NASCAR SOUTHERN WHELEN MODIFIED DRIVER TIM BROWN HOPING FOR HOMESTATE ADVANTAGE SATURDAY NIGHT AT MOTOR MILE SPEEDWAY DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 19, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Tim Brown is hoping there will be a little...
NASCAR SOUTHERN WHELEN MODIFIED DRIVER TIM BROWN HOPING FOR HOMESTATE ADVANTAGE SATURDAY NIGHT AT MOTOR MILE SPEEDWAY
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 19, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Tim Brown is hoping there will be a little home state advantage in the air Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., when the green flag is thrown to get the 94.9 STAR Country 150 race underway.
A native of Cana, Va. -- only about 30 minutes away from the Motor Mile Speedway -- Brown will be in search of his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory this Saturday night at the .416 -mile short track. He came close to scoring the victory when the Whelen Southern Modified Tour visited Motor Mile last October.
"I almost won the race at the Motor Mile last year," Brown explains. "I was leading with a few laps to go and the caution came out. On the restart Brian Loftin and Frank Fleming were able to get past me and I finished third because I'd used my car up. The Motor Mile is absolutely a beautiful race track. I think it's probably one of the nicest race tracks that the Whelen Southern Modified Tour goes to each year. It's awesome.
"They've just repaved the track so I think the speeds are going to be a little bit quicker this year. All the folks at the track work extremely hard to promote the event and they work hard to make sure that the drivers are taken care of. It's probably one of my favorite places to race at."
Brown says the six track championships he's won at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. are meaningful, but his first Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory at any track would likely top the list of his racing accomplishments. A win Saturday night at the Motor Mile track he used often as he competed to climb up the NASCAR racing ladder isn't out of reach whatsoever as Brown has had one of the cars to beat in the opening three races of the 2006 season.
"That would be big," Brown says. "We're hoping we can get that first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory pretty soon, and yeah it would be neat if I could do it Saturday night at the Motor Mile. All throughout my career, all I'm known for is racing at Bowman Gray because of the history they have with NASCAR and that's a track that really attracts a lot of sponsors and fans."
Brown says that as his results and consistency have improved, so too has his level of confidence behind the wheel of the No. 83 Hayes Jewelers Chevrolet. Sitting third in the current Southern Modified Tour driver standings behind leader Junior Miller and Burt Myers, there are many fingers pointing towards Brown as a serious threat to win this year's championship.
"We go out and try to be as good as we can every week," Brown explains. "I don't really look at the points until about three or fours races to go. A lot of people think of me as a points racer, but it doesn't really have anything to do with that as much as me just being a smart racer. I have to pay for it myself out of my own pocket if I tear something up, so I don't do stupid stuff and put my car in a comprising position. That may be the wrong way to race, but it's worked for me for years so I'm not going to change now. Yeah, I might could have won more races if I drove a little harder but I'm pretty sure that would have come back to bite me. I just try to be smart."
Brown is a full-time employee at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team of MB2 Motorsports which fields cars for Joe Nemechek and Sterling Marlin. Still living in Cana, Brown makes a 250-mile drive to his job in Mooresville before stopping by his Winston-Salem team's shop in the evenings to work on his race car until heading home for the night five days a week.
Brown, who missed the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified race at Caraway last year, yet he posted a very respectable fourth-place finish in the final 2005 driver standings. Heading to the Motor Mile this weekend, Brown isn't being forced to play catch-up in the championship standings this year. He has a good chance at winning this year's title, a goal that's not out of reason.
"We're pretty pleased with the season so far," Brown says. "We've had a chance to win every race with good equipment and a great team. Everything seems to be going my way right now. Last weekend at Caraway (N.C.) Speedway, we had a car that could keep up with Junior Miller all night and he won the race. I know I haven't won a Whelen Southern Modified Tour race yet and I know I'm not as good as Junior Miller is just yet, but we've been getting better and better each week and I think we're going to get to victory lane pretty soon."
"I'm loving life right now. This is the happiest I've ever been in my life as far as racing goes. I've got a great family and a great job, plus my racing is going good and we've got a great sponsor that allows us to have top-notch equipment. I also love the guys on my team and we get along great. Everything is looking up for me right now."