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Brendan Gaughan (born July 10, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is an American stock car driver. Gaughan is the grandson of Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan and son of Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino magnate. Gaughan currently drives the #62 U.S. Fidelis/5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry for Rusty Wallace Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Gaughan formerly drove for his family owned team, Orleans Racing in the Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series.

CollegeEdit

Gaughan attended Georgetown University and played collegiate basketball as a walk-on for the Hoyas with friend, former roommate, and now Memphis Grizzlies guard Allen Iverson.

Gaughan earned All-Conference honors as a placekicker on Georgetown's NCAA Division I-AA football team where he became known as an extra point specialist, converting 39 of 40 extra point attempts during the 1994 season for the highest extra point percentage in Hoya history. He was nicknamed "Baby-Rudy" by the Hoya students because of his walk-on status on the basketball team and his close physical resemblance to Notre Dame Fighting Irish legend Daniel E. "Rudy" Ruettiger, whose story was documented in the 1993 blockbuster hit Rudy.Template:Citation needed

When Iverson was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Gaughan frequently attended their games and even sported corn rows in honor of his Hoyas teammate during a race at Dover International Speedway during the 2002 Craftsman Truck Series season.Template:Citation needed

Off-Road careerEdit

Gaughan won his first race in a 1991 SNORE (Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts) off-road race. He was the Class 10 SNORE champion in 1991, 1992, and 1993.

In 1995 he moved to SODA (Short-course Off-road Drivers Association) series driving a Dodge Ram from the Walker Evans team. He was the 1995 Class 13 champion, he raced in Class 8 in 1996 and 1997 [1], but did not win either championship (as Scott Taylor won both championships). He moved with most SODA drivers to CORR at the end of 1997 and raced in the Pro-2 category through 1998 where he finished 3rd behind champion Rick Johnson and Scott Taylor.

His biggest wins came at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. His multiple wins [1] there solidified his reputation as one of the premier off-road racers at the time with his most memorable battle coming between himself and future NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson in 1996. The two dueled throughout the race with Johnson having to come from behind after being spun out by Scott Taylor. However, Johnson's truck succumbed to crash damage from a previous incident with Jimmie Crowder, and Gaughan took his first win at Crandon in a pro category. He followed the win with a repeat performance the next year at Crandon, this time piloting a Chevrolet.[1]

NASCAR careerEdit

Early career Edit

Gaughan made his NASCAR debut in a Truck Series race in 1997 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Driving the #20 Orleans Hotel & Casino Dodge for Evans, he qualified 18th and finished 24th. He ran two races in 1998 with the 20 team, but he failed to finish both races. He also attempted his first Busch Race at Las Vegas, but he failed to qualify. In 1998, he was part of the Coca-Cola 500 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan and was involved in a crash that also collected Bobby Hamilton.

He then decided to move to stock car racing. He ran in the Winston West Series in 1999, and was the 2000 and 2001 champion on the circuit. In 2001, he made his Busch Series debut at Fontana for Ed Whitaker but finished 41st. The next week, he attempted his first Winston Cup race at Las Vegas, but failed to qualify. He also ran seven times in the Truck Series for Bill McNally and TKO Motorsports, and had two top-five finishes.

2002-2004Edit

In 2002, Gaughan and his father fielded a team for himself in the Truck Series full-time. He drove the #62 NAPA Auto Parts to two victories on his way to the Rookie of the Year title. 2003 was Gaughan's career year. Driving the #62 Orleans Dodge for his father Michael, he won six times, including twice at Texas Motor Speedway, giving him four consecutive wins at the track. He held the points lead for most of the season, but finished 4th in points after getting wrecked in the last race of the season by Marty Houston, a teammate of one of Gaughan's rivals for the championship, Ted Musgrave.

In 2004, Gaughan moved up to the NEXTEL Cup, driving the #77 Eastman Kodak Dodge for Penske-Jasper Racing. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings, and 28th in the final points standings. He finished the season with 4 Top 10's including a career best fourth place finish at Talladega Superspeedway. He was replaced at the end of the season by Travis Kvapil.

2005-PresentEdit

In 2005, he moved back to the CTS, behind the wheel of the Jasper Engines & Transmissions/Orleans Racing #77 Dodge Ram. He finished 19th in the final points standings, with two Top 5 and 7 Top 10 finishes. Starting with the September 23 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the team began sport a new livery of the South Point Casino in which his father, Michael, is the owner.

In 2007, the South Point team switched to Chevrolet Silverados, where Gaughan returned to the manufacturer which he drove during his efforts in the AutoZone West championships. On August 18, 2007, he married his wife Tatum, finishing second at Bristol following his wedding. In 2008, South Point Racing was to merge with Wyler Racing into Wyler-Gaughan Racing, fielding the #60 and #77 Toyotas. But the deal fell through and SPR was forced to close, leaving Gaughan and 10-12 of his crew members without a team. Gaughan signed to the drive #10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 for Circle Bar Racing in the 2008 CTS season. He had five top-tens and finished fifteenth in points.

In 2009, Gaughan drove the #62 Chevy for Rusty Wallace Racing in the Nationwide Series. During a race at Nashville Superspeedway, his crew chief Bryan Berry was suspended from NASCAR for about a month for using a racial slur about driver Marc Davis, after colliding with Davis on pit road. The report was filed from 2 members of the Davis team, but Berry disputes making the slur. In 2010, Breden will continue to drive for RWR, but now in Toyotas, as RWR has switch manufacturers

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