DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Travis Braden will return to RFMS Racing this season for his second full year in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
Braden will again drive the No. 27 Ford for team owner Don Fike. The two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion finished fifth in points last season as a series rookie.
“Having the chance to race another full ARCA season feels like a dream come true, and I have so many people to thank,” said Braden. “For RFMS Racing and all of their sponsors to offer me another year full-time is a great gesture. They all put so much faith and trust in me, and that really drives me to always be on top of my game.”
Braden earned four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes during his rookie campaign last year. A veteran of 30 ARCA races in total, he picked up his lone series victory during his debut start in 2015 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
The 24-year-old’s passion for the sport of racing runs as deep as the valleys of the Appalachian Mountains. At tracks in Columbus and Xenia, Ohio, Braden secured more than 100 victories before he was 13, and at age 17 he notched 10 wins and was crowned the Columbus track champion, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Ohio state champion and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national Rookie of the Year.
Notably, all of that occurred before Braden had even graduated from high school. Now, with some life and additional racing experience under his belt, he’s looking for more.
“We had a great 2018, but in all honesty, it was just the tip of the iceberg. None of us will be satisfied until we’re taking home the big trophies, and that’s what it takes to make the difference,” noted Braden. “Everyone on a team has to want it, and we have that.
“We’ve been working seven days a week since October on our 2019 program, and I think that will really show. It all starts at the Lucas Oil 200 this Saturday.”