WALLY BROWN: 10 RACES INTO HIS SEASON "Brown finds success early in his career after scoring six top-10 finishes" CONCORD, N.C. (July 5, 2006) - Wally Brown, crew chief of the No. 99 Office Depot team doesn't believe in beginner's luck, but ...
WALLY BROWN: 10 RACES INTO HIS SEASON
"Brown finds success early in his career after scoring six top-10 finishes"
CONCORD, N.C. (July 5, 2006) - Wally Brown, crew chief of the No. 99 Office Depot team doesn't believe in beginner's luck, but instead hard work and determination. Brown first started at Roush Racing in 2002 as the team engineer for the No. 6 Mark Martin team. In the last three years Brown moved his way into the role of head engineer for Roush Racing and in April of 2006, became crew chief for one of NASCAR's rising stars, Carl Edwards. Since first taking his seat atop the pit box in Phoenix, Brown has successfully led Edwards and the Office Depot team to six top-10 finishes.
Brown and Edwards began working together in the summer of 1996 when both were employed at Ken Schrader Racing. This was their first journey on the road together; traveling from race track to race track, doing what they both enjoyed most - racing. When the two were reunited in April of 2006, Edwards and Brown were "old friends."
Brown called his first race at Phoenix in late April and led the team to a fourth-place finish. The following two races Brown continued to call the right shots, bringing home two more top-10 finishes. A disappointing mechanical failure in Darlington was followed by another top-five finish in Charlotte two weeks later. Just three weeks ago, Brown helped lead the Office Depot team to its best finish of the year - a second-place finish in Michigan.
Over the last three weeks, Brown has scored two top-10 finishes in a row. The run of top-10 finishes has helped move the Office Depot team into 14th place in the point standings. Currently, the team is 125 points out of 10th place.
"I have been really fortunate to step into such a great team," said Brown. "Bob Osborne did a great job in setting this team up early in the season. I really haven't done much but guide some of the decisions that have been made on the box. We have a really solid team with guys who want to work hard, who are willing to put in the hours, and guys that want to win. I am really proud every weekend of the work these guys do at the track. I hope we can have the continued success it takes to move this team to the next level."
About Roush Racing
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Enterprises which operates 14 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, and four in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan, Erik Darnell and Michel Jourdain, Jr.