Brian Brown Rules Hot Knoxville Feature

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Brian Brown won Saturday night's sprint car feature at Knoxville Raceway. (Conrad Nelson photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Brian Brown returned to Knoxville after a two-week absence and came away the 410 victor at Knoxville Raceway Saturday night.

Sawyer Phillips took the 360 feature and Matthew Stelzer was the victor in the 305 division with 3M as the title sponsor for the night.

The track was in excellent shape despite drastic heat for the final event of the evening as the two Madsen brothers sat on the pole of the 20-lap feature for 410s. Ian out-dragged Kerry to the first turn at the drop of the green with Brian Brown in tow heading down the back chute.  Brown cleared Kerry Madsen on lap four and set up a multi-lap duel with Ian.

With both front-running drivers trading sliders, it looked to be a hotly contested duel and it did not disappoint.  Lap eight saw K. Madsen slow on the backstretch with his night coming to an end with engine problems.  Meanwhile, Brown had made a pass of I. Madsen and would be scored for leading that lap

The restart saw “Brownie” scoot the bottom on the restart as Madsen then took to the top but was unable to make a challenge.  It was at this point that Danny Lasoski came into the picture and on lap 11 he took the runner-up position coming out of turn two.  One lap later Madsen took it back and that’s the way it would finish for the top three as Brown pulled away to take his 36th career win here at Knoxville.  The victory placed him at seventh all time, just ahead of Knoxville legend Randy Smith.

Brown claimed $4,000 for the win with Ian Madsen, Lasoski, Davey Heskin and Tasker Phillips in that order.

The 360 A Feature was a dandy too as close racing at the front of the pack made for exciting viewing.  Young Devin Kline grabbed the top spot from his pole position at the outset with “old timer” Tom Lenz in pursuit and Kline’s teammate Jamie Ball in third.  A yellow appeared early in the 18-lapper when visiting Aaron Reutzel performed a near spin on the backstretch but kept going.  The restart found Kline holding his position and Ball getting by Lenz in turn three.  Kline and Ball then roared around Knoxville’s big half mile in close proximity full tilt.

With Ball inching ever closer to the frontrunner, the twosome were nearly side by side at the end of six miles as fifth row starter Sawyer Phillips came into contention.  Lap 13 saw Ball take the top spot as a yellow flag showed for a near spin of a car at the scoreboard.  Ball was able to hold his position for two additional laps but the surging Phillips took the point away on the 17th go-around and pulled away for the $1,250 win, his second career here.  Trailing closely were Ball and Kline as Clint Garner and Ryan Giles completed the top five.

Matthew Stelzer took his fifth career win at Knoxville in the 305 division. Following Stelzer were Watt, Chris Walraven, division leader Eric Bridger and Mike Mayberry.

The finish:

Brian Brown, Ian Madsen, Danny Lasoski, Davey Heskin, Tasker Phillips, Brooke Tatnell, Dusty Zomer, Justin Henderson, Tim Kaeding, Aaron Reutzel, Austin McCarl, Terry McCarl, Matt Juhl, Dustin Selvage, A.J. Moeller, Lynton Jeffrey, Dakota Hendrickson, Josh Schneiderman, Jordyn Brazier, Rager Phillips, Jason Kendrick, Kendrick, Bobby Mincer, Josh Baughman, Kerry Madsen.