- 17 career wins, 10 pole awards, 83 top-five and 136, top-10 finishes and two series championships spread out among the NASCAR Spring Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
- Completed a partial schedule in the Camping World Truck Series from 1997 through 2001
- Holds a two-year unbeaten streak of four consecutive Camping World Truck Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway (2002 and 2003)
- Part owner in Mobile Media (a mobile billboard company) and Airport Slot Concessions Incv. (company that provides the slot machines at the McCarran International Airport)
- Helps out at the family business, South Point Hotel & Casino
- Divemaster for Lake Norman Scuba in Mooresville, N.C.
- Recruited by Georgetown University to play football
- Ventured to other sports in college and joined the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team as a walk-on player, played from 1994-1997 with NBA greats such as Allen Iverson, Othella Harrington, Don Reid, Jahidi White, and Jerome Williams.
- Obtained a BSBA in Management with a specialization in Human Recourses while at Georgetown
Don’t use the word “retirement” when discussing Brendan Gaughan and his future in racing. The 42-year old Las Vegas, Nev. resident will only step away from full-time NASCAR competition in 2018. He first competed full time in the K&N Pro Series West series back 1999, a series that he won back-to-back champion- ships in 2000 & 2001. From there, he moved up to the Camping World Truck Series where he pick up eight wins and just missed out on the 2003 series title. He has continued his presence in the sport in the XFINITY Series where he captured two more victories. “I would personally like to thank the entire Beard family for con- tinuing this opportunity and for allowing us to run the number that has been so special to me my entire career.”
Gaughan is the grandson of Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan and son of Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino magnate.
Gaughan began his career racing in off-road racing and he rose up through the ranks from pickup trucks to the professional two-wheel-drive Trophy Truck class. In the late 1990s, he switched to pavement racing in a stock car. This led to a career in NASCAR racing. He began in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series); later to the Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) and Monster Energy Cup Series during the 2000s.
Born in Los Angeles, California but a long-term resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, Gaughan attended Georgetown University and played collegiate basketball as a walk-on for the Hoyas with friend and former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson. He is also the brother of Las Vegas gaming executive John Gaughan.
Gaughan earned All-Conference honors as a placekicker on Georgetown’s NCAA Division I-AA football team. He was primarily a role player on the basketball team whose jobs were mostly practice related but did see action in 25 games.
A unique individual, he even sported corn rows during a race at Dover International Speedway during the 2005 Craftsman Truck Series season. On August 18, 2007, he married his wife Tatum, and on October 30, 2010, Gaughan and Tatum welcomed a baby boy, who they named Michael James. His second son William was born on October 11, 2012.
In 2011, Gaughan appeared as a spokesperson for the South Point Casino in an episode of the History Channel series Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy.
In 2015, Gaughan was a guest analyst for the ARCA Racing Series race at Kentucky.