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Colin Braun Holds Off Kyle Busch For First Victory

NASCAR Truck Race at Michigan
Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Colin Braun gets warm wishes from his proud parents
Mark Scheuern/AR1.com
On a gray Saturday with a threat of rain that never materialized, Colin Braun took his first step into the sun.

On Lap 77 of the Michigan 200, Braun took advantage of a rare mistake by Kyle Busch. With Busch's momentum slowed through Turn 2 by the lapped truck of Norm Benning, Braun passed the No. 51 Toyota for the lead and sailed home in clean air the rest of the way.

Leading the final 24 circuits of the 100-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Braun crossed the finish line 1.790 seconds ahead of Busch, knowing he had beaten perhaps the top talent in NASCAR racing.

As he crossed the finish line, Braun, 20, thanked his crew and team owner Jack Roush, who collected his 50th win in the series.

"What an awesome truck -- you poured your hearts into this," Braun told his crew, then turned his attention to the owner. "Thanks, Jack. Thanks for sticking with me."

The latter was a reference to the promise Braun had shown driving Roush Fenway Fords in both the truck and NASCAR Nationwide Series -- promise that before Saturday had remained unfulfilled, as a combination of ill fortune and impatience had kept the young driver out of victory lane in his first 34 truck series starts.

"It was cool to beat Kyle, and it was also cool to beat Toyotas here," Braun said, noting the proximity of MIS to Detroit, the home of the American auto industry.

Polesitter Brian Ickler finished third in his fifth start in the series, his best result to date. Matt Crafton ran fourth and extended his lead in the series standings to 39 points over seventh-place finisher Ron Hornaday Jr., who survived a Lap 28 accident that also involved Stacy Compton and Chad McCumbee.

Mike Skinner, third in points, came home fifth and trails second-place Hornaday by five points in the series standings.

Braun said that when he saw Busch about to pass Benning to the inside during the decisive sequence, he committed to the outside line.

"Luckily, Kyle got a little boxed up in traffic there, and we could get around him," Braun said. "It's been a tough year so far, but we're on a roll now."

Busch, who had led 62 of 76 laps to that point, acknowledged his mistake.

"It was just a mistake by the driver," Busch said. "I saw a lapped truck (Benning) running a lane up off the bottom, and I'd been liking to run on the bottom. I went into the corner underneath him, and he kept coming down and coming across.

"Unfortunately, I lost all the momentum and all the speed that I had. Colin just drove right by on the top, and I lost the race for us. My fault. (My) team deserved it -- they had a great Tundra out there. The guys did an awesome job preparing this thing. It's the fastest I've ever been here and the most laps I've ever led here in a truck. It was fun while it lasted."

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Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 12 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-way Freight 190/5 100 Running
2 4 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 180/10 100 Running
3 1 15 Brian Ickler * Toyota Samsung Instinct 165/0 100 Running
4 2 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Ideal Door / Menards 160/0 100 Running
5 7 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Brooklyn Products / Exide 155/0 100 Running
6 14 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota One Eighty 150/0 100 Running
7 5 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Turtle Wax 151/5 100 Running
8 18 117 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com 142/0 100 Running
9 11 8 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 138/0 100 Running
10 21 25 Terry Cook Toyota Cajun Industries / Harris Trucking 134/0 100 Running
11 20 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry / Harris Trucking 130/0 100 Running
12 10 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 127/0 100 Running
13 3 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Copart 129/5 100 Running
14 13 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker.com 121/0 99 Running
15 30 184 Chris Fontaine Chevrolet BDH Construction 118/0 99 Running
16 6 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet Fun Sand / Rodney Atkins / Curb Records 115/0 98 Running
17 32 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Germane RED 112/0 95 Running
18 19 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Red Horse Racing 109/0 83 Running
19 16 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Co. / Melling Engine Parts 106/0 70 Running
20 24 273 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet County Building Centers 103/0 68 Over Heating
21 8 4 J.R. Fitzpatrick * Chevrolet Auto-Owners Insurance 100/0 63 Accident
22 25 176 Ryan Hackett Ford AmericanSpice.com 97/0 51 Accident
23 35 148 Wayne Edwards Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway Cherry Bomb 200 94/0 32 Fuel Pump
24 15 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet SS Green Light Racing 91/0 27 Accident
25 26 187 Chris Jones * Chevrolet Copy Wizard 88/0 21 Transmission
26 23 175 Ryan Mathews Ford JandRSupply.com 85/0 19 Vibration
27 36 165 Trevor Boys Chevrolet Lumbermen's Millwork & Supply 82/0 18 Electrical
28 31 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Potencia Energy Drink / Piranha Spring Water 79/0 17 Clutch
29 33 47 Brandon Knupp Chevrolet Fast Track 11 Degreaser 76/0 15 Drive Shaft
30 28 85 Brent Raymer * Ford BrentRaymer.com 73/0 13 Vibration
31 22 212 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet James Carter Attorney at Law 75/5 12 Transmission
32 27 121 Nick Tucker Dodge Stock Car Steel 67/0 9 Vibration
33 9 10 James Buescher * Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 64/0 8 Accident
34 17 16 Brian Scott Toyota Albertsons 61/0 8 Accident
35 34 08 Sean Murphy Chevrolet ASI Limited 58/0 6 Susp.
36 29 172 John Jackson Chevrolet James Carter Attorney at Law 55/0 4 Shocks

* Denotes Rookie

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