RELATED: Full NXS practice results from Bristol Brendan Gaughan led NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday morning with a quick lap of 125.289 mph in the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway. Another RCR Chevrolet, the No. 33 of Brandon Jones , was quick at the end of practice, notching the second-fastest speed of 124.995 mph, edging out teammate Brian Scott . Scott's No. 2 Camaro was third-fastest with a speed of 124.914 mph at the 0.533-mile concrete oval in Bristol, Tennessee, under clear skies. Sprint Cup regulars Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were fourth- and sixth-fastest, respectively, in their Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. Hamlin's No. 20 posted a speed of 124.897 mph, and Busch's No. 54 was clocked at 124.549 mph. Ty Dillon rounded out the top five in his No. 3 RCR Chevrolet, posting a fast lap of 124.792 mph. Series points leader Chris Buescher was eighth-fastest in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at 124.444 mph. The Food City 300 is scheduled for 7:30 ET tonight (NBCSN/Live Extra, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR).
Driver to pilot No. 62 car starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge Brendan Gaughan will be back in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Premium Motorsports. Gaughan will drive the No. 62 car for the team starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway for The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on March 1 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). He will be the team's full-time driver from that point on. Brian Scott will pilot the No. 62 car at Daytona for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). "We are very excited to have Brendan drive for our team this year, he has a wealth of our experience and I consider him to be a perfect driver to build this time around," Premium Motorsports Managing Member Jay Robinson in a team release. Last week, Premium Motorsports purchased the assets from the No. 36 team of Tommy Baldwin Racing and changed the team's number to 62. The team finished 35th in the final owner standings last season. Zach McGowan will serve as the crew chief for the No. 62 team. He has called 30 races as a crew chief in his career with five coming last season as the pit boss for Tommy Baldwin Racing's part-time No. 37 entry. The team will be making sponsorship announcements as the season progress, according to a release. Gaughan is a veteran of all three NASCAR national series. He has 42 starts in the sport's top series with one top-five finish coming at Talladega in 2004. Gaughan competed last year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series as a full-time driver for Richard Childress Racing. He earned his first two wins in that series in 2014, with victories at Road America and Kentucky. The 39-year-old will be back for another full season at RCR in the XFINITY Series. He also has eight career wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In other Premium Motorsports news, the organization will field a car for Mike Wallace at Daytona. His No. 66 car will have primary sponsorship from Crazy Vapors Company. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Regan Smith hits hard into the outside wall after contact with Brendan Gaughan during a restart with 18 laps to go at Watkins Glen International.
Late pass sends driver to second win of 2014 RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings SPARTA, Ky. -- Brendan Gaughan capitalized on the opportunity to utilize the high line on the final restart of Saturday night's VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway to win his second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season. Gaughan , with a three-wide pass, powered around leaders Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon in the closing laps and cleared his competition in Turn 1, allowing him to cruise to an eight-tenths of a second lead over Richard Childress Racing teammate Brian Scott . "I love my restarts," Gaughan said in Victory Lane. "It was an awesome restart. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) kept telling me that lap times were great when everyone did two and we did four (tires), so it took us a while to get back (toward the lead) there, but four Goodyear tires in the end were the difference." On the final restart of the night, Dillon and Elliott battled but forgot about the guy behind them. Gaughan , with a head of steam, used momentum to clear his competition with six laps to go and cruised to his second career series win, and first on an oval. He also won June's road-course race at Road America . Richard Childress Racing swept the top-three finishing positions with Scott second and Dillon finishing third after a dominating performance. Gaughan , 39, credited his Earnhardt Childress Racing engine and transmission for assisting him in his triumph over the much younger Elliott (18) and Dillon (22). "There are great race teams and great young race car drivers, but the old dog still has something left," said Gaughan . Scott was on the verge of netting his first career Nationwide victory, but settled for his best performance of the season after restarting sixth. "I thought it was the right call to take four tires at the end," Scott said. "I restarted sixth and got a good restart and got up to fourth and I thought we were going to win this race. But, unfortunately, we didn't get any long runs and our Shore Lodge Camaro was a little too tight." Dillon, who led 155 laps, said, "I'm sick for my guys. Our Bass Pros Chevy was top-notch. It's a good thing for confidence to lead all those laps, but this hurts for sure." Dillon's dominance would be challenged on Lap 171 when Cody Ware lost an engine. The fifth caution flag of the night proved to be a significant break for the leaders, as they avoided green flag pit stops. On pit road, Dillon exercised a two-tire stop with fuel with Chase Elliott , Michael McDowell and Elliott Sadler also on the same strategy. Racing resumed with Chase Elliott making a valiant effort to overtake the lead from Dillon. He was able to nip ahead of Dillon's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, when Eric McClure crashed in Turn 4. With 19 laps to go, Elliott fended off a challenge from Dillon on the initial restart, but his opportunity to stretch his lead would be short-lived, after Regan Smith made contact with Sam Hornish Jr . on Lap 184, sending him hard into the Turn 1 wall. A flawless restart from Elliott allowed the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet to escape the hungry pack behind him. Again, Elliott's gap would be diminished by yet another caution for debris on Lap 190 -- which would prove the difference in the race. Leaving Kentucky, fourth place finisher Elliott holds a 20-point cushion over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith in the championship standings with six races remaining. Next up for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is a trip to Dover International Speedway on Sept. 27. Joey Logano is the defending champion. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Brendan Gaughan dives into Turn 1 in an attmept to pass Ryan Blaney for the lead, while Brennan Poole spins and Chris Buscher gets damaged on a late-race restart.
