It's Christmastime in Knoxville (Chris Stowe - Finish Line Photo)
(Bill W) August 9, 2016 – Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team are ready for the 56th Knoxville Nationals. The Grain Valley, Missouri driver registered podium finishes at both Knoxville Raceway’s “Capitani Classic” on Sunday, and Monday’s Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Brian will qualify Wednesday night.
You started the week Friday night at the Knoxville 360 Nationals.
Things started out a little disappointing really. We drew a good number (nine) and we weren’t able to capitalize on that (timing in tenth quick). We were really good in the heat though, and went from fifth to second.
You were right there in the feature.
It was definitely a great race. We had a good car there, and it was a good race first with Brooke (Tatnell), and then we were able to get by Dale (Blaney) after that close call. Clint (Garner) was running well and got by us there late and ended up third. That put us in pretty good shape for Saturday.
You started sixth in Saturday’s 360 Nationals feature, but you worked your way up.
We got off to kind of a rough start really. I think we fell back to about tenth. It took a while to get going, but once we did, I thought we may have had the fastest car out there. We were passing Danny (Lasoski) there for second and had an engine failure. That’s really rare. That’s the first one for us in five years. Charlie Garrett builds a really strong motor.
There were 62 cars Sunday for the Capitani Classic, and you had to be happy timing in fourth quick.
It really is one of the toughest if not the toughest one-night shows you’re going to find. The team has been working really hard on our qualifying, and it paid off both Sunday and Monday at the Front Row Challenge.
You finished second in your heat and qualified for the Pole Shuffle.
We were able to get through a few rounds of the pole shuffle (setting a new two-lap track record of 31.9 seconds on the way), and that helped our starting position. We had a good car in the feature, but so did Shane (Stewart) and Kerry (Madsen). Finishing on the podium (third) with them is nothing to hang your head about.
Another strong field was at the Front Row Challenge in Osky Monday.
We were able to time in well (second quick) and we made it through the heat. We were able to get the lead early in the feature, but once the track slowed down, we were a little tight. Again, a third place finish behind Daryn (Pittman) and Kerry was a good one.
Is the team ready for Wednesday?
I just wish we could qualify tonight to be honest. We’re really excited, and we know we have a fast car going in. Things have to fall your way, but we’re prepared and ready. This is what we prepare for all year long. The guys (Chad Morgan, Michael Williams, Wyatt Burks) have been working hard all year for this week.
Autograph Session and Interview
Brian will be at the FVP Booth every day from 4-5 p.m. to meet and greet and sign autographs.
Wednesday at Noon, Brian will sit down with Bill Wright at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum theater for an interview and fan Q&A on the second floor.
Follow Brian on the Web, Twitter and Facebook!
Follow Brian at his website located at www.BrianBrownRacing.com!
Also keep up with FVP, Casey’s and Brian on Facebook and Twitter at the following links…
Twitter Links – @BrianBrown21, @FVPRacing, @CaseysGenStores
Brian Brown Racing – www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-Brown-Racing/200630163294222
Casey’s General Stores – www.facebook.com/pages/Caseys-General-Stores/112073528804354
FVP Racing - http://www.facebook.com/FVPRacing?ref=ts&fref=ts
Other Web site info
Great Marketing Opportunities for 2016!
There are great marketing opportunities available with Brian Brown Racing for 2016 with available spots on the car including the side of the nose wing. For more information, e-mail Brian at Brian@BrianBrownRacing.com.
Brian has qualified for seven straight Knoxville Nationals championship events and eight in nine years. He has finished in the top seven the last five years, and finished second three straight years (2012-14).
About Casey’s General Stores
Casey’s General Stores is a Fortune-500 company (NASDAQ CASY) operating over 1,850 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 5th 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 – Champion Racing Lubricants (Champion Racing 20W50 Motor Oil)
Visit Champion’s new web page at www.ChampionsUseChampion.com! Champion Racing 20W50 Motor Oil is the one that started it all by beating the competition in providing more horsepower, torque, and anti-wear additives than many of the more well known brands of racing oil. Champion Racing 20W50's premium ZDDP anti-wear protection is among the highest in the industry. Champion's exclusive shear stabilizer delivers better film strength and piston ring seal at peak temperatures. Champion Racing 20W50 also delivers more foot-pounds of torque with higher compression than any competitor's brands.
• Provides exceptional low coefficient of friction
• Offers film strength and viscosity stability of thicker mono-grades at higher temperatures
• Provides upper cylinder anti-wear protection
• Increases high-temp oil pressure and compression
• Formulated for flat tappet, roll over cams and bearings in turbo and super-charged racing engines
• Lowers engine temperature
• Compatible with petroleum and other synthetics
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Winters Performance Products
Brian says – “We’ve used Winters Rear-ends since we started, along with their drivelines and stops. In fact, the majority of our parts are Winters components. They do a great job, and we are happy to be a part of their operation.”
Winters builds products for the entire racing industry. Their products can be found in NASCAR, Dirt and Pavement Modifieds and Late Models, Bonneville Land Speed Trial Cars, Pulling Tractors, Pike’s Peak Hill Climbers, Off Shore Boats, Dragsters, Midget and Dwarf Cars and 305, 360 and 410 sprint cars. Their products are distributed worldwide through a large dealer network. Winters, located in York, Pennsylvania, has a quality workforce of around 70 helping in the growth and success of the company. Visit them online at www.WintersPerformance.com!
Brian Brown Racing would like to thank Casey’s General Stores, FVP, Wormall Civil, Searsboro Telephone Company, MC Power, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps / impact4800.com, Champion Brands, Ditzfeld Transfer, Maxim Racing, Smiley’s Racing Products, Weld Wheels, Housby Trucks, Next LED Sports, Schure Built Suspension, Arctic Cat, Lincoln Electric, K&N, www.hostiowa.net, FSR Race Products, TI64, Fuel-Safe 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, Tru Square, Snap-On Tools, Rod End Supply, KSE Racing Products, Winters Performance, Cometic Gaskets, Shell Shock, Donovan, ISC Racers Tape, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Racing Optics, Hoosier Tires, Klein RV, Duke’s Meats, BIGS Sunflower Seeds, NGK Spark Plugs, XYZ Machining, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Red Devil Brakes, Schoenfeld Headers, 6B Apparel, Garrett Racing Engines, MSD and Fortress Wealth Management for all their support!
Photo: It’s Christmas time in Knoxville (Chuck Stowe-Finish Line Photo)
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