KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Brian Brown emerged victorious in the 410 class Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway in the last action before Southern Iowa Sprintweek gets underway this Thursday night with the 23rd annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals.
Randy Martin earned his 19th career 360 win, and Travis Cram returned for the first time in two years to win the 305 feature.
Tim Kaeding shot out from his pole position to lead the 20-lap 410 feature in the early stages. The event struggled to get started after Rico Abreu spun, collecting Tasker Phillips. Both drivers would retire.
Kaeding led Brian Brown, Terry McCarl, Wayne Johnson and a duel between Ian Madsen and Bronson Maeschen for the fifth position. With nine laps in the books, Glen Saville spun, collecting Dustin Selvage.
Brown used the bottom of the raceway to slide in front of Kaeding as the two battled for the lead after the restart. Meanwhile, Maeschen moved by Johnson into fourth, and Mark Dobmeier moved into the top five from row seven.
Another yellow, this one for debris with twelve laps down, gave Kaeding an opportunity to ride the cushion back into the lead. Back and forth the lead went, and Brown seized it again on lap 15. On the next circuit, Kaeding’s rear-end let go. Dusty Zomer brought out the last caution of the event with a flat left-rear tire on lap 16.
Brown was able to hold off Maeschen for the win, ahead of McCarl, hard-charger Dobmeier and Danny Lasoski. Madsen, Justin Henderson, Brad Sweet, Johnson and Jon Agan rounded out the top ten. Madsen posted quick time, while Lasoski, Kaeding, Lynton Jeffrey and Dobmeier won heat races. Davey Heskin won the B.
“Anytime you can beat Tim Kaeding…he’s a heck of a racer,” said Brown. “He’s one of the best racecar drivers in the country right now. He passed me when I was running the bottom, which is uncharacteristic of me. I was able to get back by him on a restart and it worked out. If we can do this in a couple of weeks, it’s going to be the best night of my life. I don’t know if we can beat (Donny) Schatz, but we’re sure going to try!”