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Brian Brown Wins At Cocopah Speedway
Artistic Rendering of Brian Brown Wins At Cocopah Speedway
Brian Brown wins in the Yuma Valley Showdown at Cocopah Speedway for his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win since 2015.

Starting on the pole made the difference to for Brown, he maintained position in the 30 lap event. Donny Schatz grabbed his tenth top five of the season with a runner up finish.

Previously winning the Craftsman Club Dash, Brian Brown was awarded the pole position, that proved to be invaluable. At the drop of the green flag, the Grain Valley, MO driver quickly jumped out to an early lead over the 24 car field

Brian Brown said, “This is awesome, we’ve had a rough couple of nights, It’s been an awesome start to the year, but the last couple of nights haven’t been good. The crew had a talk before the race and decided to hit the reset button. We’ve been in position to win some of these races this year, we just haven’t capitalized. To beat these guys is an honor and we’re excited to get to the Arizona Speedway tomorrow. I can’t thank Casey General Stores, FVP and my crew enough for this.”

While Jason Sides was settling into the second position, Sheldon Haudenschild tried a slide job on Sides. The move didn’t stick however, proving costly as Schatz took advantage and vaulted into the fourth position .Schatz who was running third was able to get by Sides to move him into the runner-up position.

Donny Schatz said, “We had a decent enough car to win but the way the track played out we had to be another row forward. Everyone’s tires were bald and it was one groove in Turns 1 and 2 but Turn 3 and 4 had two grooves, we just used so much tires at the end. Just happy to salvage a second-place finish.”

There was a slow down on lap 25. No.13 Clyde Knipp and Shane Stewart tangled in Turn 4 Stewart was able to rejoin the field, while Knipp was done early as he was towed to the infield.

After the single-file restart Brown got off to a quick restart and jumped out to a five car length lead over the No. 15 Arctic Cat machine of Donny Schatz. Brown cruised to his first win of the 2017 season and his third career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win.

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