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Beard Motorsports

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Beard Motorsports
Beard Motorsports.jpeg
Owner(s)Mark Beard
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Cup Series
Race drivers62. Brendan Gaughan
Sponsors62. Beard Oil, South Point
Debut2017 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Races competedTotal: 30
Cup Series: 12
Xfinity Series: 11
ARCA Racing Series: 7
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories0
Pole positions0

Beard Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team was created in 2014 by Mark Beard. The team attempted two races in the Cup Series in 2014, with driver Clay Rogers, making none. After going dormant in 2015 and 2016, the team returned part-time in 2017 with Brendan Gaughan.


Early years

The team ran some ARCA Racing Series races with Clay Rogers in 2012.[1] The team split time between the numbers 42 and 45 and scored a best finish of fourth at Iowa Speedway.[2] Beard also fielded a Xfinity Series team for himself, Bobby Dotter, Gary Neice, L.D. Ottinger, Butch Miller and a few others.

Cup Series

Mark Beard founded the team during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The race team's engine was built with old 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.[3] The team then attempted to run at Richmond International Raceway two months later with Clay Rogers in the No. 75 Beard Oil Chevrolet;[4] 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.[5]

The team did not attempt any races in 2015 or 2016.[6]

In 2017, Beard Motorsports announced it would run the Daytona 500 with Brendan Gaughan in the No. 75 Beard Oil Chevrolet.[7] 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.[8] The team does not possess a NASCAR charter.[9] 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.[10] 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,[11] despite hitting the wall once in the race. The team's 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 team came back for the 2018 slate of restrictor-plate races, and did the same as well in 2019, using cars from Richard Childress Racing, engines from ECR Engines, and technical support from the Childress crew.[12]

On February 9, 2020, Gaughan made the field at the 2020 Daytona 500 by posting the second fastest qualifying speed of all the non-charter teams (188.945 mph; 33rd overall).[13]


  1. ^ "Mt. Pleasant-based Beard Oil withdraws from Michigan International Speedway ARCA race". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  2. ^ "Driver Clay Rogers 2012 ARCA Racing Series Results -". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  3. ^ "Clay Rogers and Beard Motorsports to attempt Sprint Cup debut this weekend". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  4. ^ "Beard Motorsports to attempt Richmond". Archived from the original on 2015-10-04. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  5. ^ "Driver Clay Rogers 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Results -". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  6. ^ "Brendan Gaughan, Mark Beard enter NASCAR Daytona 500 with RCR support". Autoweek. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  7. ^ Nguyen, Justin (2017-01-13). "Brendan Gaughan to run the Daytona 500". Overtake Motorsport. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  8. ^ Kantowski, Ron (January 12, 2017). "Las Vegan Brendan Gaughan will attempt to race in Daytona 500". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "Brendan Gaughan Will Attempt To Make The 2017 Daytona 500". Working On My Redneck ™. 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  10. ^ Staff report (February 19, 2017). "Chase Elliott Captures Back-to-Back Daytona Poles". NASCAR. Turner Sports Network. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (July 2, 2017). "RCR and its affiliates fill the top ten at Daytona". Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Catanzareti, Zach. "'I Love This Family': Gaughan Proud of Talladega Finish with Small Team". Kickin The Tires. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  13. ^ Albert, Zack (February 9, 2020). "Haley, Gaughan exhale after securing Daytona 500 starting spots". NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 10, 2020.

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