Driver: Brendan Gaughan
Owner: Michael Gaughan
Event: Cheerios/Betty Crocker 200
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:15 p.m. (EDT)
Qualifying: Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
0.75-mile oval, 150 miles/200 laps
Notes of Interest:
The off-week was not a week of rest for Brendan Gaughan and the Jasper Engines Race team. No; since the Jasper Engines and Transmissions hauler returned to its Las Vegas home base after the Bristol event the heat’s been on in preparation for the upcoming September 24th Las Vegas Motor Speedway event.
The team loaded up a pair of bullets and drove across the street to see how they’d run after implementing several improvements to the team’s aero program. The results? Encouraging --- very encouraging.
Gaughan on Richmond International Raceway:
“I’ve never really done that well there – had a top-10 there in ’03. Had a decent truck and then one of the most bizarre incidents I’ve ever been involved in racing happened. Richmond is a great track --- Everyone’s talking about the final race for the Cup Chase for the Championship. So you know the media is going to be buzzing about whether Jeff Gordon is going to make it or not make it.”
“Richmond’s at night, one of those old-fashioned short track shows. The #77 team is taking the truck that Liberachi (crew chief Tony Liberati) and I have been doing well with, truck #6. We had that test at Vegas this week, which went very well, and look forward to getting through the short tracks and getting back to the big tracks finally.”
Richmond Not Hosting a Craftsman Truck Race in ’06?
“It’s a shame to lose a track like Richmond. The fact that the Nextel Cup races there twice a year and it’s a great training ground for kids to see how they can do against some of those Cup guys is pretty big.
“The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is now going to Talladega in its place, which is a track that as an up and coming driver a couple of years ago, man I would of liked to have some experience there. So it’s kind of a good thing having Talladega on the schedule.
“I wished they’d put Darlington back on the schedule --- that’s a track where there’s nothing else like it. The only way to get experience is to go race there. But hey, we’re going to bigger and better places.
“The Craftsman Trucks have a lot more short tracks to choose from. We’ve got IRP, Memphis and the Milwaukee Mile to name a few --- so we’ve got plenty of those. Yes, we lose Richmond but we’re going to Talladega.”
Meet the Crew:
Race Day Duties
Las Vegas, NV
Rear Tire Changer
Las Vegas, NV
Front Tire Changer
Front Tire Carrier
Buena Park, CA
Listen in on the #77: The team’s primary radio frequency is 451.3375.