Brown makes Caraway statement
LOCAL RACING NOTES:
Tim Brown served notice Saturday night that he could be a force on the NASCAR Southern Modified Tour this season.
Brown easily won the pole, led 96 laps and had a comfortable lead before his car coasted to a stop because of a fuel issue with a handful of laps to go at Caraway Speedway. The good news for Brown is the tour heads Saturday to Southern National Motorsports Park near Kenley, where he has a win and two second places.
“I’ve won there before, so I’m looking forward to it,” Brown said in a NASCAR release. “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.”
Brown said he ran out of fuel at Caraway because of he did not start the race with a full tank because of a problem in the refueling vent line led to an incorrect indication the tank had been filled before the race.
“It was just a mistake,” Brown said. “I wasn’t mad, I was just heartbroken. That thing was hooked up. Now, we need a win.”
Brown’s troubles opened the door for Jason Myers to win after taking the lead from defending series champ George Brunnhoelzl III on a restart in a green-white-checkered situation following a caution for removal of Brown’s car. Brunnhoelzl said he couldn’t get enough traction as a result of abusing his tires while racing Brown for the lead as rain started falling near the midway point.
“I knew Georgie was going to have to have a problem in order for us to get by him,” Myers said. “I was really wanting to race it out without that caution. I was a little upset when the caution came out. But it actually ended up working out in our favor. Georgie lit the tires up on that restart, and he just never could recover from that. It opened up plenty of race track to go on and run.”
ALSO AT CARAWAY
Dan Moore got his first victory of the year in Caraway’s Late Model Stock class. Ryan Wilson, Mack Little, Patrick Coleman and Kaz Grala completed the top five.
Ryan Brown took home his first win of the season in the Limited Late Model ranks. Paul Wark, Ross Dalton, Carl Auman and Chris Hudspeth completed the top five. Dean Lowder won for the first time in the new Southern Modified Lite division. Jimmy Wallace was second with Austin Thompson of High Point fifth.
Austin Osborne was a first time winner in the Legends Car class. Johnny Warr wound up winning in the U-Car class thanks to a disqualification. Timothy Clay got his first career Hornets win.
Races this week at Caraway feature the Late Model Truck division.
HERE AND THERE
A total of 26 cars are entered in the Southern Modified race at Southern National. ... THE NASCAR East Series visits Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Saturday. Dylan Kwasniewski, a 17-year-old from Las Vegas, won the series-opener at Bristol on Saturday. ... Kyle Grissom won the PASS Super Late Model race at Myrtle Beach. The PASS Series returns to action March 30 at Hickory Speedway.