MITCH BROWN ENJOYS SOLID RUNS IN NORTHERN SUMMER NATIONALSTuesday - June - 2012
Racing Brothers Back in Action at Ohsweken Speedway this Friday
By Ken Spencer – Mitch Brown posted some solid runs in the first two rounds of the Northern Summer Nationals last weekend by racing to a fourth-place finish in his qualifying heat and a 15th- place finish in the A-Main at Ohsweken on Friday night. He then headed west on the 401 to South Buxton Raceway on Saturday where he improved upon his year-to-date record with a third-place finish in his qualifier and a solid eighth-place run in the 25-lap A-Main.
Those finishes, combined with his second-place heat finish and sixth-place run in the A-Main at Brighton Speedway a week earlier, added to his improving season performance and certainly enhanced his season-to-date record in Patriot Sprint Tour competition where last season he finished eighth in the seasonal point’s standing running a limited schedule.
Going into this weekend’s Sprint Car action at Ohsweken Speedway the Brantford competitor is tied for tenth in the standings and desperately needs another strong performance to gain ground on the points’ leaders.
Following his run at South Buxton and his finishes at Brighton, Mitch readily admits he’s beginning to enjoy racing the smaller ovals.
But he’s also determined to improve his runs at the larger Ohsweken Speedway where he won two A-Mains last season and finished fifth in the season long points standings.
Jacob Brown Puts on Impressive Show in Thunder Stocks
While his older brother Mitch was enjoying two nights of racing on the Sprint Car circuit, Jacob Brown was also relishing the success he had enjoyed in Friday night’s Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stocks division.
Entering the night’s action the “Rookie” Thunder Stock driver had had to endure some early season mechanical woes including an annoying fluid leak that led to a persistent smoke trail behind his #10 Monte Carlo. And he was not a happy camper. Those problems also appeared to affect his concentration level while battling against a strong field of seasoned drivers in his new division.
But following his smoky fourth-place run in last Friday’s qualifying heat, his crew found and corrected the source of the oil leak/venting problem and obviously fixed the young driver’s disposition as well.
The teenager lined up 8th in the 20-car starting field and pulled off a daring charge into 4th-place at the end of the first lap.
With the early leaders pulling away from the balance of the field, he decided to use the higher outside line around the 3/8th-mile oval which enabled him to produce some steady lap times in chasing down the second and third place runners in the closing laps. He commandeered second spot on the final lap but couldn’t run down race winner Brad Herron.
Nevertheless, his performance gave notice that he could be a force to be reckoned with in the weeks ahead.
Both drivers will be back at Ohsweken Speedway this Friday where their night will begin early with a special pre-race barbecue for their sponsors and invited guests.
Gates open at 6:00 PM with racing getting underway at 7:45 PM
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