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Gaughan gets first NASCAR trucks victory at Texas

June 10, 2002

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— Brendan Gaughan led the final 59 laps of the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night for his first NASCAR trucks victory.

Gaughan, who finished second at Texas last June, took the lead after taking just two tires on his Dodge during the last of six cautions. He went from third to first by beating Rick Crawford and Travis Kvapil, who both took four tires, out of the pits.

Gaughan finished with an average speed of 129.569 mph.

Kvapil, who won at Texas last fall, drove his Chevrolet to second place, 2.36 seconds behind the winner. Gaughan, in his 24th career start, is the ninth winner in as many truck races at the 1-mile, high-banked quadoval.

"I was really confident when I got into second place that I would be able to run him down," Kvapil said. "I was pretty surprised the way it played out. I really thought in the long run our four tires would pay off. Brendan ran smooth, consistent laps and he definitely earned it."

The final caution came after pole-sitter Jason Leffler spun around and backed into the wall around the first turn on lap 107 of 167. Leffler finished 26th.

Series points leader David Starr, who qualified second but had to start at the back of the 35-truck field after an engine change, drove back through the field to finish third. That matched his career-best from last June at Texas, where his family runs a racing school.

Starr, who hasn't won in 54 career starts, is the only driver to finish in the top 10 of all seven races this year.

By the end of the 25th lap, Starr had already gotten into the top 10, and he stayed there the rest of the race.

Crawford and Ted Musgrave completed the top five. Crawford is second in season points, 17 behind Starr and just three ahead of Musgrave.

There were eight leaders in the race. Musgrave led the first 10 laps and Crawford was in front for 21 laps.

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