Colin Braun Leads Rookie title

Seeks First Win in Truck Series.

Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, participated in a “New Faces” press conference today at Gateway International Raceway. Braun talks about seeking his first win of the year and securing the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title. Braun made his stock car debut at Gateway last year during the ARCA race.

COLIN BRAUN – No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 –

ONE OF YOUR GOALS FOR THIS YEAR WAS TO WIN A RACE.  “Yeah, absolutely.  I think anybody’s goal is to obviously win a race.  To step into this No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 truck that Travis Kvapil drove the year before and won three races in [Kvapil won four races in 2007] is certainly a proven fast truck.  I’m sure you mean a rookie hasn’t won a race for Roush in a while.  I guess we had two guys [rookie drivers] win races already this year with Scott Speed and Donny Lia, there this year.  I’d love to win a race.  I think right now we’re in a position where there’s not a whole lot of people competing for this rookie of the year deal, so we’ve just got to keep finishing top-10s, top-fives and things like that and bring home our trucks in one piece and just have good results, learn a lot.  I’ve run a few Nationwide races this year, so like you say, I’ve done a lot of races and got a chance to learn a lot this year and hopefully it comes together for us a little bit at the end of the season.”

YOU RAN IN THE ARCA RACE LAST YEAR.  “Yes, I ran an ARCA race last year.  It was my first ever stock car race. I guess doing my first ever stock car race here, it doesn’t seem like the same race track.  It seems like I come back here, after a year of stock car racing experience, it feels like a whole new race track to me.  I’m not sure it helped me out a whole lot driving that ARCA car here.  I guess I’ve done laps here before.”

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT? “It’s just that it was the first ever stock car race and I was just trying to hold on.  I was just trying to keep it going.  I did that.  It’s just totally different coming back here with all that experience.”

DO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE OUT THERE? “Yeah, I feel comfortable.  It’s definitely a different race track for me.  I haven’t been to a whole lot of race tracks that are that much different on both ends, between one and two and three and four there.  Definitely, it takes a little bit of getting used to and I think your truck’s got to be set-up just a little bit different than it normally does.”