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Gateway International Raceway Madison, Ill. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Camping World 200 Presented by: Honda Power Equipment Saturday, September 6 Colin Braun No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 Bobby East No. 09 Zaxby's...

Gateway International Raceway
Madison, Ill.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Camping World 200 Presented by: Honda Power Equipment
Saturday, September 6

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

Bobby East No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150
Erik Darnell No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150

Colin Braun
Team: No.6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-55 Last outing: ORP in July finished 15th

Braun on racing at Gateway International Raceway:
"Although I've never raced at Gateway in a truck, I did run the ARCA race there last year and got a top-10 finish. We spent two days testing at Richmond last week to work on some of our flat- truck stuff for the upcoming races at Gateway and New Hampshire. We learned a lot in those two days that I think will really help our program. At this point in the season we are still very focused on winning the rookie-of-the-year title, but also looking ahead to 2009 to start improving our team for next season. We want to win the rookie title this year and be championship contenders next year."

Crew chief Mike Beam on racing at Gateway International Raceway:
"We had a pretty rough night at Bristol a few weeks ago, but I'm proud of the way this Con-way Freight team handled it. They never gave up. This week we are headed to Gateway, a track where Colin has raced before so the additional experience he has there will benefit the whole team. We're taking the same truck we raced at ORP and Milwaukee, and we spent two days testing with it at Richmond so I expect a strong run at Gateway."

Bobby East
Team: No.09 Zaxby's Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK-46 Last outing: ORP in July started first, finished 19th

Bobby East on racing at Gateway International Raceway:
"This will be my third race at Gateway, and my sixth race in the Zaxby's Ford F-150. I like Gateway and feel like I've run decent there in the past. Every time I drive the Zaxby's truck our team gets stronger and we're getting the results to show it. At my last truck race at ORP, we won the pole and should have had a top-five finish if we hadn't have gotten wrecked. I've only got two races left in the truck this season, so I have to make them count and get the results we need. Chad (Norris) and the guys have been great to work with this year and have taught me a lot."

Crew chief Chad Norris on racing at Gateway International Raceway:
"We're looking forward to having Bobby back in the truck at Gateway. He's already run truck and Nationwide races there the past two years so that will give him some good experience to work with. We're taking our ORP truck that won the pole so hopefully he can qualify just as well, but this time; get the finish to match it."

Erik Darnell
Team: No.99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-54 Last outing: Milwaukee, June '08 finished fourth

Erik Darnell on racing at Gateway International Raceway:
"Gateway is an interesting place to race because it's impossible to have the perfect setup. With turns one and two totally different than three and four, it certainly can throw you for a loop when trying to decide on which setup to go with. As a rookie in 2006, I came to Gateway feeling really good about my chances because I had raced at the track several times prior to my first start. Unfortunately, a possible top-five finish turned ugly when I was involved in a wreck and had to settle for a 31st -place finish. We had an awesome day there last year just missing out on the top five. After having some time off, this Northern Tool + Equipment team is poised and ready to hit the track for this weekend's Camping World 200."

Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at Gateway International Raceway:
"This is a tough track to judge because of its unusual dimensions. We have to think good and hard about what strategy we are going to go with before the green flag drops. This track can be challenging, but I know this No.99 Northern Tool + Equipment team is up for it. This will be the sixth time this season Erik has driven chassis RK-54, so I would say he is very familiar with the way it handles. Erik had a strong race there last year and I think we are capable of another one this time around."

-credit: rfr

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