Reliving Colin Braun’s One NASCAR Win

By David G. Firestone

Hailing from the sleepy little town of Ovalo, Texas, Colin Braun started racing karts at age 6, and has raced all over the world, including France, Japan, Monaco, and Spain. In 2006, at 17, Braun became the youngest driver to race in a Daytona prototype in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series. He would win two races that year, the 2006 Brumos Porsche 250 and the 2006 Porsche 250 Presented by Bradley Arant. The next year, while still racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series, he made his NASCAR debut.

Braun made his Xfinity and Truck Series debut in 2007, During his NASCAR career, he raced 31 races, had 1 top 5, 6 top 10’s, and two poles. In his Truck Series career, he raced in 53 races, had 1 win, 12 top 5’s, 23 top 10’s, and 5 poles. From 2011-2013, he raced in the American Le Mans Series, having won 5 races in 22 start sand 19 podiums. In 2014, he started racing in the Weathertech SportsCar Championship, and in 41 races, had 8 wins, and 19 podiums. In 2009, at the 2009 Michigan 200, he won the race. One of his crew members wore this Conway Freight pit crew suit, and was awarded a victory lane hat.The suit shows a decent amount of use, with a number of stains.The collar is a standard collar, with CONWAY FREIGHT logos embroidered into them.The older style Simpson Warranty Tag is present, as well as a SIMPSON MTO 19 tag.The right chest features NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES, FORD RACING, VALVOLNE, ROUSH FENWAY RACING, CITI, KRAFT MACARONI AND CHEESE DINNER, COCA-COLA, and GOODYEAR logos embroidered into it.The left chest features a CONWAY FREIGHT logo, and a large amount of blank space.The front torso features a large CONWAY FREIGHT logo embroidered in blue, on the white background.The shoulder epaulets features blue CONWAY FREIGHT logos, as well as SIMPSON logos embroidered into them. The right sleeve features embroidered MAC TOOLS, SHERWIN WILLIAMS AUTOMOTIVE FINISHES, NORTHERN TOOL + EQUIPMENT, and SUNOCO logos on the upper portion, and a CONWAY FREIGHT logo in television position. The left sleeve features NASCAR, FORD RACING, ZAXBY’S, and CITI logos embroidered, and a CONWAY FREIGHT logo in television position. The back of the jacket shows some staining.The back of the jacket features the Truck Series number 6.The back torso features a ROUSH-FENWAY.COM logo, the name THOMAS, and a CONWAY FREIGHT logo embroidered into it.The pants show a lot of staining.The right leg has CONWAY FREIGHT logos embroidered into them, as well as some decorative flames. There is some staining on the white material. The left leg has CONWAY FREIGHT logos embroidered into them, as well as some decorative flames. There is some staining on the white material. The back of the pants show some stains.The back of the waist features a tag indicating the pants are for B THOMAS, and a Simpson Warranty Label.The back of the pants has the SFI certification, and the belt has a custom rubber CONWAY FREIGHT logo added to it.

On Saturday June 13, 2009, Colin Braun entered the Michicagn 200 at Michigan International Speedway. He led 26 of 100 laps, and won the race, beating Kyle Busch, who led 62 laps. B Thomas, the crew member who wore this suit, was awarded this cap for the victory. The white mesh cap is in great condition, and is a standard crew cap, though WINNER’S CIRCLE MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY 2009 has been embroidered into it. This suit is another example of the fact that no matter how great a driver is, without a crew, they are nothing. The crew is essential in helping the driver to win races and championships. The crew are in just as much danger as the driver, but they don’t get all of the glory that they deserve. Crew members are the lifeblood of racing, and are just as important as the drivers.

Next week, the pit crew theme continues with another pit crew helmet.

 

 

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