Brown Battles to Win 6th Annual Capitani Classic

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Brian Brown Battles to Win 6th Annual Weld Racing Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank!

Story By: Bill Wright and Bryan Hulbert/Knoxville Raceway

Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 6, 2017) – Brian Brown passed Keystone State pilot Greg Hodnett on lap eleven, and held on to win the 6th Annual Weld Racing Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank at Knoxville Raceway Saturday. The Grain Valley, Missouri driver earned $5,000 for his first Capitani Classic win, and his 37th 410 win overall here.

Hodnett led from the outside of row one in the 25-lap feature, besting Greenland Homes Pole Shuffle $5,000 winner, Kerry Madsen. Madsen has won all three Pole Shuffles contested in the Capitani Classic. Madsen dropped into second, ahead of Brad Sweet, Joey Saldana and Brown to start the main event.

Brown was on the move, jetting to third on lap two, and taking second from Madsen on the next go-around. A slowing Lynton Jeffrey brought out the caution three laps in. The restart saw Hodnett ahead of Brown, Madsen, Sweet and Saldana. At that point, Brown began his onslaught of the leader, running on the cushion. Hodnett stayed true to the low groove.

Brown shot by Hodnett to lead lap four, while Austin McCarl moved himself into the top five after starting tenth. Hodnett got a run on the leader, passing him on lap six and pulling away a big. Meanwhile, McCarl and Chad Kemenah battled hard for the fifth spot.

The leaders entered lapped traffic, and Brown took advantage, driving back into the lead on lap eleven. Four circuits later, Madsen worked by Hodnett for second. Brown’s Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 was working well in traffic, but a final caution slowed the event one last time.

With two laps to go, Thursday’s Belleville Midget Nationals winner, Spencer Bayston, blew his right rear tire. Brown would pull away for the green, white, checker finish ahead of Madsen. Sweet captured third from Hodnett, and Austin McCarl finished fifth. Ian Madsen, Saldana, Danny Dietrich, Kemenah and hard-charger Davey Heskin completed the top ten after starting 24th. Kerry Madsen and Tim Shaffer set quick time in their respective groups, while Brown, James McFadden, Dusty Zomer, Ian Madsen, Sweet and Bayston won heat races. Brady Bacon and Daryn Pittman won the B mains.

“My hat goes off to the (track preparers) Dunkin family,” said Brown in Victory Lane. “There was an awesome bottom and an awesome top. They’ve knocked it out of the park the last few days. To win the Capitani Classic is up there on my list. Ralph was hard on me, and then would pat me on the back and tell me I did a good job when things went right. I didn’t really know what my plan was on the start. We started eighth and they kind of left the top open for me, and away we went. Greg’s a heck of a racecar driver and they’ve been running well all week long. Kerry…we know what we get with their team. We got lucky enough to beat them, and it’s really special.”

“We weren’t good enough,” said Kerry Madsen about his second place run. “They were faster. I was doing all I could do to hang onto second. I just wasn’t good enough to run the top and I was running some weird lines. We were gaining on it. I’m not disappointed in second. I’m really proud. Brian was just a better car tonight.”

“If I could have just clipped Kerry there, we might have had something,” said Sweet. “We were running the bottom so well. Kerry was doing everything he could to protect. His car was just off a little. There are some tricks around Knoxville here, and he obviously has a lot of laps. He used every trick in the book to keep us behind him. That was something to learn. Tonight was test and tune, and we put together a nice solid night.”

Wednesday brings night #1 of the 57th Annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores! For more information, visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com!

