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Brendan Gaughan Pre-Race Report - Dover

SEPTEMBER 26, 2004

Brendan Gaughan Looks Forward to “The Monster Mile”: Gaughan, driver of the No. 77 Kodak Racing Dodge and 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rookie contender, loves competing on the one-mile oval in Delaware.

“Dover is one of my favorite tracks to race on,” Gaughan said. “The track amazes me. It is kind of like a big Bristol. Dover is rough on the tires because we drive in so deep, but it is also rough on the drivers. We have to have complete mental focus throughout the day, not that we don’t concentrate all day every week.”

Gaughan Recalls His First Trip to “The Monster Mile”: Gaughan turned to a veteran driver for advice on when to lift before a turn.

“I went to Robert Pressley because he had already helped me quite a bit,” Gaughan said. “When Robert told me where to lift, I didn’t know whether he was setting me up, or being for real. He told me to follow him during the next practice, so I did. Dang if he wasn’t shooting me straight. The only thing was, I forgot to breathe!”

Shane Wilson on Dover International Speedway: Wilson says Dover requires a quick rotation in the turns.

“Dover is rough, and not just on the drivers,” Wilson said. “Winning at Dover begins in the shop. It starts with the right set-up so we don’t have to chase it right off the hauler. The banking at the track calls for a quick rotation through the center of the turns, which helps the driver get back in the throttle sooner.”

Gaughan will Visit Members of the Military Stationed at Dover Air Force Base: On Friday night, Dover Air Force Base is hosting the second of its bi-annual NASCAR socials. Gaughan is among the drivers who have committed their time to sign autographs and meet the military men and women stationed in Delaware.

Touring a Mortuary? This is not just any mortuary. While visiting Dover Air Force Base in June, Gaughan asked if it would be possible to tour the base's mortuary. His request was cleared and his visit has been granted. The DAFB mortuary is responsible for all members of the military who have been killed in action while at war. They are returned to DAFB before being sent home to their families. In addition, because of the size of the mortuary, following 9/11 all remains were sent to DAFB to be identified.

Equipment: Gaughan will race a Penske chassis, PRS-37, at Dover International Speedway. The Kodak Racing team acquired PRS-37 from Ryan Newman’s ALLTEL Racing team. The chassis was raced by Newman last year at Las Vegas and at Charlotte in the Coca-Cola 600, and this year at Las Vegas

Gaughan’s Dover International Speedway Statistics:

Brendan Gaughan– NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Statistics at D.I.S.
Date St. Fin. LC/LT (%) Status $ Won
06-Sept-04 5th 27th 361/400 (90.2%) Running $ 73,335

Brendan Gaughan– NASCAR Truck Series Statistics at D.I.S.
Date St. Fin. LC/LT (%) Status $ Won
30-May-03 4 18 159/200 (79.5%) Accident $ 12,865
31-May-02 13 7 200/200 (100%) Running $ 16,075

Averages YTD Poles Wins Top-5s Top-10s Avg. St. Avg. Fin. LC/TL (%) $ Won
0 0 0 1 8th 12th 359/400 (89.7%) $ 28,940
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 15th 30th 240/267 (89.8%) Running $ 76,100
25-Jul-04 New Hampshire 29th 22nd 300/300 (100%) Running $ 72,800
01-Aug-04 Pocono, PA 10th 28th 177/200 (88.5%) Accident $ 63,865
08-Aug-04 Indianapolis, IN 30th 35th 95/181 (52.4%) Accident $ 124,925
15-Aug-04 Watkins Glen, NY 30th 34th 74/90 (82%) Transmission $ 61,240
22-Aug-04 Michigan 30th 33rd 167/200 (83.5%) Engine $ 66,140
28-Aug-04 Bristol 17th 35th 313/500 (62.6%) Accident $ 76,615
05-Sep-04 California 22nd 42nd 32/250 (12.8%) Accident $ 84, 585
11-Sep-04 Richmond 37th 27th 398/400 (99.5%) Running $ 68,005
19-Sep-04 New Hampshire 32nd* 30th 296/300 (98.6%) Running $ 67,650
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

* Qualifying cancelled- Field set by Owners’ Points

Averages YTD Poles Wins Top-5s Top-10s Avg. St. Avg. Fin. LC/TL (%) $ Won
0 0 0 1 20th 27th 6843/7808 (87.6%) $ 2,173,902 BRENDAN GAUGHAN CURRENT DRIVERS POINTS : 31ST


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