BRAUN AT TEXAS -- Colin Braun is making his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend in the O'Reilly 300. It is the rookie's fifth career start at the 1.5-mile track as he owns four Camping World Truck Series...
BRAUN AT TEXAS -- Colin Braun is making his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend in the O'Reilly 300. It is the rookie's fifth career start at the 1.5-mile track as he owns four Camping World Truck Series starts with an average finish of 8.8, with his last three finishes being top fives.
COMING HOME -- Braun has this weekend's date circled on his calendar as it is a chance to come home. The young driver's home of Ovalo, Texas is just 190 miles west of Texas Motor Speedway. Braun's parents still live in the home where he grew up in Ovalo which boasts 100 acres of land for four-wheelers, a 1/3-mile go-kart track, and area to shoot trap and skeet.
ROUSH FENWAY AT TEXAS -- Roush Fenway Racing lays claim to impressive stats at Texas Motor Speedway since the Nationwide Series began racing there in 1997. The team won the first ever NNS race at the 1.5-mile track with driver Mark Martin. Additionally, Roush Fenway owns three other wins, 20 top fives, 33 top 10s and four pole awards. The No. 16 team started from the pole position with Matt Kenseth last fall.
KICKING OFF THE TEXAS RACE SEASON -- On Thursday April 15, Colin Braun will have the opportunity to join fellow Texas-native Bobby Labonte, Texas governor Rick Perry and Ft. Worth mayor Mike Moncrief in celebrating the start of the race season in Texas with an event in downtown Ft. Worth. Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage and Speedway Motorsports, Inc., chairman Bruton Smith will be a part of the festivities as well. Braun and Labonte will kick off the event by getting behind the wheel of two Molly The Trolleys to drive the dignitaries down Main Street, Ft. Worth to a stage where the group will be presented with state proclamations from Gov. Perry. The event is open to the public and the participants will be available to media at its conclusion.
CHASSIS SELECTION -- Crew chief Eddie Pardue has selected RK-354 this weekend for the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Braun drove this car at Auto Club Speedway earlier in the season which resulted in an 18th-place finish. No. 354 was driven previously at Auto Club Speedway by Greg Biffle last fall.
Braun, on going home to Texas:
"I'm very excited to get to Texas for a number of reasons. For one, I get to go home and spend a little bit of time there with my parents which should be good. But I'm really happy to be getting to the track. Texas is a place I've been to quite a few times in the Truck Series. My first race there, I was running down the leader and just lost it off of turn two. Then the last three times, I've had top fives. The track is just so wide open and gives us plenty of room to race, and more time to react to things going on in front of you. I also ran well at the other mile-and-a-half track this season before getting dumped late in the race, so that is encouraging. This No. 16 team put Matt Kenseth on the pole here last fall too so I know they will be ready. It would be really great to have a solid finish at my home track and I'm looking forward to doing that this weekend."
Crew chief Eddie Pardue, on heading to Texas:
"Texas is an awesome race track and I love going there. It is a very fast speedway with bumps in turn one that make it unique. We have had a lot of great runs at Texas in the No. 16 car so it's a good place to get our season back on track. We are very confident of having a strong run in Colin's home state this weekend."