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NASCAR Camping Work Truck Series

Braun heads to Kentucky
with one series win for season

The young driver was the 2008 Rookie of the Year

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

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• Distance: 150 laps, 225 miles (1.5-mile tri-oval)
• Race: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Gates open at 1 p.m.
• Radio: MRN Radio
• Admission: $40-70 Saturday; $20 on Friday.
• NASCAR Trucks Race Record at Kentucky: Mike Bliss, 143.515 mph, set 7-13-02.
• NASCAR Trucks Qualifying Record at Kentucky: Bill Lester, 178.141 mph set 7-8-05.

Also at the Speedway
:

• NASCAR Truck and ARCA Series practice 3-9 p.m. Friday.
• Country music singer Lee Greenwood performs at 5 p.m. Saturday.
• ARCA RE/MAX Series’ “Buckle Up Kentucky 150” following the Truck race.

Nationwide Series Drivers to Watch
• Kyle Busch, 47, Borden, Ind. The nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion is a three-time defending champ of this event.
• Carl Edwards, 22, Indiantown, Fla. Leads points race after three events, winning his first race at Salem Speedway in April.
• Parker Kligerman, 18, Westport, Conn., Third in points standings; second place at Salem.n Chad Blount, Walkerton, Ind. The 27-year-old has eight ARCA victories including two at Kentucky.
• Tim Steele, Coopersville, Mich.
• Website: arcaracing.com

(July 2009) – Roush Fenway Racing’s Colin Braun has been racing for almost as many years as he’s been living. That experience paid off in June 2009 when he won his first race in only his second season in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.
Braun, 20, will be among the drivers hoping to be in Victory Lane on July 18 at Kentucky Speedway’s NASCAR Camping World “The Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Truck Dealers.” The 7 p.m. race will be followed by ARCA RE/MAX Series’ “Click It or Ticket. Buckle-UP! Kentucky 150.”
After 35 starts in two seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Braun, who drives the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, won the June 13 “Michigan 200” at Michigan International Speedway. The victory will go down in history as his first in the series and the 50th for Roush Fenway Racing. After nine starts for the 2009 season, he was ranked 12th in points. His record includes one win, one pole two top-fives and four top-10s.
In 2008, Braun, who resides in Harris-burg, N.C., won the Raybestos Rookie of the Year for the Nascar Camping World Truck Series. He became the sixth Roush Fenway driver to win a rookie title in the series. During that season, he also made five NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, earning one top-five finish and two poles.

Colin Braun

Photos courtesy of David Allio

Roush Fenway’s Colin Braun drives the
No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150.

Braun began racing at age 6 in quarter midgets and then turned to kart racing by age 8. He competed in Italy, Monaco, France and Japan for factory kart teams all before he was 14. He was the youngest driver in U.S. history, at age 14, to win a professional For-mula car race. In 2003, he won eight of 11 races and won the 1600 Fran-Am Champ-ionship and Rookie of the Year.
In 2006, he won the Brumos 250 at Daytona Intern-ational Speedway, and became the youngest driver in North America—at the age of 17 years, nine months and seven days old—to win a major league motor race. He was awarded the SPEED TV Rookie of the Year for all of motorsports for the season.

Colin Braun
Colin Braun

In 2007, he became the youngest driver in the history of the Le Mans 24 hours to place on the podium when he finished second. It was his two pole positions and a fifth-place finish in the Rolex Daytona Prototype series drivers’ points in 2007 that lead to a full-time driving position with Ford Racing and Roush Fenway Racing.
In addition to his time on the track, Braun has teamed up with the Ford Driving Skills for Life to promote the importance of safe driving to teens around the country. He will participate in DSFL hands-on training events and various nationwide teen safe-driving initiatives.
Besides racing, Braun, whose hometown is Ovalo, Texas, enjoys riding four-wheelers, shooting skeet and trap and flying. He is working toward earning his airplane pilot’s license. He also loves to spend time on his parents’ ranch and the family’s full-sized go-kart track.

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