Brendan Gaughan

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Brendan Gaughan
Brendan Gaughan2 winner of 2014 Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.jpg
Gaughan in 2014
Born (1975-07-10) July 10, 1975 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Achievements 1995, 1996 SODA Class 13 champion
2000, 2001 NASCAR Winston West Series champion
Awards 2002 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
42 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
2013 position 70th
Best finish 28th (2004)
First race 2004 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2013 Pure Michigan 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
117 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
Car no., team No. 62 (Richard Childress Racing)
2013 position 110th
Best finish 9th (2009)
First race 2001 Auto Club 300 (California)
Last race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
First win 2014 Gardner Denver 200 (Road America)
Last win 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 29 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
217 race(s) run over 14 year(s)
2013 position 7th
Best finish 4th (2003)
First race 1997 Carquest 420K (Las Vegas)
Last race 2013 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
First win 2002 O'Reilly 400K (Texas)
Last win 2003 Silverado 350 (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
8 80 3
Statistics current as of November 15, 2014.

Brendan Gaughan (born July 10, 1975) is an American racing driver. Gaughan is the grandson of Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan and son of Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino magnate.

Gaughan began his career racing in off-road racing and he rose up through the ranks from pickup trucks to the professional two-wheel-drive Trophy Truck class. In the late 1990s, he switched to pavement racing in a stock car. This lead to a career in NASCAR racing. He began in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series); later to the Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) and Sprint Cup Series during the 2000s.

Gaughan currently drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro in the Nationwide Series full-time for Richard Childress Racing.

Personal life and education[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, California but a long-term resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, Gaughan attended Georgetown University and played collegiate basketball as a walk-on for the Hoyas with friend and former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson.[1]

Gaughan earned All-Conference honors as a placekicker on Georgetown's NCAA Division I-AA football team[1] where he became known as an extra point specialist, converting 39 of 40 extra point attempts during the 1994 season for the highest extra point percentage in Hoya history. He was primarily a role player on the basketball team whose job were mostly practice related but did see action in 25 games.

A unique individual, he even sported corn rows in honor of his Hoyas teammate during a race at Dover International Speedway during the 2002 Craftsman Truck Series season.[2]

In 2011, Gaughan appeared as a spokesperson for the South Point Casino in an episode of the History Channel series Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy.

Racing career[edit]

Off-road career[edit]

Gaughan won his first race in a 1991 Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) off-road race. He was the Class 10 SNORE champion in 1991, 1992, and 1993.

In 1995 he moved to SODA (Short-course Off-road Drivers Association) series driving a Dodge Ram for the Walker Evans team. He was the 1995 Class 13 champion. He raced in premiere two-wheel-drive trophy truck Class 8 in 1996 and 1997[3] but did not win either championship as Scott Taylor won both championships. He moved with most SODA drivers to Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) at the end of 1997 and raced in the Pro-2 category through 1998 where he finished third behind champion Ricky Johnson and Scott Taylor.

His biggest wins came at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.[4] His multiple wins[3] there solidified his reputation as one of the premier off-road racers at the time with his most memorable battle coming between himself and future NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson in 1996. The two dueled throughout the race with Johnson having to come from behind after contact with Scott Taylor. However, Johnson's truck succumbed to crash damage from a previous incident with Jimmie Crowder and Gaughan took his first win at Crandon in a pro category. He followed the win with a repeat performance the next year at Crandon, this time piloting a Chevrolet.[3]

NASCAR career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gaughan made his NASCAR debut in a Truck Series race in 1997 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Driving the No. 20 Orleans Hotel & Casino Dodge for Evans, he qualified 18th and finished 24th. He ran two races in 1998 with the 20 team, but he failed to finish both races. He also attempted his first Busch Race at Las Vegas, but he failed to qualify. In 1998, he was part of the Coca-Cola 500 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan and was involved in a crash that also collected Bobby Hamilton.

He then decided to move to stock car racing. He ran in the Winston West Series in 1999, and was the 2000 and 2001 champion on the circuit. He attempted to qualify for a Busch Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2000,[5] but failed to make the race. In 2001, he made his Busch Series debut at Fontana for Ed Whitaker but finished 41st. The next week, he attempted his first Winston Cup race at Las Vegas, but failed to qualify. He also ran seven times in the Truck Series for Bill McNally and TKO Motorsports, and had two top-five finishes.

