By Bill W
April 15, 2014 – The Brian Brown Racing Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team concluded their California swing with the World of Outlaws last weekend. They are back in Grain Valley, Missouri headquarters preparing for this Saturday night’s opener at the Knoxville Raceway.
You started the weekend on Friday in Hanford at Kings Speedway with a qualifying run that was 11th quick.
After having a good weekend at Calistoga, we were looking forward to getting back to Hanford where we had some success last year. With the format, 11th quick isn’t the worst place to qualify…but you have to win the heat. We didn’t get the best laps out there qualifying.
You lined up outside row one for the heat and finished second.
We got the lead going down the front straightaway. I didn’t do a good job of taking passing angles away, I left the door open for (Kyle) Hirst and he did a good job. That was all she wrote. That was the difference between being in the Dash and starting 11th in the feature.
How did the feature go?
We’ve been tight all year long on these tires, and we worked on the car a bit. We just missed it a bit. Finally, the track got slick like we like it. We just weren’t ready for it, and we weren’t that good. Finishing thirteenth was probably a little better than we should have been. Some guys had problems. It was one of those races where you can’t wait for the checkered. It was frustrating.
You went down to Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, and you timed in fifth quick.
We were the quickest car in hot laps, and we felt we had a chance to lay a good qualifying lap down. You need to be first, second or third with the new three heat format. I had good runs in one and two on the first lap, and three and four on the second. I just didn’t put one whole lap together. I think being fifth quick shows how good our car really is…to mess up, and still be fifth quick like that says a lot about Maxim Chassis and Charlie Garrett engines.
After finishing fourth in you heat, you lined up eighth for the feature.
It was a short field. We had a pretty decent car. We were up to sixth or seventh at one point, and then back to tenth. It laid rubber with about fifteen to go, and we finished eighth. It was a bit of a freight train where you got in line around the top before that.
Your trip out west started tough with two destroyed racecars and you getting banged up. How do you assess it after it’s all said and done?
Overall, leaving California, we feel like as the nights went on, we got better…other than Hanford. We’re really excited to be back in the Midwest.
You have to be looking forward to Knoxville this Saturday night!
It’s like Christmas Eve for me. I can’t wait to get there. With the field of cars they’re going to have, it’s going to be tougher than it’s ever been. I think that’s going to help the locals come Nationals time. It’s going to be a battle every single week. I’m excited about the MAVTV deal too.
I know you have a number of partners who will be cheering you on at Knoxville.
I’m excited about being able to race there with our partners. Casey’s General Stores will be there…Bob (Myers) with Casey’s and Don Long with Searsboro Telephone Company…Wolfe Eye Clinic is right up the road in Des Moines. Housby provides our truck and they are right down the road. We’re just happy to get there and start working on our first step towards the Knoxville Nationals.
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Brian enters 2014, tied with Skip Jackson for ninth on the all-time list for 410 feature wins at Knoxville Raceway with 25. He is also seventh on the all-time 360 feature win list with 13.
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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
Marketing Partner of the Week – Ditzfeld Transfer
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.”
Ditzfeld Transfer has been with Brian since the start of his racing career, and was his first sponsor. The Sedalia based family owned trucking business has been in operation for over 45 years, and has a commitment to maintaining the highest level of service. Currently, Ditzfeld Transfer utilizes more than 50 power units and 160 trailers. To learn more about Ditzfeld Transfer, visit www.DitzfeldTransfer.com!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Arctic Cat
For over 40 years, World Class Snowmobiles™ have been wearing the Arctic Cat name. Arctic Cat is equally proud to make Arctic Cat ATVs, too. They represent dedication and commitment to advanced manufacturing techniques, engineering innovation and industry leadership. Arctic Cat Inc., based in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) under the Arctic Cat brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories. The Company markets its products through a network of independent dealers located throughout the contiguous United States and Canada, and through distributors representing dealers in Alaska, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and other international markets. The Arctic Cat brand name is among the most widely recognized and respected names in the snowmobile and ATV industry.
Brian Brown Racing would like to thank Casey’s General Stores, FVP, Searsboro Telephone Company, MC Power, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps / impact4800.com, Champion Brands, DNA Energy, Ditzfeld Transfer, Maxim Racing, Smiley’s Racing Products, Enco Tools, Weld Wheels, Housby Trucks, www.RateWin.com, Arctic Cat, K&N, www.hostiowa.net, FSR Race Products, TI64, Fuel-Safe Tanks, Wolfe Eye Clinic, Bell Helmets, Hinchman, CP Pistons, Carrillo Rods, Vortex Wings, Penray, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Butler Built Seats, AkzoNobel, Kenny’s Components, www.AllDayParts.com, Tru Square, Jack Links, Deli Express, Snap-On Tools, Rod End Supply, KSE Racing Products, Winters Performance, Cometic Gaskets, Shell Shock, Donovan, ISC Racers Tape, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Racing Optics, Mothers Wax, Hoosier Tires, Klein RV, XYZ Machining, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Red Devil Brakes, Schoenfeld Headers, 6B Apparel, Bosch, Garrett Racing Engines, MSD, Moyle Racing Engines, Fortress Wealth Management, Legacy, Flexzilla and WSIB Insurance for all their support!