NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan doesn’t often make headlines for his feats on the track. But, after the October 14 Cup Series playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway, the driver of the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Beard Motorsports was all over the news. Unfortunately, it was Gaughan’s massive wreck on Lap 183 of the 1000Bulbs.com 500 that earned him his front page status.
When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch made contact with only five laps to go in the race, this caused an 11-car wreck, with Gaughan seemingly getting the worst of it by going airborne and flipping completely upside down.
Despite the severity of the crash, Gaughan, who placed 27th, was in relatively good spirits following his post-wreck trip to the infield care center, which he fortunately came away from unscathed.
“You might have to call Michael Gaughan or Paula Gaughan right now to ask that question because I think right now neither of them are very happy at the moment,” Gaughan told NBC Sports, when asked if he’d be racing in next year’s Daytona 500.
“In 22 years of NASCAR racing — I’ve flipped a ton in the desert — I’ve never flipped a stock car until now. So my mother and father might be a little upset. I’m 44, but I still have a mommy and a daddy. I think they’re probably a little hot right now but I’ll cool them down.”
When he was told he nailed his flip, Gaughan couldn’t help but crack a little joke at his own expense.
“No, they said the Russian judge, politics, he docked me a couple of points,” Gaughan said. “He said I didn’t put them all down at the same time. Politics are nasty right now, so screw them.”
At 44-year-old, Gaughan is certainly no rookie. The Las Vegas native actually got his start back in 1997, and has run 62 Cup Series races, 219 Xfinity Series races, and 217 Truck Series races. These days, Gaughan only races part-time, having run in both Daytona and Talladega races this season.
“I was having a great time (before the wreck),” Gaughan said. “We were up front. I show up, what, four times a year and people think I’m crazy for loving this racing, but I love racing at Daytona and Talladega. I enjoy the crap out of this.
“When I come with the Beard family and the Chevrolet that they give me with that ECR engine that Richard (Childress) gives me and a little bit of help, we come to be here for the win. We had a chance to win. That’s all I can ask for.”