By Bill W
April 16, 2012 – Brian Brown will be visiting two of his favorite track this weekend. Friday night, he’ll compete with the World of Outlaws at the Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, and Saturday he will be at the season opener at the Knoxville Raceway. The Brian Brown Racing Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team finished third at the Valley Speedway in Brian’s hometown Grain Valley, Missouri last Friday night.
After starting outside of row one of his heat race, Brian went on to win. “We were able to get off to a good start there at Grain Valley,” he says. “We were good out of the chute, and I felt good hot lapping. You have to put yourself in a position for the redraw, so it was good that we were able to get the win in the heat.”
Brian drew a seven for the feature, starting him inside row four. “We didn’t get the best start in the world,” he says. “I think we were back to eighth, ninth or tenth in the first couple laps. We just dug too big of a hole there early. After that, we just drove as hard as we could.”
Brian picked off cars one at a time on a fast racetrack. “We were up to fifth by one yellow, and then up to fourth for the other,” he says. “Other than that, it was pretty much clean and green.”
The #21 would end up third at the checkers. “Jonathan (Cornell) did a good job, and so did my buddy, Chad Ely,” says Brian. “I don’t want to take anything away from those guys. We just needed to be better early on in the feature to have a shot to win.”
Brian is looking forward to this weekend at Sedalia and Knoxville. “Both tracks have been good to us over the years,” he says. “At Sedalia, we have a pretty good package that we use. Hopefully, Friday, we can go there and contend for the win. We have the car, team and driver to get it done. We just have to go out and lay a good qualifying lap down and put ourselves in position to win. Having Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps, Ditzfeld Transfer and Champion Brands there will be good. They are all Sedalia based companies. That along with our local crowd will make it great.”
The two-time Knoxville Raceway track champion will try to repeat his season opening win at the famous half-mile in 2007. “It’s always good to go back to Knoxville, especially on opening night,” says Brian. “There’s always a lot of hype surrounding it. It will be good to get up there and see all the folks from Casey’s General Stores, and we’ll be there on opening night with all their customers and employees.”
The team has fielded a fast car since their return from California. “Hopefully, we just have a really solid week,” says Brian. “Really, we’ve been pretty good since we got back from the west coast. I feel like we’ve been in contention to win every single night, and hopefully, we can just keep building on that. If we do, we should win our share of races.”
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Travis Coleman asks: Is there a reason you always seem to do well in Sedalia?
Brian answers: It’s kind of like a hometown track. I think we raced there more than anywhere when I first started racing. I think that’s the biggest thing is the comfort and the characteristics of the track. I really want to win there with the Outlaws. I think it is one of the tracks that we have a good chance to do it. It makes it a little bit easier just knowing the characteristics. It’s a fun place to go.
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Brian has a great career record at Sedalia. In 37 career feature starts there, he has won fourteen times including beating the ASCS National series. He has also claimed the Michael Ross, Tom Wilson and Bob Ramey Memorials. In all, he has recorded 25 top fives (68%) and 32 top tens (86%). He has won nine of the last eighteen races he has competed in at Sedalia.
About Casey’s General Stores
Casey’s General Stores is a Fortune-500 company (NASDAQ CASY) operating nearly 1700 convenience stores in 11 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 12th largest c-store chain and sixth largest pizza chain in the United States.
We are very excited to introduce our new line of automotive chemicals, oils and fluids to our product offering. These new products will be available at many retailers across the country. We continue to offer a full line of high quality oil, air, cabin air and fuel filters, plus a complete line of high quality batteries for multiple applications including cars, trucks, SUV’s, commercial and other specialty vehicles. All products are made to OE manufacturer fitment specifications. FVP products are engineered to provide our customers with quality products that are equal or superior in performance to the major national brands at a competitive price. To learn more about our FVP products or to find out where you can have FVP products installed in your vehicle, visit us at www.FVPparts.com! FVP…The Confident Solution
In addition to our line of seasonal safety products, we are very excited to introduce a full line of SPLASH Wiper Blades. Our SafeView Performance Blades fit 95% of the vehicles on the road with quick and easy installation for everyone. The AccuVision Beam Blade offers memory curve steel, which provides uniform pressure for a clear wipe, without the streaks. Look for these great new SPLASH products! Whether it’s keeping your windshield clean or free of ice, protecting your RV, boat or pool from freezing in the winter, or your sidewalk safe to walk on, SPLASH Products are what you need! Check out our new SPLASH website at www.SPLASHWash.com! SPLASH…SEE SAFELY!
Marketing Partner of the Week – Impact Signs Awnings Wraps / impact4800.com
Brian says – “David and Julie Goodson 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. Visit them on the web at www.Impact4800.com!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Awesome Racewear
Brian says, “When it comes time to decide who will make our uniforms as professional as possible, there’s no real decision. Awesome Racewear has the best product for all our needs.”
Awesome Racewear, a world-wide manufacturer of high quality American made safety apparel is located in Conway South Carolina. USA. They build only the Best in the Industry in Driving Suits, & Sublimated Crew Shirts. Awesome Race Suits continues to be the leader in the performance industry. With safety, quality, comfort, technology, and design built into one exciting package, you can be sure you are getting the best in the
racing industry with Awesome Race Suits! BUILT TO PROTECT… BUILT FOR YOU TO LOOK SIMPLY AWESOME! Visit them at www.AwesomeRacewear.com!
Brian Brown Racing would like to thank Casey’s General Stores, 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, Engler Machine, Vortex Wings, Penray, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Butler Built Seats, AkzoNobel Sikkens, Jack Links, Rockstar, Deli Express, Snap-On Tools, Rod End Supply, KSE Racing Products, Winters Performance Products, Santomauro Racing Products, Cometic Gaskets, Kaeding Performance, Donovan, Magtech, ISC Racers Tape, Kinsler, Racing Optics, 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 support!