WEST ALLIS, WI (June 21, 2008) – Colin Braun’s first Nationwide Series race at The Milwaukee Mile was one of promise and disappointment as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular started strong but found himself caught up in two separate on-track incidents and finished 21st. Braun qualified the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion 10th, his third top-10 qualifying effort in three series starts this season.
Braun was running eighth on lap 12 when he told crew chief Eddie Pardue the car was “free in, free off.” The first chance to adjust on the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion came when the caution flew on lap 54. Braun came down pit road in 10th place and received track bar and air pressure adjustments and four fresh tires. The adjustments didn’t appear to help and Braun fell back to 16th on lap 61. “Tight center, loose off,” was the next report of the car’s handling. When the caution came out on lap 84, Pardue called Braun down pit road for a wedge adjustment and two tires. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion restarted seventh on lap 90.
Braun was quiet over the radio during the next green flag run, holding steadily onto eighth position. On lap 148 the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion had contact with a non-lead lap car and Braun suffered moderate right side damage. The CitiFinancial team went to work repairing the body and after two pit stops under the caution, a disappointed Braun was back on the track in 17th place.
Fighting an ill-handling CitiFinancial Ford Fusion, Braun was running 16th on lap 164 when he was involved in another wreck. The team surveyed the damage and fixed what they could on pit road. Braun went back on the track without ever losing a lap, but the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion now had significant right side body damage. After repairs, Braun restarted 19th with 81 laps remaining.
With any hope of improving the handling of the car essentially out the window, Braun was struggling just to finish out the laps and bring the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion home in one place. Multiple late-race cautions left little time to improve position and when the checkered flag flew, the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion crossed the stripe 21st.
“We had a fast car, that’s for sure,” said Braun. “I thought we had a car that was competitive enough to run solidly in the top 10 probably in the top five there. It shows we definitely had the speed, I guess we just need to have some luck go our way. I have to thank all of these CitiFinancial guys. They worked really hard today, gave me a great car and had good pit stops all night. I’ll be back in the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion in a few weeks down in Daytona so hopefully we’ll have a better night down there.”
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, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.