When Brendan Gaughan decided to return full-time to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, one of the first things his Richard Childress Racing team did was bring back Shane Wilson. Wilson and Gaughan were last together a decade ago when Gaughan enjoyed his best season to date picking up six of his eight career wins.
“It’s been a lot of fun being back with Shane,” Gaughan said a few days after his second-place finish at Charlotte . “There are so many things that a new driver and crew chief combo need to work through, but we don’t, because we already know each other. The crew guys are starting to see it and that’s what’s really fun.”
After falling back in the points when he was collected in an accident at Daytona, the Las Vegas, Nev., native has climbed to fourth in the points and he feels he has the team to get him back to Victory Lane.
“Since the beginning of the season, we’ve come from 28th in points up to fourth,” Gaughan said. “If I would have had just one more foot at Martinsville, we could very well have had four top-five finishes in a row. This has been a great season so far. It’s what you expect when you come to Richard Childress Racing. It’s what Richard [Childress] expects out of his Truck Series teams. It’s what I expected when I went racing full time this year for RCR.”
Gaughan sits one position behind teammate Ty Dillon and feels the entire RCR team is poised for a run to Victory Lane in the next few weeks.
“Right now, Ty is third in the points and the South Point Hotel & Casino team is fourth,” Gaughan said. “Everyone asked at the start of the season, ‘what happens if you’re first and second in points at the end of the season?’ I tell people that’s what we want to happen, and that’s what we’re working toward right now.”