Gaughan Says Taming the Monster Mile Is a Top Item on Checklist
* Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra
* He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series
* He holds two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship Titles
* Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year
* Gaughan has 6 starts at Dover including two top-5 starts and one top-10 finish at Dover
Mooresville, N.C. (May 10, 2011) – Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra crew are ready to tackle the concrete monster-the “Monster Mile” also known as Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. Gaughan has been part of six exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races there and has a total of 12 NASCAR career starts at the one-mile track.
“Dover is one of the few places in racing that as a driver you actually get a sensation of speed. From the top of that race track to the very bottom I think somebody once told me is 25 or 30 feet? That’s a three story building. You actually drive down hill there. It’s really cool. The concrete gives you so much grip that you drive in so hard it actually frightens you. You kind of hold your breath! It’s a fun place to race,” exclaimed Gaughan.
The Las Vegas native will drive chassis TRD-026, which he has also driven at Phoenix and Martinsville. Dover is a track where engineering makes a huge difference in the outcome of the race, but, it’s also a track where sometimes, the driver can’t control his own destiny.
“At Dover there’s no place to hide. You’re going so fast, everything happens so quickly that you really have to pay attention. At Daytona you say so many things can happen that aren’t in your control. At Dover, it’s really the same. The straightaways are so narrow and there’s so much banking-there’s often just no time to react,” said Gaughan.
Despite the fact that sometimes Monster Mile finishes don’t always match up with a team and driver’s performance, Gaughan really appreciates what the track has done for developing its reputation and creating an atmosphere that gives Truck Series fans a great race to watch.
“Dover is such a fantastic place to race. The fans love it. The moniker they have given themselves, the Monster Mile, the trophy of the concrete monster-it’s one of the coolest trophies in the sport. All in all they’ve made it a fun place to race, and they’ve stayed within their moniker and improved on it. They have that suite where the fans sit right on top of the track and get to watch the race. It’s tough. Not everyone can drive Dover. But, it’s a fun place to race,” said Gaughan, who spent time during the off weeks doing more scuba dives off Florida’s coast and spending time with his wife and son.
Watch Gaughan’s No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Friday night, May 13th, at Dover International Speedway. The action starts on SPEED at 8:00 PM Eastern with the NCWTS Setup, followed by race coverage at 8:30 PM. If you’ll be away from a TV, set the DVR and tune your radio dial to your local MRN affiliate.
Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.
Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 13th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings.
Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.
About South Point.The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.
Bodine is a 3-time Dover Winner Just Not Yet in Trucks Crew Hopes This Trip They’ll Tame the Monster, Putting the No. 30 Tundra in Victory Lane
* Bodine is the Reigning Truck Series Champion after earning his 2nd title in 2010 * Bodine is Third Driver in Truck Series History to Win Multiple Titles, and Clinch Early * Bodine Owns 21 Truck Series wins with Germain Racing and 36 NASCAR career wins * He has 40 NASCAR Career Starts at Dover including 3 Victories and One Pole
May 10, 2011 (Mooresville, N.C.) – As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series gets ready to spend Friday the 13th at the Monster Mile, Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team are thinking of how nice it would be to finally get their chance to hang out in Dover International Speedway’s victory lane.
“It would mean a lot for me to win at Dover just because I’ve always done so well there. To not have a truck win there is disappointing. I’ve run well at Dover in all three divisions and it’s always been one of my favorites. To get a win with this team would be pretty cool,” said Bodine, who earned his first NASCAR career top-five finish at the Monster Mile in 1990.
Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. said that he and his team are just anxious to see a race track again after sitting idle since Nashville.
“I’m just ready to get back to racing. The beginning of the year is so spread out in the Truck Series that it’s hard to get into a rhythm. Whether good or bad, you can’t just keep rolling,” said Hillman. “Dover means we’re finally getting to places on the schedule where we should run good. Our No. 30 Germain.com Tundra actually hasn’t run bad this year. We just haven’t had great finishes.”
Dover is a place that is such a unique race track-even pit strategy is unique at Dover. Teams are allowed to use two more tires there than other tracks-which means they will plan for an extra visit to pit road.
“Despite the track’s name and our team’s misfortunes there, I don’t consider Dover a monster on the schedule. We have run better there than anyone else. It’s just been bad finishes. You get more tires to work with at Dover, so you have a different pit strategy. It’s another race, but it’s a different race compared to other races on the Truck Series schedule,” explained Hillman.
Bodine is ranked 7th in Truck Series championship points after five of 25 races.
Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on Friday, May 13th, at Dover International Speedway. The action starts on SPEED at 8:00 PM Eastern with the NCWTS Setup, followed by race coverage at 8:30 PM. Can’t get to a television? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.
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