Life goes on for Brendan Gaughan after
the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
He couldn't have been happier after helping Steve Park cap a four-
year comeback by winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Feb.
25 in Fontana, Calif.
Gaughan should still be driving the No. 77 Cup car of Penske-Jasper
Racing, but a member of my Big Ear Posse says the person who pushed
him out after one season was John Erickson, a minority owner of the
If that's true, then Erickson did Gaughan a favor.
Not even legendary jockey Willie Shoemaker could win the Kentucky
Derby riding Mr. Ed, a plow horse or a bob-tail nag.
Gaughan didn't get the best cars, but he was made the scapegoat for
the team's dismal season last year, in which he finished 28th.
If Gaughan was the Achilles' heel, then why are two major owners of
that team still supporting him? Doug Bawel of Jasper Engines and
Transmissions is sponsoring Gaughan in the truck series, and Rusty
Wallace wants Gaughan to drive his car in the Busch Series for a
couple of races.
It sounds as if the Penske-Jasper team needs to buy out at least one
owner if it wants to win instead of playing musical chairs with