Brendan Gaughan Powers his way to the Win at Kentucky Speedway

Brendan Gaughan won his second Nationwide Series race of the 2014 season passing Chase Elliott and teammate Ty Dillon for the lead late in the 300 at the Kentucky Speedway  Saturday night. His other victory was at Road America in June. Brian Scott finished second with Dillon finishing third making a 1-2-3 sweep for Richard Childress Racing. Elliott finished fourth and Regan Smith rounded out the top five.

Dillon was the class of the field all night leading 155 of the 200 lap race. Elliott had gained the lead from Dillon on lap 174 when Eric McClure hit the wall bringing out the caution flag. Two caution periods, one for Sam Hornish Jr., driving the No.54 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry, who hit the wall after contact with Regan Smith, and the second for debris, closed up the field with less than 20 laps to go. On the last restart, when Elliott and Dillon were battling for the lead, Gaughan pounced, passing them both and pulled away.

“I love restarts, and when that caution came out and we were fourth, I got really excited because I knew we were on the outside and thought we had a good group, and we did,” said Gaughan.”  You have to choose a teammate, so I chose Ty and pushed him down the back straightaway, and he had a launch into turn three, but it was just too much. When they got side by side and I’ve been doing this a long time and an area opened up just enough, I couldn’t believe we were able to take off like that.”

Scott said after the race, “I thought it was the right call to take four tires at the end. I restarted sixth and got a good restart and got up to fourth and I thought we were going to win this race. But, unfortunately, we didn’t get any long runs and our Shore Lodge Camaro was a little too tight.”

Dillon clearly disappointed after his dominant performance said, “I spun the tires a bit there at the end and it really cost us. Elliott was able to get a nose ahead of us there before that last caution came out, and that gave our teammate with four tires a chance to get up there and take the win.”

“It was really good, hard racing there at the end,” Dillon continued. “These cars are under-powered and aero becomes a big deal, and on the restarts, when you get the side draft on those guys and the guy behind you get such a great run, it’s hard to hold them both of them off.”

The four cautions over the last 31 laps had significant impact on the outcome of the race but it was Gaughan’s restart and power move that won him the race.

Elliott retains the series lead by 20 points over Regan Smith. Ty Dillon, (-38), Brian Scott (-55) and Elliott Sadler (-51) round out the top five.

The Nationwide Series travels to Dover International Speedway September 27. The race is scheduled for 3:30 pm ET and will be televised on ESPN2.

Complete Finishing Order:

1 62 Brendan Gaughan
2 2 Brian Scott
3 3 Ty Dillon
4 9 Chase Elliott
5 7 Regan Smith
6 33 Cale Conley
7 60 Chris Buescher
8 22 Michael McDowell
9 20 Justin Boston
10 80 Ross Chastain
11 16 Ryan Reed
12 42 Dylan Kwasniewski
13 11 Elliott Sadler
14 99 James Buescher
15 6 Trevor Bayne
16 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt
17 39 Ryan Sieg
18 5 Austin Theriault
19 43 Dakoda Armstrong
20 31 Chase Pistone
21 51 Jeremy Clements
22 93 Kevin Swindell
23 28 J.J. Yeley
24 19 Mike Bliss
25 44 Blake Koch
26 40 Matt DiBenedetto
27 55 Jamie Dick
28 52 Joey Gase
29 1 Landon Cassill
30 54 Sam Hornish Jr
31 14 Eric McClure
32 23 Cody Ware
33 70 Derrike Cope
34 17 Tanner Berryhill
35 72 Harrison Rhodes
36 89 Morgan Shepherd
37 87 Josh Reaume
38 74 Mike Harmon
39 46 Ryan Ellis
40 10 Jeff Green


The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Ed Coombs
Ed Coombs
Ed began covering NASCAR for the former Gater Racing News regularly in 2000. He began working with Speedway Media in 2003 by supplying exclusive photos from the races covered. Currently he is the Editor and Assistant Publisher of Speedway Media. He also manages staff and credentialing. With the closing down of Gater News after nearly 50 years he hopes to become a more regular contributor at Speedway Media as a writer and photographer. My Twitter name is @coombsed feel free to follow me I am a member of the National Motorsports Press Association.


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