HARRISBURG, N.C. -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Brendan Gaughan will share driving duties in the No. 0 NetZero Best Buy Racing Chevrolet with Mike Bliss, who underwent successful hernia surgery Monday morning, for this weekend's event at Pocono Raceway.
"When it became obvious to us that Mike would need some help this weekend our thoughts immediately went to Brendan," said Joe Custer, General Manager of Haas CNC Racing.
"Brendan, along with Orleans Racing and its sponsor Jasper Engines and Transmissions, have been gracious enough to agree to let us borrow him for the weekend even though he is competing for his fifth win at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night.
"A big part of what is great about this sport is the willingness of the competitors to jump right in and help each other out in situations like this. Our main focus is to make sure that Mike is healthy for the remainder of the season and whatever we need to do this weekend to make sure that happens is what we will do."
Gaughan will take part in the scheduled practice and qualifying sessions at Texas Motor Speedway before heading to Pocono Raceway on Friday. Bliss plans to make several laps during practice for the Pocono 500 Friday afternoon before Gaughan takes over.
Bliss is scheduled to qualify the car Saturday and start the race before giving up his seat in the NetZero Best Buy Chevy during the first possible opportunity.
"I was hoping it wouldn't come to this, but I think it's in our best interest to make sure we have a plan in place before we get to Pocono," stated Bliss. "Obviously if the surgery was something that could have waited until the end of the season that's what I would rather have done, but it couldn't, so we'll make the best of a difficult situation this weekend.
"I appreciate Brendan helping us out, especially since he's racing in Texas this weekend, and I know he'll do a good job for the team. We've got a little momentum going, having picked up a couple of spots in the points after last weekend's race, and hopefully I'll do a good job qualifying the NetZero Best Buy Chevrolet and will be able to get the job done until we get a caution on Sunday and can make the switch."