Wednesday, September 14, 2005

BROWN FOCUSES ON FINAL EVENT OF SEASON : Preparation Is First and Foremost for the NAPA/Autopro Team Heading To Kawartha

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

September 14, 2005 – It’s down to the short strokes for Brantford’s Doug Brown and several of the top-ten teams in CASCAR’s Super Series as they head to the Peterborough area and Kawartha Downs Speedway this weekend for the final event on the 2005 Series’ schedule.

With still a mathematical chance of securing a top-ten placing in the final standings, the veteran driver knows it will take a herculean effort by him and his NAPA/ Autopro team, coupled with a disastrous outing by Mt. Hope’s Dave Jacombs who currently holds down the tenth place position, to move up one spot in the standings.

Jacombs is a seasoned campaigner on the Super Series tour and one who Doug holds a lot of respect for.

But as Doug’s been stating since the beginning of the month, “ We’re taking it one race at a time.”

“We can worry too much about who we can catch or who we have to watch in the mirror,” Doug commented in preparing for the Kawartha race. “We just have to concentrate our efforts on getting the right set-up, turning a good time trial in qualifying and see if we can get ourselves another top-ten finish. But it sure would be nice to stand on the podium at the end of the afternoon,” he added.

The team will take advantage of Saturday’s practice session to test some set-ups and gear ratios in the go for broke “Ram Tough 250” presented by the Dodge Dealers of Ontario.

With the season heading into its final 250-laps on Sunday afternoon at the combination Harness Racing- Slots-Stock Car Racing entertainment complex, it promises to be an afternoon of bumper banging, fender rubbing action with several of those teams already in the top-ten battling to better their current positions.

Defending champion Don Thomson Jr. of Hamilton appears to have a lock on his fifth consecutive title entering the race with an 89-point margin over Stouffville’s Peter Gibbons. DJ Kennington of St. Thomas has a 33 point lead over Dave Whitlock of Wyoming for third but Whitlock will have to be careful of Windsor’s Ron Beauchamp Jr. and Mt. Albert’s Kerry Micks who are challenging his fourth place position. And with Glencoe’s Brad Graham and Barrie’s Mark Dilley within striking distance, it’s anybody guess how the standings for fifth through eighth or possibly fourth through eighth will look at the end of 250 laps.

Brown Auto Racing wishes to acknowledge and thank our Title Sponsors NAPA/Autopro; our Major Associate Sponsors Valvoline Canada and Wahta Springs Water; and our Associate Sponsors- NAPA Brake and Chassis, Bicknell Racing Product, World of Graphics, HurryPrint Imaging Centre, WIX Filter; Jebbo's Electronics Warehouse, KWIC Internet, Gates Canada, BOC Gases, Advance Printing, Brochures etc., ACE Transmissions, and Clearshop Custom for their contributions to our 2005 sponsorship/marketing team.

For additional information on Brown Auto Racing, see or contact Doug Brown at (519) 752-9531.

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