Braun taking time off of Nationwide

Colin Braun is taking a time out after this weekend’s Nationwide

Series race at Talladega, according to team sources.

The 2010 Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender has crashed

out of four of the first seven races — and wrecked teammate

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. this past Monday at Texas Motor Speedway

— leading Roush Fenway Racing to put him on warning, sources


RFR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth is expected to take

over the No. 16 Nationwide Series ride after Talladega for two

races in an effort to get the team back up to speed before Braun

gets back in the car at Dover.

A Roush Fenway insider said this is part of the development

process for the rookie and that the decision was made to give him

time to regroup.

Despite having limited sponsorship with Con-Way Freight,

Braun was set to run the full Nationwide Series schedule this

season before this hiatus. He will be in the car for the remaining

14 races sponsored by Con-way. The rest of the season has yet to be

determined. One name mentioned as a possible sub is Erik Darnell.

Braun made a name for himself in Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car

Series competition, winning the July 250-mile race at Daytona and

finishing fourth in the Daytona Prototype division at age 17

— all while missing four races due to age restrictions at

certain events..

He ran two full seasons in the Camping World Truck Series,

winning top rookie honors in 2008 and the finishing fifth in the

championship last year.