BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 20, 2008) – Bristol Motor Speedway is a tough track on rookies and veterans alike. Colin Braun found that out early in the O’Reilly’s 200 Wednesday night.
Braun qualified 11th on the half-mile track but moved up to ninth for the start since a truck ahead of him in qualifying was sent to the rear of the field. Within a few laps of the start, Braun told crew chief Mike Beam the truck was loose. Unfortunately the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford was so loose that Braun brought out the second caution of the race on lap 41.
While racing the lapped truck of Chris Jones, Braun’s truck became loose tying to make the pass. He slid up into the No. 87 of Jones and spun. There was significant damage to Braun’s truck so he drove it to the garage. The team spent the next 100 laps of the race repairing the truck, fixing bent trailing arms and broken tie rods. With an amazing team effort, Braun was able to return to the track with 77 laps to go.
When Braun returned to action in 36th place, Beam came on the radio and told the team, “we are not going to finish last.” The Con-way Freight team never gave up and was able to gain four positions by the time the race ended. Braun was 33rd with one lap to go, but when a caution came out forcing a green-white-checker finish, he was able to gain one more position to finish the race 32nd. Kyle Busch won the race.
“We were falling back a little bit and were fighting just being a little bit free,” Braun said. “That lapped truck certainly didn’t help us out any, he was racing us really hard, and it’s unfortunate but I guess that’s what you get sometimes. I don’t know what happened. We came off of four and I got free, and I think I got up into him there a little bit and we got the worst end of it. These guys did a great job fixing this truck. It was pretty torn up, but we ended up getting four spots there by fixing it, so it was definitely the right thing to do and I’m really proud of these guys for doing that and sticking with it.”
The No. 6 Con-way Freight team fell one position to 15th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, and Braun continues to lead the rookie standings. The next race will be on Saturday, September 6 at Gateway International Raceway. It will be live on SPEED at 2:30 p.m. (ET).
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, Travis Kvapil, John Wes Townley and Bobby East; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.