Nashville: Roush Fenway Racing preview

Roush Fenway Racing Advance Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tenn. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday, August 9 Colin Braun No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 John Wes Townley No. 09 Zaxby's Ford ...

Roush Fenway Racing Advance
Nashville Superspeedway
Lebanon, Tenn.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 200
Saturday, August 9

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: No.6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-43 Last outing: Texas in June finished 22nd

Braun on racing at Nashville:
"I'm looking forward to going to a track that I've already raced at this year. I ran the Nationwide race in Nashville in the spring and really had fun. It's a great track and it's a lot of fun for a driver. Since I'm already comfortable with the track, we will be able to spend our practice on Friday working on race set up and long runs. I learned in the first half of the season that it's actually more important to make the truck handle well rather than just making it go fast. Going fast for a few laps doesn't help you if the handling goes away 20 laps into a run. It's great for qualifying, but not a 200-mile race."

Crew chief Mike Beam on racing at Nashville:
"I expect Colin to have a strong run in Nashville Saturday night. He ran there earlier this year in the Nationwide car so that gives him more experience there than most places we've been. I'm looking forward to the second half of the season since we'll be returning to a lot of tracks and he's learned a lot in the first 14 races. He's racing smarter and learning patience."

John Wes Townley: No.09 Zaxby's Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK-33 Last outing: Kentucky finished 21st with Townley

John Wes Townley on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"I'm really looking forward to racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend. I've had several good runs over the last couple of years in my late model car at the old fairgrounds speedway across town. Hopefully, some of that good karma in the Music City will reach over to the big track. I turned my first laps at Nashville Superspeedway last month in my ARCA car, and the test went really well.

"Friday will be the first time I've been in a truck at Nashville. But I am confident that Chad (Norris) and the Zaxby's team will help me get up to speed quickly. Everyone keeps telling me that it's always hot in Nashville in August, so I've been working extra hard on my conditioning this summer to be prepared for the heat this weekend."

Crew chief Chad Norris on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"We're going to take the same truck John Wes raced at Kentucky a few weeks ago. He's gaining experience every time he races with us. This will be his fourth race of the season in the Zaxby's F-150, but he's never raced at Nashville before. The extra track time in the ARCA car will certainly help this weekend."

Erik Darnell: No.99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-56 Last outing: Texas, June '08 finished 24th. Also: Charlotte, May '08 finished fourth

Erik Darnell on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"Nashville is a long, but fun track to race on. I've had some decent runs here the past couple of years including picking up the pole back in 2006. The last concrete track we raced at was Dover and that wasn't pretty at all. So, I expect a lot better race this time around. The team has put in a lot of extra hours in the shop with the week off preparing for Saturday night. We are coming down to a handful of races left in the season and if we want to stay in the championship hunt we must keep up the strong finishes. If we can do that everything else will fall into place."

Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"My advice to Erik this weekend is to hold on tight because Nashville is one fast race track. The concrete surface and large track size makes it one of the more exciting tracks we visit during the season. We are bringing the Charlotte truck with us to Nashville. This truck gave Erik his second top-five of the season back in May. Erik really likes the way it handles, and I feel it gives us our best shot at a win."

-credit: rfr

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