Brendan Gaughan Wins Wild 300

Brendan Gaughan Wins Wild 300

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SPARTA, Ky. — Brendan Gaughan prevailed at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night, out-dueling several championship contenders on a frenzied final restart to claim his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series win in the 300.

Gaughan went from fourth to first on the restart, getting around a tight battle between Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott to sneak his way to the lead with six laps remaining. The driver of the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet would successfully fend off challenges from Dillon and Elliott and would come home in the lead of a Richard Childress Racing one-two-three with Brian Scott and Dillon behind him.

Following the RCR trio home in the top-10 would be Elliott, Regan Smith, Chris Buescher, Cale Conley, Michael McDowell, Justin Boston, and Ross Chastain.

“I love my restarts,” Gaughan said in victory lane. “It means a lot to [win on an oval,] especially the way we did it passing Chase Elliott and my teammate Ty Dillon – great race teams, great young race car drivers. [But the] old dog still had a little something left.”

Dillon would dominate a majority of the 200-lap race, leading 155 laps on the way to his third-place finish. The driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet was able to gain some ground on points leader Elliott with his solid result, however, as he trails the points leader by 38 points heading into next week’s race. Elliott takes a lead of 20 points over teammate Smith to next week’s race at Dover.

“These restarts are so tough, and I thought the top was the way to go,” Dillon said of the final restart. “I spun the tires a little bit [on the restart with 26 to go] and [Elliott] was able to get around us. Right before the caution came out, he had the nose on us, so that put us behind.

“All those cautions gave my teammates with four tires an opportunity to get up to the front. It’s just hard racing. I’m sick for my guys, I really am. It’s a good thing to lead all of those laps for confidence, but it hurts for sure.”

Saturday night’s wild finish was able to provide several drivers with excellent results for their young careers. Conley would earn his career-best finish of seventh while Chastain would also post a career-best finish of 10th for Hattori Racing Enterprises. ARCA Racing Series driver Boston would come home ninth in his Nationwide Series debut in the No. 20 ZLOOP Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

A total of seven cautions would occur throughout the night. Three cautions would come out for debris, three would come out for individual spins by Harrison Rhodes, Matt Dibenedetto, and Ryan Sieg, and two would come out for solo accidents by Eric McClure and Sam Hornish Jr.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will return to action next Saturday in the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Top-10 Finishers of the 300

  1. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
  2. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
  3. 3 – Ty Dillon# – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
  4. 9 – Chase Elliott# – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports
  5. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports
  6. 60 – Chris Buescher# – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing
  7. 33 – Cale Conley(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
  8. 22 – Michael McDowell(i) – Ford – Team Penske
  9. 20 – Justin Boston(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing
  10. 80 – Ross Chastain(i) – Toyota – Hattori Racing Enterprises

Top-10 in the Drivers’ Standings after Round 27 of 33

  1. 9 – Chase Elliott# – JR Motorsports – 992 | Leader
  2. 7 – Regan Smith – JR Motorsports – 972 | -20
  3. 3 – Ty Dillon# – Richard Childress Racing – 954 | -38
  4. 2 – Brian Scott – Richard Childress Racing – 937 | -55
  5. 11 – Elliott Sadler – Joe Gibbs Racing – 931 | -61
  6. 6 – Trevor Bayne – Roush-Fenway Racing – 900 | -92
  7. 60 – Chris Buescher# – Roush-Fenway Racing – 817 | -175
  8. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Richard Childress Racing – 798 | -194
  9. 16 – Ryan Reed# – Roush-Fenway Racing – 739 | -253
  10. 99 – James Buescher – RAB Racing – 727 | -265

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Nationwide Series points.

Kyle Pokrefky
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