Driver: Brendan Gaughan
Owner: Michael Gaughan
Event: Las Vegas 350
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.
Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 6:15 p.m. (PDT)
Qualifying: Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 3:00 p.m. (PDT)
1.5-mile oval, 219 miles/146 laps
Notes of Interest:
Armed with a brand new truck hometown favorite, Brendan Gaughan, is ready for action this week in Las Vegas. Given that this is Gaughan’s hometown he’s spent the week leading into the Las Vegas 350 playing host to fans and fellow NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams. The extra activity is no sweat for Gaughan as he loves to show off his local digs to visitors from across the country.
This race is important to Gaughan, who wants to show that his Jasper Engines Dodge team is back in form for the high-speed tracks --- as well as give his local fans something to scream about!
Gaughan on the Las Vegas 350:
“We don’t even need to do a press release for the Orleans Team this week. It speaks for itself. In 2003 we had almost 70,000 people show up for the race and we went out and got the pole and spanked the field. Last year Steve Park had a good run. It’s always a good race for us. Our shop is right over turn one. All the stuff that the Speedway’s done for us over the years and all the great things the city oaf Las Vegas has done for our family we love to run there and give them the show that Las Vegas deserves.
“It’s a night race – which is always neat. We’re having an open house for the fans on Thursday (from noon to 3 pm). So I mean we try to take care of everybody, try to have fun, and try to enjoy ourselves.
“This is a race we mark every year and say this is THE race. It’s kind of like the Michigan / Ohio State games; if you win that game you keep your job. If we win Vegas we all get to keep our jobs and everybody is happy.”
How big would a win there be? – “The Jasper team has a brand new truck, truck No. 16 and Steve Park has a brand new truck, truck No. 17. We tested the other night and we’re coming with guns loaded. We’re going to try to do that (win). Whether it’s Steve or myself I want us both up there and hitting each other for the win. The ideal situation would be Elmo and Big Al fighting for the “W”. I think the crowd would go nuts.”
You sort of become an entertainment director this week. -- (laughing) – “It’s Vegas! Everybody thinks so many things about Vegas and I like the guys to come to Vegas and have a good time. Most of the teams end up staying at The Orleans, The Gold Coast or The Suncoast. We give great deals to the race teams that want to stay with us. My dad (Michael Gaughan) is a racer --- he just loves having racers around. The officials stay with us, three-quarters of the race teams I’d say stay with us. I like to show everybody a great time.”
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.