After a solid showing in Bakersfield the previous weekend, Pittsburg Sport Mod driver Keith Brown Jr headed down to Merced this past Friday and Saturday to compete in a special weekend doubleheader.
The team’s goal was simple: run well and keep the car in one piece. Based on those goals, it’s easy to say that this past weekend was a success.
Brown started off the weekend fast with an exciting heat race win Friday night. After inheriting the race lead on a mid race caution, Brown was able to hold off a spirited charge from Kevin Johnson take the win.
Though he won his heat race, the redraw did Brown no favors, lining him up 8th for the feature. Unfortunately for Brown, there wasn’t much passing to be made in Friday’s feature, ultimately settling for 9th.
After feeling the car was a bit off Friday, the team headed back home to make some adjustments to better attack the dry slick surface they encountered on night one. Those changes would ultimately put them behind the 8 ball in Saturday’s heat race, as the car struggled on a much heavier surface. Brown’s less than preferrable heat race run would result in him having to run a B Main if he wanted any chance of making the feature.
As soon as the green flag waved in the B Main, Brown was on the move. Brown would go from 8th to 4th on the opening lap, before eventually finishing 3rd and transferring to the main event.
Just like the B Main, Brown was on the move early and often in the feature. Brown quickly made his way into the Top 10 from his 15th place starting position. While Brown was steadily making progress, he started to encounter some slower cars as the laps went on, with those cars holding him back from what could have potentially been a Top 5 run. When all was said and done, Brown brought it home in 8th, his 2nd Top 10 in as many nights, and 3rd in the past 2 weekends.
Brown has another busy weekend planned this week, as he heads North to Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway Friday night, before making the long trek down to Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday.
Keith would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:
Ricky Childress jr
Steel City Motorsports
HRT Shock Service
Little J’s Burgers
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