Ready to tackle Texas Motor Speedway for the second time this season, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing are hoping to make history by breaking the record for consecutive wins at a single track. "Right now we are tied with Jack Spraque who...
Ready to tackle Texas Motor Speedway for the second time this season, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing are hoping to make history by breaking the record for consecutive wins at a single track.
"Right now we are tied with Jack Spraque who earned three straight at Phoenix International Raceway in 1996-97," said Gaughan, pilots the No. 62 Orleans Dodge. "It would be really awesome to set a new record and we're definitely going to be doing our level best to do just that."
However, Gaughan who qualified in 7th with a time of 30.096 will have a slightly harder row to hoe than usual. "We had an engine problem during second practice," he explains. "So when the action gets underway at the Silverado 350 tomorrow afternoon, we will take off from the back. Seventh is about normal for where we start at this track and we are running 'Lone Star', the Dodge that has taken all three wins. When we changed motors today, the guys put in Number 32, which is our winningest Kroyer Racing engine, so we should be good to go."
Starting at the rear is not something that Gaughan necessarily views as a problem. In fact, he is known for his ability to charge forward. The first race he ran at Texas Motor Speedway, he started in 30th and finished second. "We know we have a strong Dodge," he says with obvious conviction and my guys are great a picking up spots during pit stops. Like always the odds are 50/50, so our changes of winning haven't changed. Barring any unforeseen problems, we will be right there at the end." Page 2
Round 22 of this year's 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Gaughan currently has a 20 point lead. "This is the closest battle ever," says Gaughan. "There are four drivers in the thick of things and I think it is going to be a fight to the very end. "Winning here would once extend our point lead and that is what we are concentrating our whole team is concentrating on. We are determined to bring the title home for Dodge.'