MBNA 400 "A SALUTE TO HEROES"
DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
JUNE 6, 2004
The More Things Change, the More They Stay The Same: No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Brendan Gaughan is trading in the gold Kodak paint scheme to welcome an old friend at Dover International Speedway. Gaughan will drive the yellow No. 77 Jasper Engines and Transmissions Dodge, for the second time this year, in the MBNA 400 “A Salute to Heroes”.
Not Just a Sponsor: JET not only sponsors the No. 77 Penske-Jasper Racing team, it also is the driving force under the hood. Jasper Engines and Transmissions provides key drive-train components. From gears to transmissions and the Penske-Jasper Engine, JET takes a participatory role in its sponsorship.
Out of Adversity Comes Opportunity: Jasper Engines and Transmissions was founded as a result of World War II. Alvin Ruxer, JET’s founder, operated a successful car dealership in Jasper, Ind. Until 1942, Ruxer’s dealership had experienced uninterrupted growth; however, with the war looming, new cars became a luxury and a rarity. All factories had turned their efforts to support the war via munitions or necessary war materials. Ruxer recognized the need to keep America running, so he began rebuilding gasoline engines to extend the life span of the present vehicles.
Brendan Gaughan Champions his New Carbon Monoxide Removal Unit Following Coca-Cola 600: Recently, Gaughan began running the carbon monoxide removal unit designed in a collaborative effort between Penske Racing South, NASA and Smoke Mask.
Following the longest event on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series circuit, Gaughan said, “I don’t have the fuzzy feeling I would typically have, and I definitely don’t feel that headache coming on. This thing really works. I mean, I knew it would, but I feel great right now, not like I just raced 600 miles. OK, almost 600 miles.” (Gaughan completed the Coca-Cola 600 eight laps behind the leaders.)
Gaughan Says Dover is Mental:
“Dover is grueling,” Gaughan said. “I think Dover is as mentally challenging for a driver as it is physical. They don’t call it the ‘Monster Mile’ for nothing.”
Brendan Gaughan – NASCAR Truck Series Statistics at Dover International Speedway
Date St. Fin LC/LT (%) Status Won
30-May-03 4th 18th 159/200 (79.5%) Accident $ 12,865
31-May-02 13th 7th 200/200 (100%) Running $ 16,075
Averages Poles Wins Top-5s Top-10s Avg. St. Avg. Fin. LC/TL (%) $ Won
YTD 0 0 0 1 9th 13th 359/400 (89.7%) $ 28,940
Equipment: Brendan Gaughan will race chassis No. 28 with Jasper Engines and Transmissions as the primary sponsor at Dover International Speedway. No. 28 is the same chassis the No. 77 Penske-Jasper Racing team raced at “The Rock” and Bristol earlier this year. At Bristol, Gaughan ran in the top 10 the majority of the day until contact with another competitor relegated him back in the pack.
Chassis No. 28 Statistics
Date City, St St. Fin LC/LT (%) Status Won
22-Feb-04 Rockingham, NC 15th 20th 391/393 (99.4%) Running $ 70,110
28-Mar-04 Bristol, TN 7th 20th 500/500 (100%) Running $ 81,900