Brown Claims Knoxville 360 Nationals
KNOXVILLE, Iowa – A loud scream of satisfaction echoed across the grounds of Knoxville Raceway as Brian Brown finally marked the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals off his bucket list in his 15th attempt.
In Brown’s 15th 360 Sprint Car victory at the Knoxville Raceway, the driver of the FVP No. 21 led start-to-finish in the 25-lap championship event to pocket the $10,000 winner’s share.
“Man this feels good. I’m just thankful for everybody on this team,” said Brown. “I’m almost out of breath, but this one’s pretty cool.
“The car felt good up there the whole feature. Believe or not, I didn’t want to lap anybody. I just didn’t want to get off it. That Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps Scoreboard was pretty handy. I saw where Sam (Hafertepe) got by Sammy (Swindell) but didn’t know where he was running once he got up there but here we are,” Brown said.
Leading by more than two seconds at the first caution on lap seven for Kevin Swindell, Brown opened up his advantage again as Joe Beaver and Sammy Swindell swapped the runner-up spot.
Slow again on lap nine for the spun No. 82 Bronson Maeschen, the restart saw Sam Hafertepe Jr. taking third and going to work on Swindell for second. Taking the spot on lap 11, Hafertepe was never able to make up the two second disadvantage and Brown streaked through lapped traffic for the win.
Bettering his 2011 finish of 11th, Hafertepe felt good about his performance in the 360 Nationals.