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For 2021, Brown has no set plans as he made a string of starts in the Granite State Pro Stock Series to kick things off. With his usual consistency putting him in the early title hunt, he and his family team stuck with it, while attending other select races, including ACT-type Late Model events too.
Then in July, the floodgates opened with a Late Model win at Groveton, NH’s Riverside Speedway. At the end of the month, Brown finally snatched his first career GSPSS race win, coming in the 150-lap Granite State Nationals at Claremont Motorsports Park with a $10,000 winner’s check.
As second GSPSS win on October 3 at Lee USA Speedway gave him a lock on his first career GSPSS championship title with still one race to go.
“It’s crazy, it feels like this year just flew by. Now being the champ, it hasn’t settled in yet, and I’m sure it won’t for a little while. It’s cool locking it up a race early, it shows how competitive our team was this year. Some people will say it was because of a lot of people not showing up, but we won a full race early, and that shows how we went to the racetrack, how good our team was, and what we brought to the racetrack,” Brown told Speed51.
The confidence to succeed in 2021 was there for Brown even in the winter months, although there was a time early in the racing season when it seemed like it might be déjà vu.
Getting that first win at Riverside back in July, we just clicked after that. We were competitive all year up until that point, just a couple of bad races. I had a crazy goal coming into this year that I’d like to get five wins, no matter what it was in, I didn’t think it was realistic to start, but here we are with five wins, with two in Granite State.
Brown even managed to get the title while breaking in a fresh new ride from Dale Shaw Racecars for a fresh new team owner who Brown will work with more in 2022.
“Dale Shaw came on around the Hudson PASS race, he wanted to own a car, we found a car for him to own, we didn’t plan on racing it this year, we were just getting it ready for next year. We started working on it, it was ready for before the Star Classic, so we raced it at Star and it was a rocket ship. Then we just had to bring it to Lee and it paid off.”
After running two races in the Lily’s Ice Cream No. 50, Brown will back in the No. 61 for the final outing of 2021 this coming Sunday afternoon. Finishing the year off with 100 laps at Claremont on the final day of Fall Challenge weekend, Brown is confident they can back up their summertime victory.
“We’re pumped to get back there. Claremont is one of my favorite tracks right now and we found a couple of things with the setup there that’s been great, and we’re looking to keep it going. This will be the last race with the 61, we got it sold, and it’d be great to get one last win with it.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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