by Mike Snow
Driver: Brendan Gaughan
Owner: Michael Gaughan
Event: MBNA 200
Dover International Speedway Ė Dover, Del.
Friday, June 3, 2005 Ė 4:45 p.m. (EDT)
Qualifying: Thursday, June 2, 2005 Ė 5:10 p.m. (EDT)
1.0-mile oval, 200 miles/200 laps
Notes of Interest:
The Dodge Ram Gaughan will roll in the MBNA is T10. The #77 Jasper Engines and Transmissions team carries T13 as a backup.
Gaughan has two prior starts at Dover --- which came in 2002 and 2003. In those starts his best qualifying effort came in 2003 when he qualified his Dodge 4th (finished 18th) and his best finish came in 2002 when he rolled his Dodge home in 7th place.
Gaughan on Dover:
ďIíve always loved Dover. The first time I went there, Iíll never forget, I talked to Robert Pressley. I was way off. I kept going into Turn 1 and lifting at a certain point and using the brakes and slowing down. I finally went to Robert Pressley and said, ĎRobert, where do you lift over here? Where do you hit the brakes?í He said, ĎHit the brakes? We donít hit the brakes.í So I listened to him and where he said to lift and do all this stuff and I went back to my crew chief and said, ĎOK, we may have to pull out the back-up but weíre going to give it a shot.í
ďItís the most exciting race track for a driver. Itís just like a roller coaster. Iíve always told people it might be the scariest place youíll ever race but itís also the most fun. You never believe in a million years that the Goodyears will stick at the speed you drive into a corner at Dover. Itís a fun place.
ďI had a great run going there in 2003 and had an unfortunate deal where I got tangled up with Tina Gordon. I made a mistake and took us both out. But Iíve been fast there even in a Cup car last year. We qualified in the top ten and were running in the top ten and a wreck happened in front of me and I couldnít miss it. Itís always been a really, really good track.
ďI always say that in racing you donít feel the speed because everybody around you is doing the same speed. That statement is out of place at Dover. You can feel the speed there. When you drive off into Turn 1, thereís a blip as you go into Turn 1 and when you drive in there you think thereís no way youíll stick at that speed. I had to be reminded to breathe in 2002. My spotter, Billy Holbrook, had to come on every three laps and say, ĎOK, take a deep breath for me now, bud.í I literally was holding my breath. You can definitely feel speed there.
ďIím pretty happy right now. I feel that our trucks are now to the point where Iím starting to feel a lot better with them. Charlie Wilson has worked his tail off getting our bodies better. The stuff that Billy Wilburn was working on is all finished up now and Iíve got a crew chief that Iím having a lot of fun with. I think that chemistry between me and Rambo is literally going to start clicking when we go to a place like Dover. I feel our bodies are better. I feel weíve got great geometry. Now that weíve got a leader thatís really clicking with the guys and really clicking with the driver, I think itís going to be a really fun weekend for a change.
DISCUSS SHORT RACES IN THE TRUCK SERIES Ė ďThatís the fun thing about the Truck Series. I watched the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend and it was five hours and ten minutes or something. The fans love it but none of the drivers like that. It makes for a very long evening and even the fans donít want to stay that long. Thatís the fun thing about the Craftsman Truck Series. How ever many laps it is it isnít a very long race and youíre on the go from the get-go. Yeah, you have to save some tires but youíve only got two sets to burn through and youíve only got two chances to make those adjustments. Itís Dover, which is a roller coaster ride anyway and you are hammer down from the get-go.Ē
Meet the Crew:
Race Day Duties
Las Vegas, NV
Rear Tire Carrier
Rear Tire Changer
Front Tire Carrier