March 10, 2021
Lucas Oil Speedway Preseason Spotlight: Dwight Brown fit, fired up for USRA B-Mod racing return
WHEATLAND, MO. (March 10, 2021) - Dwight Brown had reached the stage of life that, if he wanted to chase his dream of driving a race car, it was decision time.
“I’m not getting any younger,” Brown said of his desire - some 20 years after last racing on dirt - to climb behind the wheel in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division this season at Lucas Oil Speedway.
But there was another factor involved before Brown could make his dream a reality. As his friend and highly regarded racing mind Jason Sivils pointed out - when approached by Brown about helping him last summer - Brown weighed 289 pounds.
While that is great for an offensive tackle, it’s not so wonderful for a race-car driver - or for a middle-aged man’s health.
So Brown, who trained as a boxer and body builder when younger, went to work.
“I got a diet plan and went on a program and lost weight,” Brown said. “I’m down to 216 now. Jason’s goal for me was 225. He said the car could be scaled and do what it’s supposed to do if I got down to there. I made it a personal goal of getting to 210. By April 1, I will be that.
“It’s been all about getting healthy and getting this old man getting back out on the track,” he added, with a chuckle.
So Brown, of Preston, is feeling good and is fired up to race for the first time since driving a Factory Stock and Modified two decades ago at Bolivar Speedway and Dallas County Speedway.
Brown said he quit racing back in the day because of family and job responsibilities.
“But it’s something I always loved,” Brown said of racing. And he’s remained involved in the sport over the years in other ways, including as a sponsor or extra hand in the pits helping out friends. Brown owns and operates Tri-Lakes RV and Parrish Tire and Alignment, both located in Bolivar.
“I was just your weekly guy who went out and done the best he could,” he said of his long-ago racing days. “Nothing big time. This is going to be my first big-time season, you could say.”
Brown, who’s 46, said anyone is only as old as they feel. And he’s clearly feeling great these days.
“I’m barely able to drink,” he said with a laugh. “I’m really 21 and I usually act about 16.”
He figures that if he’s getting back in, why not jump into the deep end at the region’s premier speedway against arguably the best B-Mod competition in the nation.
“The field of talent at Lucas … oh my God. Kris Jackson, all of those top guys,” Brown said. “The top five or six in the nation are usually there weekly. If you want to learn to race good and against the best, that’s the class to be in, I think. That’s what has me excited.
“The main thing is just getting healthy and just getting back out there. I feel like I have some unfinished business. My goals are basically to finish races, get some seat time and maybe creep up there. I’m running more as a points racer the next couple of years. Within five years, I want to be in the mix.”
Brown said he has a long list of people who have helped him get the car ready, starting with Sivils.
“I would say 100 percent, if it wasn’t for Jason, I wouldn’t be talking to you for this story,” Brown said. “These Modifieds have changed to much since I raced. His geometry and engineering mind, him explaining everything to me step by step, it’s priceless.”
Sponsors, in addition to Brown’s own businesses, include Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Team Outlaw Race Bodies, Great River Engineering, Yeoman Race Engines, Nakato Japanese Steakhouse, 99.1 Your Country/Benne Media, The Main Ranch, Ultraforce Machines, Wehr's Machine & Racing Products, H3 Graphics, Chris Claunch Media, RCR Designs, Dickerson Racing Shocks, Sunkist Tan, Rustic Roots, Hood’s Machine & Welding, Lucas Oil, Double H Motorsports, Eagle Machine and Boone's BBQ Barn.
Test & Tune coming up: Lucas Oil Speedway's Open Test & Tune is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. March 27 with pit passes $25. The Big Adventure Weekly Racing Series Spring Opener Presented by Benne Media is set for April 3 with the Missouri Metal Buildings ULMA Late Models in the spotlight with a $1,000-to-win main event sponsored by HICKAMO Country Store.
The Weekly Racing Series includes 14 events, from opening night through the Rempfer Memorial Season Championship on Aug. 28, which crowns season champions. Competing classes include Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds, Missouri Metal Buildings ULMA Late Models, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars.
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Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" lives up to its title.
Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the ninth season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, "Lake Lucas." New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.
Lucas Oil Speedway's dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.
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