Travis Braden Set for ARCA Return at Michigan International Speedwayby Kyle Pokrefky June 10, 2016 0 comments
Two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion Travis Braden turned plenty of heads last year in his maiden season in the ARCA Racing Series.
Braden, 22, went to victory lane in his ARCA debut with a family-owned car at Lucas Oil Raceway and went on to score further top-10 finishes in his final two starts of the year at Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
After a nine-month break from the series, Braden is returning to the series in time for Friday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway.
Speaking to The Fourth Turn on Thursday, Braden says that his selection of Michigan as the venue for his series return was one to gain more experience for himself.
“It’s definitely one of those deals where we’re kind of looking at doing something that we’ve never done before,” Braden said. “I’ve never been on this size of track and this track in particular. I’m trying to gain some experience.
“I know we’ve got a good group of guys behind me and we’ve got a pretty fast car. Hopefully we can run up front, challenge for the win and get some good experience.”
The driver of the No. 01 West Virginia University/Platinum Express Chevrolet is utilizing the same equipment he ran last season this year, but with a couple of upgrades at his disposal with some parts on the race car.
“This is the same car,” Braden noted. “We’ve got some upgrades on the gears and transmissions that we’ve leased for this particular race this year. Tony Furr has been crew-chiefing for me and he’s made some good changes to our car based off of what we saw at Kentucky and Kansas last year.
“Overall, it’s the same car and we kind of kept it where it was, it was a pretty good car. We brought it up here and so far it’s drove well. We were really good in the test last month or whenever it was. Not quite as good of a feeling so far this weekend, but I think we might have gotten close to it at the end of the day today [Thursday’s practice sessions], hopefully we’re good.”
The West Virginia University student’s strategy from the beginning of his ARCA career has been to run the races with the most publicity attached to them.
With the ARCA Racing Series, Braden’s targeted races have always been the races televised on FOX Sports 1 – the network that will host Friday’s race’s television coverage.
With that, Braden has his eyes set on several of the larger tracks on the ARCA circuit for the future, but he doesn’t have anything locked down just yet.
“We kind of wanted from the beginning of the year to run six FOX Sports 1 televised mile-and-a-half or above races – not including Daytona or Talladega because we don’t have a [superspeedway] car,” Braden stated. “Basically, we would have loved to be going to Kentucky and Kansas again and Chicagoland and I think the second Pocono – those are on our schedule and if we can do them we will, but we’re not really sure yet.”
The Corrigan Oil 200 will get underway at 5:30 p.m ET with live television coverage on FOX Sports 1 and ARCAracing.com featuring live scoring.
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