(Bill W) June 10, 2013 – Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team are hoping this is the week that they can finally grab their initial World of Outlaws win. The WoO visits two venues where the Grain Valley, Missouri driver has seen success. Friday it will be the Jackson Speedway in Minnesota, while the storied Knoxville Raceway hosts the series on Saturday. Last weekend, the team suffered a DNF with the WoO Friday at 34 Raceway near West Burlington, Iowa and Saturday they were tenth at Lakeside Speedway near Kansas City.
I’m sure you were disappointed on Friday in Burlington being 24th quick.
We didn’t make the best decisions all weekend really, between hot laps and qualifying. I think we were seventh or eighth quick in hot laps (43 cars) at Burlington. We just didn’t make the best decisions with the car and didn’t get qualified well. That’s so important with the Outlaws.
Still, in the heat, you nearly got to second and a spot in the Dash.
We made some adjustments and we were very good. We were able to go from sixth to third. We were able to challenge Paulie (McMahan) for the second spot and the transfer to the Dash. I just couldn’t quite get him cleared. It was definitely an exciting heat race and it felt good to be one of the few cars passing in the heats.
You started 23rd in the feature and it looked like you were moving up well in the feature.
We had a good run going. I think we were up to tenth or eleventh with seven or eight laps to go. I wasn’t aware of that, but something didn’t feel quite right with the car, so I decided to save it for another day anyway. It wasn’t worth pushing the issue, and we had just been lapped by (Craig) Dollansky. He lapped most of the field, so that wasn’t anything to hang our head about.
At Lakeside on Saturday, you qualified 13th, one spot out of the heat transfer.
If you want to beat these guys, you have to get in the Dash. We were second quick in hot laps at Lakeside. We just didn’t make the right adjustments again. I was the last guy out, but (Daryn) Pittman went out right before us and was second quick, so there are no excuses there. The difference in 12th and 13th is starting on the pole of a heat, or starting where we did, which was fifth.
Again, you advanced from row three to challenge for a Dash spot in the heat.
We had our work cut out for us in the heat, and we were able to get up to third. I kind of chased down Tim Kaeding, and thought we had a shot at second again. We just didn’t get it done. We were fast. We had the fastest time overall in the heats. Unfortunately, that doesn’t pay anything.
Starting in row seven, you finished tenth in the feature.
Two or three laps in, it started laying rubber, so what you saw was what you got. I was pretty disappointed with the weekend really. We had a lot higher hopes then a DNF and a tenth. Sometimes it goes that way. Qualifying has been our strong suit this year, and we’ll be working to dial that in this weekend.
I know you had a special event with FVP at Lakeside.
We had 150 FVP customers and employees. It was so good to get to see them in the hospitality tent and be a part of that. I’m really proud to be associated with a great company like FVP. I wish we could have done a little better for them on the track down there.
The upcoming weekend has to be another one you’ve been anticipating for a while.
We’re really looking forward to getting back to Jackson. We’ve had some success there. More than anything, they have great fans that I don’t get to see a lot. They have supported me from day one, and they are the strongest sprint car fans you’ll see anywhere. Obviously, we’re looking forward to Knoxville too. We’ve been there a couple times since the Outlaws have, so we’ll see if we learned anything.
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Brian won the 360 Jackson Spring Nationals on June 1 a year ago. It was his 100th career win and was worth $5,000. Danny Lasoski was second, ahead of Dylan Peterson, Jason Johnson and Justin Henderson.
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 – Weld Wheels
Weld ®. The word is virtually synonymous with racing wheels. Their heritage is unmatched; their product is the choice of champions in most forms of motorsports. Founded in 1968 by Greg Weld out of the pure love of racing, the company has undergone many changes over the last forty years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that the product is still designed and manufactured in Kansas City, USA. In November 2008, the heritage and future became one, as Weld Racing, LLC was formed by current Weld management and Granite Creek Partners, LLC, to place ownership and leadership of the company back in the hands of racers. Visit them at www.WeldRacing.com!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Racing Optics
Brian says – “Bart at Racing Optics is one of the smartest guys in sprint car racing. He came up with the laminated tear-off. Looking through ten is like looking through one, and they sure help on those nights where the track is heavy.”
Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Racing Optics is the world’s largest manufacturer of laminated tear-offs for Auto Racing Helmets, Motorcycle racing Helmets, helmet shield protectors and NASCAR windshield tear-offs. Racing Optics also makes Laminated Tear-offs for Police and Military applications along with Medical and Industrial applications. Racing Optics has you covered from professional racers to professional law enforcement. Take some time to view all of their products at www.RacingOptics.com, and you might be surprised to see what else they do!
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!