Milwaukee...Showing the style and finesse that made him one of the best off-road racers throughout the state of Wisconsin, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing trounced the competition on the Milwaukee Mile, winning the GNC Live Well 200 and moving...
Milwaukee...Showing the style and finesse that made him one of the best off-road racers throughout the state of Wisconsin, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing trounced the competition on the Milwaukee Mile, winning the GNC Live Well 200 and moving into first in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point's chase.
"Winning here is absolutely unbelievable," said a very elated Gaughan. Shane Wilson (crew chief) and the entire Orleans crew are just incredible. It all goes to them. We had a great Dodge truck, two lightning fast pit stops and outstanding horsepower from Kroyer Racing Engines. It obviously proved to be an unbeatable combination. To win here at the Milwaukee Mile's 100th Anniversary makes it doubly special. "
Gridded on the outside pole, Gaughan powered his Number 62 Orleans Dodge off the startline in typical fashion. "We were running really strong," said Gaughan. "Having the outside pole was our best qualifying effort this season and our game plan was to race clean, lead some laps for the bonus points and finish in the top five."
See-sawing back and forth between fourth and second, Gaughan pitted twice during the 200-lap race. "The guys were incredible. They are definitely in the championship mode and they had me in an out in no time."
Running in second, Gaughan passed leader Jason Leffler on Lap 147 and stayed in front for the remainder of the race. "This is one of the toughest tracks we run on," said Gaughan. "And that's what makes it such a good place to race. It's definitely a driver's track and you have to be really careful because a single lapse in concentration can put your right out of the running. It's just what the guy behind you is hoping for." Page 2
"In fact, I actually overdrove Turn 3, blew up too high and got a bunch of marbles on my tires and came to the white flag thinking, 'you idiot', continued Gaughan. "It let Jason close up. But I got down on the bottom and he couldn't get past us.
Taking the Checkered Flag by a margin of 0.809, Gaughan averaged a track record of 109.671 mph in a race slowed only once by caution.
Winning at the Milwaukee Mile marked Gaughan and Orleans Racing 4th victory in the Craftsman Truck Series, there first at a track other than Texas Motor Speedway.
"This was a great points race for us," said Gaughan, who leads the Championship by 1 point. This team is in championship mode. We have been in championship mode all season. Look at the points, we are one point ahead of two guys and 10 points ahead of the guy in fourth. This NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is just so competitive, but I think we have something for them. Look at the schedule, where are we going? Kansas, Kentucky, Gateway, Michigan. The next four tracks are places that Orleans Racing excels at. Except for Dover where we crashed and Martinsville where we got hit, we have improved our finishes at every track from last year to this year. We want to win this championship in a big way and we are definitely going to go all out to get it."