KENLY, N.C. – The good thing about running back-to-back weekends is it gives drivers a chance to bounce back quickly from misfortune.
For Tim Brown, that’s a very good thing.
Brown leads the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour contingent to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., for the KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink 150 on Saturday, March 23. It’s a track Brown has a win and two runner-up finishes in three tour starts. And he’s eager to put this past weekend’s angst behind him.
“After running like we did Saturday night, we need a win,” said Brown, who led a race-high 96 laps in the Charles Kepley 150 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., before inexplicably running out of gas less than five laps to the finish. Brown said a “burp somewhere up in the vent line” likely erroneously indicated the tank was full when they were fueling before the race.
“It was just a mistake,” Brown said. “I wasn’t mad, I was just heartbroken. That thing was hooked up.”
On the bright side, Brown said he will bring pretty much the same package to the .4-mile high-banked oval this weekend.
“I’ve won there before, so I’m looking forward to it,” said Brown. “It’s a super nice facility. The race track is high-banked, and it will be a tire-management race. It’ll be a good show. I love that place.”
The Whelen Southern Modified Tour visited Southern National three times between 2006-08. Brown led the final 119 laps en route to his victory there in 2007, and he’s looking forward to another chance to close the deal again there Saturday.