TALLADEGA, Ala – Ever since Brendan Gaughan and the Beard family teamed up, they’ve given their No. 62 Chevrolet a heck of a run on superspeedway’s. See, those are the only races that they enter. They’re not after a full season or exhausting themselves in trying to keep up with the Jones’ on a weekly basis.
They know they have four shots at winning each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and those are on the four annual superspeedway stops on the schedule.
In Monday’s rain delayed 1000Bulbs.com 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway, Gaughan came out of nowhere to have his car back in contention to win in the closing laps. After being penalized twice in-a-row on the green flag pit cycle in the second stage, he fell multiple laps down.
They’d rebound and find themselves in the top five, then the top three, then had a move there for the lead on the backstretch with seven laps-to-go. Unfortunately, Kurt Busch was trying to push his brother Kyle Busch too hard and sent his little brother spinning in front of the pack.
Gaughan, was an innocent bystander on the high lane and was collected. He in fact got airborne and flew over Kurt Busch before coming to rest miraculously on all four wheels in Turn 3.
Despite a frightening looking incident, Gaughan says it was a lighter than normal hit due to the circumstances of it.
“It was okay, it was just one easy, quick flip and we put it down,” said Gaughan. “The only thing you worry about then is somebody hitting you. That is what you don’t want and that is where the fear comes in. Other than that, I am fine and like I said, some people would argue that I have anything up there that’s going to hurt. Thank you to Chevrolet and thank you to the Beard family, love you guys, and yes, I will see you at the Daytona 500. Mom, sorry.”