Brian Brown – Chili Tonight!

By Bill W

January 14, 2011 – Tonight’s the night for Brian Brown at the 25th Annual Chili Bowl held at Quik Trip Center’s Tulsa Expo Raceway. He has some experience in his corner, as he’ll partner with two-time and defending Badger midget champion, Mike Hess. Friday night qualifying will finalize the line-ups for Saturday’s championship.

On Monday, the Grain Valley, Missouri driver got to test out Hess’s Buzzard Chassis/Hawk Engine midget. “It’s the most comfortable I’ve ever felt in a midget,” says Brian. “I’ve only been able to drive one a couple of times. I’m just lucky to team up with Mike, who has so much experience and knowledge of how to do things. It’s a really great car. We’re looking forward to getting the FVP #51 up front tonight.”

Brian learned early on this week that he is not on his own. “I’ll do the best I can with Mike’s direction,” he says. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to run for someone who was in the top ten of the Chili Bowl last year. I want to thank Mike and everyone else. I’ve been made to feel like family. At times, I think Mike is working harder on my car to make me comfortable than his own. I’m really appreciative of that.”

Defending champion, Kevin Swindell, Dave Darland, Brad Loyet, Chris Windom, Cory Kruseman, Shane Cottle and fellow Knoxville competitor, Don Droud Jr., are just a few of Friday’s notables. “Other than Kevin Swindell and Dave Darland, I really haven’t looked at that too much,” says Brian. “I’m kind of like a ‘duck out of water’ at these deals. Right now, the car is way faster than I am, but we’re looking to get better every time we hit the track. We’re looking to improve ourselves rather than worry about who else may be out there.”

The 2007 and 2010 Knoxville Raceway 410 sprint car champion is adapting to the midget on the fly. “You take everything you’ve learned in a wing sprint car and throw it out the window,” he says. “Really, nothing applies here. Running the Chili Bowl would be like running the Knoxville Nationals your first time in a wing car. I just have to lean on Mike.”

Sponsorship for Brian’s entry comes from some familiar sources. “We have a lot of the same people on board that help the rest of the year…Weld Wheels, Searsboro Telephone Company, Champion Brands, Impact Sign & Lighting, Rockwell Security and the other folks involved with our sprint car. Hopefully, we can represent them well this week.”

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Brian’s Q&A

Shane Miller asks: What is the biggest adjustment you make when running a midget?

Brian answers: The wing sprint car runs on the right front. The midget you are running off the right rear. It’s not the speed of the car you have to deal with, it is how it will handle. For example, getting used to the slide when you let off the gas. We’ll give it our best, and I have a good teach in Mike Hess.

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Brown’s Bits

Brian’s experience in a midget is definitely limited. He drove Troy Parsons #57 in the 2003 Chili Bowl and drove the Wisconsin based Bill Ecker #57K in the 2008 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ event at Kemper Arena in Kansas City.


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Brian says – “Ditzfeld Transfer is a family deal. Ronnie and his sons were our very first sponsor. They haul our motors, and if I would need anything hauled across the country, I would call them first.”

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Brian says – “From day one in racing, all I have ever used has been ButlerBuilt seat systems. Brian and Jeannie Butler do a great job, and make sure their drivers are in the safest seat possible. I’d never run anything else.”

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Brian would like to thank FVP, SuperClean, Splash, Ditzfeld Transfer, Searsboro Telephone Company,, Housby Trucks, Maxim Racing, Champion Brands, My State Insurance Rates, Smiley’s Race Products, Impact Sign and Lighting, Arctic Cat, K&N Filters,, FSR Race Products, Fuel-Safe Tanks, Awesome Racewear, Wolfe Eye Clinic, Weld Wheels, 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, XYZ Machining, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Peterson Fluid System, Red Devil Brakes, Schoenfeld Headers, and WSIB Insurance for all their help!