INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 27, 2008) – Colin Braun’s final Nationwide Series start of 2008 turned out to be his most memorable. In only his second career start at O’Reilly Raceway Park, Braun won the pole with a fast time of 22.837 seconds. Braun kept the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion up front all night and finished second to Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch. The second place finish was the eighth top-10 finish for the No. 16 CitiFinancial team this season.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion unloaded fast, posting the second fastest time in first practice and the fastest time in final practice. Needing to qualify his way into the race, Braun stepped up to the challenge in a big way, winning his second pole in only five Nationwide Series starts this year. Crew chief Eddie Pardue and the team headed into the race knowing they had one of the best cars in the field.
On the first lap of the Kroger 200, Braun gave the lead to Busch, settling in to second place to get a feel for the track. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion wouldn’t budge from second for the next 200 laps. Nine laps into the race, Braun told the team he was “free in and a little bit tight in the center.” By lap 50, the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “lacking overall grip.” The team was readying for green flag pit stops when the caution flew on lap 98. In their fuel window, Pardue called Braun down pit road for four tires and an air pressure adjustment. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion came in second and the No. 16 team knocked off a strong pit stop, sending Braun back on the track in the same position.
Braun liked the air pressure adjustment, saying the car was “not too bad, good on long runs.” The team was hoping for a long green flag run at the end so Braun could reel in Busch, but typical short track racing set in and multiple cautions fell in the closing laps and the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion never had the opportunity to take over the lead. Braun finished second, his best career Nationwide Series effort.
“It was a great night for me and the whole No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion team,” said Braun. “My crew chief Eddie Pardue brought me a great car for this weekend. We started off right off the truck pretty quick. We made a few changes but tried to be smart about what the race track was going to do tonight. It think he did a great job on that. We had a really good car. I really enjoyed the opportunity to go and learn with these guys. The team gave me a great pit stop when it counted most and I just couldn’t be happier with the whole effort this weekend. I’ve had a blast racing with these guys this year and hopefully we get to do it again.”
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