Colin Braun Gains 10 Positions In June To Crack The Top 10 (CONCORD, N.C.) -- June was a very good month for Colin Braun and the Con-way Freight True LTL team. Not only did Braun score his first-career Camping World Truck Series win, but with...
Colin Braun Gains 10 Positions In June To Crack The Top 10
(CONCORD, N.C.) -- June was a very good month for Colin Braun and the Con-way Freight True LTL team. Not only did Braun score his first-career Camping World Truck Series win, but with four consecutive top-10 finishes he gained 10 positions in the driver point standings to crack the top 10.
After two disappointing races in May when Braun fell out of both Lowe's and Dover while leading the races, he sat 20th in the points, 141 points out of 10th place. The team knew that despite the bad luck and frustration, they had to rally in the next four races to climb back up in the points. The month of June would be pivotal, and the team rose to the challenge.
Returning to his home state of Texas, Braun finished third which tied his best truck finish at Kansas in 2008. The podium finish moved him up to 18th place, and he gained 39 points on 10th. Braun's win at Michigan proved to be the biggest catalyst in his jump in points, gaining six positions and 72 points on 10th place. With Milwaukee and Memphis left on the schedule, Braun knew he had to dig deep to improve his past performance at those two tracks.
After waiting out the rain for a day, Braun finished eighth at Milwaukee. It was his best finish at the one-mile track, which moved him up to 11th in points and within 18 points of 10th. Memphis had always been a difficult track for Braun whose experience on short tracks is limited due to his road racing background. This time around he used patience and strategy to finish ninth, and move into 10th place in the point standings.
"You start to get greedy and you start becoming less happy with top 10's once you win a race, but what we need to do is keep getting top 10's the rest of the season to put ourselves back up in this points deal," Braun said. "At the same time we know we have trucks capable of winning races. We just need to figure out how to get them set-up the best way and I need to drive them well enough to win these races.
"Our 1.5-mile program is really strong and I feel really comfortable racing on those big tracks, but I have a lot to learn on the short tracks to improve our results there. Luckily there are a lot more intermediate tracks on the schedule than short tracks. If we could add a few road courses in the truck series that would really be cool for me."