Back-to-back top-ten finishes for Gaughan
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Brendan Gaughan walks the stage during driver introductions at Phoenix International Raceway.
AVONDALE, Ariz.—After overcoming a pit road penalty, Brendan Gaughan battled back to finish on the lead lap in eighth at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday, his second consecutive top-ten effort.
Gaughan, who served a pit road penalty after a crewmember touched the pit box prematurely during pit stops, ran as high as eighth despite falling a lap down during the race.
“It was a long day,” Gaughan said to The Racing Experts. “I know that [we] passed more racecars than anybody today. We were definitely better than eighth, but to come home eighth, we’ll take it.”
Gaughan discussed the pit road penalty he and his team faced, sending his car to the tail-end of the lead lap on lap 54.
“The new pit road rules with people monitoring pit road—one of my guys slipped and touched the ground, which is still against the rules. We got a penalty there, and then we had a loose wheel, so we had to battle back from that.”
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Brendan Gaughan races teammate Brian Scott at Phoenix International Raceway. All four Richard Childress Racing teammates finished inside the top-ten.
Gaughan’s effort was also his second consecutive lead lap finish of the season, placing the driver sixth in overall points, 35 back of point leader and teammate Ty Dillon.
Gaughan, who was the third highest finishing Xfinity point collecting driver, thanked his team for his effort post-race.
“To come back from two laps down, all the way back to eighth, I’m really happy with Richard Childress Racing, they worked really hard today.”
Gaughan sits 21 points ahead of 11th place in points Jeremy Clements, with one primary goal left during NASCAR’s west coast tour.
“Let’s go to California and win one of these damn things.”