Northern SportMods have flourished in their first season on the West Coast and Keith Brown Jr. of Pittsburg is one of two California drivers in the class at Super Nationals. He’ll take the green flag from 28th in today’s last-chance qualifier.
“We have made major changes during the time we’ve been here,” he said. “We were nowhere in the ballpark when we got here on Monday but we’ve come leaps and bounds since then.”
A former hobby stock and modified driver – he has a tattoo of an open-wheeled car on his right bicep – Brown took a five-year break from the sport before finding a new home in the seat of a SportMod.
With new sanctions in his home state next season, he’s hoping to make a serious bid for the national crown.
Super Nationals is the event to race with the best and Brown was looking forward to seeing how he measured up again today.
“This has been a lot of fun for us,” he said, “But Super Nationals has by far been the biggest learning curve I’ve ever had to take in.”
Sponsored in part by EQ, Brown is a third-generation driver. His father races modifieds and his grandfather Bill raced in a sportsman class, earning a California state championship.
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