Talladega: Colin Braun preview

BRAUN AT TALLADEGA - Colin Braun is making his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend in the Aaron's 312. Braun has made two previous starts at the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with an ...

BRAUN AT TALLADEGA - Colin Braun is making his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend in the Aaron's 312. Braun has made two previous starts at the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with an average start of 2.0 and an average finish of 8.0. In his last NCWTS start, Braun captured the pole and led the most laps during the event, but finished 12th after sustaining damage from contact on two separate occasions.

SEASON BEST - Braun heads to Talladega after recording his season best finish of 13th during Monday's rain delayed race at Texas Motor Speedway after starting 11th. The finish puts Braun 25th in the driver's point standings (a gain of seven spots) and 32nd in owner's points, which means he will again have to qualify on time at Talladega.

QUALIFYING WELL - Since the start of the 2010 season, Braun has done well in qualifying for his first full season in the Nationwide Series. Since Daytona, Braun has qualified outside of the top-eleven only twice (California and Bristol). The rookie's average starting position on the season is 12.0.

ROUSH FENWAY AT TALLADEGA - Roush Fenway Racing has two wins, three top-fives and seven top-10s in the Nationwide Series at Talladega Superspeedway. Roush Fenway owns the most recent NNS win at the superspeedway with David Ragan taking the checkers last spring.

CHASSIS SELECTION - Crew chief Eddie Pardue has selected RK-541 this weekend for the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspedway. Braun drove this car in the 2010 season opener at Daytona International Speedway and finished 34th after being involved in a multicar accident.

Braun, on the finish at Texas and heading to Talladega: "The run we had at Texas was a big confidence booster for this Con-way Freight team. I'm hopeful that as a team, we can take the momentum from the Texas finish into Talladega. Talladega is a place where I've run pretty well in the past. I sat on the pole and led some laps there in my last run in the Truck Series last season. I think the biggest challenge this weekend will be keeping the fenders on my car and staying out of trouble. Talladega is a place where trouble can find you pretty easily. This is the same car we had at Daytona earlier in the year and it was fast. I'm excited to see what we can do with it this weekend."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue, on how to come out on top at Talladega: "Racing at Talladega is a lot like a high speed game of chess with the challenge being to position yourself in the right place at the right time for a strong run to the checkered flag. Talladega is all about speed and having a car that handles well on the wide and smooth track. Everyone talks about the "big one" going into Talladega, so avoiding that is key to bringing home a car in one piece."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Colin Braun , David Ragan
Teams Roush Fenway Racing