Gaughan seems to complete profession in fashion at Talladega
Brendan Gaughan’s closing NASCAR begin is days away at Talladega Superspeedway, and the 45-year-old would like to exit on high.
“‘Gaughan Going Out in Fashion’ – I’d like to get a win on the way in which out the door,” he stated. “I don’t suppose you’ll be able to write one any higher than that. Hell, the way in which 2020’s been, stranger issues have occurred, so let’s go.”
Gaughan introduced in January he would as soon as once more run the 4 superspeedway races with Beard Motorsports earlier than retiring. He stopped racing full-time after the 2017 season, bidding goodbye to Richard Childress Racing and the Xfinity Sequence.
Regardless of the pandemic affecting the season, and the Subsequent Gen automobile pushed to 2022, Gaughan is preserving together with his determination. Wanting to present the Beard household an opportunity to rent a brand new driver with the brand new automobile was one motive behind Gaughan’s determination to maneuver on from NASCAR.
“No,” Gaughan stated once more this week about working the 2021 Daytona 500. “The Beards have requested me a bunch of instances. Mrs. Beard drives a really laborious cut price, and she or he could be very tough to say no to, but it surely’s time. I’m honored that I’ve gotten to drive for the Beards. I believe I’ve had 4 top-10s for that household within the 16 races I’ve pushed for them. That’s fairly dang phenomenal for a staff with one worker and two racecars.”
Gaughan has by no means received a NASCAR Cup Sequence race. He has eight top-10 finishes in 66 profession begins, two of which got here earlier this 12 months when he drove the No. 62 Chevrolet to a seventh-place end within the Daytona 500 and an eighth-place consequence in the summertime Daytona race (photograph above).
Final fall, Gaughan was main at Talladega when he was collected in an accident and despatched airborne. Afterward, Gaughan gave an brisk interview during which he reiterated his love for superspeedway racing and “kicking their butt on the market” as a part-timer with a small staff.
“To my followers, all of them know the identical factor – there’s no want to observe the beginning of the race when you’re wanting only for me,” stated Gaughan. “Simply watch the final 20 laps. It’s sort of a boring race when you’re going to search for me within the early levels, and there’s not a whole lot of TV time for the Beard Oil Distributing/South Level Chevy. However ultimately, that’s the way it works. It takes endurance; it takes some technique; it takes doing issues a sure approach.
“Luckily, Darren Shaw (crew chief), myself, Ron Lewis (spotter), all of us have that endurance, and we’re in a position to wait until the tip. I take a look at after I first began for these guys – that is going to be my seventeenth begin – with 5 laps to go in all of these races, I believe there have been solely two the place I wasn’t working within the top-10. You simply should know the best way to be there on the finish.”
Whereas Gaughan is retiring from NASCAR, he isn’t retiring from racing. Those that hope to proceed rooting for him will discover him within the desert and serving to his kids with their racing careers.
“We’ve received a job to do, and that’s to exit and try to win the race,” stated Gaughan of his closing weekend. “That’s what we present as much as do each time we roll that No. 62 Beard Oil Distributing/South Level Chevy Camaro off the hauler. That’s the very first thing – to attempt to get the job accomplished. After that, you concentrate on the opposite issues.
“I didn’t anticipate to have these final 4 years in NASCAR. The Beard household gave me one thing that was fully surprising. They gave me this final little little bit of enjoyable, and it’s been phenomenal. I wish to go try to win one. I’ve received yet another shot to win a Cup race, and I’m going to do my damndest to do it.”
For extra with Gaughan on his profession and closing season, go right here.