Brown halts teenage champion streak in new Nascar era in Pro Late Models

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RONNIE WILLIAMS FOR I-44 SPEEDWAY

Veteran racer Brian Brown survived many obstacles in grabbing the 2016 NASCAR Missouri and Lebanon I-44 Speedway Pro Late Model championship, putting a halt to the teenager win streak which started in 2013 when Missouri’s only NASCAR and active paved oval rejoined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
 
Brown carried a lot of momentum towards the end of the 2015 season with several top three finishes while also leading several laps despite being shutout of victory lane.
 
During the off season, a change to a HAMKE Chassis and a strong desire to win made Brown a threat to win each night during the very competitive 2016 season. He took his first ever Pro Late Model win on the second night of the season while takin gthree feature wins out of 18 events and 16 top five finishes. The Pro Late Model season saw nine different feature winners out of 18 point events, making it very tough to crack the winner circle.
 
Starting his local racing career back in the Bomb Squad class in 1992, Brown captured the 1996 Coca-Cola Ozarks Street Stock Missouri championship which featured competition between I-44 and rhe Bolivar Speedway.
 
He also grabbed The Bolivar Street Championship and the 2009 Bolivar Modified Title.
 
He has competed in Pure Stock Asphalt, Street Stock, Modified, Sportsman and Late Model competition and also has raced in Dirt Modified and B Modified Classes.
 
Brown has devoted himself to the Pro Late Model Class since I-44 Speedway returned to asphalt for the 2010 season.
 
“The best advise I receieved while leading the points and was in a tight battle in the middle part of the season came from friend and four-time track champion Tim Swearengin,” Brown said. “He told me to go out and race and quit points racing, get the most out and the best of your car for that night and keep your head on straight.”
 
For Brown, winning the track and state title meant a trip to the NASCAR awards banquet in Charlotte, N.C. in which his parents also made the trip.
 
“My dad getting to go and see us get that championship really meant a lot,” he said. “I wanted to win the title for him as he has always been a big part of my racing.”
 
In 2017 Brown will be back in his championship winning car and extra sponsorship will allow him to have a back-up car. He hopes to be the first repeat Pro Late Model champion in the new NASCAR era at I-44.
 

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