FT. WORTH, Texas (June 6, 2008) – Colin Braun returned to his home state of Texas hoping to continue the recent streak of first-time winners. Unfortunately that wish ended on lap 113 when Braun got loose coming off turn two and hit the wall. The team was able to repair the damage to the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, but Braun was forced to settle for a 22nd-place finish.
The drivers took the green flag Friday night under hot, humid, windy conditions. Early on Braun said his truck was free through the center and off the corners. Despite the loose condition, it did not take him long to move forward from his 20th-place starting position. He was up to 11th place by the time the first caution of the night came on lap 34. Braun pitted for four tires and a track bar adjustment. The crew had a fast 15-second stop which helped him gain one position in the pits to restart 10th on lap 38.
Braun remained in the top 10 until his next stop under caution on lap 62. The team once again gave him four tires and a track bar adjustment, and gained one position for him in the pits. He was up to eighth place when the race resumed on lap 66.
Now the Con-way Freight F-150 was just the way Braun wanted it – fast. He began to pick up positions, one-by-one, and was up to seventh by lap 80. A few laps later he passed Kyle Busch for sixth. A caution on lap 88 brought him down pit road again, this time only for right-side tires and fuel. He returned to the track in eighth place since some teams only took fuel.
When the green flag waved on lap 92, Braun wasted no time moving back up through the field. Within six laps he was in fifth place and took over fourth on lap 104. He remained in fourth until lap 113 when he got loose coming off turn two. Despite his best efforts to save it, Braun hit the wall which forced him to pit for new tires and to repair the damage. The crew did their best to make the repairs without losing a lap, but eventually lost one lap to the leaders.
Braun was 26th for the restart on lap 119, but was able to get the lucky dog award to get his lap back under caution on lap 129. The team pitted several more times throughout the night to keep working on making the truck better. Braun and the crew never gave up and at the end of the race found themselves in 22nd place, the last truck on the lead lap. Ron Hornaday won after dominating most of the race.
“We just got free off of turn two behind Matt (Crafton) and I just made a mistake,” Braun said. “I thought we had a truck that could have challenged for the win there. We certainly had a top-five truck there pretty easily. I just feel bad for all these guys. They worked so hard on the truck getting it ready. That was probably one of the best trucks we had there. So it's terrible to wreck it and have to go back and fix it. These guys did a great job. I think we made 17 or 18 pit stops after we wrecked and never gave up. The guys did a real good job, I just feel bad letting them all down. We’ll just have to make up for it next week at Michigan.”
The No. 6 Con-way Freight team remains 14th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings. Braun continues to lead the rookie standings. The next race will be on Saturday, June 14 at Michigan International Speedway. It will be live on SPEED at 3:00 p.m. (ET).