LEBANON, Tenn. (August 9, 2008) – Colin Braun headed to Nashville Superspeedway with some experience under his belt. Having run the Nationwide race in March, he was anxious to get back to the track and put that experience to good use in his No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150. He did just that Saturday night as he brought home another top-10 finish, his fifth of the season.
Braun started the race in fourth place after a solid qualifying lap. The race got off to a wild start as trucks spread out everywhere on the track and drivers had to scramble to keep from wrecking. Braun fell back to 10th on the first lap, but stayed out of trouble which was the smart thing to go.
The team used the second caution on lap 37 to pit for new tires and adjustments to help the truck have more grip. The team fired off a quick 15.7-second stop which helped Braun gain five positions on pit road. He was up to sixth when the race resumed on lap 42.
The truck was still tight in the center and a little free into the turns. He was running in eighth place on lap 74 when a group of trucks went four wide around him. The truck on the outside was pushed up into the wall and then spun down in front of Braun. He escaped with minimal damage to the fender. The team pitted on lap 75 for four tires and to pull out the fender. He was 17th for the restart since several teams took only two tires.
Braun used his experience and his patience to work his way forward. He was up to 12th by lap 100 and broke into the top 10 on lap 103. The truck was still a bit tight in the center so when a caution came on lap 115 the team used the opportunity to pit a final time for right-side tires and a track bar adjustment. The Con-way Freight crew had another great stop which put Braun in seventh place when the race resumed with 31 laps to go.
With 20 laps remaining Braun was in fifth place. In the closing laps Jack Sprague was able to get by him for fifth, but he held his ground and finished the race in sixth place. The top-10 finish also made him the highest finishing rookie.
“It was a good run for the whole No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 team,” Braun said. “We qualified fourth and it seemed like everybody and their brother was trying to wreck in front of us. So a lot of times we just had to check up and we fell back to 11th or 12th there at the start. I thought Mike Skinner was going to wreck on the start. I guess with the season we’ve been having we’ve just been trying to avoid those wrecks and luckily, we finally did that.
“We had brake problems the whole night, I’m not sure exactly what happened but our pedal got real long. If not for that, I thought we would have something maybe to challenge those guys further up in the field. All in all, it was a great night. My pit crew did a great job on pit road and they’ve been working real hard on that. We had some great stops. Hats off to them, they did a big part of this. We came in 13th the first time and came out sixth or something like that. Those guys did a heck of a job. It’s nice to finish up in the top 10, I wish we could have finished in the top five, but Jack Sprague was pretty fast there at the end. All in all, a good night for us.”
The No. 6 Con-way Freight team remains 14th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, and Braun continues to lead the rookie standings. The next race will be on Wednesday, August 20 at Bristol Motor 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, John Wes Townley and Bobby East; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.