Brendan Gaughan
45-Year-Old Driver  
Beard Oil Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Gaughan will once again start the four superspeedway events in 2020 for this small race team. He will bring deep roster fantasy racing value in those starts in DFS and weekly lineup leagues. Gaughan announced prior to the season that 2020 will be his last year of racing in NASCAR. Read Past Outlooks
First Daytona 500 Top 10
February 18, 2020
An emotional Gaughan spoke to the NASCAR media following the conclusion of Monday's 62nd annual Daytona 500. In what was the veteran's last 500, Gaughan was able to avoid any incident that would prevent him from finishing the event, including a horrific last lap crash that sent Ryan Newman to Halifax Medical Center afterwards, reports.
Gaughan was very emotional after the conclusion of the 500 in light of what happened to Newman on the last lap. He was able to somberly celebrate the seventh-place finish that would be his first Daytona 500 Top 10 in his last start in the Great American Race. "My last Daytona 500, my career-best finish, what an amazing finish. The Beard Oil Team, what a great job. I'm so proud of all the guys; we don't quit. Right now, my thoughts are with Newman," said an emotional Gaughan as he fought back tears.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Gaughan has raced the last two seasons in a part-time capacity in the Cup Series. It has been a restrictor-plate racing campaign only (4 races) at Daytona and Talladega with Gaunt Brothers Racing. Gaughan grabbed a pair of Top-15 finishes in these outings last season, so he is competitive in this style of racing. The limited schedule reduces Gaughan to only a spot starter in weekly lineup fantasy racing leagues.
RCR is having to cut back to three teams in 2018, so the No. 3 Chevrolet will host more drivers than usual. The Dillon brothers will get seven starts each, which is the new mandated maximum for regular Cup drivers. Veteran Gaughan should pick up plenty of the remaining action behind the wheel of the team’s Camaro. Ty started 27 races for this team last year and nabbed 16 Top-10 finishes. With this driver lineup they should be good to easily break the 20 Top-10 plateau, but their ability to win races is in question. RCR went winless between their five different Xfinity Series teams last year, and that seems to be the biggest problem. Consistency and Top-10 finishes shouldn’t be an issue, but this team just doesn’t have the speed to win races.
The 40-year-old veteran will be back for another season of racing at RCR. Gaughan now has three full seasons of competition under his belt with this team. Last year he racked up four Top-5 and 16 Top-10 finishes, both career-high marks for this driver. However, Gaughan failed to visit victory lane for the second-straight season and finished a lowly 12th in the overall driver standings. This was due mostly to the newly implemented Chase format in the Xfinity Series. Gaughan will be paired again with crew chief Shane Wilson and they'll see if they can get the No. 62 Chevrolet back into victory lane in the coming season. While that's not very likely, we should still see strong consistency from this driver and team on the larger ovals, road course and cookie cutter tracks. Only the short tracks seem to be his biggest weakness.
While the 40-year-old driver didn’t pick up any wins last season, Gaughan did have a career-best season for Top 10’s. He nabbed 14 of them en route to a respectable ninth-place finish in the final driver standings. The race-winning touch of 2014 was missing, but consistency and better performances across the board marked the No. 62 RCR team’s 2015 season. Gaughan will return this year and continue those efforts with crew chief Shane Wilson. While this driver and team has likely hit a ceiling in terms of performance, we can still expect a Top-10 finish in the driver standings and a middle-teens effort in Top-10 finishes.
Gaughan signed to drive the No. 62 RCR Chevy truck in Dec 2012. The journeyman driver will race the full schedule and compete for the Camping World Truck Series championship.
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Retiring after 2020 Season
December 21, 2019
Gaughan announced on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he will retire from NASCAR competition after 2020, reports.
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Races into the Daytona 500
February 14, 2019
Gaughan finished 15th in the Gander RV Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday night.
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Fast Happy Hour at Mid-Ohio
August 11, 2018
Gaughan was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Rock N Roll Tequila 170 Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Friday. He turned a fast lap of 87.738 mph.
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Rolex 24 Start with BAR1 Motorsports
January 22, 2018
BAR1 Motorsports has finalized its driver lineup for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona, in the team's Prototype class debut. Team regulars Tomy Drissi and Marc Drumwright will be joined by Eric Lux, Alex Popow and NASCAR veteran Gaughan at the wheel of its Riley Mk. 30 Gibson LMP2 car, reports.
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Leads Xfinity Happy Hour
March 17, 2017
Gaughan was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the DC Solar 200 Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 131.152 mph.
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