Feb 22, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ty Dillon (3) and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brendan Gaughan (62) during the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR and The Final Four From North Texas


It’s a big weekend for the folks in the Dallas Ft. Worth area of North Texas as both the Men’s NCAA Final Four Tournament, and racing from Texas Motor Speedway are on tap. UConn will tip-off against the Florida Gators around 6PM on Saturday evening, with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide race dropping the green flag just after 8:30. Kentucky takes on Wisconsin at 8:45.

On Sunday, all the guys from the hit TV Series Duck Dynasty will flag off the Duck Commander 500 around 3;00 PM. Hoops and Hot Rods, to put it in Old DW’s words…Boogity…Boogity….Boogity.

Unfortunately for RCR Nationwide driver, Brendan Gaughan won’t see his Georgetown Hoyas in the hunt for a ticket to the big dance this year. The 38 year-old driver of the #62 South Point Chevrolet was a former Basketball and Football star at Georgetown.

Before Brendan Gaughan made a name for himself in NASCAR’s national series, there were two other sports that took up much of his time – football and basketball.

In the mid-1990s, Gaughan was a member of Georgetown University’s football and basketball teams. During his basketball career, he played alongside former NBA All Star Allen Iverson and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet 16” and one to the “Elite Eight.”

With the Final Four in Dallas this weekend – the same weekend NASCAR is in town, one can’t help but wonder if Gaughan might get a bit nostalgic for his basketball-playing days.

Although he has never finished higher than 16th in four Nationwide starts at Texas, he won four consecutive races (2002-03) and has nine top-five finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Texas. His last NNS start in Texas came in 2010.

Source: Nascarmedia.com

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