2002–2004[edit]

Gaughan in 2004

In 2002, Gaughan and his father fielded a team for himself in the Truck Series full-time. He drove the No. 62 NAPA Auto Parts to two victories on his way to the Rookie of the Year title. 2003 was Gaughan's career year. Driving the No. 62 Orleans Dodge for his father Michael, he won six times, including twice at Texas Motor Speedway, giving him four consecutive wins at the track. He held the points lead for most of the season, but finished 4th in points after getting wrecked in the last race of the season by Marty Houston, a teammate of one of Gaughan's rivals for the championship, Ted Musgrave.

In 2004, Gaughan moved up to the NEXTEL Cup, driving the No. 77 Eastman Kodak Dodge for Penske-Jasper Racing. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings, and 28th in the final points standings. He finished the season with 4 Top 10's including a career best top five finish Talladega Superspeedway, where he had been in contention to win before Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and a number of other drivers shuffled Gaughan back to fourth place. He was replaced at the end of the season by Travis Kvapil.

2005–present[edit]

Gaughan during the 2012 Kobalt Tools 400

In 2005, he moved back to the CTS, behind the wheel of the Jasper Engines & Transmissions/Orleans Racing No. 77 Dodge Ram. He finished 19th in the final points standings, with two Top 5 and 7 Top 10 finishes. Starting with the September 23 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the team began sporting a new livery of the South Point Casino in which his father, Michael, is the owner.

In 2007, the South Point team switched to Chevrolet Silverados, where Gaughan returned to the manufacturer which he drove during his efforts in the AutoZone West championships. On August 18, 2007, he married his wife Tatum, finishing second at Bristol following his wedding. In 2008, South Point Racing was to merge with Wyler Racing into Wyler-Gaughan Racing, fielding the No. 60 and No. 77 Toyotas. But the deal fell through and SPR was forced to close, leaving Gaughan and 10-12 of his crew members without a team. Gaughan signed to the drive No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 for Circle Bar Racing in the 2008 CTS season. He had five top-tens and finished fifteenth in points.

In 2009, Gaughan drove the No. 62 Chevy for Rusty Wallace Racing in the Nationwide Series. In 2010, Brendan drove again for RWR, but this time in a Toyota, as RWR switched manufacturers at the end of the 2009. Gaughan also ran the November Phoenix Cup race for TRG Motorsports where he finished 43rd after a first lap crash. On October 30, 2010, Brendan and Tatum welcomed a baby boy named Michael James. For 2011 Gaughan returned to the Camping World Truck Series to drive the No. 62 South Point Toyota for Germain Racing while Michael Annett replaced Gaughan at RWR. However, Gaughan was unhappy with the lagging performance of the team; at the end of the season he left Germain Racing. In 2012 he joined Richard Childress Racing. Brendan raced in 18 races in 2012. Split between Trucks and Nationwide, as well as four Sprint Cup Series races in the No. 33 South Point Casino Chevrolet. His second son William was born on October 11, 2012.[6]

The year 2013 saw the return of Gaughan Truck Series full-time. Driving the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet for Childress with crew chief Shane Wilson. In October 2013 it was announced that Gaughan and Wilson would be moving up to the Nationwide Series full-time for RCR for the 2014 season.[7]

Gaughan won his first NNS race at Road America in June 2014 after Alex Tagliani ran out of gas before the final caution. After a battle with Chase Elliott, Gaughan passed Chase Elliott on the white flag lap to win the race. He was very emotional about his win as he was running a car dedicated to his deceased grandfather John Jackie Gaughan. Following the emotional win, Gaughan continued his success racing up front consistently and by winning the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky.

Images[edit]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Freeman, Ben. "From HR to NASCAR: Alumnus in the Driver’s Seat". Georgetown University. Archived from the original on February 11, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Caruso, Anthony. "Talking Sports with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Brendan Gaughan". The Capitol Sports Report. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c 1997 SODA Crandon results
  4. ^ "Brendan Gaughan Runs Streak to Three". Dirt Bytes.com. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gaughan gets shot at mountain high with Busch ride". Las Vegas Sun. Las Vegas, NV. July 21, 2000. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  6. ^ Caraviello, David (January 25, 2012). "RCR will run No. 33 in first five races of 2012.". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  7. ^ Pockrass, Bob (October 18, 2013). "Brendan Gaughan to run Nationwide Series for RCR in 2014". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sean Woodside
NASCAR Winston West Series champion
2000, 2001
Succeeded by
Eric Norris
Achievements
Preceded by
Travis Kvapil
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Carl Edwards