The Road to Cup: ARCA Key to Braun Racing's Newest Endeavor

The Road to Cup: ARCA Key to Braun Racing's Newest Endeavor

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (January 18, 2010) - It's no secret that racecar drivers use the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards to prepare for fulltime driving careers in NASCAR's top-three touring divisions. But ARCA's roll as a stepping stone to the highest levels of stock car auto racing extends to race teams as well. The most recent example? Braun Racing, which will make five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series attempts in 2010 with sponsor Dollar General and driver Reed Sorenson.

Braun Racing is recognized in the NASCAR community for running the largest independent team in the Nationwide Series-a four car operation that was handpicked to help debut the Toyota Camry to American stock car racing four years ago. But the team, led by Winamac, Ind., native Todd Braun, actually dates back to 2001 with a campaign in the regionally touring ARCA Truck Series.

blountcandidlms.jpgSuccesses in ARCA's grassroots regional truck tour helped Braun make the decision to launch a team in the ARCA Racing Series in 2002 as a car owner with young, up-and-coming driver Chad Blount. The duo proved successful in ARCA, winning the Rookie of the Year Award and finishing second in the point standings to Frank Kimmel. Blount was able to capture four race wins for Braun during his rookie year of ARCA competition, with victories at Kentucky Speedway, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was also a five-time pole award winner and set new track records at Atlanta and Chicagoland.

The team expanded to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2003 whhemphillvlkan04.jpgile still maintaining a presence in the ARCA Racing Series. In 2004, Braun Racing's Ryan Hemphill earned six race wins and six pole awards in 14 ARCA Racing Series starts, with victories at Kentucky Speedway (twice), Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Gateway Int'l Raceway and Pocono Raceway. Hemphill, a Ganassi development driver at the time, finished 16th in the final 2004 point standings despite missing eight events.

Most recently, Braun Racing participated in ARCA with driver Milka Duno at Daytona Testing in December. Drivers who have competed under the Braun Racing banner include Blount, Sorenson, Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers, Jason Leffler, David Reutimann and Brian Scott.

Braun Racing is scheduled to make its first of five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series attempts in this February's Daytona 500 with additional attempts at Atlanta Motor Speedway (March), Chicagoland Speedway (July), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (October) planned with driver Reed Sorenson, a former ARCA Racing Series winner himself. The 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards kicks off with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway on Saturday, February 6, 2010. The race is live on SPEED beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern.

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