Originally created 10/12/03

Gaughan wins fourth straight Texas race



FORT WORTH, Texas -- Brendan Gaughan came from the back of the pack and won Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, becoming the first NASCAR truck driver to win four straight races at the same track.

Gaughan was forced to drop to the back of the 36-truck field to start the Silverado 350 because of an engine change before he qualified seventh. He didn't stay there long, even after having to repair some early fender damage.

By the 28th lap, Gaughan had already moved up to 16th in his Dodge aptly named "Lone Star." He went in front for the first time on the 77th lap after picking off truck after truck on the outside line, mainly in the high banking of Turns 1 and 2.

Gaughan beat Travis Kvapil's Chevrolet by 1.905 seconds with an average speed of 122.727 mph that was slowed by six cautions for 29 laps. He led three times for a race-high 60 laps, including the last 43 of the 146-lap race.

"We're going to put this truck in a museum or something," Gaughan said. "The truck works high, it works low. It's just an amazing truck."

It was the sixth win of the season for Gaughan, who extended his season points lead from 20 to 30 points over Kvapil with three races left. Half of Gaughan's eight career wins are on the 1 1/2 -mile Texas track.

"This is awesome, four in a row. Thank you Texas," Gaughan said.

Kvapil, the last Texas winner other than Gaughan, had his 18th straight top-10 finish to match the record set by Ron Hornaday Jr. in 1996.

Ted Musgrave finished third in his Dodge. He remained third in points, but dropped from 58 to 73 points behind Gaughan.

Jack Sprague was the only other truck driver to win three races at the same track, doing it at Phoenix from 1996-97.

Gaughan's first race at Texas was in 2001, when he was the runner-up to Sprague after starting 30th. After not running that fall, he's swept both races the past two years.

Rookie Carl Edwards, the Texas runner-up in June, finished fourth and polesitter Andy Houston was fifth. Jon Wood, Terry Cook, Dennis Setzer, Rick Crawford and Bobby Hamilton completed the top 10.

David Starr, who had his fourth front-row start on his home track, scraped the outside wall while racing three-wide on the first lap on his 36th birthday.

Starr got his lap back after another early caution, but on the 30th lap had to come in so series officials could make sure his window net was secure. He finished 31st, completing just 63 laps.