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NASCAR Star Brendan Gaughan Tests Positive for COVID-19 – Inside His 23-Year Race Career

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jul 16, 2020
07:55 A.M.
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NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan has tested positive for COVID-19 and reveals that he is currently in self-isolation.

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Brendan Gaughan has joined the list of famous people that have tested positive for COVID-19. According to NBC Sports, the NASCAR driver shared the news on Wednesday during an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “On Track.”

Brendan Gaughan, driver of the #62 Beard Oil Distributing/South Point Chevrolet, at practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Brendan Gaughan, driver of the #62 Beard Oil Distributing/South Point Chevrolet, at practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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As heard from an excerpt from the interview shared on the radio’s Twitter page, Gaughan explained that he tested positive for the virus on his birthday, which was last week Friday. The 45-year-old, however, remains in good spirits as he revealed that he was currently quarantining. He said:

“So I’m indoors for a couple weeks. No wife, no kids for two weeks. I am indoor, quarantined with my puppy, and staying isolated on one side of the house.”

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His kids and wife are away with friends and regularly check on him to see how he is faring. To fill his time up, the racer confessed to bingeing on race matches, and some “Lone Ranger” reruns before he disclosed some of the symptoms he was experiencing.

Brendan is retiring in 2020. The racer will close out his 23-year-career with a set of four races, of which two have already happened.

Brendan Gaughan, driver of the #62 South Point Chevrolet, stands on the grid at qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 2, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

Brendan Gaughan, driver of the #62 South Point Chevrolet, stands on the grid at qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 2, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

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He mentioned that he felt a bit fine, but was battling, “a head cold with a headache, a stuffy, and a little post-nasal drip.” Luckily, the rest of his colleagues came back with negative results. Brendan recently made headlines when he competed at the Cup Race in Talladega on June 22 and came 21st.

Per NBC Sports, that was the Las Vegas native’s first race since the Daytona 500 competition in February, but he didn’t feel worried about being rusty.

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During an interview with the outlet a day before the match, he explained that all of his colleagues’ last races were in February due to the pandemic, so “I’m no rustier than anybody else.” As noted by Motor Sport, Gaughan, who has only competed part-time since 2017, won the K&N West championships in 2000 and 2001.

He then moved on to earn the rookie of the year, at the Champion World Truck series in 2002 and was also named the most popular driver the following year.

Brendan Gaughan on stage at the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at the Daytona 500 on February 15, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Brendan Gaughan on stage at the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at the Daytona 500 on February 15, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

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Unfortunately, his racing years are fast coming to an end, as NASCAR previously reported that Brendan is retiring in 2020. The racer will close out his 23-year-career with a set of four races, of which two have already happened.

After the Daytona 500 and Cup Race in Talladega — which happened in February and June respectively— his next races will come up in August and October, and then it is goodbye.

Brendan Gaughan, driver of the #3 South Point/Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet at practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Johnsonville 180 at Road America on August 24, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Brendan Gaughan, driver of the #3 South Point/Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet at practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Johnsonville 180 at Road America on August 24, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

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that Gaughan has had a total of 473 starts, raced 15,438 laps, and a total of 10 wins throughout his career.

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