Brandon BrownBrown Hoping Strategy Pays Off at Charlotte Once Again

Brown Hoping Strategy Pays Off at Charlotte Once Again

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

As a small team with a small notebook, Brandon Brown and Brandonbilt Motorsports hope to play the strategy game at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the second year in a row.

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#68: Brandon Brown, Brandonbilt Motorsports, Trade The Chain Chevrolet Camaro, #07: Joe Graf Jr, SS-GLR wJeff Lefcourt, Bucked Up Energy Ford Mustang, Photo by NKP / NKP Photo.

For the 2021 running of the Alsco Uniforms 300, Brown and his team saved a set of tires for the end of the race. A timely caution allowed the Woodbridge, VA native to change tires and make a run to the front. However, Brown never got the final caution he needed to make a run for the win. The 28-year-old earned his first top-five finish at Charlotte.

In NASCAR’s backyard, Brown has that one top-five and two top-10s on the Charlotte oval. With the team based in Mooresville, N.C. the Concord, N.C. track is the home track for Brandonbilt, like most of the NASCAR industry. 

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#68: Brandon Brown, Brandonbilt Motorsports, Trade The Chain Chevrolet Camaro and #6: Ryan Vargas, JD Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro, Photo by NKP / NKP Photo.

“It adds the benefit of the extra pressure, but it’s also in the backyard of the NASCAR industry,” explained Brown. “All of the teams have years and years of experience. They’ve got big notebooks when it comes to Charlotte Motor Speedway. We don’t have that big of a notebook there, so that’s the disadvantage but something that we’re going to work hard to quickly overcome. 

“The benefit to that is when you don’t have a big notebook, it makes you operate in the mindset of working differently than the other teams and what they’re doing. We’re going to have to go off strategy. It paid off dividends last year when we put on a brand-new set of tires with less than 15 to go and drove from the rear to a top-five. Hopefully we can do that again.”

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#68: Brandon Brown, Brandonbilt Motorsports, Trade The Chain Chevrolet Camaro, Photo by NKP / NKP Photo.

Charlotte is a temperature sensitive track. The race is also in the heat of the day as temperatures begin to rise. The combination makes for slick conditions on track, and a need for drivers to prep for the heat to avoid dehydration and exhaustion.

“Charlotte is an extremely hot, long race, admitted Brown. “Ours is going to be in the heat of the day. You’re going to see a lot of drivers falling out of their seats due to dehydration or lack of preparation for the race. That adds to some benefit as well as when it’s hot, slick, and people make mistakes. It’s all about who’s going to be there to take advantage of those mistakes. We have to make sure that we’re the car that does.” 

Brown enters Charlotte 16th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship points standings. He is 86-points behind the playoff cutoff held by Daniel Hemric.

On Thursday, May 26, Brandonbilt Motorsports will have an open house for NASCAR fans from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The Alsco Uniforms 300 is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 28.

Featured Photo Credit: Photo by NKP / NKP Photo.

Seth Eggert
Seth Eggert
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world. In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019. When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.


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