The 2013 NASCAR season is now set for Brendan Gaughan as he will be joining Richard Childress Racing with a full ride.
On Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing released a statement announcing that Gaughan will be reunited with his former crew chief Shane Wilson in the No.62 team for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Heading into 2013, Gaughan will race in the complete schedule in the No.62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado.
For Gaughan, the full time ride with RCR gives him another opportunity at a championship.
“I’m thrilled to be back in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series for a full season,” said Gaughan in the statement. “I would have been thankful to compete full time for Richard Childress Racing in any series, but returning to the trucks will provide me a second chance to go out and win the truck series championship that was stolen from me in 2003.”
As for his reunion with Shane Wilson, whom he first teamed up with in 2000, Gaughan said that together they can capture the championship they nearly got back then.
“I can’t wait to be reunited with my former crew chief Shane Wilson; all of my Truck Series wins have come with Shane on the pit box. Now that we’re back together, we’re going to do all that we can to get the championship we should have brought home years ago,” said Gaughan.
For Wilson, the reunion will be time to take care of unfinished business.
“I’m looking forward to being reunited with Brendan in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series,” said Wilson in the statement. “We have some unfinished business we need to take care of next season.”
Throughout the 2012 season, Gaughan drove for RCR in eight Truck Series and 10 Nationwide Series races. In his eight truck series appearances, he captured three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
Gaughan made his NASCAR debut in the Truck Series in 1997 and has competed in 195 races. Of those 195 races, he has captured eight wins, 67 top-10 finishes and three poles.
With Joey Coulter’s departure from RCR to join Kyle Busch Motorsports, the owners’ points from the No.22 truck will be used for the No.62 truck.
Along with his full season in the Truck Series, Gaughan will also race fro RCR in the Nationwide Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9 and Road America on June 22.
With Gaughan competing full time in the truck series next season, it will give RCR twice the opportunity to compete for the championship. RCR will still get two have drivers competing with Gaughan and Ty Dillon even with the departure of Coulter.