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Colin Braun won his first NASCAR race, capturing the Camping World Truck Series Michigan 200 presented by the Fans at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Forty-nine more and he might catch up with his car owner, Jack Roush.
While it was the 20-year-old Braun’s initial victory in only his second year in the Camping World Truck Series, it was Roush’s fifth triumph in 10 truck series attempts at MIS and 50th overall in the series as a truck owner. Roush has also won three consecutive truck races at MIS with Travis Kvapil earning the victory in 2007 and Erik Darnell in 2008.
Braun, driving the Con-Way Freight machine, became the first driver to win a NASCAR truck race starting from outside the top 10 (11th) at Michigan.
It came down to a two-man race between Braun and Kyle Busch, who led 62 of the 100-lap, 200-mile race before being passed by Braun with 26 laps remaining. The two drivers took opposite lanes in getting around the lapped truck of Norm Benning.
Busch took the low road and Braun went high around Benning, shooting past Busch in the process.
“As soon as Kyle went low I took the high side,” Braun explained. “I was going to take whatever lane he didn’t. I could plan and prepare for it. I’m just glad he chose to take the bottom because it really worked good for us.”
Busch blamed himself for passing Benning low and taking himself out of the lead as Braun then pulled away to win easily by just under two seconds. Pole-sitter Brian Ickler was third, followed by Matt Crafton and Mike Skinner.
“It was just a mistake by the driver,” said Busch, who then caught a plane to Kentucky Speedway where he was to participate in a NASCAR Nationwide race tonight before returning to MIS for tomorrow’s LifeLock 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. “I saw a lapped truck (Benning) run a lane up off the bottom and I thought I could run on the bottom. I went into the corner underneath him and he was coming down and coming across and unfortunately I lost all the momentum and all the speed I had and Colin just drove right by on the top. I lost the race for us.”
For Roush, who’s Roush Industries is located about 45 miles east of MIS in Livonia, it was the 20th victory at MIS including 11 Sprint Cup triumphs, five truck wins and four Nationwide victories.
“Coming to MIS is always like coming home for us and we really look forward to it,” Roush said. “You have to have three elements to be successful and that is a great manufacturer, great technology and it takes a great driver. Colin is a good driver and he’s going to be a really great driver. He’s well on his way to being as good in this business as anyone has ever been.”
Tickets are still available for the LifeLock 400 by calling 800-354-1010 or purchasing them at MISpeedway.com.
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