Before hitting the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, No. 62 South Point Hotel and Casino driver Brendan Gaughan gives you a behind the scenes look at what makes the South Point tick from day to day.
Did you know: The South Point Hotel and Casino goes through about 50 kegs of beer weekly, 6750 lbs of meat, 6,000 hotdogs, 1,500 cases of shrimp, and 20-30 cases of oysters and clams?
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The South Point Hotel and Casino is located in the heart of the premiere southwest Las Vegas valley, just minutes away from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Some of our many amenities include a 16-screen Century Theatre movie complex, 64-lane bowling center and a handful of restaurants that cater to all appetites and tastes. Our casino features a large selection of table games and the latest slot and video poker machines. Our distinctive hotel features spacious rooms and suites with 42-inch LED televisions, Point Plush mattresses and Wireless Fidelity throughout. A unique feature to this property is its Equestrian Center, which is the finest horse facility in the country. South Point also has a fabulous 400-seat showroom that features headliner entertainment and dancing to live bands on weekends. Stop by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa today, we are sure you will want to stay.
Brendan Gaughan returns full time for the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season in the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro. This marks Gaughan’s fourth year with the Welcome, N.C. organization and seventh in the Series. Crew chief Shane Wilson will also return atop the pit box to lead Gaughan and team.
In addition to earning his first career Series victory in 2014 season at Road America, the Las Vegas native added his second win at Kentucky Motor Speedway in September. The 39-year-old driver accumulated two top-five and seven top-10 finishes, leading him to an eighth-place finish in the XFINITY Series driver championship point standings.
Gaughan was introduced to racing at an early age after watching his father compete on the off-road racing circuit; the second generation driver has gained experience in NASCAR’s top three series, Grand-Am, CORR, SODA and SNORE. Gaughan made his first competitive laps at the age of 15 in SNORE Midnight Special in a Class 10 buggy, winning the event with his co-driver JC Dean.
In a NASCAR career that spans the course of 17 seasons, Gaughan has amassed 10 career victories, four pole awards 59 top-five and 113 top-10 finishes across NASCAR’s top three series. On top of Gaughan’s successes in NASCAR’s top three divisions, he also drove full time in the K&N Pro Series West from 1999 to 2001, accumulating eight victories, four pole awards, 22 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes in 40 starts and brought home the championship title in 2000 and 2001.
The Las Vegas native completed a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule from 1997 through 2001 and competed full time from 2002 through 2008, and again in 2011. Gaughan and crew chief Shane Wilson hold a two-year unbeaten streak of four consecutive Camping World Truck Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002 and 2003.
During his 14-year Camping World Truck Series career, Gaughan accumulated eight victories, three pole awards, 47 top-five and 80 top-10 finishes in 217 starts since his first series appearance in 1997. He currently ranks 15th on the all-time Camping World Truck Series wins list and 10th on the all-time Camping World Truck Series career starts list.
Prior to becoming a full time race car driver, the ambitious teenager was recruited by Georgetown University to play football. While in college, Gaughan found himself venturing out to other sports joining the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team as a walk-on player. Gaughan played from 1994-1997 with NBA greats such as Allen Iverson, Othella Harrington, Don Reid, Jahidi White and Jerome Williams. The team made it to the Big East Tournament championship, and played in three NCAA Tournaments going to the Sweet Sixteen twice and the Elite 8 once. While at Georgetown, Gaughan also obtained a BSBA in Management with a specialization in Human Resources.
When not racing, the married father of two still finds time to help out at the family business, South Point Hotel & Casino, and is also a Divemaster for Lake Norman Scuba in Mooresville, N.C.