Sponsored by RFMS Racing, the West Virginia rising star is prime for victory.
DAYTONA, Florida – As the 2018 ARCA Racing Series is a month from taking off, Travis Braden is preparing to hop in the driver’s seat for his first full-time season.
The 23-year-old West Virginia University graduate with degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is viewed as a rising star in the racing world and has secured a full season in the ARCA Racing Series with RFMS Racing.
“I can’t wait to get on the track and show the racing world what I’m made of as I take on my first full ARCA season,” said Braden. “As a kid growing up racing all different kinds of cars, you daydream about one day reaching this level of motorsports, but never know if it will actually happen. I’ve been fortunate to build a great relationship with RFMS Racing and team owner Don Fike, who have shown their dedication from Day 1, and – with a lot of work – we’ve made the dream into a reality.”
Braden geared up for ARCA’s first race of 2018 in Daytona over the past weekend. He showcased the #27 car and shined in trials. Deeply in-tune with his vehicle, Braden identified some key alterations that will help he and his team hit the track in peak condition on February 10 at the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire.
“My team and I have been in Daytona gearing up for the first ARCA race of the season,” said Braden. “This past weekend we were at the Daytona International Speedway practicing, getting the car ready and making little tweaks so that come February 10, I will be ready to give it my best shot.”
Though this will be his first full season in ARCA, Braden is no stranger to the racing world. Braden’s passion for the sport of racing runs as deep as the valleys of the Appalachian Mountains. At tracks in Columbus and Xenia, Ohio, Travis secured more than 100 victories before he was 13, and at age 17 he notched 10 victories and was crowned the Columbus track champion, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series State Champion and the NWASS National Rookie of the Year – all before graduating from high school.
Braden is a two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion, and is now looking forward to 2018, where he’ll work hard to emerge as a driving force in the ARCA Racing Series and beyond.