Charlotte: Roush Fenway Racing preview

Colin Braun on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "This will be my first race at Lowe's Motor Speedway and I'm excited to race there. I am going to get some laps on the track this week at the Nationwide test so that will be great to kind of figure...

Colin Braun on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"This will be my first race at Lowe's Motor Speedway and I'm excited to race there. I am going to get some laps on the track this week at the Nationwide test so that will be great to kind of figure out the track before I get in the truck on Friday. I've talked to some of my Roush Fenway teammates about getting around Lowe's and they've been really helpful too.

"Everyone on this Con-way Freight team always wants to finish well, but considering this is home for everyone on the team it would be great to get another top-five finish. We're leading the rookie points now and I want to keep my lead, and move up in the overall driver points with strong finishes every week."

Crew chief Mike Beam on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"We're taking the same truck we raced in Fontana, Atlanta and most recently Kansas. After Kansas we put new quarter panels on both sides and a new nose since it had some damage. It had great numbers in the wind tunnel, even better than before. We just need to run a smart race Friday night and not beat ourselves."

Travis Kvapil on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"To win at Lowe's you've got to have a good handling package and good downforce in the corners, and with the new engine package these trucks have you really have to get down the straightaway good. Fortunately we have great Roush/Yates horsepower. It takes the whole package to win at Lowe's and you can't make any mistakes. All these truck races are relatively short so you only get one, or two chances to make adjustments. Starting up front will be important, but more than anything the handling and the horsepower will make the difference.

"We're taking a new truck that we shook down at Darlington a few weeks ago. We worked the bugs out of it and got comfortable with it, and it had really good speed so we're excited about taking it to the track. It had really good wind tunnel numbers and all the data we have on this truck shows it's going to be strong. I feel like we can go to Charlotte and win."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"We're excited to have Travis back in the truck, and we're taking a new truck to Lowe's that he was able to test at Darlington a few weeks ago. It was fast at the test, and all the numbers we have from the wind tunnel back up what we saw at the test. We weren't happy with the truck we had in Atlanta, so we decided Lowe's would be the perfect place to debut a new truck with a lot of speed. With a little luck on our side, I think we'll have a great run."

Erik Darnell on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"With Charlotte being a multi-groove track, you know there is going to be some exciting racing. We've run well here in the past, most notably a top-10 finish in 2006. We had a fast truck last year qualifying fifth, but a late wreck spoiled our day. I'm looking forward to racing this week in a brand new truck. It showed a lot of promise while testing down at Darlington and I feel pretty good about our chances. It should be a great night for racing."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"This is by far one of my favorite tracks to visit during the season. Erik tends to run well at cookie cutter tracks like this one. The Northern Tool + Equipment team will debut a new truck at Charlotte. We actually found it to be better than our work horse truck while testing down at Darlington. I think the No.99 Ford F-150 is capable of doing some great things on the track Friday night."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Colin Braun , Erik Darnell , Travis Kvapil
Teams Roush Fenway Racing