Brendan Gaughan Pre-Race Report - Atlanta
Driver: Brendan Gaughan
Owner: Michael Gaughan
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Saturday, October 28 – 5:15 pm
Qualifying: Saturday, October 28 – 1:15 pm
1.54-mile oval, 200.2
miles/ 130 laps
Notes of Interest: This week the Orleans Racing team is proud to
have Ms. Valerie Chapman as their guest. Her late husband, TSgt John "Chappy" Chapman, an Air Force Combat
Controller, was killed in action on March 4th, 2002 during the Battle of Takur Ghar on Operation Anaconda in
Afghanistan. Also killed in action on Operation Anaconda was Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, a Pararescuemen --
making this the first time in history that a CCT and PJ were killed in action on the same combat mission.
Chappy’s and Jason’s heroic actions made it possible for many of the Special Operations team to survive the
battle. For their extraordinary heroism, both were posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross which is second only
to the Medal of Honor as an award for valor.
Military Appreciation Program (MAP): The
Green Feet with Lightning Bolt comes from the U.S. Air Force’s Pararescue (PJs) and Combat Control (CCT) career
fields. The feet's lineage comes from the Vietnam era H-3 Search and Rescue helicopter that became known as the
Jolly Green Giant. Crewmembers, including PJs, adopted “green feet” as their unofficial logo. The lighting bolt
was derived from the CCT official emblem that includes a “lightning bolt” -- representing CCT’s quick reaction
and communications capabilities.
In 1987 PJ and CCT students began training together in the arduous
Indoctrination Course at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The students wanted a logo that represented
both of these two heralded specialties. So, they merged the Green Feet and Lighting Bolt together and adopted
this as the unofficial symbol of what is known today as Special Tactics – CCT and PJs working together in unison.
The Piece: Gaughan will drive Orleans Racing’s T-15
GAUGHAN ON ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY:
Atlanta Motor Speedway - Truck Series
Atlanta Motor Speedway - Cup Series
“Atlanta is an exciting place for anyone to run. We all know that the Craftsman Truck Series has the best racing
in NASCAR right now and when we come to Atlanta it’s not different. It’s still a really fast place. The fun part
is you can run low and you can run high. It doesn’t matter. You can run on the bottom and you can run on the top.
Anytime we’re racing at a track like that you know where the No. 77 and Brendan Gaughan will be. We’ll be right
up against that wall. We’re taking a truck that we like a lot to Atlanta and saving Lonestar for Texas. We’ve got
to try to get back in the top five for these last four races and show what we can do a little bit better.
“In the spring we had a wreck right at the end of the race and Rambo was screaming, ‘Back up! Back up! Back up!
You’re not at the start/finish line yet!” Then there was the famous race to the finish between Bobby Hamilton and
Mike Skinner. Atlanta Motor Speedway is definitely a spectacular track and the Craftsman Trucks always put on a
Listen in on the #77: The team’s primary radio frequency is 451.3371.