Texas: Brendan Gaughan preview

Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing go for hat trick at Texas Motor Speedway Las Vegas...When the O'Reilly 400K gets underway Friday evening, June 6, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing will be looking to be the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck team...

Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing go for hat trick at Texas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas...When the O'Reilly 400K gets underway Friday evening, June 6, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing will be looking to be the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck team to score a hat trick at Texas Motor Speedway.

Gaughan, who piloted his No. 62 Orleans Dodge to an unprecedented back-to-back victory last year, hopes to grab his first win of the season this weekend. "I definitely like Texas Motor Speedway, he says with a big smile. "It suits my style of racing and I seem to do well on the bigger tracks. We have raced here three times; the first in 2001 when we started 30th and finished second. This time last year, we qualified 10th and took first and at the fall event, we qualified 5th and won. Hopefully we will be able to do it again."

Currently ranked 5th place in the point's battle, Gaughan is looking for a win to better his position. "We have been running strong at each and every race," he continues. "So far we have taken three top five finishes and four top 10s. Unfortunately an accident at Dover last weekend put us back a couple of spots," explains Gaughan. "But we're only six races into the season and a couple of good runs will put us back up the ladder."

One of the top-ranked competitors in the Craftsman Truck Series, Gaughan and Orleans Racing definitely know what it takes to win. "Winning is all a matter of everyone on the entire team firing on all eight cylinders," says Gaughan. "It's the same in all sports, you have to create your own luck and that's what we try to do at every race.

"I'm from Las Vegas so I grew up in a town built on odds, not luck. If you flip a quarter nine times and it comes up tails each time, what are the odds on the next toss hitting tails again? The answer is 50/50. In fact, it is 50/50 every time. So in Texas we have the same chance. Actually, this year it might be a little better than last year as we are a better, more prepared, more experienced team."

Racing under the lights on the 1.5-mile speedway, Gaughan will drive the Orleans Dodge they call "Lone Star". "It's the truck we won with last year and it is one mean machine. We've got everything in perfect running order and when the Green Flag falls, the one thing that's for sure is we will be ready to go."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan