FT. WORTH, Texas (October 31, 2008) – Colin Braun came to his home state of Texas looking for a solid finish after a disappointing race there in June. He had a strong Con-way Freight Ford F-150 and never fell out of the top 10 all night, en route to his third top-five finish of the season.
Braun started the race in ninth place and successfully avoided a multi-truck accident on the second lap of the race. He restarted the race in fifth place on lap 13. Once he got some green-flag laps under his belt he told the team his truck was a little tight in the center of the turns. He moved up to fourth place by lap 25 and held that position for the next 30 laps.
With a long green-flag run, the Con-way Freight team planned to pit under green on lap 59. As luck would have it, the yellow flag came out on lap 58 so Braun could pit for four new tires and a track bar adjustment under caution. He remained fourth for the restart on lap 62.
Braun said the truck was pretty good early in the run, but as the race progressed the truck needed more front grip. He fell into fifth place by lap 88 and eventually fell to sixth by lap 92.
A much-needed caution came on lap 95 which allowed the team to pit for final adjustments to finish the race. The Con-way Freight team had one of their best stops of the season with a 14.8-second stop. Braun gained one position in the pits to restart in fifth place with 48 laps remaining.
With the laps winding down, Braun passed his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Travis Kvapil for fourth place with 19 laps to go. Point leader Johnny Benson was closing in on Braun and eventually took fourth place from him with four laps to go. Braun held on to finish fifth for his third top-five finish of the season.
“It was a really good night for everybody on this No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 team,” Braun said. “Certainly in practice we worked on our truck pretty hard. My guys did a great job all night and made a lot of adjustments. They really improved our truck, I think, over the length of the race. It's a lot of fun when you can do that and it certainly shows the strength of our team when you can do that as well."
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 next race will be on Friday, November 7 at Phoenix International Raceway. 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.