Nashville: Braun - Ford Friday interview

Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, was the fastest Ford F-150 and fifth overall during Friday's first practice at Nashville Superspeedway. This is Braun second appearance at the concrete track this season. He talks...

Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, was the fastest Ford F-150 and fifth overall during Friday's first practice at Nashville Superspeedway. This is Braun second appearance at the concrete track this season. He talks about the race and changes in his goals this season.

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT RETURNING TO THIS TRACK AFTER HAVING RACED HERE IN MARCH. "It's definitely a little different just how much these trucks slow down compared to the Nationwide cars. My crew chief Mike Beam did a really good job getting my truck tuned up here for this weekend. They've been working really hard back in the shop, in the wind tunnel and things like that. I think it really shows on the race track. We have a really good truck here. I feel bad that I put these guys so far behind in points. They really had had to work hard after tech to get us out on time. Hopefully, we can move ourselves up in points."

IN THE LAST FEW RACES, WE'VE SEEN YOU NEAR THE TOP OF THE CHARTS IN PRACTICE SESSIONS. "If it wasn't for the guys and all the hard work they do, I wouldn't be doing so well. They've been working so hard. I think our team is really coming together as a group. Everybody is pulling in the same direction. We're getting into the swing of things. I'm learning more and more every time I drive one of these trucks. I'm also getting the chance to go and test the Cup cars with the Sprint Cup drivers that Roush Fenway has and that has been a huge help for me. I think some of it is just the new attitude we've got. We're doing like my crew chief says, we're doing the best we can and whatever happens, happens. We're not so worried about going out there and win races like we were before. We're just going to go out there and have fun. We all know what to do and we know how to do a good job. So if we go out there and have fun, I think that's going to get us some better results compared to what we've been having."

HAVE THE TEAM'S PRIORITIES CHANGED SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR? "I think at the start of the year, the priorities were to go out there and make a lot of laps and finish the races. We had some success, then I think we tried to run before we could walk and we got a little too antsy to try to win races and things like that. Everybody on the team thought we could and we've been fast enough to win races and I don't think anyone would doubt that. We've just been caught up in wrecks, I've made rookie mistakes and things like that have happened. I think some of that is every body's mentality about going to the race track and win races and that's all we were focused on. I think if we just step back for a minute and all do our jobs and just have fun with this, we'll be in a lot better shape."

HAS THE TRACK CHANGED MUCH SINCE THE NATIONWIDE RACE EARLIER THIS SEASON? "I don't really know. It's so different driving one of those Nationwide cars here just the way you've got to get on the brakes. The package that we brought with my No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was a lot different than what my crew chief brought here in the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150. It's hard to compare."

CAN YOU USE THAT TRACK TIME TOWARD "I think so. Just having some experience here and having some laps here and knowing what the little nuances of this place are definitely helps me, for sure. We just brought really different package."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Colin Braun
Teams HART