It is often said in the Marines, once in never out.

The same can often be said of race car drivers.

While he officially retired from full time racing after the 2017 racing season, Brendan Gaughan has made the occasional race start, running races at the super speedways at Talladega and Daytona.

This weekend when NASCAR races at Talladega, Brendan Gaughan will make his final race start as a NASCAR driver in the YellaWood 500.

In his 23 year career as a stock car driver, Gaughan has made a total of 502 race starts in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Cup Series.  When he takes the green flag on October 4, it will be Gaughan’s 67th Cup Series start.  Gaughan has eight race wins in the Truck Series and two wins in the Xfinity Series.

Still having fun, Gaughan will continue to run in off-road races – the place where it all began for him.

And Gaughan’s seven year old son just ran his first race.  Gaughan intends to be involved with that as well.

Speaking on his future in racing, Gaughan said, “I’ll still be driving things. Think of Tony Stewart, Kenny Schrader – we love to drive, we love to race and I’m still racing don’t you worry about that. I just don’t plan on doing NASCAR anymore. You won’t have to worry about me coming out of second retirement from NASCAR.”

feature photo credit: By Royalbroil – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,