Regan Smith and Brendan Gaughan talk about chasing Ryan Blaney on the final two restarts of the race at Iowa Speedway.
Veteran driver sits sixth in the XFINITY Series point standings Related: Full series standings FONTANA, Calif. -- NASCAR XFINITY Series veteran Brendan Gaughan earned his career-best Auto Club Speedway finish of second-place in the Drive4Clots.com 300 on Saturday after starting eighth in the field. The Las Vegas native must have been feeling his roots because Gaughan scored three straight top-10 finishes on NASCAR's West Coast swing (Las Vegas, Phoenix, Auto Club). "I'm glad I'm pissed off about being second," Gaughan said at Auto Club Speedway after coming up short to 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick . The NASCAR veteran attributes his success to his commitment to run double-duty this season, splitting his time between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 62 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet and the XFINITY Series No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. And with double-duty comes a shortage of breaks that drivers who are just running one series get. As the XFINITY Series takes a break until April 10 at Texas Motor Speedway , the Sprint Cup Series keeps roaring on to the shortest track on the Cup Series schedule, Martinsville Speedway . "I'm racing my Premium Motorsports Chevrolet at Martinsville," Gaughan said. "So I'll be going to Martinsville and I'll be having what I consider to be an easy weekend all of a sudden because I only have to do one race car. I don't know where I decided that I was going to turn 40 years old this year and do double-duty all season." Although racing in both the Cup and XFINITY Series can be draining, Gaughan explains that he's learning a lot and looking at things differently than he ever has before. "It's helping me in a lot of ways," Gaughan said. "The main thing is is that I'm getting on the race track first in a Cup car. "It's helping me with the points racing. I'm trying to learn how to race that race car and look at points in a completely different way so we can keep making races. I've never looked a racing that way. I've never been in a situation like that. So it's helping me on the big picture side, but I'm racing different now than I ever have and looking at points differently than I ever have and I think it's going to make me better at the end of the year." Aside from Saturday's runner-up showing, Gaughan's best finish at the Fontana track came in 2009 when he finished seventh. In 122 XFINITY Series starts, the Richard Childress Racing driver has two wins, 12 top-fives and 32 top-10 finishes under his belt. The No. 62 driver's first win came just last season at Road America . He added a win at Kentucky Speedway in September. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Brendan Gaughan manages to make a great save after being bumped by Dylan Kwasniewski.
David Starr and Jeffery Earnhardt crash trying to avoid contact with Darrell Wallace Jr and Brendan Gaughan .
Veteran has two Nationwide Series wins in 2014 RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Brendan Gaughan will again be in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (what is now the Nationwide Series ) for the 2015 season, Richard Childress Racing announced on Thursday. Gaughan will be back behind the wheel of the team's No. 62 Chevrolet with sponsorship from South Point Hotel & Casino, which is owned by his family. RCR has been partnered with South Point since the 2012 with Gaughan ran a limited Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series schedule for the team. He ran a full-time Truck Series schedule in 2013 before moving into the Nationwide Series this season. In 2014, Gaughan scored his first career Nationwide Series win with a victory at Road America in June. He followed that up in September with a late surge to grab the win at Kentucky. "Returning to Victory Lane this season has been a big morale booster for not only me but for my team as well," Gaughan said in a team release. "For the remainder of the year we will continue to learn and find things that work to get us a leg up on the competition for next season. I can't wait for next year with the No. 62 RCR team and to contend for the XFINITY Series championship." Gaughan is currently eighth in the 2014 Nationwide Series point standings. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule