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Gaughan to split 2012 between NNS, Truck for RCR

December 09, 2011, Team Release,

WELCOME, N.C. -- Veteran NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan will compete in 10 races on the 2012 Nationwide Series schedule, driving Richard Childress Racing's No. 33 Chevrolet, and in eight races on the Camping World Truck Series slate, driving RCR's No. 2 Chevy.

"The opportunity to race for Richard Childress is one I couldn't pass up."


Gaughan, 36, is the 2002 Truck Series rookie of the year and competed full time in the Nationwide Series in 2009 and '10, earning one pole and 17 top-10 finishes in 70 starts. He finished ninth in the 2009 point standings and 11th in 2010. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Series West champion (2000, '01) also has earned eight victories and 63 top-10 finishes in 187 Truck Series starts, finishing 12th in the 2011 point standings. Gaughan was part of the five-driver lineup that won the GT3 division of the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona sports-car race.

"The last few years, I have been racing for teams that try to buy their engineering or equipment from organizations as great as RCR, but doing that is never the same as racing for RCR," Gaughan said. "I have always steered away from switching to a part-time schedule in the past but I had to look at where I would have the best opportunity to win races again and the opportunity to race for Richard Childress is one I couldn't pass up. By sharing the Nationwide Series seat with RCR's Cup Series drivers, I know I'm going to be in the best equipment in the garage and have the best opportunity to win races to get myself back to where I want to be and that is to compete full time again."

Gaughan's Nationwide and Truck series races will be sponsored by South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with the exception of two Nationwide Series events which will be sponsored by Menards.

The Las Vegas native's 18-race schedule will kick off with the Truck Series event at Daytona and includes visits in both series to Las Vegas. Gaughan's Nationwide Series events include races at Iowa, New Hampshire, Dover and Phoenix, among others. His Truck Series lineup includes events at Texas, where he is a four-time winner, Bristol, Talladega and others, as well as the 2012 season finale at Homestead.

"Brendan is a proven race winner and champion so we're excited to have him driving for RCR," Childress said. "He will be a great addition to RCR's overall driver lineup as we re-launch our NASCAR Nationwide Series program and continue the strength of our Camping World Truck Series program in 2012."

The complete crew chief and remaining driver lineup for the No. 33 Nationwide Series team and the No. 2 Truck Series team will be announced at a later date.