Brendan Gaughan Pre-Race Report - Milwaukee
Driver: Brendan Gaughan
Owner: Michael Gaughan
The Milwaukee Mile
June 23 – 8:15 pm (CDT)
Qualifying: Friday, June 23 – 5:30 pm (CDT)
1.0 -mile oval, 200 miles/ 200 laps
Notes of Interest:
Following the Milwaukee NCTS event Brendan Gaughan along
crew chief Tony “Rambo” Liberati will head to Crandon, WI for the Brush Run off-road races. Gaughan is a bit of
a legend in the Crandon area due to his past runs at Crandon Intl Off-road Raceway in his off-road racer. This
is the second consecutive year that Gaughan will stop at his old stomping grounds before resuming his busy
Craftsman Truck commitments.
More on the Crandon events can be found at: http://www.crandonoffroad.com/
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The piece: Gaughan will drive
Orleans Racing’s T12 Dodge Ram.
The Milwaukee Mile
Gaughan on Milwaukee: “We’ve run well in Milwaukee the last couple years. In 2003 we won and in 2005 we
went there and that was actually the start of a good string of races for us. This year wouldn’t be a bad time to
do that gain. We’re a better team this year than we were last year. Milwaukee is a very flat track. I swear if
you put water on the racetrack it’s going to go to the wall instead of going to the infield. That’s my style
“Tom Buzze and Rambo know where the weaknesses are on the Dodges and this isn’t one of them.
We feel like we can go there and be an A-list team and try to compete. We’re going to go there and try to win.
I’m normally pretty good at the tracks like this that are super flat and really tough to get around. We’ll put a
good setup under the truck and give it our best shot.
“Wisconsin is my old stomping ground. I’ve got a
lot of friends and fans there in Wisconsin. So we’re going to have a big group in the pits with us and we’re
going to see if we can’t do them right.
“It’s mighty nice of Milwaukee, another one of those little
fairground race tracks, that doesn’t have a Nextel Cup date and doesn’t have a ton of money, to find a way to
bring in the temporary lights and make it nice for the fans and nice for the crews and the drivers. We race at
night under the lights and it’s a nice, exciting show. There’s another track in the Midwest that could take a
lesson from that.”
GAUGHAN ON HIS PIT CREW “The Flying Aces”: “Of all the problems that
the Orleans Team has been having the over-the-wall crew certainly isn’t one of them. They are coming up with
great pit stops. Danny Goad, who replaced our long-time employee Harley Rauch on the rear, became a tire changer
and has done just a great job. I was watching the tape from Michigan and a guy on another team dropped a lug nut
and they had a 24-second stop. Even if Danny drops a lug nut he can still pull off a 16-second stop. He really
has stepped up to the plate.
“Lance Wilson, our truck chief, moved to the front when Harley Rauch
departed the team and has taken to it really quick. He’s the team leader out there. Last week at Michigan Bill
C. (Caldwell), our 63 year old fuel man -- who I think I’m killing because he’s trying to work out with 20 year
olds – was told we needed seven gallons of fuel and he dumped 7.02 gallons of fuel. So for an old guy he still
can get it done.
“The guys have really, really put a lot of hard work in and with all the things
happening at least those guys are staying positive. We finally had a chance to prove it and gain spots on a pit
stop and we did. On the money stop that mattered at Michigan they did a good job getting us in and out even with
a couple adjustments, nobody panicked. They got it done each time in great time. There were no injuries, no
problems, no mistakes. It’s a nice thing to see those boys really kick some butt because that hard work they put
into a 6:00 am workout pays off for them.
“We’ve never given our pit stop coach the best athletes but he
ends up making it work. Look at Harley Rauch who was one of the best tire changers around. He goes about 275 lbs
and we turned him into one of the best tire changers out there. We’ve always been able to take guys that haven’t
done it and made chicken salad out of not chicken salad. We have a really good, solid pit stop program. Brett
Bergerron, our pit stop coach, does a great job with it. Tony Liberati lets him do his job. We just let them do
their job and the boys really, really work hard, really take it serious and really do a great job for
Meet the Crew:
Listen in on the #77:
Race Day Duty
Front Tire Changer
Mechanic / Tuner
Rear Tire Changer
Rear Tire Hanger
Front Tire Hanger
Tire Spec / Fabricator
Culver City, CA
The team’s primary radio frequency is 451.3371.