Las Vegas...It's definitely full steam ahead for Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing at Phoenix International Raceway and the running of the Chevy Silverado 150, Friday, October 31. With just two rounds left to go in this year's NASCAR Craftsman...
Las Vegas...It's definitely full steam ahead for Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing at Phoenix International Raceway and the running of the Chevy Silverado 150, Friday, October 31. With just two rounds left to go in this year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, this top-ranked team will be doing their level best to increase their point lead in the Championship battle.
"This is definitely going to be an extremely important race for us," says Gaughan. "We have a 45 point lead right at the moment, but that can change really fast if we aren't up in the front. We are running our Number 2 Dodge, the one that took third at Bakersfield and fourth at Bristol and we think it should get us where we want to be. This is the closest 4-way battle ever seen in the truck series and we don't want to lose any ground."
Putting their No. 62 Orleans Dodge in 14th on the Starting Grid with a time of 28.260 seconds, Gaughan feels extremely positive about Friday's race. "Qualifying in 14th is actually a gift," he said. "We were really off in practice and the guys tore the truck apart during the two hours between the end of practice and the start of qualifying and we gained a bunch. We will be fine for the race."
No stranger to this "Valley of the Sun" track, Gaughan has logged numerous miles at Phoenix both in trucks and previously in Winston West. "This is a track that I really like," continues Gaughan. "It is very much a driver's track. You have to be up on the wheel the whole time and on your toes. Doing well requires a certain amount of finesse and dancing and that is the type of racing I like. I don't foresee any problem in being able to move forward and we will be good to go when the Green Flag drops."