Brian at Knoxville (Chuck Stowe Images)
(Bill W) June 15, 2017 – A busy week for Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team ended with a sixth and fifth place finish at Knoxville Raceway with the World of Outlaws and a fourth place run with the All Stars at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. This weekend, the Grain Valley, Missouri driver will take on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series during their speedweek at Randolph County Raceway near Moberly, Missouri Friday. Saturday night will see a return to weekly action at Knoxville.
You have qualified so well at Knoxville this year, and Friday with the WoO, you were fifth quick in your group.
We were hoping to qualify just a little better than fifth. I didn’t turn the laps that I needed to. It wasn’t where we wanted to be, but we were still in good position.
You made up for it in the heat race.
We had to get going right away. We were able to get by Joey (Saldana) for second, and that got us in the Dash. That put us back in position again. We started third in the Dash and got to second. That gave us another shot at the track to see how we were looking.
You had to have confidence heading into the feature.
We felt we had a good opportunity to win. We did the things that we normally do when the track is like that, but we missed something. We just spun the whole way. We didn’t have the forward drive or grip that I felt we needed to contend. We were third after the first lap, and then we got racing with Shane (Stewart). Donny (Schatz) got by us, and Kerry (Madsen) got by us and we ended up sixth. That’s the way it goes sometimes.
You were 11th quick in your group on Saturday, so you had some catching up to do.
Qualifying was 100% on the driver. I didn’t do my job. We were eleventh quick, and we knew we had our work cut out. Fortunately, we went from sixth to third in our heat, and that made up six rows for us in the A.
That meant starting tenth in the feature.
We didn’t get the best start in the world. We were running eighth or ninth there. The yellows weren’t playing out well for us. The last fifteen or eighteen laps went green, and we ended up driving up to fifth. Overall, from where we started the night, it was a very solid night to get a top five like that.
You timed in very well at 34 Raceway Sunday with the All Stars.
Burlington has been feast or famine for us. We were pretty good there Sunday. We were second quick in our group and third overall. The way the All Stars format is, you have to work hard in the heat. We were able to go from third to second and that locked us in the Dash.
After running second, you started inside row two for the main event.
They reworked the track, and we tightened the car up. We thought it would blow off quickly. When they dropped the green, there was grip on the bottom and it never really blew off. So we were tight, and we were lucky to hold onto a fourth place finish there.
You also ran at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska with the Outlaws Tuesday.
Eagle is another track that we’ve been up and down at. We were pretty decent hot-lapping, but I felt like I was on the wrong part of the track for going out late in qualifying. We couldn’t make anything happen in the heat, and we had to go through the B. I felt like I had a tire going down, and we pulled off in the feature.
You’ve been strong in Moberly in your career.
I’m really looking forward to getting back to Moberly. There was a time when we were undefeated there, especially in the 360. That’s a place that’s been very good to us. We’re also excited about getting back to Knoxville Saturday.
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Brian won the first time he saw Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska on April 8, 2005, besting Chad Humston, Don Droud Jr., Jason Danley and Steve King.
About Casey’s General Stores
Casey’s General Stores is a Fortune-500 company (NASDAQ CASY) operating over 1,900 convenience stores in 14 states through the Midwest. Known for its “Homemade To-Go” pizza, sandwiches, donuts and bakery items, Casey’s strives to consistently deliver quality gas, fresh kitchen-prepared food, clean environments and friendly service at every retail location. Casey’s is currently the 4th largest c-store chain and fifth largest pizza chain in the United States.
Built on a commitment to quality and delivered with unmatched service, FVP is the confident solution for all of your OEM needs. FVP products are engineered to provide customers with OE quality products that are equal or superior in performance to the major national brands at a competitive price. FVP is proud to carry a full line of high quality oil, air, cabin air and fuel filters, powerful batteries for multiple applications including cars, trucks, SUV’s, commercial, boats and other specialty vehicles as well as automotive chemicals and oil, antifreeze, DEF, hub assemblies, radiators and condensers. To learn more about FVP or to find out where you can have FVP products installed in your vehicle, visit FVPparts.com! FVP…The Confident Solution.
Marketing Partner of the Week – Maxim Racing
In October of 2014, Dan Musselman (Previously Director of Operations) and his brother Ron formed a partnership and acquired Maxim Inc. Both have been involved in sprint car racing for over 40 years and have over 30 years of business, manufacturing and customer satisfaction experience. Dan and Ron would like to thank the sprint car racing community for embracing the change in ownership. The outcome has been very humbling.
Maxim Racing conducts business in its 12,600 square foot building located in Springfield, Illinois. At present, Maxim is fourteen employees strong and builds over 400 chassis annually.
Maxim Racing prides itself on providing great customer service, helping our clients on setup advice along with focusing on the highest level of quality and safety.
Visit Maxim Racing online at www.RaceMaxims.com and on Facebook at Maxim Racing Inc.
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Penray
Brian says – “We’re using all their brake cleaning materials. Mark and all the guys there are great to work with. We’re looking for a long relationship between them and Brian Brown Racing.”
Incorporated in 1950, The Penray Companies continue to grow strong after 50 years of service in the heavy-duty and automotive chemical industry. There are two main plants for the manufacture of both liquids and aerosol products. They are in Elk Grove Village and Wheeling, Illinois. Penray is comprised of four separate business units: heavy-duty, automotive, export, and custom manufacturing. Visit Penray today at www.Penray.com!
Brian Brown Racing would like to thank Casey’s General Stores, FVP, Wormall Civil, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps/ impact4800.com, Champion Brands, Weld Wheels, Ditzfeld Transfer, Maxim Racing, Smiley’s Racing Products, MSD ignition, MC Power, Housby, Searsboro Telephone Company, Next LED Sports, Hope for the Warriors, Factory Kahne Shocks, Arctic Cat, Lincoln Electric, K&N, www.hostiowa.net, FSR Race Products, TI64, ATL Tanks, Wolfe Eye Clinic, Bell Helmets, Hinchman Uniforms, CP Pistons, Carrillo Rods, Vortex Wings, Penray, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Butler Built Seats, AkzoNobel, Kenny's Components, Snap-On Tools, Rod End Supply, KSE Racing Products, Winters Performance, Cometic Gaskets, Shell Shock, Donovan, ISC Racers Tape, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Racing Optics, 5-hour ENERGY, Hoosier Tires, NGK Spark Plugs, XYZ Machining, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Red Devil Brakes, Schoenfeld Headers, 6B Apparel, Garrett Racing Engines, and Fortress Wealth Management for all their support!
Photo: Brian at Knoxville (Chuck Stowe Images)
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