Bristol: Colin Braun preview

BRAUN SEASON-TO-DATE - In 2010, Colin Braun has one top-20 finish which came at Auto Club Speedway in February. After running in the top-10 for the second half of the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Braun was poised for his first top-10 finish...

BRAUN SEASON-TO-DATE - In 2010, Colin Braun has one top-20 finish which came at Auto Club Speedway in February. After running in the top-10 for the second half of the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Braun was poised for his first top-10 finish of the season before being taken out during a restart with 30 laps to go.

BRAUN AT BRISTOL - The start this weekend in the Scott's Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway will be Braun's first in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He has made two previous starts at the half-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, scoring a top-15 finish last August after starting fourth.

ROOKIE RACE - Braun's 28th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earned him the Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the Sam's Town 300, his first of the season. Braun remains third in the rookie of the year standings, one point out of second place and five points behind first place.

NEW ADDITION - As part of Braun's partnership with Ford Driving Skills For Life (DSFL), the Ford DSFL logo will appear on Braun's uniform and the No. 16 Con-way Freight Ford this weekend and the remainder of the 2010 season. Braun is in his second year as a national spokesperson for Ford DSFL, promoting the importance of safe driving to teens around the country.

CHASSIS SELECTION - Crew chief Eddie Pardue has selected RK-356 this weekend for the Scott's Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This car was raced last season at Iowa Speedway by current Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in August where he finished 22nd after starting from the pole position.

Braun, on heading to Bristol:
"I am so anxious to get back racing after these two weeks off. It hasn't been too bad I guess, because I've been able to test a little bit and so I've been in a car a few times. Bristol is a great place to get started again and is a welcome challenge for me and the No. 16 Con-way Freight team. I've raced there twice in the truck series and learned a lot during both of those races. I'm excited to build on those experiences this weekend. Qualifying is important because of track position and pit stall selection, which can both play a part in the outcome of the race. I just want to go in there, qualify well and have a good solid race where I can keep the fenders clean and come away with a solid finish."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue, on the keys to running well at Bristol:
"Everyone loves going to Bristol because the drivers enjoy the hard racing and the fans love to watch it, but it is a very challenging track for sure. Qualifying is one of the most critical factors at Bristol because it determines pit stall selection and plays a heavy hand in track position for the duration of the race. Pit stops are extremely important in order to maintain track position as Bristol is a hard place to pass and mistakes on and off the track are hard to overcome. It will also be important to stay ahead of track conditions on adjustments in order to keep a good handling car throughout the afternoon. Everything just happens so quick at Bristol, one minute you're contending for a top-10 and the next minute you're in the garage with a torn up car."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Colin Braun , Ricky Stenhouse Jr.