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Chicagoland Pre-Race Report

JULY 11, 2004

Brendan Gaughan on Chicagoland Speedway: Gaughan has no competition experience at Chicagoland Speedway. He was fortunate enough to test at the 1.5-mile oval in 2002 with his NASCAR Truck Series entry.

“When Shane [Wilson] and I tested the truck [at Chicagoland Speedway] I liked the track, a lot. It has a lot of qualities that reminded me of the track in Las Vegas, but to say I think I am going to go win it, well I do, because I am Brendan Gaughan and I talk big. My team has to back me up now!” Gaughan said while laughing.

Shane Wilson on Chicagoland Speedway: Wilson is not sure whether his limited knowledge of the track will benefit the Jasper Engines and Transmissions team, so he is counting on Matt Lucas, the team engineer.

“Testing a truck in 2002 definitely does not give me an advantage with race set-up for the [NASCAR NEXTEL] Cup Series in 2004. From what I remember, the track was still a little rough back then, so I am sure it has smoothed out and will have a Vegas-like approach. “Luke” will be a huge support, as always. It just helps having the Penske-Jasper Racing knowledge around me. The guys on this team are familiar with the tracks and they have notes from the cars. All I have is truck notes and they will not get me too far on Sunday.”

Birthday Celebrations at Chicago: Gaughan, along with Doug Bawel, co-owner of both PJR and Penske-Jasper Engines and president and CEO of JET, will celebrate their birthdays on Saturday, July 10, while Bill Wilburn, Gaughan’s spotter, will celebrate his birthday on Sunday, July 11. Too many candles to count here!

Fast-Paced Action is not Always Limited to the Race Track; it is Required at the Shop as Well: Just over one week ago, Kodak and Jasper Engines and Transmissions came to an agreement concerning one-off events. JET acquired three more races, bringing its total to seven from the originally planned four. The new agreement came together as swiftly as the original deal between Penske-Jasper Racing and Kodak, leaving some finished business to a bit of a refresher course.

Thanks to quick action in the paint shop by Cesar Bustos, Clint McGlammery and Jessie Simpson, the Kodak decals were removed from both the primary and back-up No. 77 Dodges. They were repainted and re-decaled in the Jasper colors, leaving just enough time for the cars to go to the set-up plate and the chassis dyno.

Team Test Session: The Penske-Jasper Racing team plans to test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Miller Lite crew July 12-13. The team is taking chassis PRS-77 to shake down. PRS-77 was scheduled to make its debut at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend; however, slowed assembly schedules forced the team to rethink its line-up.

Equipment: Brendan Gaughan will race chassis PJR-33 at Chicagoland Speedway. PJR-33 is a new chassis and a sister car to PJR-31, which faced competition in California earlier this year (St. 5th/Fin. 6th). The car has no competition history though the team tested it at Kentucky Speedway. During the test, Gaughan was happy with the body and balance. He looks forward to seeing what it can do in race trim.

Date Track St Fin LC/LT (%) Status Won
15-Feb-04 Daytona 17th 19th 199/200 (99.5%) Running $ 225,887
22-Feb-04 Rockingham 15th 20th 391/393 (99.4%) Running $ 70,110
07-Mar-04 Las Vegas 8th 22nd 266/267 (99.6%) Running $ 83,450
14-Mar-04 Atlanta 25th 33rd 314/325 (96.6%) Running $ 63,120
21-Mar-04 Darlington 37th 27th 291/293 (99.3%) Running $ 63,110
28-Mar-04 Bristol 7th 20th 500/500 (100%) Running $ 81,900
04-Apr-04 Fort Worth 16th 38th 230/334 ( 68.8%) Engine $ 72,000
18-Apr-04 Martinsville 11th 17th 500/500 (100%) Running $ 70,450
25-Apr-04 Talladega 20th 13th 188/188 (100%) Running $ 89,015
02-May-04 Fontana 5th 6th 250/250 (100%) Running $ 106,125
15-May-04 Richmond 42nd 34th 362/400 (90.5%) Running $ 66,375
30-May-04 Charlotte 7th 33rd 392/400 (98%) Running $ 77,500
06-Jun-04 Dover 5th 27th 361/400 (90.2%) Running $ 73,335
13-Jun-04 Pocono 31st 39th 59/200 (29.5%) Engine $ 59,660
20-Jun-04 Michigan 6th 16th 200/200 (100%) Running $ 74,065
27-Jun-04 Sears Point 33rd 26th 110/110 (100%) Running $ 60,425
03-Jul-04 Daytona 12th 36th 138/160 (92.7%) Running $ 75, 450
11-Jul-04 Chicago
25-Jul-04 New Hampshire
08-Aug-04 Pocono
15-Aug-04 Indianapolis
15-Aug-04 Watkins Glen
22-Aug-04 Michigan
28-Aug-04 Bristol
05-Sep-04 California
11-Sep-04 Richmond
19-Sep-04 New Hampshire
26-Sep-04 Dover
03-Oct-04 Talladega
10-Oct-04 Kansas City
16-Oct-04 Charlotte
24-Oct-04 Martinsville
31-Oct-04 Atlanta
07-Nov-04 Phoenix
14-Nov-04 Darlington
21-Nov-04 Miami
Averages YTD Poles Wins Top-5s Top-10s Avg. St. Avg. Fin. LC/TL (%) $ Won
0 0 0 1 17th 25th 4751/5120 (93%) $ 1,411,977



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