DOVER, Del. – Colin Braun did a solid job in his first race back with Roush Fenway Racing, posting a 10th-place finish in the Heluva Good! 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Braun was taken out of the No. 16 Ford for the last two races in favor of veteran Matt Kenseth. Braun had a rough start to the season, with a best finish of 13th while crashing out of five races.
But at Dover, Braun raced in the top 15 and took advantage of a multi-car crash on the next-to-last restart to finish in the top 10. Team co-owner Jack Roush told Braun he did a good job after the race as Braun was leaving the garage area.
"It was OK," Braun said. "I don’t know what we did wrong in practice, I don’t know if I drove it wrong or what, but we got behind a little bit in practice. I felt like (crew chief) Eddie (Pardue) did a really good job getting my car better every pit stop. We just kind of ratcheted ourselves up there. Those guys had some really good pit stops during the day, so I felt really proud about that. We had a little bit of luck go our way this time, I think, getting through a couple of those wrecks."
And maybe it will help Braun jump-start his season, though his next scheduled race isn’t until Kansas.
"It certainly is a good thing for our confidence," Braun said. "It’s a good thing for our team’s confidence to have a run like that and be able to finish the race and have things go the way we all thought they would’ve went before the start of the season. That’s the kind of race we’re expecting to have. That’s the kind of race we’re expecting to have.
"I think it makes you like, ‘OK, we can still do this.’"
The finish moved the No. 16 team back in the top 30 of the Nationwide owners standings, meaning whoever drives the car at Charlotte will be locked in the race.