Archive for Sunday, June 14, 2009

Braun claims victory in Michigan truck race

June 14, 2009

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— Colin Braun took advantage of an unintentional block by a lapped truck to pass Kyle Busch and race to his first NASCAR truck win Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

The 20-year-old Braun gave team owner Jack Roush his 50th truck victory and third in a row at the track closest to his headquarters in Livonia.

This race looked as if it belonged to Busch, the talented 24-year-old who regularly wins races in Sprint Cup, Nationwide and the Camping World trucks series. He led 62 laps and appeared in total control before suddenly coming upon the slow-moving Norm Benning, two laps off the pace.

Busch slowed and ducked low on the banked 2-mile oval on lap 77, driving nearly into the infield grass to get past Benning, while Braun went high around both Benning and Busch to grab the lead.

“In the closing laps there, luckily Kyle got stuck there in traffic, and my spotter got me cleanly through traffic,” said Braun, whose first victory came in his 35th truck start.

With Busch fading in his mirrors, the only concern Braun had after taking he put his Ford F-150 into the lead was the possibility of another caution flag in the race that had been slowed five times for 20 laps to that point.

“Man, I was worried,” Braun said. “I struggle on the restarts. I’ve got a lot to learn getting my restarts better.”

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