MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Beard Motorsports has confirmed that driver Brendan Gaughan will return to the team this year for another limited schedule in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The Beard Oil Distributing and TTS Logistics-sponsored Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will also feature sponsorship from South Point Hotel & Casino and City Lights Shine for both races at Daytona Int’l Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
Along with new sponsors, the team will now be running a number, Gaughan’s familiar No. 62. The team utilized the No. 75 last season for four events.
“We would like to build off the success we achieved last season at both Daytona races, we made the Daytona 500 on our time and did not have the stress of racing our way in through the Can-Am duels and finished 11th in the race,” explained team owner Mark Beard.
“Then, we then came back in July and finished seventh. Even though the team didn’t get the finishes they wanted at Talladega, then ran very well during each race, even leading the fall race twice for six laps.
“To have a driver with Brendan’s experience behind the wheel is great and the fact that South Point wanted to get involved makes it even better.”
Gaughan, 42, recently announced he was stepping away from full-time NASCAR competition this year. He’s most recently raced full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing.
“I have had more fun racing with Mr. Beard for the four races last year than I had in my prior 50 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts,” said Gaughan. “I’m also very excited about the car that RCR has built for us, Richard Childress has been an amazing friend and I appreciate how much support he is giving to the Beard Motorsports Chevrolet in our part time efforts.
“I would personally like to thank the entire Beard family for continuing this opportunity and for allowing us to run the number that has been so special to me my entire career.”
Darren Shaw will again lead the team as crew chief out of the team’s Mooresville, N.C.-based shop.
“I feel lucky to work with such a great owner like Mark Beard, he gives me the parts and pieces we need to go fast and having a driver like Brendan Gaughan, I can’t ask for anyone better than him for a part time effort,” said Shaw.
“We have a great crew of guys, some full-time racers and some weekend warriors, you would never know that if you were around the car in the garage area.”
The team has purchased a new chassis from Richard Childress Racing and had the chassis from last year updated and both are being fitted with the new Camaro ZL1 body style. The team will also utilize ECR engines again this season.