By Fully Injected Motorsports:

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (August 7, 2023) – It was a finish for the ages in Knoxville Raceway’s annual 360 Knoxville Nationals, not only witnessing “Blackjack” Brian Brown conclude the event with a last lap takeover to claim his second 360 Nationals crown – his first since 2014 – but doing so by a fraction of a second, barely edging Clute, Texas’ Aaron Reutzel in a drag race to the line. The final margin of victory was just two-hundredths of second, diamonding off the fourth corner to slingshot by the former All Star champion just before the flagstand.

For his efforts, Brown earned a $20,000 payday; $20,000 for the victory with a $500 lap bonus for leading the final circuit. Reutzel, who was ultimately conquered in a two-lap, green-white-checkered conclusion, had led every lap up until the final takeover.

An impressive conclusion was commenced by an impressive preliminary effort by Brown, launching his respective 360 Knoxville Nationals campaign with a runner-up finish in Friday’s program. The Higginsville, Missouri, native started fifth on Friday’s preliminary grid, charging forward in a hurry before waging an all-out war on leader Parker Price-Miller. Despite countless attempts, pressure, and sliders, Price-Miller prevailed, forcing Brown to take a backseat. 

Brown is now a six-time winner in 2023.

“Sh–, I just wanted to win!” said Brown in Victory Lane in honor of Jason Johnson’s quote at the 2016 Knoxville Nationals. Incidentally, Johnson topped Donny Schatz that year by the same two-hundredths of a second margin. “That’s for you Jason Johnson! I’m thankful for that red. I saw Tyler Swank (Reutzel’s crew chief) kind of telling him what to do. It helped my gameplan a little bit, because I didn’t know what he was going to do. He’s a great racecar driver. I knew he was going to slide himself (in one and two) and I knew I got a run. I knew my best chance was to take the bottom of three and four. I hit it pretty good, came off of turn four on the white and was going to slide him. He went to the middle, and I thought Christmas came early. I got such a good run down the backstretch and about got by him. He slid me across and I got it turned. I was either going to come back on the trailer or hold this trophy right here! He’s a great competitor. All week long, that’s who I wanted to race for the win. He’s the best there is at Knoxville right now. He probably had the better car, we just got lucky at the end and got the win.”

Brian Brown and Brian Brown Racing will continue their 2023 campaign with the coveted Knoxville Nationals, awarding $185,000-to-win, beginning Wednesday, August 9.

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Top-fives: 17
Top-tens: 24
Wins: 6

Kicked-off 2023 campaign with back-to-back 14th-place scores against the All Star Circuit of Champions at Volusia Speedway Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7-8. Recorded back-to-back World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series top-five finishes at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday, March 5; fifth and third during the Spring Showdown opener and DIRTcar Nationals make-up feature, respectively. Finished ninth from 18th in Lakeside Speedway’s High Limit Sprint Car Series event on April 11. Rallied from 21st to finish ninth in 34 Raceway’s High Limit Sprint Car Series event on Tuesday, April 25; earned a $1,200 bonus for his efforts. Charged from 13th to finish fourth in Eldora Speedway’s Let’s Race Two finale on Saturday, May 6. Hard charged his way from 25th (provisional) to fourth during High Limit Sprint Car Series action at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 16. Finished seventh during POWRi 410 action at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, on Friday, May 19. Won first feature of the season at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday, May 20; started seventh, 61st career win. Finished fourth during Knoxville Raceway start on Saturday, May 27. Won second feature of the season during Knoxville Raceway start on Saturday, June 3; 62nd career win at the Sprint Car Capital of the World. Earned back-to-back podium finishes against World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Knoxville Raceway; a win on Friday, June 9, and a runner-up finish on Saturday, June 10. Finished second in POWRi start at I-70 Motorsports Park on Friday, June 16. Finished fourth in Knoxville Raceway’s Border Battle on Saturday, June 17. Qualified for Huset’s Speedway’s $250,000-to-win High Bank Nationals; finished 18th. In addition, finished seventh in Friday’s High Bank Nationals preliminary. Earned fourth feature victory of 2023 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday, July 8; started eighth. Finished fourth in his respective Eldora Million preliminary feature on Wednesday, July 12. Finished sixth in Eldora Speedway’s Eldora Million A-Main on Thursday, July 13. Earned fifth feature victory of 2023 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday, July 22; led every lap. Earned back-to-back top-ten scores with the All Star Circuit of Champions at I-70 Motorsport Park and Knoxville Raceway on Friday and Saturday, July 28-29; finished ninth and fifth. Finished second in 360 Knoxville Nationals preliminary feature on Friday, August 4. Won 2023 360 Knoxville Nationals main event on Saturday, August 5; sixth victory of 2023.

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