping and banging all the way until I finally managed to outmuscle him. It was classic short track racing,"
Continuing to lead through Lap 227, Gaughan was outfoxed on the restart when he got trapped by he No. 16 truck who was trying to get a lap back. Pushed up high, both Setzer and Wood managed to get by putting Gaughan into third.
"I really though we had it when I got the lead and the rain started falling. "I was sure hoping it would keep on raining and we would be the winner. But obviously it wasn't to be this weekend. However, consistent top finishes are what wins championships and that is our goal. We have great Dodge trucks, excellent power from Kroyer Racing Engines and a terrific crew and those three things are what we are banking on to help us achieve our goal."