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May 6, 2014

Brown breaks through at Knoxville Raceway

KNOXVILLE —

After scoring 16 wins in 2013, Brian Brown had a rough start this season. He finally broke through with a hard-earned victory on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.  
The win was the Grain Valley, Mo., driver’s 26th in 410 competition at Knoxville placing him ninth on the all-time wins list. Knoxville’s Joe Beaver won for the second time this season in the 360 class, while Holt’s Summit, Mo.’s J Kinder won in the 305 class.
Lynton Jeffrey shot out from the pole to lead early in the 20-lap 410 feature event with Brown and Justin Henderson in tow. Soon, Terry McCarl took over third before Cole Wood flipped in turn four with six laps in the books. The Auburn, Ca., driver was taken to the hospital for observation.
The red flag occurred right after Brown had passed Jeffrey for the lead and negated the move. Brown made good on the pass on the eighth lap, however, before Garrett Dollansky stopped after tagging the wall. Brown led Jeffrey, McCarl, Henderson and Craig Dollansky back to green flag racing.
On lap 10, McCarl shot by Jeffrey for second and began his pursuit of Brown. The leader was undeterred despite one more caution period of a spun Bronson Maeschen with eleven laps down. Dollansky would get by Jeffrey a lap later to secure third, while McCarl did his best to get by Brown to no avail.
Brown went on to record the win in the Casey’s General Stores/FVP No. 21 ahead of McCarl, Dollansky, Dusty Zomer and Jeffrey. Davey Heskin, Ian Madsen, Clint Garner, Henderson and Dustin Selvage rounded out the top 10. Henderson registered the quick time of the night, while Brown, Mark Dobmeier, Garner and Madsen won heat races. Dakota Hendrickson took the B main. Ryan Bunton got upside down in his heat after contact from another car. Cap Henry backed his mount into the turn one wall in his heat. Neither was injured.

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