MIDWEST: Brown Scores Again at Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa — track release — Danny Howk photo — For the second week in a row, Brian Brown emerged victorious in 410 sprint car action at the Knoxville Raceway.

This time, he made his winning move by passing Ian Madsen with two laps to go to secure his 27th career victory at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.”

Joe Beaver won for the second time in a row and third time this season in the 360 class, and Matthew Stelzer became a two-time winner in 2014 in the 305 class.

The Dirt Trucks also visited, running two features with Kevin Sather emerged victorious in both events.

Before a lap could be completed, Don Droud Jr. brought out the red on the backstretch. The Sonner No. 47 team went to work and got him back out for the restart. On the next try, Dustin Selvage destroyed his sprinter in a frontstretch ground pounder.

Madsen led the 20-lap 410 feature early, ahead of Dusty Zomer and Brown. Danny Lasoski lost power and exited on lap three, while Terry McCarl took over his fourth place spot in the running order. Justin Henderson joined the lead quartet in fifth as those cars separated themselves from the pack.

Contact between McCarl and Henderson on lap nine caused damage that sidelined the latter, while McCarl came to the work area to repair a flat left rear tire. Brad Loyet also spun in turn three. The restart saw Madsen ahead of Brown, Davey Heskin, Lynton Jeffrey and Bronson Maeschen. The lead trio pulled away again.

Brown shot by Zomer on lap 15 and set his sights on Madsen. He made his winning move on lap 19, sliding in front of the Aussie to take the lead and the $3,000 prize. Madsen, Zomer, Maeschen and Heskin followed. Craig Dollansky, hard-charger Droud, Jeffrey, Ryan Bunton and Mark Dobmeier completed the top 10.

“On that first lap, Danny (Lasoski) went across my front and a big clod knocked my tear-offs off,” said Brown. “More than anything it was a hindrance to wipe my shield on every straightaway. The Dunkin’s did well with the track again tonight. Those guys were keeping a good pace. I was just trying to wait until lapped traffic. We got there the one time, and the yellow came out. That messed my game plan up, but we finally got Ian there. Two in a row…it feels great!”

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