Gaughan and Orleans Racing make it three-in-a-row Ft. Worth, Tex...Making it three-in-a-row, Brendan Gaughan powered his No. 62 Orleans Dodge to victory at the O'Reilly 400K at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, June 6, Round 7 of the NASCAR...
Gaughan and Orleans Racing make it three-in-a-row
Ft. Worth, Tex...Making it three-in-a-row, Brendan Gaughan powered his No. 62 Orleans Dodge to victory at the O'Reilly 400K at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, June 6, Round 7 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Taking over the lead for the fourth and final time on Lap 163, Gaughan sailed past rookie Carl Edwards, taking the victory and his third career win, by a margin of 0.865 seconds.
"I love Texas," said an obviously elated Gaughan. "Texas Motor Speedway is the best. This is the same Dodge, the one we call 'Lone Star', that took us to two wins last season. My crew chief Shane Wilson and all the guys know how to build Dodge trucks that are really strong at the end and that's what you need to win."
With rain washing out qualifying, the grid was set according to points, putting Gaughan in the 5th place spot. Pulling off the startline in his usual fashion, Gaughan began to make his way to the front. "We dropped back a couple of spots in the very beginning," he explained, "but we were a little tight and I was taking my time." It wasn't long before he began moving up and by Lap 50 he took the lead.
A few laps later, the caution came out and Gaughan made his first pit stop of the evening taking on fuel and four tires. "The driver needs to go to pit stop practice a lot more often," said Gaughan. "I messed up on both the first and second pit stop. I was still nervous from Dover where I got held for a lap for having a wheel out of the box. On the first pit stop, Gaughan lost one spot but a few laps later, he moved back into first for the second time.
However, on the second stop, he got boxed in and when he tried to get out, caused some damage to the front of his Dodge. "We had to pull in again to fix the damage and all-in-all, it cost us about 10 spots. With about 60 laps to go we were running in 13th. But the Orleans Dodge was incredibly strong and we were turning laps faster than the leader, so I knew we could get past them."
And, that is just what happened and with four laps to go, he moved into first and took the Checkered. "I knew we were better than last year," summed up Gaughan, so I thought we had slightly better odds than 50/50. We want to earn this Championship for Dodge and winning tonight definitely puts us a little closer.
Winning at Texas three times gives Gaughan the distinction of being the second Craftsman Truck driver to win three races on the same track. The only other person that has accomplished this feat is Jack Sprague, who took three wins at Phoenix International Raceway. "You can bet we're going to try and break that record when we come back here in October," smiled Gaughan. "Boy I sure love Texas."
Returning home to Las Vegas, Gaughan celebrated by going out to the SNORE Caliente 250 to watch his older brother Mike compete. "This is one of my very favorite off-road events," he explained. "Never mind it is one that I never finished all the time I raced there. Mike took second and I was really proud of him. It was the perfect way to end a fantastic weekend."