From Bill W.
September 12, 2011 – The FVP #21 team and Brian Brown headed to Nebraska last weekend to tackle the ASCS-Midwest series. With Valley Speedway having rained out on Friday, the team headed for McCool Junction and Eagle and came away with a pair of top five finishes. This weekend, they are anxiously anticipating two nights at the I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska, where Brian has won three times this year alone.
The Junction Motor Speedway saw Brian start sixth in his heat race on Saturday. “We always look forward to McCool,” he says. “They always treat us well, and there are a lot of great fans in that area. We drew a pretty tough heat. I knew we needed third to probably make the redraw. We got to third, but I let Jason (Johnson) slip back by me. The car was just a little tight in the heat. I’m a firm believer you win these ASCS races in the heat a lot of nights, and we couldn’t get to the redraw.”
The fourth place finish set Brian up outside row six in the feature. “I felt that everyone we came to, we could pass,” he says. “We had a really good car. I’m not sure that I could have won, but I would have liked the opportunity. We had a caution on the fourth lap, and the last 21 went non-stop.”
The charge ended with a solid fourth place finish. “When I got to fourth, I was able to catch Jason,” says Brian. “He was gaining on (winner Gregg) Bakker, so I felt really good about the car. You’ve got to be able to start in the first three or four rows in these races, and you can’t spot these drivers eleven positions.”
It was on to Eagle Raceway on Sunday for the Nebraska Cup. “We drew well outside the front row beside Jack (Dover),” says Brian of his heat. “We got to the lead, but I gave him an opportunity to get by me in turn one and he took advantage. We were opposite of the night before where we were tight. On Sunday, we were a little free in the heat.”
Starting eleventh, Brian would charge to a fifth place finish on the 1/3-mile banked oval. “We had a pretty good run,” he says. “I passed Jack for fourth at one time, and passed Boston at one time too. I don’t think we were good enough to win, but we had another good car. At Eagle, it’s like a win for me to run in the top five.”
This weekend, a driver who sweeps Friday and Saturday shows at I-80 Speedway could earn $7,000, and that’s what the FVP team is aiming for. “I-80 can’t come quick enough for us,” says Brian. “The track itself suits us better than even Knoxville right now. It’s always really good racing, and just suits our style. I feel a lot of confidence going in. I feel like we should win both nights barring anything bad happening. I’m not guaranteeing it, but I feel that confident about our team at that place.”
In addition, there will be representation from FVP. “We’re going to have around 140 customers there each night,” says Brian. “We also have a lot of great fans up there…probably as many as anywhere.”
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Brady Henning asks: This is the week of the Spencer Outlaw show. You had your first race as an owner/driver there a few years ago and did well. Is that race still special to you?
Brian answers: It seems like forever ago, but it still something that I look back at and I will always cherish it. We didn’t win the race, but we were in contention. We were a makeshift team at that point. It hurts a bit to miss that show this week, but we’re going where we have been successful, can make some money, and where we can get some good exposure for FVP and race in front of its customers. If we had destroyed the car at Spencer that year, there may not be a Brian Brown Racing now, so yes, it is still very special.
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In nineteen career features at I-80 Speedway, Brian has won ten times, including three wins this year: one in April, one in May and one in July.
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Marketing Partner of the Week – Maxim Racing
Brian says, “Chuck and Karen Merrill are not only great people, but they put everything into putting the best car out on the market. I’ve always been a supporter of theirs, and with Brian Brown Racing, you’ll always see their chassis.”
Brian has been partnering with Maxim since 2003. After years of success as a car owner, Chuck Merrill started his chassis business in a rented three-bay garage in November of 1988. The first car was driven by Johnny Herrera at the Florida All Stars Sprint Week in February of 1989. By June of that year, Maxim moved into a 7,000 square foot facility. By 2001, Maxim had grown substantially producing 304 chassis that year. In 2002, Maxim moved to its present 12,500 square foot location in Springfield, Illinois. Maxim continues to offer their customers unmatched service and support, and currently has 17 quality employees, and builds over 400 chassis on an annual basis. Their world-famous “K-car” was designed for Steve Kinser, and has won ten Knoxville Nationals titles and fourteen World of Outlaws championships! To top it all, Maxim offers a warranty if you are not completely satisfied with your car. For more information on Maxim, visit www.racemaxims.com!Generation and Housby Motorsports. Visit www.Housby.com for more information!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – FSR Race Products
Brian says – “Garry (Bell) and his family have been a big supporter of Brian Brown Racing since its inception. We use a lot of their products that I feel racers should be using like their engine mount radiators, block heaters, toe plates and their hot water heater. They make a lot of great products, and it’s great to represent them.”
This is Brian’s second year being involved with Four Seasons Radiator (FSR) Race Products. The products used from FSR include engine mount radiators and an engine block heater that runs off 110 volts. FSR Radiator wants to insure the highest level of customer service by meeting your product needs. They are dedicated to Ground Support Equipment and understand the high demands of the industries they are involved in. They specialize in building radiators and fuel tanks for tug and beltloader applications. They also build forklift, push-back and other GSE radiators. Their radiators are designed to fit! No Universal Applications! Plus, all of their radiators come with a ONE YEAR WARANTY! Visit them on the web at www.fsrradiator.com!
Brian would like to thank FVP, Searsboro Telephone Company, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps / impact4800.com, Champion Brands, SPLASH, Ditzfeld Transfer, Maxim Racing, Smiley’s Racing Products, Weld Wheels, Housby Trucks, www.RateWin.com, Arctic Cat, K&N Filters, Hostiowa.net, FSR Race Products, TI64, Fuel-Safe Tanks, Awesome Racewear, Wolfe Eye Clinic, Bell Helmets, CP Pistons, Carrillo Rods, A1 Mortgage, Rockwell Security, Paul’s Auto Body Supply, Engler Machine, Vortex Wings, Ostrich Racing Engines, Penray, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Butler Built Seats, Rod End Supply, KSE Racing Products, Winters Performance Products, Santomauro Racing Products, Cometic Gaskets, Kaeding Performance, Donovan, Magtech, ISC Racers Tape, Racing Optics, Pro Shocks, Don’s Truck Wash, Gardner Farms, Hoosier Tires, GoPro, XYZ Machining, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Peterson Fluid System, Red Devil Brakes, Schoenfeld Headers, and WSIB Insurance for all their help!