AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 7, 2008) – Colin Braun hoped the momentum from his top-five finish in Texas last week would have carried over to Phoenix, but that was not the case. Although he had a fast Con-way Freight Ford F-150 and was up in the top 10 early in the race, an accident just past halfway took him out of contention.
Braun qualified 18th earlier in the day, but knew his truck would be better in the race. He successfully avoided a multi-truck accident in front of him on the first lap which involved championship contenders Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday, and moved up to 14th when the race resumed on lap 12. The longer he ran the truck was becoming tighter, but he was up to 12th by lap 40 and cracked the top 10 on lap 50.
A caution on lap 64 brought the leaders to pit road. Braun pitted for new tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. Trouble on the stop cost him a few positions which put him in 15th place for the restart on lap 69.
While trying to work his way forward again, he ran into trouble on lap 78. Coming off turn four Braun got into Benson on the front stretch and hit the wall. He took the truck to the garage for repairs and the team spent nearly 40 laps replacing the radiator and repairing damage to the front end. Once they thought they could return to the race, Braun found the clutch was burned out when he tried to put the truck in gear. His night was over with a 28th-place finish. Kevin Harvick won the Lucas Oil 150.
“I felt like we had a really good truck in the race,” Braun said. “I thought we were pretty fast. My guys did a great job on pit road. We just lost a few spots there for whatever reason and unfortunately got back in the mess a little bit. We kind of got held up in lapped traffic and I just didn’t do a good enough job down there in turns three and four. I got pinched down on the apron and just chased the truck up the race track and eventually lost it coming off the corner and that was that. The Con-way Freight team did a great job fixing it up in the garage, but unfortunately we had the clutch burned out if it which ended our night.”
The No. 6 Con-way Freight team remains 13th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, and Braun continues to lead the rookie standings. The season finale will be on Friday, November 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It will be live on SPEED at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Travis Kvapil and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.