By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
There isn’t a driver at any speedway in the land who doesn’t want to win every time they strap in behind the wheel of their racecar. As much as they may crave a trip to victory lane, each event can have only one winner. The rest will have to settle for the best that racing luck will offer on a particular night or day. Colborne, Ontario’s Linc Brown started the 2013 campaign at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway with a goal of claiming the half mile oval’s track championship. After 4 events, his worst main event finish has been 3rd and that performance has kept the 47 year old in the title hunt.
“Can I win? Sure, I know how to win and the car is capable of winning,” said Brown while relaxing after the 25 lapper Saturday, June 15th. “When will I win? That’s a question I’d love to be able to answer, but honestly, I don’t know. The car has been strong. The crew is doing an amazing job maintaining the equipment and I’m sure our time will come. A lot of drivers would be happy to be in our position, but we can’t do anything except chase the checkered flag. It’s just around the corner. I can feel it.”
After spending about the first week and a half of the new season searching for the cause of a loose handling condition, Linc Brown says his crate engine powered #99 Dodge Charger by McColl Racing Enterprises feels better than it has in a long time and he’s able to push the piece to the limits. Racing is often about running on the ragged edge and the driver is confident that his equipment will be able produce when he needs it to.
“This bunch works as hard – or harder – than any team in the field,” said Brown. “We get the job done in the shop and during practice at the track to be able to wheel a race winning car once the green flag flies. There are some very competitive runners in this field and we’re in the thick of the battle.”
Coming into the 4th show for the Late Model class, Linc Brown was second in track points and only 4 markers out of the division’s overall lead. A second place effort in his first qualifying round and a finish of 5th during next stage would bring him to the line 3rd to start the 25 lap main event. From the starting bell, the top runners in the point chase were again the class of the field. Brown was able to turn some solid laps, but struggles while lapping slower cars caused some issues during the ‘A’ main and may have contributed to his 3rd place finish.
“The lapped traffic should be staying to the lower line when the leaders are trying to pass, but I needed to dive to the inside of one car when trying to get by them on the front stretch,” said Brown while loading the car. “They were running in the middle of the track and that broke my momentum and allowed the leaders to get further away. It’s part of racing, but so is trying to gain as many points as you can during a tight championship chase.”
Linc Brown Motorsports would like to thank this year’s marketing partners Kawartha Metals, Don Butt Auto Body, Rousseau Automobile Communications, Mayhew Graphics and Clarke Motorsports Communications for supporting their program in 2013.
Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Linc Brown climbs into his #99 Late Model racecar. The Colborne, Ontario driver recorded his 4th straight top 3 finish Saturday, June 15th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media