Brian wrapped up his season at the World Finals (Dave Biro – DB3 Imaging)
(Bill W) November 9, 2017 – Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team rounded out a great season with a podium finish at Saturday night’s World Finals for the World of Outlaws at the Dirt Track in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Grain Valley, Missouri driver had driven from row ten to finish twelfth on Friday.
On Thursday, you qualified 11th quick for Friday’s event and sixth quick for Saturday’s finale.
We were a little disappointed to be honest, especially with our qualifying for Friday. It was below our expectations for sure. It’s really important to put yourself on the front row of that heat to have a good shot at finishing in the top two and getting to the Dash.
You started fourth in Friday’s heat, and had a good battle with Donny Schatz early on.
We were able to pass (Donny) Schatz and get into second there for a while. He ended up getting back by. On the double-file restart, I should have been lined up on the outside, but I was on the inside. That hurt, and Shane (Stewart) got us at the end and we were fourth.
That put you in row two of the B, but you were able to win that.
We had trouble getting going. The first start didn’t go, and then Sam (Hafertepe) and Paige (Polyak) got together. I actually was taking it a little easier than I should have been. I thought something might happen between them there, and we got lucky to get up there. Unfortunately, Paige had some damage to her car. We were able to win it, and at that point, we were confident, but we were buried in the back.
You were able to charge through the field and did a nice job.
We had a really good car. We got into the top ten there, but with five or six to go, we got into an infield tire. That broke our left front shock and we lost a couple spots and ended up twelfth. Still, we felt good about a car that was capable of running about eighth after starting in row ten.
Being sixth quick for Saturday’s program helped your position and you started outside row one for your heat. That put you in good position.
We started in a good spot, but we had Greg Wilson and Brad Sweet behind us. We had to work to finish second there and get in the Dash. We got lucky with the pill draw and won the Dash from the front row.
What did you think of your chances starting from the pole? You won this race three years ago.
We felt like we had a good opportunity to win. We had a good race with Ryan Smith there for a couple laps. We were able to get to the lead. We had a double-file restart on lap four. Hindsight is 20/20, but maybe I should have picked a different line. Donny got by us there and we had a good race for a couple of laps sliding back and forth. That was fun.
You ended up in a three-way battle for the lead at that point.
We had another restart and it was (Donny’s) turn to pick a line. He picked the outside and set a good pace. I felt we were right there with him. We had a couple opportunities, but they weren’t quite good enough to make a pass. (David) Gravel got a run at us on another restart and we were third. I still felt we had a car capable of winning. We were within three or four car lengths at the end. Gravel was in my line and we were on him. He got by Donny and we were within three feet of Donny. We were right there and finished third.
You ended the year on a strong note.
It was a good finish to the season. We’re looking forward to next year. We have all the same partners back, and Chad (Morgan) and Michael (Williams) are back to. All our equipment will be the same, so we’re really looking forward to continuing with our momentum.
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Brian competed in 55 feature events in 2007. He registered 14 (25%) wins, 29 (53%) top fives and 35 (64%) top tens.
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 – Wormall Civil
Wormall Contracting commenced operations in 1984, primarily as a specialist underground services installation contractor. A period of sustained growth saw the company transform into Wormall Civil, a main contractor now for over ten years, providing quality civil engineering construction services to both private developers and government clients.
Wormall Civil operates throughout the greater Perth metropolitan area and regional WA, having undertaken a number of major projects along the northern coastal strip between Perth and Geraldton and mining/resource developments in the Pilbara, the Mid and North West.
The company's standard of work and positive outcomes for its valued clients has seen it attain preferred contractor status with leading land developers throughout this region. Wormall Civil is also a Tier 1 civil contractor for the state government land agency LandCorp.
Wormall Civil is a third party accredited company to AS/NZS ISO 9001 Quality Management System, AS/NZS 4801 Safety Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.
This proud WA family-owned and operated company is backed by a strong and stable management team with extensive ground up experience, together with a committed team of qualified civil engineering and project management professionals and dedicated field staff. Visit them online at www.WormallCivil.com.au!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Arctic Cat
For over 40 years, World Class Snowmobiles™ have been wearing the Arctic Cat name. Arctic Cat is equally proud to make Arctic Cat ATVs, too. They represent dedication and commitment to advanced manufacturing techniques, engineering innovation and industry leadership. Arctic Cat Inc., based in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) under the Arctic Cat brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories. The Company markets its products through a network of independent dealers located throughout the contiguous United States and Canada, and through distributors representing dealers in Alaska, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and other international markets. The Arctic Cat brand name is among the most widely recognized and respected names in the snowmobile and ATV industry.
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 wrapped up his season at the World Finals (Dave Biro – DB3 Imaging)
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