Brandon Brown’s No. 68 Chevrolet is quite recognizable these days. Oftentimes, the low-funded effort is running near the front of the Xfinity Series field, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone given Brown’s raw talent.
Now, he’s looking to make the playoffs for the second straight year. But before he does that, he also wants to get his family-run team into the Winner’s Circle.
BY JOSEPH WOLKIN, @JoeWolkin
“It was an incredible boost. It’s about getting taken seriously in the garage. Our playoff performance, even though we didn’t make it to the Round of 8, made them see we weren’t a fluke car in the playoffs. We were there and competitive. We’re being taken seriously outside of the garage with Team Chevy and everyone we work with.”
“We had more preparation time this offseason. Last year, we were newly in between two shops and getting everything figured out. This was easier to focus ahead and I could focus on training, looking at data from last year. It allows me to run a race through my head four to five times a week, rather than pulling up to the track and being like, ‘Let’s see how this goes.’ I can prep with Doug Randolph more. He’s all about preparation and thinking ahead.”
“When it’s been a long time since you’ve run up front consistently -- last time I did that, I was in late models -- there’s a time when you ask yourself if you get sponsorship, will I run up front? It’s much more rewarding to run up front before getting a full season partner and perform well. It gives me back my confidence that I know what I’m doing behind the wheel. I can perform when given the opportunity.”
“To win that first race in the Xfinity Series would be magical. I can’t picture doing it without knowing I’m probably going to cry. It’s been a ton of hard work from everybody. It would be the big payoff from a lot of money spent, a lot of long nights, arguments, sacrifices made growing up, not getting to do the things normal kids got to do, missing out on homecomings, proms, sleepovers and birthday parties. Was it worth it? Absolutely, 110 percent. It’s one of those things where it would be a fulfilling moment. It would show I’m ready for the next step.”