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Driver: Brendan Gaughan
Crew Chief: Shane Wilson
- Driver, No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
- Date of Birth: 7/10/1975
- Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
- Residence: Las Vegas, Nev./Huntersville, N.C.
- Marital Status: Married, Tatum
- Twitter: @Brendan62
- Hobbies: Snow-skiing, scuba diving, supporting Hoyas athletics and off-road racing
Brendan Gaughan returns full-time for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season in the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro. This marks Gaughan’s fifth year with the Welcome, N.C., organization and eighth in the Series. Crew chief Shane Wilson also returns for the third-straight season atop the pit box to lead Gaughan and the South Point team.
In 2015, the 40-year-old driver accumulated three top-five and a career-high 14 top-10 finishes, leading him to a ninth-place finish in the XFINITY Series driver championship point standings. Gaughan battled at Auto Club Speedway for a season-high second place finish. He also drove in eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events for Jay Robinson.
Gaughan was introduced to racing at an early age after watching his father compete on the off-road racing circuit. The second generation driver has gained experience in NASCAR’s top three series, Grand-Am Road Racing, Championship Off-Road Racing, SODA and SNORE. Gaughan made his first competitive laps at the age of 15 in the SNORE Midnight Special in a Class 10 buggy, winning the event with his co-driver JC Dean.
In a NASCAR career that spans the course of 18 seasons, Gaughan has amassed 10 career victories, four pole awards, 62 top-five and 127 top-10 finishes across NASCAR’s top three series. Gaughan also drove full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West from 1999 to 2001, accumulating eight victories, four pole awards, 22 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes in 40 starts and brought home the championship title in 2000 and 2001. He was also voted 2001 K&N Pro Series West Most Popular Driver.
The Las Vegas-native completed a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule from 1997 through 2001 and competed full-time from 2002 through 2008, and again in 2011. Gaughan earned NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. Gaughan and crew chief Shane Wilson hold a two-year unbeaten streak of four consecutive Camping World Truck Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002 and 2003.
During his 14-year Camping World Truck Series career, Gaughan accumulated eight victories, three pole awards, 47 top-five and 80 top-10 finishes in 217 starts since his first series appearance in 1997. He currently ranks 15th on the all-time Camping World Truck Series wins list and 10th on the all-time Camping World Truck Series career starts list.
In 2004, Gaughan competed full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Team Penske driving the No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Engines Dodge, finishing 28th in driver championship point standings. He joined Richard Childress Racing in 2012 on a part-time basis and raced a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule in 2013. In 2014, he competed full-time in the XFINITY Series. Gaughan earned his first career XFINITY Series victory in 2014 at Road America, and followed that with an additional victory at Kentucky Motor Speedway in September 2014, concluding the season eight in the final point standing, his career best.
Prior to becoming a full-time race car driver, the ambitious teenager was recruited by Georgetown University to play football. While in college, Gaughan found himself venturing out to other sports joining the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team as a walk-on player. Gaughan played from 1994 to 1997 with NBA greats such as Allen Iverson, Othella Harrington, Don Reid, Jahidi White and Jerome Williams. The team made it to the Big East Tournament championship, and played in three NCAA Tournaments going to the Sweet Sixteen twice and the Elite 8 once. While at Georgetown, Gaughan also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management with a specialization in Human Resources.
When not racing, the married father of two still finds time to help out at the family business, South Point Hotel & Casino, and is also a Divemaster for Lake Norman Scuba in Mooresville, N.C.