Richard Childress Racing
NNS Road America Report: Brendan Gaughan Claims Victory
June 22, 2014
NASCAR Nationwide Series
- Brendan Gaughan won the Gardner Denver 200 Fired up by Johnsonville at Road America, his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in 98 races. Gaughan's victory marked back-to-back victories for Richard Childress Racing in the Nationwide Series.
- Brendan Gaughan qualified fifth and was the top Richard Childress Racing qualifier for the Gardner Denver 200. Brian Scott qualified sixth and Ty Dillon seventh.
- Brian Scott earned a 16th-place finish and Ty Dillon a 19th-place finish.
- Ty Dillon currently leads the RCR drivers in the Nationwide Series driver point standings in fourth, Brian Scott, fifth and Brendan Gaughan seventh.
- Next up for the Nationwide Series is the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over at Kentucky Speedway. Catch all the action live on Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN.
Brian Scott Finishes 16th at Road America
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team started the Gardner Denver 200 presented by Johnsonville in the sixth position at Road America. The rain halted the delay of the event by over an hour but when the green-flag waved, Scott found his way inside the top-five racing in the fourth position by lap 10. The No. 2 Shore Lodge pit crew won the race off pit road twice during 53-lap race, including the mandatory pit stop by NASCAR to put on rain tires. Scott spent the majority of the race inside the top-five and was racing in the third position when the final caution flag flew with two laps to go. The Shore Lodge team gambled on fuel mileage and was forced to pit in order to complete the green-white-checkered finish. After three-final laps around the 14-turn road course, Scott crossed the finish line 16th. The finish moved the team up one position in the driver point standings to fifth. The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Kentucky Speedway next week for a Friday night showdown.
Start - 6th Finish - 16th Laps Led - 0 Pts - 5th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
"Just a really disappointing day for our Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro. We had a great car and we needed it to go green to the end. Unfortunately, it didn't work out in our favor."
Ty Dillon finishes 18th at Gardner Denver 200
Ty Dillon drove the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro to a 19th-place finish Saturday afternoon at Road America. Dillon qualified seventh before a rain-delay prior to the race's green-flag. After nearly an hour delay, Dillon finessed his way to fourth-place and remained inside the top-10 for the race's first 26 laps. On lap 28 a steady rain fell at the four-mile, 14-turn track, and NASCAR called for teams to put on Goodyear rain tires. For the remainder of the 53-lap race, Dillon used rain tires and a windshield wiper to guide him to the finish line. Toward the end of the race a mechanical problem cost the team some speed and the 22-year-old driver crossed the finish 19th. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender remained fourth in the driver point standings leading into next Friday night's race at Kentucky Speedway.
Start - 7th Finish - 19th Laps Led - 0 Points - 4th
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"This was one of the most difficult races I've been a part of. We had a few issues throughout the race that we battled through. I'm proud of my team for sticking with me and I couldn't be more excited for my teammate Brendan Gaughan on his victory today."
Brendan Gaughan Earns First Career NASCAR Nationwide Series Victory at Road America
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team had a strong Chevrolet Camaro all weekend in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., qualifying fifth for Gardner Denver 200. The Las Vegas-native faced many challenges at the 14-turn road course, first collecting debris from sliding of the track on lap seven. By lap 17 Gaughan battled his way back to the second position. His second challenge came when the rain began. The Richard Childress Racing team's windshield wiper would not function, crew chief Shane Wilson decided to gamble and not repair, but instead wipe the windshield down with Rain-X. When the full course caution fell on Lap 39, Gaughan came down to visit his No. 62 RCR team for four tires, fuel and to wipe down the windshield once again. Restarting in 16th position, the 38-year-old veteran battled up through the field and by Lap 44 was fourth. Gaughan had taken over second-place when the final caution fell on lap 50, resulting in a green-white-checkered restart. Restarting first after the leader ran out of fuel, Gaughan found himself fighting to maintain the lead with one lap to go. Gaughan held off the opposition and earned his first victory in 98 Nationwide Series starts. He earned his third top-10 of the season and remained seventh in the driver point standings, 43 points behind sixth-place as the team goes to Kentucky next Friday night.
Start - 5th Finish - 1st Laps Led - 8 Points - 7th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE: "I can't thank Richard Childress and Shane Wilson enough. I tried to give this race away three times today, I was fully embarrassed and not focused enough, but RCR gives us great equipment and my team did not give up on me. This is such a great feeling after all the years of trying, we did it. I am so happy I don't even know how to put it into words."