By Bill W
September 12, 2012 – Brian Brown dominated with the ASCS-Midwest series and their visit to Junction Motor Speedway near McCool Junction, Nebraska on Saturday night. It was his eighth career win at the 3/8-mile oval. A sixth placed finish in the Nebraska Cup at Eagle Raceway capped off the weekend. The Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team heads to two dates with the World of Outlaws this Friday and Saturday night.
After a rainout spoiled an opportunity to race in his hometown of Grain Valley, on Friday, Saturday started with a heat race win at McCool. “We have been as good as we ever have, really since the Nationals,” says Brian. “We were able to go from sixth to first in the heat. The car was really good.”
The redraw saw the worst possible scenario, as Brian drew an eight for a starting spot outside row four in the feature. “The draw bit us again, but we got a good start and we were able to get to third really quick,” he says. “We were able to get by Jason Danley for second there on the third lap.”
Brian zeroed in on the leader, Don Droud Jr. “Don was setting a pretty good pace,” he says. “We got to traffic, and we were able to get by him. From then on we set sail. The race went 25 laps non-stop.”
He would not repeat history after last week’s feature at Dodge City, where Brian felt he gave one away. “After last week, I felt I had the lead and cruised a little bit,” he says. “I didn’t feel I was driving as hard as I should have. We talked this week in the shop, and we’re going to put it on kill the rest of the year. We were able to win by a half lap Saturday doing that.”
Sunday’s Nebraska Cup at Eagle Raceway saw Brian run second in his heat after starting fourth. “We had a tough heat with Ricky Stenhouse on the pole and Jack Dover on the outside,” he says. “We were able to get to second, and that gave us enough points to get in the redraw. My buddy Jim Harris drew us a seven, so he didn’t do much better than we had been doing.”
Brian would struggle in the feature, maintaining his running position most of the way. “We just missed it again a little bit,” he says. “To be honest, Eagle hasn’t been that good to us. I’m not that great there to be honest. I haven’t been able to get the balance there yet that I need to.”
He would checker sixth. “The car was too free,” says Brian. “We just weren’t able to maneuver like those other guys and ended up sixth. We weren’t good at all, and when you run sixth like that and are disappointed, you’re having a pretty good year.”
This week’s events with the Outlaws include Friday night at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa and Saturday at the Deer Creek Speedway near Spring Valley, Minnesota. “Chad Morgan and Chad Ely keep giving me good cars, and hopefully, we can go run at Spencer and Deer Creek this weekend and have a good showing,” says Brian. “We’ve been good at Spencer the last few times we’ve been there. Deer Creek is the FVP Showdown, so obviously we want to do well for their employees and customers there.”
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Andrew Waddle asks: Who is your favorite music artist?
Brian answers: I would say my favorite is one that Heather and I were able to see in concert recently, and that was Brad Paisley. He’s quite the entertainer. Anything country is really my forte. I will listen to hip hop now and then, but usually it’s country for me.
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Brian’s win at McCool Junction was the eighth of his career there. It was the first since June 27, 2008. The ASCS-Midwest win came over Jack Dover, Lee Grosz, Jay Russell and Mike Chadd.
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
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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!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Red Devil Brakes
Brian says – “The braking system is one of the most important parts on the car. Red Devil and Ultralight have not only the strongest, but the lightest brakes out there. It’s the only caliper I will use. I’ve used others, and there is a night and day difference.”
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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, AllDayParts.com, Tru Square, 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, Mothers Wax, 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!