Las Vegas: Roush Fenway Racing preview

Roush Fenway Racing Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 Saturday, September 20 Colin Braun No.6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 John Wes Townley No.09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 Erik...

Roush Fenway Racing
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350
Saturday, September 20

Colin Braun        No.6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150

John Wes Townley No.09 Zaxby's Ford F-150
Erik Darnell No.99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150

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Colin Braun
Team: No.6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-43 Last outing: Nashville in August finished sixth

Braun on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"Since I'm not old enough to gamble, I'm going to have to hope that at least my luck turns around on the track at Vegas. We had such a good run going at New Hampshire last weekend and ended up with a DNF. We should have had a top-10 finish, but got wrecked with 15 laps to go. We've been caught in so many wrecks this season that shouldn't have involved us. I feel like our luck has been terrible this year which is unfortunate since we've had fast trucks every race. Hopefully Vegas will be the place to turn it around heading into the homestretch at the end of the season."

Crew chief Mike Beam on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"We're going to take the same truck that we raced at Nashville a few weeks ago when we finished sixth. The only other time we ran it this year was at Texas. Colin runs well on the 1.5-mile tracks if we can just stay out of trouble. Our trucks must have some sort of magnets in them that pull the wrecks towards us because we always seem to get caught in them even after we think we're clear. Hopefully Vegas will be lucky for us, at least on the track."

Bobby East
Team: No.09 Zaxby's Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK-34 Last outing: Michigan in June finished 18th

Bobby East on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"This race at Vegas is really important for me. It is the last truck race I am scheduled to run this season in the No.09 Zaxby's Ford F-150, so running well at Vegas would be a huge career booster. I've only run there once before in the 2006 truck race, but it's an awesome track and a lot of fun to race there. I like the truck we are taking and I've raced it twice before. My best finish with it was at Texas in June when we finished eighth.

"Las Vegas is also a pretty cool place to hang out, but the only winning I am focused on this weekend is at the track."

Crew chief Chad Norris on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"This Zaxby's team has a lot of momentum right now coming off our third-place finish at Loudon last weekend with Travis (Kvapil). We're taking a truck that Bobby has run well with in the past and we're going to do everything we can to get him a great finish. This is his last race of the season with our team and we want to help him get his first NASCAR win. We got the pole at ORP, now we need the win."

Erik Darnell
Team: No.99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-58 Last outing: Kentucky, July '08 finished 29th
     Also: Raced at Michigan in June '08 finished 1st

Erik Darnell on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"If you want to win at Las Vegas, you need to get up front early. It's going to take great track position throughout the race to get our No.99 Ford F-150 a good finish. Straightaways here are nice and long and allow you to continue on the throttle through the turns. We have put together some really strong, consistent finishes over the past couple of months giving the Northern Tool + Equipment team quite a bit of momentum heading into the final stretch of the season. I came close here last year and I think we've got a good shot this weekend."

Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"Las Vegas can undoubtedly burn you if you cannot find track position early on in the race. Qualifying could end up playing a major role in the outcome of this weekend's race. We also have to be on cue when making our pits stops. Erik has really gotten in a groove of late and you always like when your driver feels like he can go out each and every week and compete for a win."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Colin Braun , Bobby East , Erik Darnell , John Wes Townley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing