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Beyond the Cockpit: Colin Braun On the Future, Le Mans, and… Signing Babies?

_Colin Braun became accustomed to racing - and winning - at a young age, beginning his international career at just eight years old. He’s the youngest driver to win a major auto race on American soil (2006 Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona at age 17) and, later that year, became the youngest driver ever to have a podium finish at the 24 Hours of LeMans, finishing second in his class. This year, he added NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner to his already impressive resume, and will take the reins of a full-time Nationwide Series ride for Roush-Fenway Racing in 2010._ _Braun took a little time out of his busy schedule last week to talk to Amy Henderson about his racing accomplishments, as well as his future in stock car racing with one of the sport's most successful organizations._

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 AAA Insurance 200 at IRP

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.202 seconds ahead of Mike Skinner to win the AAA Insurance 200 presented by J.D. Byrider Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Hornaday, Jr. held off a late race charge from Skinner, who had a fresh set of tires, to score his record fourth consecutive Truck Series win. Aric Almirola, Dennis Setzer and Colin Braun rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. Hornaday, Jr. qualified his No. 33 VFW.org Chevrolet in the fourth position after running fourth in the final practice session. The driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet led twice for a total of 67 laps, the most of any driver, on the way to his 44th career Camping World Truck Series win.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: A Look at the Halfway Point of the Seaon, Hornaday Chases a Milestone and Caitlin Shaw Set to Debut

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series heads to O'Reilly Raceway Park for the 13th race on the 25 race schedule. At this point each year, I like to take a look back at the season so far and what to expect for the remainder of the season. Like most seasons, this year has certainly not been short on excitement and surprising stories.

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Five Points to Ponder: Foreign Manufacturer… err, Michigan Edition

Whispers throughout the garage area spread across the Internet like wildfire Sunday when Ed Hinton of ESPN.com reported that NASCAR has been in contact with foreign-based automakers that have yet to make the foray into stock car racing. The news undoubtedly stemmed from last week’s announcement that GM would be cutting support across all of the sport’s national touring series and leaves fans wondering what role the Big 3 may have in NASCAR in the future. While the talk has been just that – talk – the idea of a possible BMW, Honda or (insert name here) one day joining Toyota on the banks of Michigan in the backyard of Detroit, has sparked the imagination of the younger generation of NASCAR fan and hurts the purists like catching your girlfriend cheating in your own bed.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Michigan 200

*In a Nutshell:* Colin Braun took the checkered flag 1.790 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Michigan 200 Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. Braun led less than half the laps Kyle Busch did, but he led the most important ones on his way to his first career Truck Series win. Brian Ickler, Matt Crafton, and Mike Skinner rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* Busch started fourth and made it known early in the running of the Michigan 200 that he had a fast truck. His pit crew got him off of pit road first under a lap 9 caution, and Busch went on to lead 62 of the 100 laps run Saturday afternoon.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 1.669 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Hornaday, Jr. held off a hard charge from Busch on the final restart with 23 laps remaining to score his 40th career Camping World Truck Series win. Matt Crafton, Ryan Newman, and Terry Cook rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* Busch started on the pole after the field was set by owner's points due to a qualifying rainout.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: AMS, Matt Crafton and Rick Crawford Celebrate Milestones

After taking an early season weekend off, the Camping World Truck Series returns to action Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This weekend marks 50 years of racing at the 1.5-mile oval, and two of the Truck Series drivers will be celebrating milestones of their own.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona

Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.249 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night. Bodine overcame an early-race black flag for advancing his position below the double yellow line on his way to victory lane. Terry Cook, rookie JR Fitzpatrick and Ron Hornaday Jr. rounded out the top five.

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Beyond the Cockpit: Colin Braun on Truck Racing, Year 2

In his rookie season last year in the Camping World truck series, Colin Braun amassed eight top 10s in 25 starts and finished 13th in points, claiming Rookie of the Year honors. His 2009 campaign got off to a good start, grabbing the pole for the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 and finishing ninth. Frontstretch caught up with the 20-year-old driver prior to his impressive Daytona run at the NASCAR Media Day to discuss is confidence level heading into 2009 and whether or not he would consider going back to sports car racing.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Chevy Silverado 350K at Texas

Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag 0.958 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Chevy Silverado 350K Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Hornaday earned his way back onto the lead lap, took the top spot on lap 108 and never looked back. Johnny Benson, Todd Bodine and rookie Colin Braun rounded out the top five.

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