Brendan Gaughan: A True Racer Looking for Victory Lane with Richard Childress Racing (Part 4)

By Joseph Wolkin
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s part four of our series with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Brendan Gaughan. Gaughan is the driver of the No. 62 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and is moving to the NASCAR Nationwide Series on a full-time basis in 2014.

Speaking of the recent criticism that the Dillon brothers have received as of late. What do you tell them when they lose confidence in times like this while contending for championships at the same time?
“The good news is, they don’t get down by it. Most of the time it’s jealously, most of the time it’s uncalled for and when things don’t really affect your life, you don’t put any extra thought into it. They know who they are, they know what they are and they know why they are. To have those abilities, I don’t care what people say around me, I know who I am and why I do things. Them boys are the same way and I’ll tell them that until I’m blue in the face. They both are great boys. They know how talented they are, they know how lucky they are for the opportunity they have and both appreciate it very much. Not only that, but they take advantage of it and win races. I don’t care who you are, you can’t win races without knowing how to drive that race car. They win races man, flat-out win.”

With as much experience as you have in racing, you have what it takes to do well. What do you need to do to close the deal on a victory?

“That’s a great question. If I knew the answer right now, I’d bottle it and sell it. We have to keep the course that we’ve been in. The South Point Chevy has been fast every race this year. There is not one race that you can pick out where we did not run inside the top-five at some point. All we have to do is keep that going. At the end of these races, we will be the guys that will be on the right side of that run who will be leading the race. All we have to do is keep course. We can’t panic, say `Oh my god, what are we going to do?’ We have to do what we do best and that’s to have a fast Chevrolet, have great practices, setup for the race well, adjust to the track — and we will get a win.”

What is going to be the difference in the Nationwide Series next year while learning about the new body style compared to the truck?

“Nothing, nothing. It means absolutely nothing. All it means is that I’m going to be running hard from the get go. We will be one of the lead Chevrolet teams to make the decisions for all of Chevrolet. When you go on that team and do all of those things, you know you will be above the curve and all I have to do is drive there, giving the same feedback to Shane Wilson. Those boys have to be great on pit road. The guys in the garage will be building me great Chevrolets, and we will be fast.”

What has been the best part about reuniting with Shane Wilson who was you crew chief while contending for a championship a decade ago and in your rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series?

“The best thing has been the chemistry that we have. We also have the ability to absolutely screw with each other every single day that we’re around each other. It’s just like back a while ago when we won Winston West races and championships. We won a lot of Truck Series races and rookie of the year in Trucks and even came close to winning the championship in the Truck Series. We have a ton of chemistry together. That chemistry showed up right from the start at our first test this year. It was like we never left each other. We’re glued to each other like brothers, we play pranks on each other like brothers and it has been a lot of fun to have that guy back.”

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