(Bill W) September 23, 2013 – It will be a special weekend for Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team. The Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial will be held at Lucas Oil Speedway near Wheatland, Missouri this Friday and Saturday. The Grain Valley, Missouri driver will have the honor of flying the Jesse Hockett Racing colors for the event as well. Last weekend, he finished second in Saturday’s finale of the annual “Fall Brawl” at the I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska.
The “Fall Brawl” at I-80 Speedway turned out to be a huge event.
It’s no secret that I-80 is one of my favorite places since I’ve started racing. The “Fall Brawl” is a great event. Durst Motorplex, Zoz Farms, Home Pride and everyone that made it possible needs a big thank you. It’s not that often that we can race for that kind of money.
Things started well, when you went from sixth to second in your heat.
They had some rain the day before and there was some excess water on the track that made it harder to pass. We were able to get through there o.k. and make the redraw. We got stuck with the eight in the “revenge redraw”. We knew we had our work cut out for us at that point.
Unfortunately, you suffered a DNF in the feature.
We were up to fifth after two laps and we thought we had an opportunity there. The red came out and we took back off. The engine was dying and it turned out to be an electrical issue.
Jack Dover was able to win the first night. With the big bonus being put up and you suffering a DNF, what were your thoughts going into Saturday?
If we couldn’t win the $20,000, we didn’t want anyone else to either. That was kind of our mindset going in. We were able to start third in the heat and win it. We felt pretty good about the feature going in.
You had to start back in eighth again, but you moved forward quickly.
We knew our work was cut out with Jack starting up front. The Fords have been working really well lately. We got to third pretty quick, and on a restart, I had a pretty good run at Wayne (Johnson). We ran each other pretty hard for three or four laps. I’m sure the fans enjoyed it, but it allowed Jack to get out there too far on us while we were racing each other.
It sounded like it was an exciting finish.
We were finally able to get into second with eight or ten laps to go. We ran down Jack the best we could. He was able to get through lapped traffic a little better than us at the end. We got by him a couple of times and he got us back. I’d just like to congratulate Jack and his team. They dominated the weekend and it was a huge accomplishment for them.
I know the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial this weekend in Wheatland is special to you.
It’s a race that means a lot to our team. This race represents two great guys, Jesse and Daniel. We raced together a long time and had some hard battles. When you raced him and beat him, there was no better feeling, because you know you beat the best. They wanted to beat us as much as we wanted to beat them.
I know it is extra special to you, because the Hockett family has asked you to carry a special paint scheme.
To have Jack, Connie and the family ask us to run Jesse’s paint scheme this weekend is such an honor to us. It’s really special. We want to go out and race hard like Jesse and Daniel would. We want to represent the Hockett family well. Hopefully, at the end of the night, we’ll be standing there with that beautiful trophy from Impact. That’s our goal going in, and anything less will be a disappointment for us. Winning this race is second only to the Knoxville Nationals for us.
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On June 18, 2011, Brian lost a motor in his heat at Wheatland. After starting at the tail of the B and running second, he went on to win the feature in dramatic fashion from 18th. Brad Loyet was second, ahead of Randy Martin, Jonathan Cornell and Evan Martin.
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 – Impact Signs Awnings Wraps / impact4800.com
Brian says – “David and Julie Goodson have a great family there. They also make sure our trailer looks great with the graphics they provide. We’re proud to represent them.”
The goal at Impact Sign and Lighting is to make selecting the right sign and lighting for your business a simple process for you. Impact can design, create, and install virtually any type of sign on awnings, poles, buildings and much more including racecars, of course! They will work with you from conception to completion and make sure you are completely satisfied. We’ll give you personalized service, expert consultation, quick turnarounds, and reasonable pricing. Impact Sign and Lighting are responsible for the graphics on the Brian Brown Racing #21. Visit them on the web at www.Impact4800.com!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Fuel-Safe Tanks
Brian says, “Since day one, we’ve run Fuel-Safe Tanks. They build the lightest, most durable, safest tanks on the market. That’s why we choose them.”
From the high banks of Daytona to the low groove at Knoxville, Laguna Seca’s corkscrew to Baja’s torturing elements Fuel Safe has provided the safest, most dependable fuel cells and accessories for championship winning teams and drivers around the world. Fuel Safe’s ongoing commitment to quality and service is number one. Our ongoing research and development pays off as we discover new and improved ways to make our products stronger, lighter and safer. At Fuel Safe we are continually striving to compliment our product line with courteous and knowledgeable customer service personnel to better serve your racing needs. Regardless of your type of racing, whether it is road, circle, off road, vintage, dirt or drag we will provide you with the best fuel cell for your application. Fuel Safe is the official fuel cell of PRI; American Sprint Car Series NW Region; O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions. Visit them on the web at www.FuelSafe.com!
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!