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Brendan Gaughan Says New Hampshire Race Should be a Fun One


Brendan Gaughan is looking forward to doing well on a track that is the home track for his crew chief when NASCAR rolls into Loudon New Hampshire. Gaughan will drive the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro (chassis No. 109) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

Gaughan has one win under his belt, Road America, and is currently running 7th in the points. The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino chassis has been piloted by Gaughan three times this season. At Bristol Motor Speedway where Gaughan qualified 20th and finished seventh, Darlington Raceway where he qualified 13th and finished 22nd, and most recently at Dover International Speedway where he qualified 10th and finished 12th.

Gaughan thinks heading to New Hampshire is an opportunity to drive on a fun track as well as do good for his crew chief Shane Wilson.

"I haven't been to New Hampshire in a while," Gaughan said. "It is Shane Wilson's home track. He always tries to put on a good show for me when I am home at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. So I am going to do my best to run well for him. I like New Hampshire because it's a fun, driver-style track. You have to have a good setup because the track is so flat and demanding to get grip. The fun part is racing for a team like RCR where you know you will have great equipment and a setup." 

About Crew Chief - Shane Wilson
Crew chief Shane Wilson, originally from Vermont, returns north to what he considers his home track. Wilson started his racing career in Vermont where he began building race cars before ever obtaining a driver license. His relationship with Gaughan began in 2000 when he took over the position of crew chief and general manager of Orleans Racing in Las Vegas. Wilson joined Richard Childress Racing in December 2005 and has worked as crew chief for drivers including, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and now back again with Brendan Gaughan.

Gaughan's Stats at New Hampshire
Gaughan is scheduled to make his third Nationwide Series start at the 1.058-mile oval speedway in Loudon, N.H. The 38-year-old driver has two previous starts, has completed 399 of 400 laps and earned one top-10 finish in June 2010. Gaughan also has seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in Loudon. In those seven starts, Gaughan accumulated two top-five and three top-10 finishes. He also averaged an 11.6 starting position and 15.9-place finish.

Image: Jeff Gross/Getty Images for NASCAR

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