BRANDON, S.D. – official series release — Rob Kocak photo —
Two things in life are well-known facts: First, Brian Brown has had his share of bad luck during the 2015 season, and second, Huset’s Speedway has not been kind to the veteran driver over the years.
Brown overcame both obstacles to claim the 35-lap FVP National Sprint League feature at the three-eighths-mile oval on Sunday night.
“I’ve been coming to Huset’s since I was a kid,” said Brown in Victory Lane. “I’d leave two laps early to be in Victory Lane with Doug (Clark) and Danny (Lasoski) here. When you win a race at Huset’s, you’ve earned it. The track conditions change so much. I ran the top and I was cheating down. I kept seeing Tim (Kaeding) in the corner of my eye, though.”
“My hat’s off to my crew chief, Chad Morgan. He keeps me calmed down, and tells me where I need to be on the track. You don’t win this race by yourself — you have to have a great team. Wyatt Burks just came on board with us and lost his great grandma, so this win is for her.”
The Grain Valley, Missouri driver started on the pole of the main event and shot out to the early lead over Dusty Zomer and Bill Balog. Balog worked on Zomer and took over second on lap three with Tim Kaeding in tow. The first caution of the race would then come out for Brooke Tatnell, who shelled his driveline on the frontstretch.
The restart saw Brown ahead of Balog, Kaeding, Zomer and Lynton Jeffrey. When the green flew, Kaeding worked under Balog for second. Balog and Jeffrey then dueled, exchanging the third position before seventh running Mark Dobmeier flipped in turn one. He was uninjured.
Brown would maintain his lead over Kaeding, Balog, Jeffrey and Zomer when the green flag flew again. Zomer shot to fourth on the restart. On lap 15, Tasker Phillips and Austin McCarl tangled on the frontstretch. Phillips sustained a flat left rear in the melee, and both would restart at the tail of the field.
With rubber starting to develop on the track, Brown maintained his lead. A furious battled developed between Balog, Kaeding and Zomer. Zomer took third from Balog on lap 22 and second from Kaeding a lap later before disaster struck for the fourth running Balog on lap 26. He launched over the tire of the lapped car of Troy Schreurs, vaulting high into the turn one fence. He was unhurt.
Meanwhile, Lynton Jeffrey was caught in an incident that sheared his top wing off and caused him to surrender fifth.
Following an open red, Brown took the green ahead of Zomer, Kaeding, Terry McCarl and Ian Madsen. Kaeding would work by Zomer for second on lap 29, and shortly after, Zomer would blow his right rear. That set up a six lap dash to the checkers.
Brown would massage his car to the feature win at the checkers ahead of Kaeding, McCarl, Madsen and Phillips, who came from the tail after his lap 15 incident to claim fifth.
Bryan Clauson, Danny Lasoski, Matt Juhl, KSE Hard-charger Dakota Hendrickson and Jeffrey rounded out the top ten.
“I just wanted to make sure I had tire [tread] left,” said runner-up Kaeding. “We got passed there in the rubber by Dusty. We kind of stayed up top too long, but I think it helped us in that we still had some tire in the end. I have to thank everyone who helps out on this car. We finally found something. If this track hadn’t taken rubber, we definitely had something for them.”
Lasoski set quick time and Brown, Clauson and Kaeding won heat races.
RESULTS: FVP National Sprint League; Huset’s Speedway; September 6, 2015
FVP A-Main (35 laps): 1. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO ; 2. 3, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA ; 3. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA ; 4. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. ; 5. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA ; 6. 17w, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN ; 7. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO ; 8. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD ; 9. 5H, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE ; 10. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA ; 11. 25, Dylan Peterson, Sioux Falls, SD ; 12. 17, Ryan Bickett, Ramona, SD ; 13. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA ; 14. 47, Brant O’Banion, Norfolk, NE ; 15. 101, Chuck McGillivray, Madison, SD ; 16. 1, Justin Glaser, Sioux Falls, SD ; 17. 82, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD ; 18. 17B, Bill Balog, Brookfield, WI ; 19. 12T, Troy Schreurs, Baltic, SD ; 20. 15, Joe Riedel, Ramona, SD ; 21. 19, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH ; 22. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND ; 23. 14, Jody Rosenboom, Rock Rapids, IA ; 24. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. .
DNS – Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA.
CREDIT: FVP National Sprint League