A race car driver usually only thinks about one thing: winning.
Unloading the car at the track, driving it into Victory Lane, and celebrating with friends, family and supporters is everything a driver envisions when they start the operation.
Often, family is a major part of that winning success. And even though the road may be complete with a checkered flag, one Oregon driver is suddenly missing one of the most important pieces to the team.
Deven Brown, a dirt racer at Coos Bay Speedway, lost his mom this week after a long illness.
“She was my number one fan, no doubt about it,” Brown said. “There at the end, she couldn’t drive, so every Thursday before the race she was trying to book a ride if we were racing — she was going to make sure she was there.”
Saturday, just one day before the passing of his mother, Brown competed in racing action at Coos Bay, because he knew that was what she wanted him to do. Although he couldn’t score the victory in the A-Feature, he was able to hoist the trophy at the end of the five-lap Trophy Dash in the NASCAR Super Late Model division.
“My mom and dad, we used to go to races together, that’s all we did. We’ve always been into racing,” Brown said. “I raced karts when I was younger, and she told us to go and race. We went out there, and I told her on Saturday I was going to bring her back home a trophy. We pulled it off in the dash. That is the win that means the most to me.”
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Tuesday, in his first start behind the wheel since her passing, Brown captured the checkered flag in the Sportsman Late Model division at Coos Bay. Shortly after crossing under the black and white stripe to seal the win, the emotion started flowing.
“I asked dad if he wanted to go to the track and put some laps in, and we decided to go do it,” Brown said. “It’s been a little bit of a rough season, there is a lot to learn with this division, we so we went out to get some testing and tuning done. It really helped us out.”
Even though his time actually driving hasn’t been for long, Brown has been in racing for years, as he mentions, with Brown Trucking and Development, one of two family businesses.
“We started racing last year, we always sponsored the track, and we sponsored a car for a few years, and then we decided we just wanted to buy a car,” Brown said. “We picked up one that came out of Lebanon Valley, and we ran the Sportsman Late Models last year six or seven races, as much as we could. We just figured we’d run the Super Late Models this year.”
Even though the next steps are not going to be easy with the largest part of his racing team, Brown is still hoping to keep his career going. He wants to bring more trophies home to the house for his late mother.
“She’s definitely going to be in the car with me, she wanted to be cremated, so we are having something made for me to clamp into the steering wheel. It’s going to be something that will keep her with us,” Brown said. “She was a huge part of our racing. She really enjoyed it the most.”
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Cody Jolly, Kevin Neal and Andrew Durham were idle last weekend and remain 1-2-3 in the Divsion II standings. Jolly has 10 wins, 15 top fives and 19 top 10s for 493 points racing his B-Mod on the dirt tracks at Oklahoma’s Salina Highbanks Speedway, Thunderbird Speedway and Kansas’ Huboldt Speedway. Kevin Neal leads the Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series at North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium and has three win, 11 top fives and 15 top 10s for 398 points, while Bowman Gray racer Andrew Dunham has 398 points.
Jason Michaud picked up a second and a fourth in the Power Stock Division at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway to move from fifth top the top of the Division III standings. Michaud has a win, 10 top fives and 14 top 10s in 14 starts for 334 points, four more than Billy Gregg. Gregg, who races in Bowman Gray’s Street Stock division, was off this past weekend. Elko’s Taylor Goldman jumped from seventh to third.
The top three in Divsion IV also did not race this past weekend. Defending division champion Justin Roelofs (342) and Corey Holtzander (335) are 1-2 racing at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway, while Kevin Canter of Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway is fifth at 328.
Luke Ramsey (I-80 Speedway in Nebraska and Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa) collected a pair of top-five finishes to increase his Division V leading total to 450 points. He has 13 wins, 26 top fives and 31 top 10s in 34 starts. Chris Vannausdle and Buddy Haidsiak III, who also race at I-80 and Adams County, are second and third, respectively with 444 and 374 points.
Matthew Kimball picked up his third win of the season in the Mini Stock Division at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway and leads the UNOH Youth Achievement Award national standings with 383 points. Jagger Jones had another pair of top five finishes to move back into second with 359 points. He has four wins and 16 top fives in 22 starts at California’s Irwindale Speedway and Kern County Raceway Park as well as South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway. Marcello Rufrano, racing at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Motorsports Park, is one point behind Jones. The UNOH Youth Achievement Award is open to NASCAR drivers between the ages of 14-17 – drivers may accumulate points until their 18th birthday – and are based on the best 14 finishes regardless of division.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower. Division II through V and the UNOH Youth Achievement Award are determined by a driver’s best 14 NASCAR points finishes.