COLIN BRAUN FINISHES 19TH AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
HAMPTON, GA (September 5, 2011) — Colin Braun and the No. 51 Bullet Liner Ford team rolled into Atlanta Motor Speedway this Labor Day weekend for their second race together in this year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Having scored a top-10 result in their inaugural outing together, the Billy Ballew Motorsports squad was confident of a positive showing.
In an event that saw practice, qualifying, and the race all on the same day, it was a full day of action and one in which consistently making the right changes to the Truck was critical to success. After solid practice sessions, Braun qualified the Bullet Liner Ford in the 15th position.
At the drop of the green flag, Braun quickly advanced up into the top-10 where he would run for the vast majority of the night. Braun reported that the No. 51 Truck had more speed in it than the Michigan race and the team felt good about the modifications it had made in the time between races.
Track position proved to be important as it was difficult to make passes on the racing surface. Crew chief Richie Wauters and the team implored various pit strategy to try and move up the field as from a speed perspective, Braun felt his Ford was the 4th or 5th fastest Truck in action. With just under 20 laps to go, Braun brought the Bullet Liner Ford to pit road for the final round of service. Braun was deemed by NASCAR officials to be too fast entering his pit box and the resulting penalty dropped him down the running order, ultimately finishing in the 19th position.
“While I’m disappointed with the result as we had a better Truck than what that shows, I’m encouraged with the progress we made as a team,” said Braun. “I really feel that if we keep racing together as a group and building on the foundation we have laid, that we have the ability to win races in this Series.”
MOORSEVILLE , NC August 30, 2011 – Building on their initial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series effort from two weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway, Billy Ballew Motorsports and Colin Braun will take to the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, September 2nd for a full day of action in the Atlanta 200. With practice, qualifying, and the race all taking place in the same day, the team and Braun have spent the last several days preparing their Bullet Liner Ford F-150 to be quick right off of the transporter.
“All in all we had a positive first outing together with Colin behind the wheel and Bullet Liner as the team’s primary sponsor,” said team owner Billy Ballew, an Atlanta native. “The competition in the Truck Series is definitely stout, and we’re pleased to have been able to finish the Michigan race in the top-10. We spent the last couple of weeks improving our Trucks from what we learned in Michigan and are anxious to put that work to the test in Friday’s race.”
Bullet Liner, which served as the primary sponsor of the No. 51 entry in Michigan , will return as such for Atlanta . “I’m appreciative of Bullet Liner partnering with us and enabling us to compete in the Atlanta race,” said Braun. “We had to knock some rust off in Michigan as it had been over a year and a half since I had driven in a Truck race and awhile since Billy and the boys fielded a Truck in a race. We’re definitely looking to move up the finishing order in Atlanta and are confident we have the right combination to do so, especially given the team’s history of success with four Atlanta wins.”
“Together Billy Ballew Motorsports and Colin represented Bullet Liner very well in Michigan ,” said Claudio Burtin, the company’s CEO. “We are pleased with the relationship and what it is doing for our business, and look forward to seeing Bullet Liner Ford on the track Friday in Atlanta .”
The Atlanta 200, the 17th race on the 2011 schedule, is slated to be run on Friday, September 2nd. Live coverage will begin on SPEED Channel at 8:00 pm ET.
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BILLY BALLEW MOTORSPORTS AND COLIN BRAUN TEAM UP IN RETURN TO NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES COMPETITION
Bullet Liner to Serve as Primary Sponsor
MOORSEVILLE, NC August 15, 2011 — Billy Ballew Motorsports announced today that the team will field an entry in this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) with Colin Braun piloting the No. 51 Bullet Liner Ford F-150. Braun, the 2008 NCWTS Rookie of the Year, was victorious in his last truck outing at the track (2009). Billy Ballew Motorsports claimed victory in the 2010 running of the MIS race.
“We have worked extremely hard over the past several months to get this program up and running,” said team owner Billy Ballew. “With the support of Bullet Liner and our collective success at the track, we are really looking forward to the weekend. Hopefully this will serve as a springboard for more races with Colin in 2011.”
“I’m thrilled to get back behind the wheel of a Ford truck, especially at MIS,” said Braun. “To do this with a team the caliber of Billy Ballew Motorsports and with Richie Waters as the crew chief, it’s a terrific opportunity. A big thanks to Billy, Richie, and Bullet Liner for their belief and support.”
Bullet Liner, which is based in Cartersville, Georgia, offers an advanced coating system that provides maximum protection for pickup truck beds, tailgates, wheel wells and similar applications. “Our involvement in the NASCAR Truck Series is a natural fit for our product offering,” said Claudio Burtin, the company’s CEO. “Billy Ballew Motorsports and Colin have a track record of success in this series and we believe are the right combination to help raise our brand awareness and ultimately generate new business opportunities for Bullet Liner.”