@Sunset_Speedway • Colborne, ON- (June 1, 2015)- Every driver in the field was looking to claim their place in motorsports history. Not just for earning the checkered flag in a 100 lap marquee event, but also being the first to score a victory in the APC Pro Late Model Series.
After putting his own racing career on hold to serve as coach and mentor for his daughter Bailey during her transition from the Kawartha-Durham Kart Club to the INEX Ontario Legends Series, Linc Brown was anxious to take the green flag in the inaugural showdown, staged Saturday, May 23 at Sunset Speedway, just north of Toronto.
With previous experience in the Late Model divisions at Kawartha Speedway and the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport Speedway oval – as well as on the former Alstar Late Model Tour – the 49 year-old from Colborne, Ontario did his homework to make sure the #99 Dodge was ready for battle.
“Above anything else, I wanted to have a competitive car,” confided Brown. “The last thing any racer wants is to look like they don’t belong. We went through a detailed checklist and the effort paid-off, as we were 11th quickest in the pre-race practice session and after a gear change, qualified 17th out of the 31 teams to time trial.”
Brown says the gear change was an effort to save tires in the feature and that goal was accomplished, as the veteran made steady progress through the field and was running ninth by the halfway point. The car was strong and the driver was confident in landing a top five finish at end of the day, until an electrical problem in the charging system killed the battery voltage and consequently, the ignition system. The car shut-off during a caution period with 56 laps complete, ending his day.
“Considering it was our first outing in almost two years, there were a number of positive experiences to take away from the run,” said Brown. “It was great to have my whole family with me for the weekend. They’re familiar with the drill, making things less stressful and a strong outing for everyone. Jamie Wagar helped get the car ready and will crew at the Flamboro show. I also enjoyed having Jay Nash, who came all the way from Kingston and Ian and Andrew Moffatt, who normally crew for my friend Dave Morgan helped in the pits and with communications. Danny and Doug Benedict were also around after the Mini Stock feature to help if needed.”
Brown says the spotting work by his daughter Bailey earned high praise from others who were helping communicate with teams in the race. Even Ron Pearn – father of NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief Cole Pearn – was impressed with the 16 year-old’s work ethic.
Next of the agenda for the #99 Kawartha Metals Corporation, Don Butt Auto Body, Belleville Transmission & Auto Service, Mayhew Graphics, Rousseau Publications and Clarke Motorsports Communications Late Model team is Saturday, June 6th at Flamboro Speedway.
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Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media