410 Results

Time Trials Group #1 (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 2M, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust. (4), 15.285; 2. 51, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN (3), 15.393; 3. 10H, Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH (8), 15.489; 4. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (24), 15.557; 5. 29, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (2), 15.599; 6. 44S, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (6), 15.622; 7. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (29), 15.622; 8. 59H, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (1), 15.626; 9. 82, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (27), 15.635; 10. 71, Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, AL (23), 15.735; 11. 3H, James McFadden, Ormeau, QLD, Aust. (10), 15.742; 12. 1, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can. (18), 15.760; 13. 1Z, Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH (25), 15.768; 14. 81, Lee Jacobs, Dalton, OH (9), 15.774; 15. 17B, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (14), 15.798; 16. 10, Tyler Bear, Elliottsville, PA (16), 15.803; 17. 2C, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA (17), 15.821; 18. 10V, Kyle Reinhardt, Neptune City, NJ (21), 15.822; 19. 41, Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA (13), 15.887; 20. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (20), 15.904; 21. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aus (30), 15.927; 22. 18H, Jason Kendrick, Perth, WA, Aust. (15), 15.980; 23. 1B, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (26), 15.993; 24. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (34), 16.016; 25. 3K, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (19), 16.018; 26. 4, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE (11), 16.024; 27. 9N, Wade Nygaard, Grand Forks, ND (35), 16.089; 28. 9Z, Jared Goerges, Brainerd, MN (7), 16.103; 29. 3G, Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA (28), 16.106; 30. 4P, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (22), 16.115; 31. 15, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (5), 16.171; 32. X1, Mason Moore, Chico, CA (12), 16.224; 33. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH (33), 16.301; 34. 95, Matt Covington, Glenpool, OK (32), 16.675; 35. 85, Chase Wanner, Agency, IA (31), 16.719;

Time Trials Group #2 (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 49X, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (4), 15.565; 2. 49S, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (1), 15.581; 3. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (17), 15.650; 4. 9, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (15), 15.680; 5. 27, Greg Hodnett, Spring Grove, PA (32), 15.687; 6. 3S, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (6), 15.697; 7. 5H, Cory Eliason, Selma, CA (5), 15.702; 8. 2KS, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (9), 15.725; 9. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (19), 15.735; 10. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (20), 15.742; 11. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (31), 15.751; 12. 39, Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN (25), 15.845; 13. 67X, Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN (7), 15.856; 14. 87, Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX (21), 15.863; 15. 17, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (29), 15.924; 16. 1X, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (26), 15.931; 17. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (34), 15.949; 18. 35, Jamie Veal, Warrnambool, VIC, Au (28), 15.965; 19. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD (22), 15.986; 20. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (10), 15.989; 21. 12N, Cole Duncan, Lockbourne, OH (27), 16.091; 22. 71A, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (3), 16.150; 23. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (11), 16.185; 24. 7W, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (16), 16.206; 25. 22, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (30), 16.216; 26. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (14), 16.284; 27. 68, Chase Johnson, Penngrove, CA (13), 16.348; 28. 17W, Harli White, Lindsay, OK (18), 16.416; 29. 00, Dane Lorenc, Lancaster, NY (23), 16.441; 30. 1P, Curtis Evans, Norborne, MO (2), 16.629; 31. 26, Tayler Malsam, Sammamish, WA (33), 16.675; 32. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (12), 16.710; 33. 1M, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (24), NT; 34. 70, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (8), NT.

Heat one Group #1, (started), 8 Laps, NT: 1. Brian Brown (3); 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1); 3. Kerry Madsen (4) / 4. Brady Bacon (2); 5. Dominic Scelzi (7); 6. Dale Blaney (5); 7. Tim Kaeding (9); 8. Matt Covington (12); 9. Jason Kendrick (8); 10. Bobby Mincer (11); 11. Jared Goerges (10); 12. Tyler Bear (6);

Heat two Group #1, (started), 8 Laps, 2:10.5: 1. James McFadden (1); 2. Joey Saldana (4); 3. Danny Dietrich (3) / 4. Wayne Johnson (6); 5. Justin Henderson (2); 6. Carson Macedo (8); 7. Sawyer Phillips (7); 8. Dakota Hendrickson (9); 9. Lee Jacobs (5); 10. Mason Moore (11); 11. Chase Wanner (10); DNS 12. Dustin Selvage;

Heat three Group #1, (started), 8 Laps, 2:09.6: 1. Dusty Zomer (2); 2. Thomas Kennedy (1); 3. Chad Kemenah (4) / 4. Trey Starks (3); 5. Paul McMahan (10); 6. Josh Baughman (5); 7. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (8); 8. Brooke Tatnell (7); 9. Wade Nygaard (9); 10. Kyle Reinhardt (6); 11. Paige Polyak (11)

Heat one Group #2, (started), 8 Laps, 2:09.5: 1. Ian Madsen (1); 2. Cory Eliason (2); 3. Don Droud Jr. (6) / 4. Daryn Pittman (3); 5. Tim Shaffer (4); 6. Parker Price-Miller (5); 7. Matt Juhl (7); 8. Tayler Malsam (9); 9. Rager Phillips (8); DNS – R.J. Johnson; Harli White;

