From Bill W
Sprint car ace Brian Brown will get the 2011 sprint car season underway this weekend at the dirt track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The World of Outlaws event commences this Wednesday and Thursday, March 2 and 3. For the Grain Valley, Missouri driver, this means 2011 will begin where 2010 ended. He finished second to Tony Stewart in ASCS action in Las Vegas last November.
Preparations for the FVP Racing #21 team have been underway for this season since the checkered flag fell in 2010. “Anytime you’ve been cooped up in the shop all winter, you want to get out and see where you are,” says Brian. “We have two new crew guys who have been working hard getting ready, Andy Korte and Chad Cypart, along with Grandpa (George Lasoski). Hopefully, all our hard work will pay off this week.”
The 2010 Knoxville Raceway track champion knows the competition with the WoO will be stiff. “The Outlaws will have been running for a month, so they have an advantage on us there,” he admits. “We just hope we can be competitive. We have to be quick out of the box. We’ve been knocking on the door at winning one of those races, and we’d like it to be this weekend. Our strong finishes in Vegas with ASCS last Fall should be on our side.”
The more things change, the more they stay the same. That will be true for Brian Brown Racing in 2011. “Other than our new look, we really haven’t changed much at all from years past,” says Brian. “We feel like it’s a great look though. Impact Sign & Lighting did an awesome job with both our car and the trailer. Everything looks great.”
Primary marketing partner FVP has also been essential in providing stability. “We just signed another three year contract with them, so we are really excited!” says Brian. “Factory Motor Parts will have some customers and employees out in Las Vegas and it will be fun meeting with them. That’s always fun to meet and greet and we’ll let them know how much we appreciate them. Of course, we’d like to do well on the track for them too.”
The 2011 schedule is still tentative for the team. “I’m not sure exactly where the schedule will lead us,” says Brian. “We were thinking about staying out West with the Outlaws in California, but three races in three weeks really can’t justify staying out there that long. We’ll come back, and if all goes well, we’ll run with USCS in Malden, Missouri on March 19 before we head to the Devil’s Bowl with ASCS.”
Some hired drivers have Brian Brown Racing eighth in owner points with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series. “Zach Zimmerly (in Arizona) and Bud Kaeding (in California) did a great job keeping Brian Brown Racing in the top ten in ASCS owner points, so hopefully, we can go to Texas and do some good.”
Many fans wonder if Brian will be there defending his championship at Knoxville Raceway every Saturday night. The competition will be fierce. “We’ll be there the first three or four nights and see where things are at,” he says. “We’re not 100% committed to the points, but there is definitely the possibility of that.”
Another addition this season will be Clarksburg, California driver Justyn Cox who will be competing in a team car in 20-25 shows. “We’re excited to have Justyn with us here this summer,” says Brian. “He has a lot of talent and desire. I think we can learn a lot from each other, and it should be a good fit. Hopefully, we can talk grandpa into helping him out quite a bit. It won’t get any better than that from a teaching standpoint.”
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Dennis Wilcox asks: Did you already own some 33-gallon tanks or did you have to purchase one to run Vegas?
Brian answers: I don’t own a 33-gallon tanks and I haven’t bought any. For Vegas, I believe they are only mandatory with the platinum drivers at this point. They do have a new lap limit, so with the smaller tank, we are at our own risk. I’ve been doing some math in my head, and I think we’ll be o.k. We have some help from Fuel-Safe, but at this point to spend that kind of money on a “maybe” thing is not where we are.
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Brian recorded seven wins on the way to a Winged Outlaw Warriors championship in 2000, as he also took the series inaugural Rookie of the Year award. Brian is second to Randy Martin on the all-time series win list with 35 features to his credit. The series will become the ASCS-Warrior Region in 2011.
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Marketing Partner of the Week – Impact Sign & Lighting
Brian says – “David and Julie Gibson have a great family there. They also make sure our FVP #21 and our trailer looks great with the graphics they provide. We’re proud to represent them.”
The goal at Impact Sign and Lighting is to make selecting the right sign and lighting for your business a simple process for you. Impact can design, create, and install virtually any type of sign on awnings, poles, buildings and much more including racecars, of course! They will work with you from conception to completion and make sure you are completely satisfied. We’ll give you personalized service, expert consultation, quick turnarounds, and reasonable pricing. Impact Sign and Lighting are responsible for the graphics on the SuperClean #21. The new website will be up soon at www.Impact4800.com!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Vortex Wings
Vortex Racing Products is the industry leader in Sprintcar Wing design. From humble beginnings in 1995, they began producing wings for their own use and quickly became engaged in producing wings for other race teams. Inspired by a life-long background in race car design and manufacturing from their father, Paul and Lynton Jeffrey continued to evolve into a company known for producing a product a little different from the rest. This ability to manufacture a Wing that is unique in design is what has been their success. They continually push the boundaries of design with an extensive testing program. It is their understanding of chassis design and manufacturing that allows communication with clients and tailors a wing package that best suits the race driver, team and make of chassis. It is called “The Vortex Advantage”. Visit them on the web today at www.VortexRacingProducts.com!
Brian would like to thank FVP, Searsboro Telephone Company, Impact Sign and Lighting, Champion Brands, Splash, Ditzfeld Transfer, Maxim Racing, Smiley’s Racing Products, Weld Wheels, Housby Trucks, My State Insurance Rates, 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, www.Impact4800.com and WSIB Insurance for all their help!