Colin Braun, driver of the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion makes his second career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series during this weekend's race at Nashville Superspeedway. He participated in a press conference this morning with other ...
Colin Braun, driver of the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion makes his second career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series during this weekend's race at Nashville Superspeedway. He participated in a press conference this morning with other up-and-coming NASCAR rookie drivers Landon Cassill and Bryan Clauson. Braun is the full time driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
TALK ABOUT YOUR SEASON TO DATE. "I'm excited to be driving the 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion this weekend. Like you said, I've been driving that No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 for every race here so far and driving that the whole year. I'm looking forward to finishing off the season in that and doing more races and learning more. It's cool to get the chance to come out here and drive a few Nationwide races. I'm doing this race and Mexico City. It's fun to get a chance to come out and doing something where you've got more drivers and more Cup drivers in the series. I'm excited to race against those guys. It's cool having Carl [Edwards] and David [Ragan] actually be in the same race so I can learn a lot more from those guys. They've been real helpful with my truck series stuff but it's neat to be driving the same weekend in the same series and the same car as those guys. That should help out and I'm excited to be part of the whole CitiFinancial Team. It should be a good weekend for us. I've done about half a day testing in an ARCA car here once. We'll see how it goes. It sounds like Bryan [Clauson] knows the track really well, maybe I get out and follow him."
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THE OTHER DRIVERS? "My crew chief on the truck side of things is Mike Beam, so he's obviously a really experienced crew chief. He's been teaching me a lot. I'm really learning a lot from him, asking him a lot of questions and I think when we go to the race track I feel like we work together really well. I spend a lot of time with him in the shop and get to know him, the way he works. I got a chance to go to quite a few of the truck races the year before, in 2007, at the end and kind of learned the way him and Travis Kvapil worked together. I really kind of knew what to expect when I started with him and it's been great so far. I've really been enjoying working with him. I learned a lot. My crew chief on this side is Eddie Pardue; he normally works with Greg Biffle and all those guys. Both of my crew chiefs are really experienced, so I think they're really good at stepping away from that and look at more teaching me how to drive the race car and what I need in the race car. That's what really helps me. I feel like I can tell him what the race car or truck does pretty well, but I don't know what it needs to do. So that's where they help big time for me."
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