Ft. Worth, Texas. (June 5, 2009) – Colin Braun had his best finish of the season Friday night in his home state of Texas with a third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. It tied his best career truck series finish at Kansas Speedway in 2008. After struggles early in the race Braun and the Con-way Freight team rallied with smart adjustments and quick pit stops to take third.
Starting from 14th place, Braun fell back early in the race as he told the team his truck was very loose. He held onto the Ford F-150 eventually falling back to 17th before he could pit during the first caution on lap 42. After taking four tires and a wedge adjustment, Braun returned to the race in 10th place with a much better truck.
It did not take long for him to work his way though the field and move up to seventh place by lap 56. The truck was still a bit loose, but much better than it had been the previous run. With an uncharacteristic long green-flag run, the Con-way Freight team was forced to make green-flag pit stops by lap 102 and 103. The crew gave Braun four tires, fuel and more adjustments, but since some trucks only pitted once for fuel he fell a lap down.
Although a lap down, Braun remained in ninth place and was gaining on the leader. He eventually passed Rick Crawford to get his lap back on lap 121 and a few laps later a much-needed caution came out for debris. With enough fuel to go the distance, Braun only needed to pit once for fresh tires and a wedge adjustment to tighten him up just a bit. When the race resumed he restarted in second place behind Todd Bodine on lap 128.
In the closing laps the truck became too tight, but Braun was able to settle into third place with 30 to go and ride it out until the checkered flag fell. Bodine won the race with Matt Crafton second, Johnny Benson fourth and fellow Ford driver Rick Crawford in fifth.
“I am so proud of the way this Con-way Freight team worked on the truck all night to make it better,” Braun said. “We were terribly loose early in the race but we kept working on it all night. By the end I think the track tightened up at the same time we made our last adjustment to tighten up the truck as well, so I was too tight at the end to finish any better than third. After the last few weeks it sure feels good to come out of here with a top-five finish and a truck with barely a scratch on it. Now we can focus on Michigan next week and hopefully keep this momentum going.”
The No. 6 Con-way Freight team gained two positions and is now 18th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings. The next race will be on Saturday, June 13 at Michigan International Speedway. It will be live on SPEED at 1:30 p.m. (ET).