Travis Braden (born March 25, 1994) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He most recently competed full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, driving the No. 27 Ford for RFMS Racing. He has also raced super late models, winning the Winchester 400 in 2016 and the Snowball Derby in 2019.

Travis Braden
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Braden in 2019
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 25)
Wheeling, West Virginia
ARCA Menards Series career
Debut season2015
Former teamsRFMS Racing
Platinum Motorsports
Starts50
Championships1
Wins1
Poles0
Best finish4th in 2019
Finished last season4th (2019)
Previous series
2017CARS Super Late Model Tour
Championship titles
2019
2016
2013–2014
Snowball Derby
Winchester 400
ARCA/CRA Super Series
Last updated on: January 12, 2020.

Racing careerEdit

Braden began racing when he was eight years old, competing in mini-wedges, quarter-midgets and Legends car racing, winning a Young Lions national points championship.[1] He later won the Whelen All-American Series state championship in Ohio.[1]

He raced super late models in 2013 and 2014, winning the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship both of those years.[2]

Braden made his ARCA Menards Series debut in 2015, and won his first start in the series, passing William Byron near the end of the race at Lucas Oil Raceway.[3]

In 2016, Braden went super late model racing, winning the Winchester 400 in Winchester, Indiana.[4]

After running part-time for RFMS Racing in the 2017 ARCA Racing Series, the team and Braden agreed to a full-time slate in 2018.[5] Braden returned to RFMS for a second full-time ARCA season in 2019,[6] and led the championship point standings early in the season.[7] He finished fourth in the points at the end of the season.[8]

In 2019, Braden entered the Snowball Derby for the first time. He qualified 30th, the last car in on time trials, after qualifying with a rebuilt car after being wrecked by another competitor in practice.[9] He was declared the winner of the race after original winner Stephen Nasse's car failed post-race technical inspection.[10]

In early 2020, Braden revealed that he would not contest another season in the ARCA Menards Series, instead using the year to move to Charlotte, North Carolina and focus on large super late model races and races in NASCAR's top three divisions.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Braden is a native of Wheeling, West Virginia,[8] and attended West Virginia University where he double-majored in aerospace and mechanical engineering.[11]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

ARCA Menards SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts
2015 Platinum Motorsports 01 Chevy DAY MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH CHI WIN IOW IRP
1
POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN
2
KAN
6
36th 655
2016 DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH
4
MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI
7
KEN KAN 61st 405
2017 Ford DAY
22
NSH SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH MAD IOW IRP POC 31st 845
RFMS Racing 27 WIN
4
ISF ROA DSF SLM CHI
11
KEN
9
KAN
17
2018 DAY
22
NSH
15
SLM
14
TAL
9
TOL
8
CLT
11
POC
4
MCH
12
MAD
11
GTW
9
CHI
7
IOW
9
ELK
7
POC
9
ISF
4
BLN
3
DSF
15
SLM
5
IRP
12
KAN
20
5th 4445
2019 DAY
8
FIF
10
SLM
12
TAL
7
NSH
8
TOL
13
CLT
9
POC
10
MCH
6
MAD
4
GTW
7
CHI
5
ELK
12
IOW
7
POC
9
ISF
11
DSF
7
SLM
9
IRP
7
KAN
5
4th 4780

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Travis Braden-ARCA Racing". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Two-Time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Enters This Sunday's "Father's Day 100" at The Milwaukee Mile". ARCA Midwest Tour. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  3. ^ Donnelly, Doug. "First Start – First Win in ARCA For Travis Braden". Speed51. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "Travis Braden scores Winchester 400 win in wild finish". WDUN. October 11, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  5. ^ "Braden & RFMS Unite For Full ARCA Schedule". Race Chaser Online. December 14, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  6. ^ "Braden Back With RFMS For Full ARCA Season". Speed Sport. February 8, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  7. ^ Krall, Charles (April 24, 2019). "ARCA Menards Series Championship Leader Travis Braden Heads to Talladega Looking for First Win of 2019". ARCA Menards Series. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c Flatley, Jake (January 5, 2020). "Wheeling native Travis Braden racing towards NASCAR dreams in 2020". WV MetroNews. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Connor (December 7, 2019). "Braden Pulls A Miracle on Snowball Derby Qualifying Day". Speed51. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  10. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (December 9, 2019). "Stephen Nasse DQ'd, Travis Braden declared Snowball Derby winner". NASCAR on NBC. NBC Sports. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  11. ^ Krall, Charles (May 17, 2019). "Consistency Key to ARCA Championship Leader Travis Braden's 2019 Success". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved December 20, 2019.

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