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2014 Iowa: Brendan Gaughan NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 14, 2014 - 06:19 AM
2014 Iowa: Brendan Gaughan NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview

This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 130 this weekend in the Get to Know Newton 250 at Iowa Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis was previously piloted at Texas Motor Speedway in April and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In 2013, this chassis was driven by Kevin Harvick at Chicagoland Speedway in September and by Paul Menard at Kansas Speedway in October, who both brought home top-10 finishes.


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Gaughan's Stats at Iowa ...The Las Vegas native will make his fifth NASCAR Nationwide Series start on Sunday at the 7/8-mile tri-oval track. In his four previous starts, Gaughan has earned one top-10 finish. The 38-year old driver also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Iowa. In the Truck Series, Gaughan averagesda start of ninth and 23.7 place finish.

In the Rearview Mirror: Talladega Superspeedway... Two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway, Gaughan had a strong qualifying run and started 11th. The No. 62 team was involved in a mid-race incident and suffered damage that was beyond repair to return to action forcing Gaughan to take a 34th-place finish.

To the Points ... Heading into Iowa, Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team remain seventh in the driver point standings.

Meet Brendan Gaughan ... Fans will have the opportunity to see Gaughan and other Nationwide Series and NASCAR Next drivers at the Iowa Cubs game on Friday, May 16, beginning at 6 p.m. CT. On Saturday, Gaughan is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session at Iowa Speedway alongside 23 other drivers under the Turn 4 grandstands at 10 a.m. CT.

What are your thoughts on Iowa Speedway?
"I have been good at Iowa. Rusty Wallace built the mimic of Richmond International Raceway, but for some reason I run well at Iowa and not Richmond. Rusty did a great job with this track. My favorite thing about Iowa Speedway is how the fans show up. I have always told people that's what is really impressive at Iowa. You go to the grandstands and walk out to the parking lot and it looks like a Big-10 football game. The atmosphere is just amazing to me. It is like the Field of Dreams, if you build it in the Iowa cornfield - they will come."

Do you consider Iowa a short track or a speedway?
"I think that is why I like Iowa; it almost drives like an old Irwindale Speedway, which is one of my best short-tracks ever. The track has a high groove and you can run that higher line and keep the momentum and drive it like a speedway. Those were always the tracks that where I was better. I may also be biased to Iowa because when Rusty built it, he was my teammate and then I drove for him and had no choice but to like Iowa."

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