Gaughan Happy With Silverado Despite Practice Incident At Nashville
A hot and humid Nashville Superspeedway was the site for today’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) practice sessions for the Toyota Tundra 200, which is scheduled to run on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Brendan Gaughan, who finished 10th and 17th in the practices, said he believes that his No. 77 South Point Chevrolet Silverado will be a top 10 truck during the race as long as bad luck doesn’t bite him.
But Gaughan’s practices weren’t without incident. Near the end of final practice, Gaughan’s Silverado got too tight, which forced him up the track and into the wall in Turn Four. The damage was minimal, but the team did have to replace the truck’s front splitter piece and beat out some dents.
But worse than any damage was that the wreck forced Gaughan to end practice without getting a mock qualifying run.
“I slipped up out of four in final practice and hit the wall. I gave the guys a little extra work, but I think we are going to be fine,” Gaughan said.
“I hate we didn’t get to take a shot at qualifying. I think we will probably gain three or four tenths when we qualify tomorrow, which would put us starting somewhere in the top 10.
“I think we have a top 10 Chevrolet Silverado. This is a good truck, and Bryan Berry (crew chief) and Mike Roos (shock specialist) got the truck handling how I will like it. If we can get some rubber to help improve the grip in the high groove, I know we will be just fine.”