Evernham Tabs Gaughan For Engine Endurance Test At Kentucky
Ray Evernham tabbed two-time NASCAR Winston West Champion and 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Brendan Gaughan to conduct a one-day engine endurance test at Kentucky Speedway.
"This is just an R&D test that Ray Evernham facilitates for Dodge. We're just doing an endurance test on the engine to see how it reacts under race conditions. It's not a new engine, we're just working on a few small things that will hopefully make us a little better next year," said Aaron Brown of Evernham Motorsports.
Gaughan took the 2001 NASCAR Winston West title after posting six wins and a total of 10 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes for the season. His extensive stock car driving experience made him a logical choice to drive during Evernham's test.
"The Winston West car is just a Winston Cup car on a regional basis, the difference is about 70 to 80 horsepower depending on the motors you're using. Other than that they're basically identical, except for a quarter- or half-inch on the spoiler, so it's what I've been driving all year with a little more power," Gaughan said.
The 26-year-old also brought home two top-five and a top-10 finish in seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts in 2001. Gaughan placed second at Texas, third at Mesa Marin and 10th in Chicago. He is looks forward to bringing his Orleans Race team and NAPA sponsorship to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series full-time in 2002.
"On the truck series, we had a goal this year that when we show up, they (other drivers) knew we were there and we'd do well," Gaughan said. "We finished second in Texas, third at Bakersfield, led a lot of laps in Kansas and led a lot of laps in Vegas so NAPA decided it was time to go up one more level and return to the truck series. There's a lot of pressure bringing NAPA back to the series because they only know one way to do it. We're just happy to be the ones to be doing it."
The NAPA Dodge truck is expected to race in "The Kroger 225" at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 13, at 8:00 p.m. Kentucky Speedway season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by logging on to www.kentuckyspeedway.com, calling 1-888-652-RACE or visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky.