MITCH BROWN HEADING SOUTHWednesday - February - 2015
Brantford Driver Plans To Get Early Start on 2015 Sprint Car Season
With still a few months of cold and snowy weather left before the green flag waves on the local motorsports season here in Southern Ontario, Brantford’s Mitch Brown is heading south this weekend for some pre-season Sprint Car racing action in the Sunshine State.
It will be the sixth-year Sprint Car driver’s first trip to Florida for active competition since turning his focus entirely to motorsports following his last year of Junior hockey eligibility at the end of the 2013-2014 season.
Mitch’s first stop in his early racing schedule will come February 19, 20, and 21 at East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa Bay for the “17th King of the 360’s” and “14th annual Ronald Laney Memorial”.
Drawing from 17 states and Canada, the talent pool for the three day, $10,000 to win spectacular includes a pair of past champions with Ohsweken, Ontario’s Glenn Styres (2012) and Terry McCarl (2006) of Altoona, Iowa each looking to bag their second Ronald Laney Memorial victory. Wayne Johnson of Knoxville, Iowa, a frequent visitor at Ohsweken Speedway and winner of the 13th Annual Ronald Laney Memorial in 2014 is also expected to among the competitors vying for the big prize in this year’s Lucas Oil ASCS-sanctioned event.
Following the events at East Bay Raceway Park, Mitch Brown and many of the 360 Sprint Car competitors will head to Bubba Raceway Park north of Ocala Florida for the “Fourth Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals” featuring 14 nights of the best dirt racers in the world from The World of Outlaws, UNOH All Star Winged 410 Sprints, UMP Dirt Open Wheel Modifieds, USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars and the Nesmith Crates Dirt Late Model Series..
Joining Mitch Brown and Glenn Styres will be a handful of other Canadian competitors including Thomas and Lou Kennedy Jr. of Winnipeg and Chris Durand of Port Stanley, Ontario.
Mitch Brown is also considering taking in some events in Ohio and Pennsylvania in March and April before the local tracks here in Southern Ontario open for 2015
From postings on local speedway and Sprint Car Racing Series websites, the first 360 Sprint Car Racing event in Southern Ontario is scheduled to take place on April 25th -a Patriot Sprint Tour race- at Merrittville Speedway south of St. Catharines with the season opener at Ohsweken Speedway scheduled for May 15th.
Last season Mitch finished second in Ohsweken Speedway’s Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprints seasonal points’ standings and second in the Southern Ontario Sprints winning a combined five feature events in the process -a record he’ would like to improve upon in 2015
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