Braun - Ford interview 2009-09-08

This Week in Ford Racing: September 8, 2009 Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, is currently in sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings following back-to-back third-place finishes at both...

This Week in Ford Racing:
September 8, 2009

Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, is currently in sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings following back-to-back third-place finishes at both Chicagoland and Iowa Speedway. Heading into this weekend's race at Gateway International Raceway, Braun is only 14 points out of the top five in the standings.

YOU FINISHED THIRD ON SATURDAY IN IOWA. HOW DO YOU FEEL THE RACE WENT? "It was a really good weekend for the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 group. We struggled really badly the first day in practice. We couldn't get our truck driving well, but my guys did a great job. I think we made 30 different changes in four hours of practice on Friday, and we got the truck driving good there at the end. We got into the race and I guess we had kind of a bad start, and we ended up falling back quite a few spots. Then we had a really good first pit stop and ended up making up the track position that we lost. After that we kind of just held onto what we had. Then we got by Hornaday up there at the end with 10 laps to go and finished third."

YOU WERE ABLE TO MOVE UP TO SIXTH IN THE POINT STANDINGS, AND NOW YOU'RE ONLY A FEW POINTS AWAY FROM BEING IN FIFTH. "That's our goal, to get up there in the top five. I believe we're only 14 points from being there. That's our goal to do that, and I know this team can do it. These guys work so hard on these trucks and put so much effort into them, that's where we deserve to be."

YOU'RE HEADING INTO GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY THIS WEEKEND. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN DRIVING THERE? "I think it's going to be quite the challenging race because it's so different on both ends. You've got Turns 1 and 2, which are really tight, compared to Turns 3 and 4, and if you're good on one end, you're bad on the other and vice versa. You have to balance whatever end you want to be fast on and kind of sacrifice the other end a little bit. It makes for an interesting challenge and set-up for sure."

LAST WEEK YOU WERE IN SAVANNAH (GA.) AT THE FORD DRIVING SKILLS FOR LIFE EXHIBIT DURING THE GHSA ANNUAL MEETING. HOW DID THAT GO? "It went well. It was neat to see all of the people that were involved with that program and get a chance to walk around the convention a little bit, and really understand the efforts that people are putting into safe driving. It was great to see that DSFL was well represented."

DID YOU SEE ANYTHING YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE IN YOUR OWN DRIVING? "There were some pretty neat innovations out there that help drivers be safer on the roads, and help young drivers and teenagers understand what the consequences are of driving under the influence, things that teens definitely need to see."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Colin Braun