Beard Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team was created in 2014 by Mark Beard.
Monster Energy Cup Series Races: 8
Xfinity Series Races: 11
ARCA Racing Series Races: 7
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Mark Beard founded the team during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The race team’s engine was built with used Hendrick Motorsports parts and with tests at various east coast tracks, including at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The team was on the entry list for the July race at Loudon, but withdrew their car before attempting to qualify. The team then attempted to run at Richmond International Raceway two months later with Clay Rogers in the No. 75 Beard Oil Chevrolet; however, they failed to qualify for the race. The last time Beard Motorsports attempted to qualify for a race was at Phoenix International Raceway with Rogers, but weren’t able to make the race.
The team did not attempt any races in 2015 or 2016.
In 2017, Beard Motorsports announced it would run the Daytona 500 with Brendan Gaughan in the No. 75 Beard Oil Chevrolet. Gaughan’s Richard Childress Racing Xfinity Series pit crew serviced the car and the team used a Childress engine. The team also bought a car from Leavine Family Racing, a Childress satellite; the car had finished 15th in the previous year’s Daytona 500 with Michael McDowell. The team does not possess a NASCAR charter. As one of the two fastest non-charter cars in qualifying, Gaughan was able to make the field.
Gaughan then secured an 11th place finish in the Daytona 500, the first race in the Cup Series for the team. The team announced it would enter the other three 2017 restrictor plate races. Gaughan and the team returned at Talladega, finishing 27th. Then on July 1 in the Coke Zero 400, Brendan Gaughan drove team’s car to a seventh-place finish, despite hitting the wall once in the race. The teams next race was the Alabama 500 at talladega superspeedway. Gaughan led laps and ended up 17th after avoiding the big one then being collected in the next crash.
The Beard Oil Motorsports Team
In 2014, Mark founded Beard Motorsports and fielded one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (now Monster Energy Cup Series) team. In 2017, Brendan Gaughan was brought on to drive for the team and they managed 17th at the 2017 Daytona 500 as an open, non-chartered team.
Driver, No. 62 Chevrolet
An American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Beard Motorsports. Gaughan is the grandson of Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan and son of Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino magnate.