This Week in Ford Racing: Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Ford F-150, is in 19th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Dover, the first of a five-races-in-five-weeks stretch for the NASCAR Camping World...
This Week in Ford Racing:
Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Ford F-150, is in 19th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Dover, the first of a five-races-in-five-weeks stretch for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Through the season's first six races, Braun has five top-10 starts - including a pole at Daytona - and two top-10 finishes.
"I'm a big fan of Dover. Ever since I saw the place for the first time last year, I thought, 'Wow, this is a pretty amazing race track,' and it really is. It's a place where if you make a mistake you pay a pretty big penalty. But, it's a lot fun. It's a real cool race track. It's got a lot of character to it. I kind of think of it as a big Bristol. It's such a high-banked, concrete race track, and it's just so tight and small and you're just going so fast, you're carrying so much speed, that it makes it fun to drive on, and it makes for really good racing."
MANY DRIVERS SAY THE SENSATION OF SPEED AT DOVER IS GREATER THAN ANY OTHER TRACK. "I think it really is. You're going so fast, when you drive off into the corner, you look at the corner and say, 'Wow, that's a pretty darn tight corner,' and then you get in the middle of the corner and there's so much banking and so much grip from the concrete that you can just carry so much speed through the corner that you really feel like you're carrying a lot more speed than you do at a place like Daytona or Talladega. Daytona or Talladega, for instance, obviously you're going fast, but the place is so big and so wide and so open that you really don't know exactly how fast you're going, compared to Dover, where the walls are close and things are tight and small, you really get an idea how fast you're going."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO PASS AT DOVER? "It's tough to pass, and clean air is really important, I think we all saw that last year with the 22 truck of Scott Speed. It's obviously really important to have clean air, and having really good pit stops and having good strategy is always an important thing, so I feel like we've got both of those things covered, and I know we'll have a fast truck, so I'm looking forward to it."
IS THERE A KEY FOR YOU AT DOVER AS YOU LOOK AT GAINING SOME POINTS? THIS CAN BE THE START OF AN IMPORTANT STRETCH OF RACES FOR THE NO. 6 TEAM. "I think this is a stretch that we've all kind of been preparing for for the last couple of months, really, to try and get ready for this stretch, to have our trucks ready to go, to have a good plan in place no matter what happens, and I feel like we've got that, and I feel like we've got as good a shot as anybody at making this deficit up and getting back up there in the points standings."
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