Madison, Ill...Taking the victory at the Dodge Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway gave Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing their third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win of the season. In addition, it also earned them the distinction of...
Madison, Ill...Taking the victory at the Dodge Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway gave Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing their third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win of the season. In addition, it also earned them the distinction of being the first team to earn three wins in 2003.
"This team really rocks," said and extremely elated Gaughan. "They are absolutely the greatest in the country. They gave me the best truck out there tonight and both our pit stops were phenomenal. We had great horsepower, a great transmission, great everything. It just doesn't get any better than this."
With Qualifying rained out, Gaughan was gridded in the Number 4 position. Powering his No. 62 Casino Queen Dodge off the Startline, Gaughan began his march to the front, quickly moving into third. Within a few more laps, he took over second,
"Our Dodge was a little loose in the beginning," he continues, "so when the first yellow came out on Lap 30, I dove into the pits. The guys removed a spring rubber, put on four tires and got me back out in record time. This was the only adjustment we made all night and it was definitely the right one. All the time my guys put in practicing pit stops is really paying off. They are truly awesome. This was our third race at Gateway and it sure proved to be the charm. We finished 11th the past two times. This time, we had it right. We want to bring home this championship for Dodge. We're now second in the points and we're going to keep on moving up."
Leading for a lap just prior to his first pit stop, Gaughan went back out and by Lap 50 he once again took over the lead and never relinquished it. "The Number 2 Dodge was right behind me the last sixty laps. But I knew we were faster. Most of the race I was running the high groove which he didn't seem to like. But close to the end, I decided not to take any chances, so I moved down, figuring if he wanted to get by, he would have to go to the outside."
Obviously it was a move that worked. Crossing the Finish Line by a 0.222 margin of victory the night belonged to Gaughan. With 12 races complete in this year's 25 race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Gaughan now sits just 34 points out of the lead. "We gained 20 points this race and we will be looking to gain more at Michigan this coming weekend," says Gaughan with a smile. "We've had the lead once and we plan to have it again."