Braun, Crawford - Ford interview 2009-07-28

This Week in Ford Racing July 28, 2009 The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Nashville Superspeedway this Friday. Ford Racing drivers Colin Braun and Rick Crawford discuss the challenges of the concrete track as they head to Music City...

This Week in Ford Racing
July 28, 2009

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Nashville Superspeedway this Friday. Ford Racing drivers Colin Braun and Rick Crawford discuss the challenges of the concrete track as they head to Music City looking to pick up the Gibson Guitar trophy.

COLIN BRAUN - No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE RACE IN NASHVILLE? "I'm excited to go to Nashville, because we're bringing the truck we won Michigan with, truck number 43. That's one of my favorite trucks, it was one of Travis Kvapil and Mark Martin's favorite trucks, too. I'm really excited to go there. It's a challenging race track because it is concrete and it is so big. It seems like it's a place that stays pretty consistent all of the time because it is concrete, but other times I've raced there it seems to change quite a bit. It seems like it tightens up a lot at night, other times it stays really consistent. You never really know what it's going do. I think having a good crew chief pays off, and certainly we have that with Mike Beam."

ITS YOUR SECOND YEAR. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR? "It's so nice to go back to these race tracks and know really what the track is going to be like, and what to do from practice to qualifying to the race. It's so nice to earn the respect from the veterans in that first year, and just get that experience. They know you're a good driver, and you're going to be able to get through things the right way, and it's just nice to be able to have that now."

RICK CRAWFORD - No. 14 International Truck and Engine Ford F-150

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY? "It's almost a mile and half speedway, with a concrete surface, just a prestigious gift at the end of the race, winning the Nashville Gibson Guitar. I won at the old Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, but I've never won at the new track. The concrete bends a little bit different. We're practicing in the late afternoon, but it's all about momentum. You've got to get in the corner, the truck has really got be on the race track, you've got to have a good grip, good side- force, and it's got to have plenty of power to get down the straightaway. If you find a happy balance, you can do good at Nashville. I always look forward to going to Nashville, that's one of my favorite towns. We're going to have a good time there if my Ford F-150 drives well."

HOW DO YOU FEEL THE SERIES IS GOING RIGHT NOW? ARE YOU CONCERNED WHERE THE SERIES IS GOING? "I'm really watching that. I'm watching what NASCAR is doing with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as a competitor, as a manager for Circle Bar Racing. If you look at [last] week at ORP, you [had] seven new drivers in the race, and five new truck teams. That speaks to our competition level, and our racing is still enjoyed by a lot of teams. I've been in racing before when I didn't have sponsors, when I didn't have factory support, and I would do anything to race on Saturday night. That's what I'm seeing in today's market. I see a lot of sacrifices. People are really trying to weather the storm, they're showing up for the race, they have competitive teams, and we welcome that here in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series."

DO YOU WISH THERE WAS A CHASE FORMAT? "Only if I'm in it; I wouldn't want a chase format if I wasn't in it. It would be nice to clean the slate and start over with six races to go. We had a slow start. We had some problems that we shouldn't have had and the team deserves better, the truck that we're running deserves better, and it is, it's running better, it's a great truck to drive. To clean the slate for a chase format would be great, even though I never count myself out, and I never give up on a year no matter how good or bad we're doing. We go to each and every race to win."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Colin Braun , Rick Crawford , Mark Martin , Travis Kvapil