Travis Braden Retakes Points Lead After Nashville

Travis Braden Retakes Points Lead After Nashville

For the fifth time this season, the ARCA Menards Series championship points lead has changed hands.

Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) retook the top spot in the standings following his eighth-place finish in the General Tire Music City 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. It was fourth top-ten finish in the five races run so far this year.

Braden was in a car his RFMS team had recently acquired and was racing for the first time in 2019. Plans call for it to be their primary short track car for the rest of 2019.

“We just got this car and we’ve spent a lot of time working on it,” Braden said. “It’s a great car with a lot of potential. We were a lot better than we were here last year. We were five laps down here last year with no issues or reason for it, and we got lapped today right there at the end. We had a lot more speed here than we did last year. As bad as we were here last year, I am really confident this car will help us even more at some of the short tracks coming up where we were good last year.”

Braden now has a thirty-point advantage over Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) in the standings. The two have traded the lead in each of the last three weeks. Harrison Burton led after the Daytona race, Christian Eckes took command after round two at Five Flags, and Braden took the lead for the first time after the race at Salem. Self assumed the lead after the Talladega event, but he was swept into a crash at lap 73 while running among the top five at Nashville and finished 15th, dropping him back to second.

“It was a great run for us,” Braden said of his day. “We started off really tight and burned off the first set of tires. We got a set of rights at the first caution and I burned them off trying to keep up. We just had to work on managing that tight condition. I have a lot of confidence in the direction we’re going. At one point we were making some moves through the field then I’d burn up my stuff at the end of a run. It was a good day but we want a little bit more.”

Practice for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET on Saturday, May 18, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. A 35-lap late model sportsman feature event will close Saturday night’s activities at the track. The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will go green shortly after 2 m ET on Sunday, May 19. The race will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live user chat throughout all on-track sessions at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login.

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