Tuesday, August 23, 2005

BROWN ESCAPES LATE RACE SCARE: Finishes Ninth At Peterborough

Prepared By: Ken Spencer, Marketing and Media Relations, Brown Auto Racing

Doug Brown looked like he was comfortably running to another top ten finish In Super Series racing at Peterborough Speedway on Sunday afternoon. But with just 2 laps remaining in the 200-lap contest the right front wheel on the #10 NAPA/Autopro Monte Carlo suddenly broke loose from its hub entering turn three. Fortunately, the caution flag was thrown immediately as the car brushed the outside wall but Doug managed to keep control as he limped to the pit area.

With a quick wheel/tire replacement he re-entered the event in twelfth spot still on the lead lap.

When the race resumed Brown regained his momentum to stay with the front ten cars then caught a break when Glencoe’s Brad Graham -running third at the time- experienced a flat tire on the final lap momentarily delaying the runs of the tenth and eleventh cars of Derek Lynch and JR Fitzpatrick. Doug drove around the trapped cars and into ninth spot coming off turn two to complete his sixth top-ten finish of the season.

“I felt a shimmy going into turn one and thought I had a tire going down’” the Brantford driver commented in replaying the incident. “I moved high at that point in order to determine the cause but when I entered turn three, I had no brakes and the front end dropped. Fortunately I didn’t hit the wall hard.”

The problem was later discovered to be a cracked wheel that broke away at the spokes.

The NAPA/Autopro Chevy was fast right off the hauler with Doug recording some impressive times in Saturday's practice sessions and a sixth place time in qualifying. Rain delayed the event until Sunday.

The ninth place run helped Doug solidify his grasp on twelfth-place in the standings but he still has some ground to make up in his quest for 10th-place by the end of the season. Following the Peterborough race he trails 10th-place Dave Jacombs by 60 points and 11th-place Scott Steckley by 30 with just three races left on the 2005 racing calendar.

Windsor's Ron Beauchamp, driving the MOPAR-sponsored Dodge inherited the lead on lap 114 from pole-sitter Kerry Micks during pit stops then held off the wily driver of the Power Water Ford Taurus through the remainder of the race to claim his second victory of the season. Dave Whitlock of Wyoming, DJ Kennington of St. Thomas and Scott Steckley of Milverton rounded out the top- five finishers.

The CASCAR Super Series heads next to London’s Delaware Speedway for a 300-lap Labour Day weekend event on September 4th.

The Brown Auto Racing #10 CASCAR Super Series Team is proud to have NAPA/Autopro as its Title Sponsor with Valvoline Canada as a Major Associate Sponsor and NAPA Brake and Chassis; Bicknell Racing Products; World of Graphics; HurryPrint Imaging Centre; WIX Filters; Jebbo's Electronics Warehouse; KWIC Internet; Gates Canada; BOC Gases; Advance Printing; Brochures etc; ACE Transmissions, Wahta Springs Water and Clearshop Custom forming Associate Sponsorship roles on our sponsorship/marketing team.

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