Double Duty For Gaughan As He Takes On Dover, BAJA 500
Brendan Gaughan will be logging both miles on track and in the air this weekend as he will pull double duty in the AAA Insurance 200 NCTS race at Dover on Friday and in the Baja 500 in Mexico on Saturday morning. This will be the third of Gaughan’s six scheduled SCORE desert races this year.
Following the NCTS race on Friday afternoon, Gaughan will board his family’s plane with his mother and fellow desert racer Robby Gordon to fly to San Diego. The drivers will be picked up there and both will race in the Baja 500 on Saturday morning.
“We’re race car drivers – look at Kenny Schrader, Tony Stewart and Robby– the more things you run, the more it helps you in other Series,” Gaughan said. “ I like to keep myself going and run the desert races. Driving a desert race is 10 times more difficult than any NASCAR race you could ever race, so it keeps me on my toes. It keeps my reflexes good.
“And most of all, it’s a passion for me. My father did it his whole life. Since I was a baby, I have been at the desert races. There’s pictures of me at two-years-old in my daddy’s arms and he’s in his helmet and race suit.
“So, we’re going to go to Baja. It’s part of the same course that the Baja 250 was back a couple of months ago with the two added sections that we are pre-running on Monday and Tuesday this week. Derek Kreger has our Class 1 Chevrolet buggy prepped and ready. We have had some problems with our X-Trac Transmission in the past, but they have really have stepped up and we think they have fixed our problems. We’re going to go and see if we can’t do all 500 miles. To win that race with the record number of entries and 53 of them in Class 1, would be a huge win for me and my whole family.
“Although I’m really excited about the Baja, my focus has to stay on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I have to take care of the South Point Racing team, Chevrolet and all our sponsors first. We’re coming off a great run at a short track for me – a ninth-place finish at Mansfield, and Dover is one of my favorite race tracks in the country. It’s a phenomenal place to race, and we’re running a Georgetown truck there this weekend – so I really want to come away from the race with a great finish.”
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