By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
After struggling for much of the season, Brendan Gaughan hopes to turn his season around at Iowa Speedway. This weekend Gaughan will have race sponsor US Cellular on board his No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro for the first time this season.
In 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 7/8-mile speedway, Gaughan has one top five and three Top 10s. His average finish at the Newton, IA track is 15.5. Gaughan earned his one top five at Iowa with a fifth-place in August 2015. He also has three starts at Iowa in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Gaughan loves the chance to return to Iowa,
“That’s the media and fans way of saying, ‘There are no Cup drivers there, so you should run well.’ I don’t necessarily agree. Every week we race is a week that we’re trying to win and get into the playoffs. I love going to Iowa Speedway. It’s a great track for us and we had a good run there earlier this year with the American Ethanol Chevy, we just got trapped a lap down with our teammates due to a unique set of events that happened. We’ll be returning this time around with the No. 62 U.S. Cellular Chevrolet, which happens to also be the marquee race sponsor this weekend. It’ll be a time for us to really showcase what we’ve got. I just love racing at Iowa. It’s worn out and bumpy, which makes for great racing.”
Despite starting the season off strong with a fifth-place finish at Daytona, Gaughan has struggled to find consistency. He slowly fell back in the Championship Standings from second to 17th. Now Gaughan sits 12th in the standings, the cutoff for the Playoffs, 15-points ahead of Ryan Sieg. To date, Gaughan has just one top five and four Top 10s this season.
With eight races left until the start of the Playoffs, Gaughan will be looking to extend his lead over Sieg and others currently outside the Playoffs at Iowa.