Heat two Group #2, (started), 8 Laps, 2:10.8: 1. Brad Sweet (4); 2. Austin McCarl (2); 3. Greg Hodnett (3) / 4. Davey Heskin (6); 5. Mark Dobmeier (7); 6. Aaron Reutzel (5); 7. AJ Moeller (1); 8. Josh Schneiderman (8); 9. Chris Martin (9); 10. Dane Lorenc (10); DNS – Bob Weuve;

Heat 3 Group #2, (started), 8 Laps, 2:12.2: 1. Spencer Bayston (1); 2. Terry McCarl (2); 3. Sammy Swindell (3) / 4. Lynton Jeffrey (4); 5. Jamie Veal (6); 6. Jac Haudenschild (5); 7. Cole Duncan (7); 8. Tasker Phillips (8); 9. Chase Johnson (9); 10. Curtis Evans (10)

Pole Shuffle 1, (started), 2 Laps, 32.6: 1. Cory Eliason (1); 2. Brian Brown (2);

Pole Shuffle 2, (started), 2 Laps, 34.4: 1. Cory Eliason (1); 2. Sammy Swindell (2);

Pole Shuffle 3, (started), 2 Laps, 33.0: 1. Cory Eliason (1); 2. Chad Kemenah (2);

Pole Shuffle 4, (started), 2 Laps, 32.5: 1. Greg Hodnett (2); 2. Cory Eliason (1);

Pole Shuffle 5, (started), 2 Laps, 33.3: 1. Greg Hodnett (1); 2. Joey Saldana (2);

Pole Shuffle 6, (started) 2 Laps, 32.8: 1. Greg Hodnett (1); 2. Brad Sweet (2);

Pole Shuffle 7, (started), 2 Laps, 32.3: 1. Kerry Madsen (2); 2. Greg Hodnett (1);

B main Group #1, (started), 12 Laps, 3:24.2: 1. Brady Bacon (2); 2. Trey Starks (1); 3. Dominic Scelzi (8) / 4. Josh Baughman (6); 5. Dale Blaney (4); 6. Brooke Tatnell (10); 7. Lee Jacobs (5); 8. Justin Henderson (3); 9. Tim Kaeding (11); 10. Paul McMahan (16); 11. Jason Kendrick (11); 12. Sawyer Phillips (7); 13. Carson Macedo (15); 14. Dakota Hendrickson (12); 15. Matt Covington (19); 16. Wade Nygaard (13); 17. Mason Moore (17); 18. Paige Polyak (18); 19. Chase Wanner (20); 20. Jared Goerges (14); DNS – Tyler Bear; Wayne Johnson; Kyle Reinhardt; Sam Hafertepe, Jr.;

B main Group #2, (started), 12 Laps, NT: 1. Daryn Pittman (3); 2. Lynton Jeffrey (2); 3. Davey Heskin (8) / 4. Tim Shaffer (1); 5. Parker Price-Miller (5); 6. Mark Dobmeier (11); 7. Jac Haudenschild (7); 8. Jamie Veal (9); 9. Matt Juhl (10); 10. Cole Duncan (12); 11. Rager Phillips (13); 12. Tayler Malsam (20); 13. Tasker Phillips (14); 14. Chris Martin (16); 15. Dane Lorenc (18); 16. Curtis Evans (17); 17. Bob Weuve (19); 18. Chase Johnson (15); 19. Aaron Reutzel (6); 20. AJ Moeller (4); DNS – Josh Schneiderman; Danny Lasoski; Clint Garner; R.J. Johnson; Harli White

A main, (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. Brian Brown (8); 2. Kerry Madsen (1); 3. Brad Sweet (3); 4. Greg Hodnett (2); 5. Austin McCarl (10); 6. Ian Madsen (14); 7. Joey Saldana (4); 8. Danny Dietrich (9); 9. Chad Kemenah (6); 10. Davey Heskin (24); 11. Dusty Zomer (11); 12. Cory Eliason (5); 13. Daryn Pittman (20); 14. Sammy Swindell (7); 15. James McFadden (15); 16. Dominic Scelzi (23); 17. Thomas Kennedy (17); 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13); 19. Spencer Bayston (16); 20. Brady Bacon (19); 21. Don Droud Jr. (18); 22. Lynton Jeffrey (22); 23. Trey Starks (21); 24. Terry McCarl (12); Lap Leaders: Hodnett 1-3; Brown 4-5; Hodnett 6-10; Brown 11-25; Hard Charger: Heskin.

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