Memphis: Roush Fenway Racing preview

Colin Braun No.6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 "Memphis is one of the few tracks where I have some previous experience. I ran the Nationwide race there last year, and despite the 25 cautions for 117 laps, I actually got some racing experience...

Colin Braun No.6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150

"Memphis is one of the few tracks where I have some previous experience. I ran the Nationwide race there last year, and despite the 25 cautions for 117 laps, I actually got some racing experience there! Whenever I've been to a track before it's a huge help because then I've already figured out the little nuances of it. That saves some time that we can use for working on the truck.

"This team won with Travis Kvapil at Memphis last year, so this would be a good place for us to get back on track after a tough break in Milwaukee. This team is used to being in the top 10 in points, so we're doing our best to get back up there."

Crew chief Mike Beam on racing at Memphis Motorsports Park:
"This is a pretty good short-track truck we're taking to Memphis. We had a good run with it at Martinsville and Dover earlier this year, and it's the same truck Travis (Kvapil) won with at Memphis last year. We've had some bad luck lately with getting caught up in other people's messes, so hopefully we can keep our nose clean at Memphis literally. I'd like to load it back on the transporter at the end of the race with the nose, fenders and bumper still on it."

Bobby East No.09 Zaxby's Ford F-150

"I've got three prior starts at Memphis so I'm pretty familiar with the track. I qualified eighth for the Nationwide race there last year but engine trouble took me out of it. I'd like to qualify in the top-10 again for the truck race this weekend since track position is so important there. It's tough to pass and there tends to be a lot of cautions. Hopefully we can get all of our pit stops out of the way early and capitalize on track position toward the end. Memphis is a hot, tough race so everyone has to be prepared mentally, and physically. I'm ready for the challenge, and hope to better my Texas finish."

Crew chief Chad Norris on racing at Memphis Motorsports Park:
"I'm looking forward to another race with Bobby. He's really made a lot of progress since our first race together at Kansas in April. He's put a lot of effort into working with me and this whole Zaxby's team to improve our results. He's doing his homework before each race and I think that is starting to show. We had a great run at Texas, and should have finished better than we did at Michigan. Hopefully he can avoid the wrecks at Memphis to get another top-10 finish."

Erik Darnell No.99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150

"I've had some pretty good success here the last couple of years. We had a chance to win back in 2006, but just came up short finishing second. Matt Puccia and the entire Northern Tool + Equipment team have put in some long hours at the shop getting ready for Memphis. I really like our chances come Saturday night. We'll be running in the same truck we used back in Martinsville where we came away with our first top five of the season. This short track is a lot of fun to race on, but can get pretty intense out there trying to get up front. This No.99 team has really kicked it into another gear the last couple of weeks and I hope it continues at Memphis."

Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at Memphis Motorsports Park:
"I'm looking forward to heading back to Memphis. Erik showed a lot of patience last year and it paid off with a top-10 finish. We're going into this weekend with the same truck we raced with back in Martinsville when we finished fifth. We consider this our top short-track truck. MRP is a tight track where drivers will be fighting for track position. Erik has done very well at this track the past couple of years and I expect another strong finish from this Northern Tool + Equipment team."

-credit: rfr

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