DAYTONA BEACH, FL (July 5, 2008) – Colin Braun knew his first Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway would be a challenge. Not locked into the event, Braun needed to qualify in on time. The 19-year-old NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular stepped up to the plate and posted the third-fastest time of the session. For most of the race, Braun was holding his own and learning about the draft until a late spin caused by a cut tire ended the team’s strong run.
Early in the Winn-Dixie 250, Braun said the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “real tight up off the corner.” Crew chief Eddie Pardue made plans for air pressure and wedge adjustments on the first pit stop. That came under caution on lap 15. The team went to work and picked up two spots on the stop. Shortly after the restart, Braun said he was still “tight off.” Luckily another caution quickly fell and Braun came back down pit road on lap 32. The CitiFinancial team gave Braun another wedge and air pressure adjustment and four fresh tires. He restarted 19th and was running 16th on lap 38 when he reported that the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion had gotten “pretty free center off.” The car quickly became loose in as well and Pardue called for a track bar adjustment on the next stop.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was running 20th when green flag stops began on lap 74. Pardue called his driver down pit road on lap 79 for four tires and a track bar adjustment. After the stop Braun said his car was “driving great.”
Braun looked poised for a solid top-20 finish when he cut his left front tire and wrecked hard coming to the white flag. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion finished 35th.
"We had a car that was pretty decent at the start of the race and then we just ended up getting a little tight that first run,” said Braun. “And then we just started getting freer and freer and freer. But we made a few adjustments on it during the pit stops. My crew chief, Eddie Pardue, did a good job making those adjustments. We had a little trouble on one of the stops and it kind of put us behind, and then after that we were just trying to play catch-up and stay in the draft. I don't know what happened there at the end. It was real weird. We were almost coming straight up off the corner, and then it just snapped sideways on it. I'm really not sure what happened."
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