Indy ORP: Roush Fenway Racing preview

NNS David Ragan: No.6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion "We sat on the pole here two years ago in the truck race. It is a good track that reminds me of the short tracks where I grew up racing. We have more top-10 finishes right now than all of...


David Ragan: No.6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion

"We sat on the pole here two years ago in the truck race. It is a good track that reminds me of the short tracks where I grew up racing. We have more top-10 finishes right now than all of last year. I am proud of our Discount Tire team, but we are definitely not satisfied yet. We are not where we want to be in the points, nor do we have a win. It is important for us to constantly strive to get better. I think we are headed in the right direction but we have to come together as one collective unit and make it happen."

Crew chief Mike Kelley on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"David has some really good experience at the short tracks. I think he is very comfortable in his ability to run up front this weekend. We are bringing the same car from Milwaukee that ran in the top five all night. The key for us is to ensure the Ford Fusion handles properly throughout the race. This weekend will be old- school Saturday night racing at its best with a lot of beating and banging. When all is said and done I expect us to secure a respectable finish."

Colin Braun: No.16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion

* This will be Braun's first Nationwide Series race at ORP.

* Braun has four Nationwide Series starts this season and has top-10 qualifying efforts in each race, including his first career pole which came in Mexico City.

* Braun currently sits 15th in Truck Series points.

Braun on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:

"I'm excited to get back in the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion this weekend. I've had some decent runs in the Nationwide Series this year but we've had some bad luck so the finishes definitely aren't what they should be. The track looks like a lot of fun. Short tracks are so different from the road courses that I grew up racing at, but I love the challenge of learning something completely new. This is my last race of the year with Eddie Pardue and these CitiFinancial guys so I'd love to go out on a high note with a solid top-10 finish."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"ORP is a tough track, especially your first time there, so I'm glad Colin will have the truck race on Friday to feel the track out. He's adapted really well to all of the different tracks he's seen this year both in our car and in his truck and I'm sure this weekend will be no different. Qualifying is really important at short tracks which should be to our favor since Colin hasn't qualified out of the top 10 all year for us. If we start up toward the front hopefully Colin will be able to stay out of trouble, avoid the wrecks and bring home a good finish for CitiFinancial."

Carl Edwards: No.60 vitaminwater Ford Fusion

"I love racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park. I always have a blast on the short oval. We've had some tough luck there, but we won a truck race there a few years ago. You can pass and race everywhere on the short track. All the race tracks on the NASCAR Nationwide circuit are fun, but this one is really special. This is our first race with vitaminwater as the primary and it would be great to get them into Victory Lane."

Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We are going into Indianapolis with a lot of momentum and an abundance of confidence. I believe we have come together as a team the last few weeks and we realize a championship is still very much a reachable goal. Carl is driving the wheels off of every racecar, so I know this weekend will be no different. It doesn't get any better than short track racing under the lights. A third win is the only result we are looking for this weekend in Indianapolis."


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

"I've never raced at ORP before, but it looks like a cool track and I know a lot of drivers say it's a fun place to race. I'll have Bobby East as a teammate this weekend and he knows ORP as well as anyone from all his USAC experience, so I'll probably be asking him for advice this weekend. We're still working on putting all the elements together for a strong run. We had some trouble in the pits at Kentucky and the handling of the truck still wasn't quite where it needs to be, and of course I'm still learning too. I'll be running the Nationwide race as well on Saturday so it will be a full weekend of racing for me."

Crew chief Mike Beam on racing at ORP:
"We're taking the same truck Colin ran at Milwaukee. The front end got tore up there so we've done some work to it for ORP. My goal is to get the handling close enough on these trucks that we don't have to do a lot of adjustments in the pits other than air pressure. We've lost some time in the pits lately so we're working on that and I know this team will get better every week."

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

"I consider ORP to be my home track and I've raced there a ton. I definitely have more experience at this track than any other track on the truck schedule. I've won five races there between running USAC midgets and Silver Crown cars, and I had one of my best career truck finishes there in 2006 until bettering it this year. Since Chad (Norris) and the guys have already given me trucks capable of two top-10 finishes this season, I think we can do even better than that at ORP. I've been looking forward to this race for a long time because I really believe we're going to have our best finish yet."

Crew chief Chad Norris on racing at ORP:
"Bobby is the man at ORP. He's grown up racing there and he's had a lot of success there. We're taking the same truck he finished eighth with at Memphis a few weeks ago, and I expect him to put it in the top five this weekend. He's got a lot of laps under his belt at this place and if anyone knows this track, it's Bobby."

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

"We've had some pretty good success here the past couple of years. This No.99 Northern Tool + Equipment team just came up short last year of a top-five finish. Being too aggressive at ORP will do you no good. You have to be patient and pick your spots. We are hoping to come out Friday afternoon with a good enough qualifying time so we don't have to worry about fighting through the traffic. There is never a dull moment at this track. We've got a good setup for the Power Stroke Diesel 200 and expect to be firing on all cylinders when the green flag drops."

Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"Erik's short track racing this season has been outstanding. This will be the third time this season that chassis RK-50 hits the track. Out of our five top-five finishes this season, two have been with this truck. Just like the rest of the short tracks we race at this season, early track position will be the key if this No.99 team wants to succeed Friday night. With passing at a minimum, whenever Erik sees an opening he has to take it. Making a split-second decision at this track can be the difference between a top-five finish and ending up 20th."

-credit: rfr

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Drivers Colin Braun , Carl Edwards , Bobby East , David Ragan , Erik Darnell , Mike Kelley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing