NEWTON, IA :: Veteran Late Model racer Brandon Brown is ready for his time in the spotlight. On Friday night, the 20-year-old driver will make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway – his first career start in NASCAR’s major leagues.
Brown enters the race with four career wins in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model division at the now-defunct Old Dominion Speedway. Three of those wins came in a breakout season back in 2011. Brown feels his experience at the rough surface on track that once occupied Manassas, Virginia will help him on Friday.
“I think Late Model experience has prepared me very well,” Brown said. “The only difference is there’s more weight and power in the truck than I’m used to with the Late Models but running the roots and how NASCAR works, I think it will help us out a little bit.”
Brown’s main goal in Friday night’s American Ethanol 200 is to get experience.
“Our goal here is to learn what all it’s about and get our feet wet so to speak. I’ve never been behind the wheel of a truck. My first time in a truck will be getting on the track tomorrow morning for practice. It’s a little scary but I think we’ll shoot for a top-15 if possible.”
Brown will be racing in a truck prepared by Adam Brenner, who has served as Brown’s crew-chief for years and himself is a veteran racer at Old Dominion Speedway, and Brandonbilt Motorsports. Brown’s no. 86 truck is being sponsored by Michael Diaz and Jerry Brown sporting decals for The Sign Shop and Southern National Motorsports Park. He’s also planning on competing in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races later this season at Bristol Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and will add other races, such as Homestead-Miami Speedway, if he is approved to run superspeedway races by NASCAR.
“We’ll see if they approve us. We’ll get out here, run with these guys and see what we need to do to run the bigger tracks.”
Brown has made starts over his career at Old Dominion Speedway where he’s won four times, Southern National Motorsports Park, Motor Mile Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ‘American Ethanol 200’ can be seen live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm EST.