By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
It may have been just a week earlier, but Linc Brown would like to permanently erase the Saturday, June 29th event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway from his racing memory bank.
After a pair of runner-up finishes in that night’s qualifying rounds, the Colborne, Ontario racer took the green flag from 5th spot to kick-off the 35 lap Late Model feature event. Coming off the 4th turn, his #99 Dodge Charger by McColl Racing Enterprises machine slapped the outside retaining wall with only 6 circuits complete and ended his night.
“At the time, I didn’t know whether something had broken on the car or if it was a case of driver error,” said Brown. “Once the crew and I had a chance to look things over back at the shop, the damaged pieces showed the blame for what happened was entirely on my shoulders and that made things even worse. I have enough experience on different tracks and in a variety of series to know that you can’t win any feature race on the 6th lap and I should never have pushed the car that hard.”
As they say, tomorrow is another day and the team rolled into action Saturday, July 6th at the half-miler north of Bowmanville, Ontario looking to make a fresh start and put the previous week’s frustrations where they belonged. In the past.
The car was fast out of the box and turned some strong laps during the afternoon’s pre-race practice sessions. A quick switch of a front end component on the right side of the car resulted in a 4th and 2nd place effort in the preliminary rounds and brought the team to the line 6th for the feature tilt that wrapped-up racing on a hot, sweltering summer’s night. Taking advantage of an opening in the outside lane early in the going allowed Brown to pick-off a couple of positions and run with the leaders throughout the race distance, eventually finishing just over a car length behind the division’s current point leader at the checkered flag.
“That was a great show,” said Brown while being interviewed during the post race ceremonies. “I’d rather be there (pointing to the first spot on the podium) and while no driver ever ‘settles’ for second place, there’s nothing wrong with this finish. We had some extra help in the pits tonight from (OSCAAR Super Late Model driver) John Owen and his daughter, which made things a bit easier to make any changes needed to find the right set-up. My daughter Bailey – who is a great racer herself, with the Kawartha-Durham Kart Club – has been my crew chief all season, so it was great to have some extra hands and opinions. More importantly, the car will be headed back to the shop without any serious damage. We have a week off before the next action for our division – Saturday, July 20th – so that’ll give us time to check things over in the garage to prepare for a late season charge.”
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 works off the 2nd turn at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway. The Colborne, Ontario racer recorded a runner-up finish during the Saturday, July 6th event.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media