Brown On Target In Nationals Opener
KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Brian Brown continued his tenacious pursuit of a Knoxville Nationals victory Thursday during FVP Qualifying Night for the 54th annual FVP Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway.
Five days after winning the 360 Knoxville Nationals for the first time, Brown, who finished second to Donny Schatz in the past two runnings of the Nationals, raced from fifth to victory. Brown drove the same car with which he ran second the past two seasons.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. had the race in the bag when the red flag came out on lap 19 of the 25-lap race on the historic half-mile dirt track when Kevin Swindell flipped after the steering broke in his No. 71.
On the restart, Brown challenged Hafertepe, who slammed the door as the pair raced through turn four. However, Brown battled back and stormed into the lead on lap 21.
Once in the lead, he powered away for the $12,000 victory. Brown also finished second in Sunday night’s Capitani Classic.
“I wasn’t sure what Sam was going to do,” Brown explained. “We caught Sam in traffic, but then he made a couple moves and he was gone. He was going to win the race if it wasn’t for the red. I wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do.