OH SO CLOSE FOR BROWN AT OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAYTuesday - September - 2013
Youngster’s Second Place Run in A-Main Solidifies Third-Place Finish in Standings
Mitch Brown rebounded from two disappointing weeks of Sprint Car racing at Ohsweken Speedway in fine form on Friday night with a second place finish in the 25-lap Corr/Pak Packaging A-Main feature race.
The driver of the Haldex/Pro-Fit Health Club/Strodes BBQ & Deli/Leitch Performance Engines #10 Sprinter started third in the regular season final and wrestled with second place starter Kyle Patrick of Tilbury, ON through the first half dozen laps before edging into second place in pursuit of pole sitter, Dain Naida of Tecumseh, MI.
Brown caught and passed Naida on lap 11 and appeared headed for his second feature win of the season.
But Wayne Johnson of Knoxville, IA who had taken over second place from Naida on lap 14 by running the higher, less travelled outer rim around the 3/8th-mile oval began gaining ground on the young leader who was beginning to run into traffic as he moved to a lower line encountering several slower cars. On lap 22Johnson ran down Brown and made the winning move cruising to his first feature win of the season. Brown settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Naida, Kyle Patrick and Shane Ross of Thedford, ON.
With his second-place run, Mitch solidified his third-place finish in Ohsweken’s Corr/Pak Packaging Sprint Car seasonal points’ standing- his best placing in four seasons of racing the winged, open-wheel race cars.
The finish also marked the end of a two disappointing finishes in an otherwise successful season.
On August 16th the usually consistent driver experienced the agony of defeat when his car’s engine blew during the Sprint Car A- Main resulting with his first DNF of the season. And the following week he had to wrestle his car through two 20-lap features when the power steering unit failed resulting in finishes of 7th and 13th-places.
JACOB BROWN JUST MISSES TOP-TEN FINISH IN THUNDER STOCK SEASONAL POINTS
Jacob Brown’s 12th-place finish in the Thunder Stock feature race left him six points shy of a tenth-place finish in the divisional standings.
The teenager held a 14 point margin over the 11th-place Karl Sault of Dundas heading into the event but Sault’s second place finish vaulted him to 9th-place dropping Jake to 11th just sixth points shy of his tenth-place standing in 2012.
SO WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR THE #10 TEAM?
With his hockey season already underway, Mitch Brown will likely have to forego his appearance in this coming weekend’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals – The biggest Annual Canadian Sprint Car racing event of the season.
Brown’s Caledonia Corvairs play Friday night in Port Colborne then host the Pirates the following night at home.
As team captain he knows where his leadership allegiance lies, but one can’t help but wonder what might happen if Saturday’s game ends before final qualifying for the main event at Ohsweken is completed. The track is a mere 15 minutes from the Caledonia arena.
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