Gaughan wins emotional race at Road America

June 21, 2014 No Comments

gaughan-heroBrian Wiggins, Senior Writer 

It’s been a long time since Brendan Gaughan had won a race; ten years, in fact.

For the better part of the last decade, Gaughan has been all over the NASCAR map. From running in the Sprint Cup Series for Penske Racing to coming back to his family owned Truck Series team, it hasn’t been easy for the Las Vegas native.

However, one thing he has found over that time was a new home; Richard Childress Racing.

Gaughan has run for the team for the better part of the past four years in all three of NASCAR’s premiere series including a full-time effort in the Truck Series last year.

He’s been successful in the trucks in the past, including last year. However, Gaugahn wanted another chance at the Nationwide Series, this time with Richard Childress Racing.

For the most part of 2014, it’s been a struggle for Gaughan. Leading up to Saturday’s race at Road America in Wisconsin,. Gaughan had only posted two top-10 finishes.

But, the Las Vegas native loves road courses; especially Road America. Each time he visits the track, he feels as though he can win and is usually in contention for that win.

Saturday afternoon, driving a Chevrolet for the owner that continuously believed in him, at a track he loves, Gaughan rolled his No.62 Chevrolet under the checkered flag as the winner of the Denver Gardner 200.

“I tried to give this race away three times today,” Gaughan said in an emotional victory lane celebration after the fifty-lap event.

“Such a great feeling after ten years. I’m so happy, I don’t know how to tell, ya.”

Saturday’s win was the first time Gaughan had won a NASCAR Nationwide Series event, putting a pass on series points leader, Chase Elliott, on the race’s one and only green-white-checkered finish attempt.

“Chase, he doesn’t have a lot of experience in the rain,” Gaughan said. “I wrecked a Corvette years ago at Ron Fellows’ driving school  with Chase Elliott there…kind of embarrassing.

“I knew I knew the rain-line. I knew I had been around here twenty years ago so I was hoping there was just enough water left on these Goodyear tires to hookup and they did.”

Throughout the 2014 season, Gaughan is paying tribute to his late grandfather, John “Jackie” Gaughan, who passed away in March,2014. To honor him, Jackie’s name is above the door, the spot typically revered for driver’s names.

When asked about his late grandfather, Gaughan simply walked over to his car, pointed to his grandfather’s name, and smiled.

Denver Gardner 200 Unofficial Results 

  1. Brendan Gaughan
  2. Alex Tagliani
  3. Kevin O’Connell
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. JJ Yeley
  6. Jeremy Clements
  7. Andy Lally
  8. Landon Cassill
  9. Elliott Sadler
  10. Mike Bliss
  11. Matt DiBenedetto
  12. Sam Hornish Jr.
  13. Regan Smith
  14. Kenny Habul
  15. Carlos Contreras
  16. Brian Scott
  17. James Buescher
  18. Chris Buescher
  19. Ty Dillon
  20. Eric McClure
  21. Ryan Reed
  22. Ryan Sieg
  23. Jeffery Earnhardt
  24. Justin Marks
  25. Dakoda Armstrong
  26. Dylan Kwasniewski
  27. Trevor Bayne
  28. Tanner Berryhill
  29. Bobby Reuse
  30. Joey Gase
  31. Tommy Jo Martins
  32. Stanton Barrett
  33. Derrike Cope
  34. Ryan Ellis
  35. Carl Long
  36. Jeff Green
  37. Tim Schendel
  38. Kevin Lepage
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