By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
After a welcomed week off, Brandon Brown plans to leave Texas Motor Speedway with a confidence boost.
The Woodbridge, VA native has one top-five and two top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track in No Limits, TX. Both finishes came in the 2020 season when there was no practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Brown earned a 13th-place finish in the 2021 running of the SRS Distribution 250.
Entering Texas, the 28-year-old is coming off of a stretch of bad luck. An off weekend between Darlington Raceway and this weekend’s race has given Brandonbilt Motorsports the opportunity to hit the reset button.
“We definitely need all the confidence in the world because we just haven’t had very strong runs (or luck) the past four weeks,” admitted Brown. “We want to change that, and Texas is always a track that we’ve run really well at. Just hoping that we can do well again and change the winds up, back into our sales, pushing us back towards playoff eligible runs.
“(The off weekend) gives us a chance to take a deep breath and shake off whatever was going on. It’s no secret that with race teams that over time tension can build, especially if you’re not getting the results that you should be getting. It’s a good time to center everyone back here and regroup.”
Similar to Phoenix Raceway, Pocono Raceway, and the inactive Kentucky Speedway, Texas’ corners are unique to one another. That forces teams to adjust to the set of corners that betters their particular car.
“Truly you need to pick which battle you want to fight, which battle is going to compliment the car better,” explained Brown. “Obviously, you want it perfect on both ends. It really depends on if there’s PJ1 (or resin) being put down this weekend. That’s a big factor because you can end up running higher in three and four or one and two to compliment the car’s needs.”
Brown enters the SRS Distribution 250 17th in the championship points standings. The driver of the No. 68 Brandonbilt Foundations Chevrolet Camaro SS is 80-points behind the playoff cutline, currently held by fellow Chevy Racing driver Daniel Hemric.
The SRS Distribution 250 is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 21, on Fox Sports 1.
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