Michael Brown has never won an ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series event, but he is knocking on the doorstep of the achievement in 2020 with a pair of runner-up finishes. Brown hopes to knock down that door this weekend when the series heads to Friendship Motor Speedway (NC).
Last week, “Downtown” Michael Brown was just one-hundredth of a second away from that elusive first win. Instead, he finished second to Zack Mitchell in a photo finish at Lancaster Motor Speedway (SC).
While he settled for a runner-up finish on the night, it was a memorable race and an entertaining battle with a good friend.
“That was definitely a wild one,” Brown told Speed51. “I’ve watched it a couple of different times, and it was just as fun watching it as it was in the car. It was a real good battle with Zack. Me and him have raced with each other since go-karts. It’s fun to battle with your friends. I hate I was on the losing end of that deal, but it sure was fun.
“All the people behind me were definitely pumped up about it. It’s cool, it helps you get through the week.”
Still, Brown is seeking that elusive win on the 2020 season. Along with a pair of ULTIMATE runner-up finishes, the Pageland, South Carolina racer also finished second in March Madness at Cherokee Speedway (SC).
He hopes that he and the team can find the little extra speed they need to start converting podium finishes into winner’s trophies.
“I just feel like we’re lacking a little bit. We’ve run second a bunch this year, even at some bigger marquee events. We ran second to Dale McDowell at Gaffney in the $12,000-to-win race. We’ve had speed, we’re just lacking that next little bit, whether it’s me or something setup related, we can’t find that last little bit.
“I’ve just got to do some homework, watch some videos to see what I can do. Wesley Page has been working his tail off, too, on the setup of the car trying to find that last little bit that I feel like we need to seal the deal.”
This weekend, that journey will continue at a track where Brown enjoyed an incredible weekend last year. In 2019, Brown took his Pro Late Model to Friendship and won three races in two nights as part of the FASTRAK Triple Crown, a title he won for his performance that weekend.
While last year was a good one at Friendship for Brown, his overall performance there has been a mixed bag. He hopes the Triple Crown run will lead to success with his Super Late Model this weekend.
“Friendship has been good and bad to me. It was good to me last year in the Crate car, that was a terrific weekend. I’ve also struggled there in the Super car, when I’ve been there with the [Carolina] Clash and other events. Hopefully I can take something I learned in that dang crate car and roll it over to the Super.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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