Gaughan Moving Up To RCR Nationwide Ride

Brendan Gaughn. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)
Richard Childress racing will field a third Nationwide Series car in 2014 for driver Brendan Gaughan. (Photo: HHP/Alan Marler)
Richard Childress racing will field three Nationwide Series cars in 2014 with Brendan Gaughan driving the No. 62.
(Photo: HHP/Alan Marler)

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Brendan Gaughan will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series during the 2014 season in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro.

Driving for RCR during the 2013 season, the Las Vegas native has raced full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, along with three Nationwide Series races. In total, Gaughan has made 84 Nationwide Series starts in his 17-year NASCAR racing career, and has two full seasons (2009 and 2010) of series competition on his resume since his NASCAR debut in 1997, earning one pole award, nine top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.

The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team will begin the 2014 Nationwide Series season with the owner points earned by RCR’s No. 33 entry in 2013 and will be under the direction of crew chief Shane Wilson.

“We have greatly enjoyed our relationship with Richard Childress Racing and jumped at the opportunity to continue this partnership,” said Ryan Growney, South Point CEO. “With some of the top drivers, crews and management in the sport, Richard Childress Racing is a perfect representative for the South Point brand on the racetrack.”

In addition to Gaughan, the 2014 Nationwide Series team lineup will include 2012 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Ty Dillon in the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro and Brian Scott in the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro. The team also plans to field the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro with multiple drivers sharing time behind the wheel.

“It is great to have Brendan Gaughan and South Point back with us for another season,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “Brendan has proved he can race and win in NASCAR. We’re looking forward to having him with us full time next year in the Nationwide Series driving the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet Camaro. Michael Gaughan has been a big supporter of RCR, and racing in general, for many years and it’s a privilege to have him and Brendan as part of our team in 2014.

“This gives us a very competitive Nationwide Series line up for next year, and I look forward to winning races with all three of our drivers.”

Gaughan will once again be paired up with crew chief Wilson as he embarks on this new journey in his racing career. The duo first teamed up in 2000, running four Camping World Truck Series races and three more in 2001, earning a third-place finish at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif. They ran a full season in 2002, winning both races at Texas Motor Speedway and finishing 11th in the driver championship point standings.

The next year was a breakout season for the pair, winning six races, earning 18 top-10 finishes and three pole awards on the way to a third-place finish in the driver championship point standings. Together they made the move in 2004 to a full season the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, earning one top-five and two other top-10 finishes.

“I’m looking forward to moving up with Brendan to the Nationwide Series,” said Wilson. “It was great to be reunited with him last season in the Truck Series, and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish in 2014.”