Brendan Gaughan loves the speed, size and competition level of Michigan International Speedway. The Las Vegas native has earned a victory in Brooklyn, MI, and he’s run up front both in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series. He’ll have a brand new racing chassis decked out as the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra when his crew turns him loose in first practice on Friday morning.
“The aero package is a huge part of success or failure at Michigan. At Germain Racing right now, all three teams have been struggling with our chassis setups, but aero is key at Michigan and it’s been something we’ve had a good handle on at Germain. The Tundra we will race is brand new. It went to the wind tunnel last week. I know Bryan Berry and the crew have high hopes for the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra this week,” said Gaughan.
Gaughan is known as a big-oval racer, and Michigan fits right into his list of favorite tracks. He explained why.
“I love Michigan International Speedway. Over the years I’ve had a ton of success at Michigan. I used to hold the record for fastest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race there. I think I was on track to get the largest margin of victory there, but we just ended up with the win – which was obviously fine! Michigan is my style of race track. It’s big and fast, there are multiple grooves. There are so many ways to get around the track and into the corners, but, I call it the ‘Michigan merge’ because everyone kind of ends up in the same line coming off of the turns,” said Gaughan.
Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Michigan International Speedway on SPEED. The practice sessions airs Friday, August 19th at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM ET with qualifying airs at 9:00 AM Saturday, August 20th with racing action at 12:30 PM. Tune in early to catch the NCWTS Setup at 12:00 PM. Not in front of a TV? Tune your radio 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 11th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings, just 97 points out of first place.
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