Brian Brown Makes History At Knoxville

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Brian Brown races under Ian Madsen for the lead Saturday at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. (Ken Simon photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Brian Brown tied Randy Smith for seventh on the all-time win list at Knoxville Raceway Saturday night by notching his 35th victory in the 410 class.

Smith dominated much of the 1980’s at Knoxville, winning six track championships between 1979 and 1991. Brown emulated Smith in riding the cushion after an exciting pass of Ian Madsen to take victory in his Casey’s General Stores/FVP No.21.

Ryan Giles passed Calvin Landis with two laps to go to claim his third 360 win here, while Kevin Hetrick also claimed his third career win in the 305 class.

Everyone was on the edge of their seats at the start of the 20-lap 410 feature, as front row starters, Ian Madsen and Austin McCarl joined Brown three-wide in turn two in a battle for the lead.  When things settled, Madsen had the advantage over McCarl and Brown.  Brown would pass Austin on the second lap and begin his pursuit of the leader.

Great action ensued back in the pack, while up front Madsen maintained his advantage.  Things were getting interesting at the halfway point in lapped traffic, as Brown closed on Madsen, but with twelve lap in the books, a smoking Davey Heskin would stop in turn four, bringing the caution flag.

Madsen led Brown, McCarl, Kerry Madsen and Brooke Tatnell back to the green.  Brown had momentum coming to the cone and executed a slider that narrowly missed the leader in turn two.  From there, he would pull away to victory, “riding the rim”.  Ian Madsen was second ahead of a steady Austin McCarl.  Kerry Madsen was fourth ahead of hard-charger, Lynton Jeffrey.  Tatnell, Josh Schneiderman, Craig Dollansky, Terry McCarl and Wayne Johnson rounded out the top ten.  Kerry Madsen posted his second quick time of the year, while RJ Johnson, Brown and Wayne Johnson were heat race winners.

“What a fabulous car my team gave me,” said Brown.  “I missed my daughter’s graduation from the University of Missouri today, so the least I could do was win this one for her.  The top four cars that we started with, could win anywhere in the country.  I had a good restart on Ian and made it stick.  Kerry, Ian…Austin is doing a great job with Troy’s (Renfro) team.  I think as a group we’re very strong.  Come June 9 and 10 (when the World of Outlaws visit), it wouldn’t surprise me at all to have one of the local cars to pull in victory lane here.”

The finish:

Brian Brown, Ian Madsen, Austin McCarl, Kerry Madsen, Lynton Jeffrey, Brooke Tatnell, Josh Schneiderman, Craig Dollansky, Terry McCarl, Wayne Johnson, Cap Henry, Tasker Phillips, R.J. Johnson, Matt Juhl, Dakota Hendrickson, Rager Phillips, Dustin Selvage, Bobby Mincer, Bob Weuve, Davey Heskin, A.J. Moeller, Matt Moro.