Braun - Ford interview 2008-10-14

This Week in Ford Racing October 14, 2008 Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, makes his third appearance at Martinsville Speedway this weekend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Braun leads the Raybestos Rookie of...

This Week in Ford Racing
October 14, 2008

Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, makes his third appearance at Martinsville Speedway this weekend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Braun leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings by 30 points with five races remaining. He talks about racing in Martinsville, testing at Charlotte and Rockingham and participating in the Ford Driving Skills for Life program in Phoenix.

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

YOU MADE YOUR TRUCK SERIES DEBUT AT MARTINSVILLE ONE YEAR AGO. DESPITE THE ROOKIE STATUS, YOU'VE HAD THREE RACES AT THE PAPERCLIP TRACK. "I think we've got a really good truck. It's the same truck we ran at Mansfield. We had a good test with it last week in Caraway (Asheboro, N.C.). I think it's going to be a pretty good truck. We have the experience of doing three races before at Martinsville is going to be nice. Just knowing the little nuances of that race track. We certainly don't have it figured out by any means, but just having three more races than I'm accustomed to going into the race is going to be a big help."

WITH THE PREVIOUS RACE EXPERIENCE AT MARTINSVILLE, DO YOU HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE RACING AT SUCH A TOUGH TRACK? "I think we do. A lot of these races we start off, Texas, Atlanta and places like that where I've never turned a lap there before we go there and race. So, having three whole races and three sets of practice sessions and three qualifying attempts is going to be a big help for me. It doesn't bring me nearly anywhere close to what the Ron Hornadays and Mike Skinners of the world have. But any little bit I can get helps."

YOU'VE LED THE RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS FOR MOST OF THE YEAR AND HAVE A 30-POINT LEAD. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF WINNING THIS TITLE? "It would be fantastic. That was the goal that Con-way set out to do when they first decided to come sponsor this team. And that's what Jack Roush wanted and was the main goal for this season. To win that Rookie of the Year championship would be huge. I don't think it's sealed up by any means now. I think with the way the point structure works and the Rookie of the Year standings, it's always going to be a tight race until the end. I know there is a vote at the end of the year as well. Who knows what will happen and we'll see what goes on. If we can hopefully finish in the top-10 or top-five in these last couple of races that would be perfect. Another goal that I've set for myself, I'd like to get in the top 10 in driver points. Right now, we're 150 points out of 10th,behind Terry Cook. I think getting inside the top 10 in driver points is a definite possibility as well."

WITH FIVE RACES REMAINING THIS SEASON, MANY TEAMS ARE ALREADY LOOKING TOWARDS 2009. WHAT DO YOU SEE HAPPENING OVER THE NEXT FIVE RACES? ARE YOU LOOKING AT 2009? "Our deal is to have strong, consistent top-10 and top- five finishes. Certainly we're trying to build and get prepared for next year to hit the ground really running. We want to hit the ground at full steam. Our goal is to win the Rookie of the Year title, finish in the top 10, top five these next couple of races and just have a good solid end season. We're looking to have good off season and everybody will have a chance to think about what we've done and rebuild and come back next year 100 percent ready to go right off the truck in Daytona."

YOU'RE KEEPING A BUSY SCHEDULE IN THE CLOSING WEEKS OF THE SEASON. "Yes, this week has been busy. Monday and Tuesday we were out here (Lowe's Motor Speedway) with the new Ford Nationwide program testing at Charlotte in the Nationwide COT cars. Then on Thursday, I'm going to test Rockingham in a COT Cup car and do some testing there in one of those cars. Then we're going to Martinsville to race the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 on Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday evening, I'm flying to Phoenix to go do a Ford Driving Skills for Life program on Monday and fly home Monday night."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE PHOENIX FORD DRIVING SKILLS FOR LIFE PROGRAM AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING INVOLVED IN THE TEEN SAFE DRIVING PROGRAM? "I'm excited about it because next week is National Teen Driver Safety Week and I'm helping kick-off the Ford Driving Skills for Life Hands-On Training program in Phoenix. I had a chance to talk to teen drivers in California earlier in the year and really enjoyed it. I think it's a great program that Ford has initiated and just shows how forward thinking and how the people at Ford are not only concerned about building good cars and trucks but they're also concerned about the safety of teenage drivers on the streets and everyone else on the streets. I'm excited to be a part of it and be a spokesperson to Ford and try to help as much as I can. I think it's going to be a pretty neat program."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Colin Braun , Terry Cook , Jack Roush