When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits Knoxville Raceway for the first time on 9 July, track star Brian Brown will have the opportunity to show what he can do in familiar territory. On Friday, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Brown will drive the #51 Toyota Tundra in the race, marking his NASCAR début. His longtime partner Casey’s General Stores and Busch’s Rowdy Energy will serve as sponsors; Rowdy is available at over 1,800 Casey’s stores.
“First of all I’m very thankful for this opportunity to make my NASCAR Camping World Truck debut at my favorite track Knoxville Raceway,” Brown wrote on social media. “There are so so many people to thank behind the scenes for helping put this together. What started off as a simple text message to Kyle has turned into a dream opportunity.
“None of this would be possible with out the continued great support from Casey’s. So very thankful for them allowing me to represent their great company in my truck debut.
“Being able to bring my long time partner Caseys together with my newest partner Rowdy Energy is a perfect match. Thanks to Rowdy Energy for not only letting me be a Rowdy Athlete but for supporting me in this newest adventure.
“Special thanks to KBM and Kyle Busch for giving a dirt guy with no truck experience a chance to drive for them on such a big stage.”
Brown has enjoyed great success in sprint car racing, especially at Knoxville where he boasts four 410 class championships in 2010, 2017, 2019, and 2020. He also won the track’s 360 division title in 2002. He became a Rowdy Energy athlete prior to the 2021 season, joining a roster that includes fellow dirt racer Rico Abreu, NHRA organisation Team Kalitta, and Formula D driver Ken Gushi.
“Brian has been a great ambassador for the Rowdy Energy brand this year and has an impressive résumé at Knoxville, so as the Camping World Truck Series visits the famed dirt track for the first time, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to get him behind the wheel of the #51 Tundra,” said Busch.
The previous week, the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) announced Brown as a driver in the special local track champions car when the nascent series heads to Knoxville on 19 June.
In addition to the full-time #4 and #18 of John Hunter Nemechek and Chandler Smith, KBM fields the #51 for multiple drivers. Drew Dollar and Parker Chase have driven the truck in their first series starts, while Busch and his Cup Series team-mate Martin Truex Jr. have won races in it; Truex’s win came in the series’ first dirt race at Bristol in March. The #51 currently leads the owner points after five races.