COLIN BRAUN -- No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 -- (finished 3rd, qualified 6th) TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY. "First off, I want to apologize to Matt Crafton, I did not mean to get in the back of him there. We were just having a tough, ...
COLIN BRAUN -- No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 -- (finished 3rd, qualified 6th)
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY.
"First off, I want to apologize to Matt Crafton, I did not mean to get in the back of him there. We were just having a tough, tight race there and me being a rookie, unfortunately, I got in the back of him there and I feel real bad that we wrecked his day. He had a fast truck and I didn't mean to do that, that's for sure. Other than that, the whole No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 team was awesome. Those guys did a heck of a job. We had great pit stops all day and we just kept going and steadily progressing our way back up to the field there. We had a really fast truck. Mike Beam and all my guys did a great job. They just keep working hard at it. We finally got it finish that I felt like we kind of deserved. We've been fast everywhere we've gone and we really haven't had the result that we thought this team deserved, so it's nice to finally get a top-five for everybody and everybody at Con-way and Ford."
DID YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO TODD BODINE?
"I don't know what happened. It looked like Bobby East was involved and Todd was involved. I don't really know. It looked like Todd went up the track and I don't know if Bobby came down or what. I was trying to do everything that I could just to avoid not running into them guys."
HOW TOUGH WAS IT TO CATCH RON [HORNADAY] TONIGHT?
"It was tough. Ron had a great truck and congratulations to him and that whole group. They did a really good job. I just felt like today with the way this race track is, it's real hard to race on. You get behind other trucks, you get real tight behind them. I just felt like it was real tough to try and pass and if you got up to another truck, it was real hard to stay within three or four feet of them. You just got so aero tight behind them. I guess that's the way the race track is, I think places like Atlanta and Chicago and Texas, those places where you have a little more banking it helps, I guess, aid a little bit of racing there. It was tough to get anywhere near those guys and you just start to get aero tight especially with this restrictor plate. It was hard to get a run on anybody or drive off faster into the corners because if you lift for just a few seconds right in the center of the corner, so it's hard to drive off into one or three and pass anybody getting in."
ARE YOU A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU WE'RE ABLE TO CHALLENGE RON HORNADAY?
"Certainly any time you go to a race, you go there wanting to win the race. Being a rookie and everything, we were happy with what we had. We we're so far down in points here, those guys hustled so hard to get our truck through tech and get everything set on it to get out there for first practice. They did a great job on that. We just really wanted to have a good solid day and not take any huge chances. I felt like, I'm sure Mark Martin could have won in that truck right there. We had a fast truck and I just wanted to take care of it and bring it home in the top five and have a good solid day for everybody here. I just kind of wanted to get the momentum rolling. We needed to have a good day. We needed to save that for our next race at Charlotte. We certainly didn't take any huge risks or huge chances out there towards the last couple of laps trying to catch Ron. They did a great job."
HOW HARD WAS IT TO RACE AGAINST TWO OF THE WINNINGEST DRIVERS IN THE SERIES HISTORY BEING IN FRONT OF YOU?
"Those guys are obviously really good at what they do. They can definitely move the air around when they're in front to really hamper your performance. It's just fun watching those guys, following those guys, getting to race a little bit with those guys and see how they race. As a rookie, I learned a lot today and certainly learned a lot of what not to do at the same time. All in all, it was a great day."
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