MITCH BROWN CHANGING COLOURS IN 2017Thursday - March - 2017
Defending Ohsweken Speedway Sprint Car Champion Hops Into Burger Barn Ride
Mitch Brown’s plans for the upcoming Sprint Car racing season got a huge boost on March 8th with the announcement he’ll be driving for Burger Barn in 2017.
The Brantford native has competed in his family run team since he began his racing career back in 2007 and has always carried the blue and white colours on his cars – a tradition that started with his late grandfather Harold Brown back in the 1960s and continued with his dad from the mid 1990s through 2008. The Haldex blue became a team standard beginning with Doug back in 2006.
This coming season the defending Ohsweken Speedway 360 Sprint Car division champion will jump into the cars bearing the abstract yellow striping, black and white paint scheme of Burger Barn Racing which also fields cars in Ohsweken Speedway’s 602 Carte Sprints, Thunder Stocks and Mini Stock divisions. Mitch will continue competing with the familiar #10 emblazoned on the cars.
“The deal Burger Barn presented to us provides not only an opportunity to compete with greater resources than we’ve had in the past but will also strengthen my role as a driver. It will also benefit my brother Jake who will now have some of my older but better quality equipment at his disposal -equipment I’ve been using before he joined the 360 ranks last season”, stated Mitch following the news release.
Although only 23 years of age this third-generation driver is now considered a veteran of the winged, open-wheel sport and plans to compete in upwards of 50 event over the course of the 2017 season including a possible return as a regular to the Southern Ontario Sprints series – a travelling series where he was crowned the 2015 champion.
He has already seen some pre-season action during the February 23rd-25th “King of the 360s – Ronald Laney Memorial” at Tampa’s East Bay Raceway Park and although he failed to qualify for a shot at the $10,000 to win grand prize he still viewed the experience as another opportunity to up his game against some of America’s finest 360 Sprint Car drivers.
Mitch will return to Florida on March 31st and April 1st for two United Sprint Car Series events at Bubba Raceway near Ocala then head northeast to the Carolinas for two more USCS races at Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, NC) on April 7th and the following night (April 8th) at Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, SC).
Other events south of the border are also pencilled into his racing calendar before he begins the defence of his championship title at Ohsweken on May 19th.
His first start on the local Ontario scene will be April 22nd when the cross-border Patriot Sprint Tour opens its Canadian schedule at Merrittville Speedway.
Mitch’s drafted 2017 schedule, which is still undergoing some fine tuning, also includes events with the Patriot Sprint Tour, Empire Super Sprints and NRA Sprint Invaders in 2017.
JAKE BROWN ALSO PREPPING FOR SEASON
While his older brother is enjoying an early season start in the south, Jake Brown is keeping busy at home preparing his own cars and equipment for the 2017 season.
He will again be competing in the 360s Sprint Car Division at Ohsweken Speedway on a regular basis while adding to his schedule with selected events on the Southern Ontario Sprints, Patriot Sprint Tour and Empire Super Sprints circuits.
Jake finished 4th in last year’s standings at Ohsweken -his rookie year in a 360 Sprint Car – and posted some impressive runs in selected events in the aforementioned touring series.
Mitch Brown Racing wishes to thank Haldex, Strodes BBQ & Deli, Strodes Express, Hill’s Tires and Gas, Leitch Performance Engines, APC, Brown Auto Service, Brown Auto Sales, WIX Filters, Bicknell Racing Products, Image Factor, On Dirt Racing News, Brochures etc., Hepner Racing Products, Klotz Canada, Hoosier Tires, Letter-Rip Race Graphics, Auto Refinishers Canada, DJ Delivery, Green Racing, Competition Suspensions Inc. Maxim Racing Inc. and Brantford Hyundai for their involvement in the teams’ 2016 racing programs .
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