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With title on mind, Gaughan back in NCWTS

January 03, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

With title on mind, Gaughan back in NCWTS
Former crew chief Shane Wilson also back on board

After a successful eight-race stint in 2012, Brendan Gaughan will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2013.

Gaughan will team up once more with crew chief Shane Wilson for a full season, this time in the Richard Childress Racing No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado.

Last year Gaughan had four top-five finishes in eight starts. His best outing was a second-place finish in the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Gaughan also drove 10 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Gaughan has completed six full Camping World Truck Series seasons since making his series debut in 1997. His best overall finish was fourth in 2003. Gaughan took a 26-point lead into series finale that year, but was involved in an accident that wrecked his championship hopes.

That near miss was the driving point for the 37-year-old to return full-time.

“I’m thrilled to be back in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series for a full season,” Gaughan said. “I would have been thankful to compete full time for Richard Childress Racing in any series, but returning to the trucks will provide me a second chance to go out and win the Truck Series championship that was stolen from me in 2003. I can't wait to be reunited with my former crew chief Shane Wilson. … We're going to do all that we can to get that championship we should have brought home years ago.”

All total, Gaughan has eight Camping World Truck Series victories and 67 top-10 finishes in 195 starts. He and Wilson first teamed up for four races in 2000, and the duo has the type of steady relationship that is often the difference between wins and top-fives.

“I’m looking forward to being reunited with Brendan,” Wilson said. “We have some unfinished business we need to take care of next season. With our resources from Richard Childress Racing, Brendan being a veteran Truck Series driver and our former history, I think it's safe to say that we will be a very competitive team in 2013.”