(Bill W) July 15, 2013 – Four nights of racing loom for Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team this week. After running the King’s Royal in Ohio last weekend, it will be a mix of 360 and 410 racing Wednesday through Saturday in the Upper Midwest.
At the “Knight Before the King’s Royal” Friday at Eldora, you qualified ninth quick.
We went out a little early, and actually, I think the track got better as it went. If you’re not first or second quick, ninth through sixteenth is where you need to be. We definitely laid down a good lap.
You were able to win your heat from outside row one.
They reworked the racetrack before the heats. We were in the first heat, so I didn’t really know what to expect. We were able to get by Danny Holtgraver in two and kind of set sail.
How did the Dash go? You started fifth.
We had a pretty good run going, and got to third in turn two. We didn’t get a good run off of two, and we kind of missed it. We fell back to sixth.
You started outside of row three for the feature.
We ran seventh through tenth really the whole feature. We got going a little later and charged back forward. On the last lap, we passed Paul McMahan and Craig Dollansky. Coming to the checkered, the flagman had a miscue and somehow the yellow got thrown. We finished eighth, but they went to the last completed lap where we were tenth. Overall, it wasn’t a bad night. There’s a big difference when you’re in your own air, or behind two or three cars.
Obviously, you went out for a shot at the King’s Royal on Saturday. Things started well by qualifying sixth quick.
The only thing qualifying does at the King’s Royal is set up your heat races. They invert twenty-four. We started fourth in the heat, and I really felt we had a good shot to win. The front row was playing games on the start and didn’t really get going. I just didn’t get a good start and I was fourth in turn two. I had a car get sideways in front of me. We just didn’t get the start we needed, and you need to have a good start at Eldora. We were happy at that point just to get third and get locked in.
With the format, you started 18th. You would finish 17th.
We just really weren’t good enough. We were alright, just not good enough to pass cars. We weren’t able to move around like we needed to.
I know you had high expectations going in.
It was a little disappointing, because we had been good there early in the year. To not do what we thought we could was disappointing, but the sun still came up on Sunday morning and we’ve got some big races coming up. We’ll keep our head up and keep plugging away.
I know you have some 360 races planned with JSTS Speedweek.
We’ll be at Sioux Center (Iowa) on Wednesday. I’m not sure if it will be Rock Rapids (Iowa) or I-80 (Speedway in Nebraska) on Thursday, Fairmont (Minnesota) Friday and double duty at Knoxville on Saturday. Four nights of racing will be a good way to shake off a race that you thought you should have done better at. You can’t get too high or too low, you have to just keep an even keel.
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Brian won from the pole in last year’s JSTS event at Fairmont Raceway. It was his first ever trip there. Kaley Gharst was second, ahead of Seth Brahmer, Lee Grosz and Chris Graf.
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 – 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, visitwww.racemaxims.com!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Schoenfeld Headers
Brian says – “Doug Schoenfeld and all the guys down there have the most used product on every race car, because they’ve been the most reliable. They’ve been around a long time, and we’re proud to wear their decal and run their product.”
Founded in 1974, Schoenfeld Headers is the largest circle track header manufacturer in the world. At Schoenfeld Headers, they listen to you, the customer, understanding your needs and giving you a quality product at a fair price. Check out their catalog at www.SchoenfeldHeaders.com today!
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, Vortex Wings, Penray, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Butler Built Seats, AkzoNobel Sikkens, AllDayParts.com, Tru Square, Jack Links, 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 Fuel Injection, 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, ADD, 6B Apparel, Zips Energy Seeds, Bosch, NGK, Garrett Racing Engines, MSD and WSIB Insurance for all their support!