Brendan Gaughan is fed up, and he’s just not going to take it anymore.
After a late race wreck took him out of contention for at least a top-10 finish for the second week in a row, Gaughan called his shot for next week’s race at Road America, proclaiming that he was going to go out and win the whole damn thing.
Last weekend at Mid-Ohio, Gaughan got ran off course late by eventual race winner Sam Hornish, but was able to rebound to finish seventh when he had a great chance at the win. Fast forward to Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol and Gaughan had recovered from a loose wheel and was holding his own in the middle of the pack before contact from Jeb Burton sent his No. 62 Chevrolet for a spin, ending his night and relegating him to a 30th place finish.
Currently sitting outside the playoff cut-off, Gaughan needs a win to be able to make it into the 12 driver field to compete for the championship. Next weekend’s race at Road America represents a prime opportunity for the Las Vegas native to be able to win, so he turned the frustration of another poor finish into motivation for the Wisconsin road course.
“The last couple of weeks we’ve been driven with no respect,” said Gaughan. “We put ourselves back in a decent spot and we’ll go to Road America and we’re going to win that sucker.”
“It’s just Road America. I’m going to go fast. I’m going to win it, and we’re going to stay in front of everybody and they’re not going to lay a fender on us. We’re going to go out there and win.”
Some may say that Gaughan is over confident, but his stats at Road America tell a different story. In addition to being the place that Gaughan has been victorious before, he has also finished inside the top-three in three out of his five starts at the track, including a runner-up finish just last year.
Will the fact that Gaughan called his shot, like the great Babe Ruth once did, come to fruition? We’ll just have to tune in next weekend and find out for ourselves.