Phoenix: Colin Braun preview

BRAUN AT PHOENIX - Colin Braun will be making his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start in the Basha's Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday. He has made two previous starts at the one-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World...

BRAUN AT PHOENIX - Colin Braun will be making his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start in the Basha's Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday. He has made two previous starts at the one-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with an average start of 14.5 and average finish of 28.0.

NO. 16 TEAM AT PHOENIX - Crew chief Eddie Pardue and the No. 16 team are excited to return to Phoenix International Raceway as it's the spot of a special victory for them. In this race one year ago, the team gave owner Jack Roush his 100th win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Greg Biffle at the wheel.

MAKIN' IT ON TIME - After the 30th-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway, Braun is ranked 34th in owner's points which will require the rookie to qualify on time at Phoenix. This shouldn't be a problem for Braun as he has only qualified outside of the top-20 once in all of his NNS and NCWTS races, which came at his first truck start at Daytona in 2007. Braun also owns seven career pole awards (five NCWTS, two NNS).

CHASSIS SELECTION - Crew chief Eddie Pardue has selected RK-460 this weekend for the Basha's Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the first time on track for No. 460 this season, but it was driven last in the fall race at Phoenix with Matt Kenseth behind the wheel. In that race, Kenseth started 12th and finished seventh.

Braun, on heading out to Phoenix:

"We had another tough weekend in Nashville but I'm staying positive. So much of the stuff we've been in these past three races has been outside of our control. Our cars have been good, the team is working well together and so I have to hope that we will get the finish we deserve here soon. Phoenix is a place Eddie (Pardue, crew chief) and the guys have done well at and I've raced there a couple of times in the truck series. I'm excited for our first race under the lights on Friday. I think it's going to be great for the fans and a great night for us to turn our season around."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue, on why Phoenix is special for the No. 16 team:

"Phoenix is a great track for the No. 16 team as well as Roush Fenway Racing and I'm excited to get out there this week. In this race last year, we were able to come away with the win to give Jack (Roush, team owner) his 100th career win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series which was a pretty cool deal. This team is nearly intact from what it was last year and I know we can get it done again. We have had a few things happen outside of our control these past few weeks and the finishes haven't reflected the hard work that was put into them. I don't think we could pick a better track than Phoenix to turn our luck around this season."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Colin Braun , Jack Roush