Brian Brown – Knoxville 360 Nationals This Week!
Knoxville (Chuck Stowe Images)
Monday, July 31, 2017
Brian Brown – Knoxville 360 Nationals This Week!
(Bill W) July 31, 2017 – Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team are excited to get into Southern Iowa Sprintweek, starting with this weekend’s Knoxville 360 Nationals and the “Cappy Classic”. The Grain Valley, Missouri driver showed plenty of car speed last weekend in Jackson, Minnesota and at Knoxville Raceway. Brian will qualify this Friday for the 360 Nationals at Knoxville.
You competed at the Barb Wieskus Classic last Friday at Jackson Motorplex.
We knew Barb for a long time, and she sat in the stands with us with my grandma. We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted (seventh), but it worked out for us in the end. We were able to go from fourth to second in the heat. That put us in a good spot for the A, starting fourth.
You were able to come home with a top five in the feature.
The track got to be “top dependent”. If you got off the top, you got passed. We dropped back to fifth and ended up coming back to fourth. Overall, it was a decent night.
You raced in both the 410 and 360 classes at Knoxville on Saturday. After coming out 24th in the order in your group, you laid down quick time.
Things started really well. We hit the bottom really nicely and made a good lap. We went from sixth to fourth in the heat, but I didn’t feel we were as good as we needed to be.
The team seemed to make the adjustments needed, and you started the main event outside row three.
We got a good start the first time. We narrowly avoided a crash. We started sixth again, and got to fourth. We were able to get by Sawyer (Phillips) and Ian (Madsen). We chased (Sam) Hafertepe down and got by him. At that point, we set our sights on Terry (McCarl).
At that point, you had to feel like you had a shot at the win.
The yellow came out there, and I think it was setting up to be a barn burner. We had an engine failure late there, so things obviously didn’t pan out the way we’d hoped. But we had good car speed and that’s good heading into Friday’s 360 Nationals.
On the 410 side, things were going nicely as well.
We drew a good number and we were second quick. We’ve had an awesome car in the heat all year long, and we were able to go from sixth and win our heat. That’s big for us headed into the Nationals.
You seemed to struggle a little in the feature after starting sixth.
I probably turned in the worst twenty laps that I’ve driven in a long time. I made some bad decisions. I got into the fence and went from fourth back to 12th. We had to claw our way back to get in contention.
It was a great battle back through the pack.
We were going for a pass on Kerry (Madsen) for third, and I missed my line two corners in a row. We ended up sixth. I was disappointed in myself, but running twenty bad laps and still running sixth…it’s not the end of the world. We should be o.k. for the bigger events coming up.
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Follow Brian at his website located at www.BrianBrownRacing.com!
Also keep up with FVP, Casey’s and Brian on Facebook and Twitter at the following links…
Twitter Links – @BrianBrown21, @FVPRacing, @CaseysGenStores
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Brian has competed in 17 360 Nationals. He has registered two quick times and five heat wins. He has qualified for 16 preliminary features, winning in 2010, and registering eight top fives and twelve top tens. He has qualified for 15 championship events, winning in 2014, and registering seven top fives and eleven top tens.
About Casey’s General Stores
Casey’s General Stores is a Fortune-500 company (NASDAQ CASY) operating over 1,900 convenience stores in 14 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 4th largest c-store chain and fifth largest pizza chain in the United States.
Built on a commitment to quality and delivered with unmatched service, FVP is the confident solution for all of your OEM needs. FVP products are engineered to provide customers with OE quality products that are equal or superior in performance to the major national brands at a competitive price. FVP is proud to carry a full line of high quality oil, air, cabin air and fuel filters, powerful batteries for multiple applications including cars, trucks, SUV’s, commercial, boats and other specialty vehicles as well as automotive chemicals and oil, antifreeze, DEF, hub assemblies, radiators and condensers. To learn more about FVP or to find out where you can have FVP products installed in your vehicle, visit FVPparts.com! FVP…The Confident Solution.
Marketing Partner of the Week – Maxim Racing
In October of 2014, Dan Musselman (Previously Director of Operations) and his brother Ron formed a partnership and acquired Maxim Inc. Both have been involved in sprint car racing for over 40 years and have over 30 years of business, manufacturing and customer satisfaction experience. Dan and Ron would like to thank the sprint car racing community for embracing the change in ownership. The outcome has been very humbling.
Maxim Racing conducts business in its 12,600 square foot building located in Springfield, Illinois. At present, Maxim is fourteen employees strong and builds over 400 chassis annually.
Maxim Racing prides itself on providing great customer service, helping our clients on setup advice along with focusing on the highest level of quality and safety.
Visit Maxim Racing online at www.RaceMaxims.com and on Facebook at Maxim Racing Inc.
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – KSE Racing Products
Brian says – “We switched to KSE at the beginning of 2010. Dave and all the guys down there build a great product, and I couldn’t be happier. The car steers as good as ever.”
Based in White House, Tennessee, KSE Racing Products offers a variety of products including Filter Reservoir Tank Assemblies, Power Steering Gears and Pumps, H.P.D. Water Pumps, Tandem Fuel Pumps, Fluids and more. To receive a catalog, visit their website at www.KSE-Racing.com!
Brian Brown Racing would like to thank Casey’s General Stores, FVP, Wormall Civil, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps/ impact4800.com, Champion Brands, Weld Wheels, Ditzfeld Transfer, Maxim Racing, Smiley’s Racing Products, MSD ignition, MC Power, Housby, Searsboro Telephone Company, Next LED Sports, Hope for the Warriors, Factory Kahne Shocks, Arctic Cat, Lincoln Electric, K&N, www.hostiowa.net, FSR Race Products, TI64, ATL Tanks, Wolfe Eye Clinic, Bell Helmets, Hinchman Uniforms, CP Pistons, Carrillo Rods, Vortex Wings, Penray, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Butler Built Seats, AkzoNobel, Kenny's Components, Snap-On Tools, Rod End Supply, KSE Racing Products, Winters Performance, Cometic Gaskets, Shell Shock, Donovan, ISC Racers Tape, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Racing Optics, 5-hour ENERGY, Hoosier Tires, NGK Spark Plugs, XYZ Machining, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Red Devil Brakes, Schoenfeld Headers, 6B Apparel, Garrett Racing Engines, and Fortress Wealth Management for all their support!
Photo: Brian at Knoxville (Chuck Stowe Images)
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