Motor Sports Report: Brown Jr. wraps up dominating run to title
Dan Brown Jr. was having a pretty good run in 2007, leading the season points total in the Pro Stocks division at Placerville Speedway.
But then the engine blew.
By the time he had his car back on track, he had fallen so far back in the points chase that he could only manage a third-place showing.
That tough-luck finish seemed only to fuel his run at the crown this year. And what a run it was, Nevada City’s Brown Jr. won 15 of the 16 races he entered, including last Saturday’s season finale.
“My whole goal was to win more than seven (races), which was last year’s win total,” said the 21-year-old Brown Jr.
His season was such a dominant performance that the track photographer, who is assigned to capture images of each week’s winner, was getting tired of taking Brown’s picture.
“He was kidding around and said it would be kind of nice to see somebody else around here,” Brown Jr. said.
He originally planned to race his car in a modified division in Fernley, Nev., but when the track closed he converted the car for another run in Placerville’s Pro Stocks division.
“And it worked better than ever,” Brown Jr. said, noting that his father and family serve as his pit crew and team.. “We just had good set-ups each week.”
And racing hasn’t been the only reason to celebrate this summer. He and his wife, Brittney, celebrated the birth of a daughter about one month ago.
“So that’s definitely a life-changing thing,” he said, adding that he had considered stepping away from racing next year.
“Two months ago, I was going to take a year off. But now we’ll race another full year next year.”
Colby Wiesz cruised to second place in the A feature of the Pacific Sprints division Saturday night at Placerville, but the Colfax driver already had the season points title firmly in hand.
Wiesz posted a top five finish in 13 of 14 starts ” including five wins ” in the Pacific Sprints 2008 season.
Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace finished eighth in the main event, while Pat Harvey Jr., also of Grass Valley, finished ninth in the B feature race.
Wallace was 19th in the season series, while Harvey Jr. finished 29th.
The final event of the season at Placerville Speedway will be the return of the California Sprint Car Civil War Series on Sept. 27.
Silver Dollar Speedway
Wallace took first place in the A feature race of Wingless Sprints division during the 55th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico Wednesday.
Meanwhile Browns Valley brothers Mason Myers and Cody Myers finished sixth and 17th, respectively, in the A feature.
Mason Myers holds third place in the season standings, while Cody Myers finished fourth in the series.
Pat Harvey Jr. took ninth place in the B feature race of the 360 Sprints Wednesday at Silver Dollar Speedway, while Wiesz was 12th in the race.
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