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WVU student chalks up another racing title

Photo submitted to The Daily Athenaeum Travis Braden
Photo submitted to The Daily Athenaeum
Travis Braden

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When he isn’t traveling to raceways or winning his series, Travis Braden is speeding through his classes.

Braden, a junior mechanical and aerospace engineering student, races cars in the Automobile Racing Club of America and was named NASCAR’s Whelen All-American National Rookie of the Year in 2011.

Most recently at Winchester Speedway in Indiana, Braden won his series championship for the second year in a row.

“When (national drivers) come back and race against you and you can compete against them, it opens the eyes of people watching who say, ‘Hey, this kid can race,’” Braden said. “It was a pretty big day in my career to compete at that caliber.”

Braden said he could have chosen to go closer to his track and car in Columbus, Ohio, but the Wheeling, W.Va., native decided to pursue engineering at West Virginia University.

“(Engineering) will help me be a driver and stay involved in racing. Being a student at this school and a West Virginia native, so many people want to support me,” Braden said. “Academically and as a driver, it was a great decision.”

Not only has he received the support of the University, Braden’s car has the WVU logo, the “flying WV,” on it…

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