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Brown takes lead into ICAR event

Andy Brown has been down the road a time or two in his late model and four-cylinder racing career when it comes to chasing season championships. Brown is the 2007 ICAR Late Model Series champion and has earned many wins and titles over the last decade.

The Spokane native brings a 26-point lead over Bart Hector Jr. in the chase for the 2012 ICAR championship as the series returns to Spokane County Raceway for a 75-lap showdown Saturday. With only one race on the schedule after the weekend’s event, Brown notes that the experience he has in chasing year-end awards should bode well for his team.

“The experience is always a benefit toward the end of the year as the younger guys that are chasing us (Hector and third-place driver Jason O’Neil) have the pressure on them because they know we’ve been here before,” Brown said. “It’s a long season full of ups and downs and we know anything can happen. With our team having gone through this several times in the past, it makes it easier to handle little issues that may come up during the race.”

Running a crate engine program that allows for a weight break in the ICAR series and in races that Brown runs on the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association has given his race team the chance to focus on how the car handles rather than just horsepower numbers.

“The crate engine program has been the biggest key to our success this year I have to say,” he said. “Having it in the car with the weight break (up to 100 pounds lighter than the competition) has allowed us to try the things we’re doing with the set-ups that we may not have done in the past (with an INSSA motor package).”

ICAR time trials are set for 6 p.m. Saturday night at Spokane County Raceway with the 75-lap main event the final race on the evening’s schedule. To learn more log onto or

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