by Mike Adaskaveg
Merced Sun Star
Life is a highway for Chowchilla racer Randy Brown and his young family. Racing in North Dakota this week, and Oregon two weeks ago, the Browns will be back at Merced Speedway when the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) modifieds are headlining the show on Saturday night.
“We’re in the hunt for the Merced Speedway IMCA Modified championship,” Brown explained by phone from North Dakota. “We haven’t been up that high in the standings in a long time, so we’re going for it. A Merced championship would mean a lot to us.”
Brown is sandwiched between 2013 Champ Bill Egleston of Atwater, with 246 points and many-time champ Ramie Stone of Winton with 240 points. He leads Stone by a mere point.
Coming off a big Merced County Fair race victory, Brown finished second to Bakersfield’s Robby Sawyer in the IMCA modified feature at the Tim Post Classic. He has the momentum to capture the championship title. His only IMCA championship to date has been at Chowchilla Fair Speedway, which is not operating this season.
Brown, unlike many drivers, started his driving career in the top class – modifieds – in 2006. He and his dad, D.C. Brown, fielded both IMCA Modifieds and SportMods for the past decade.
“We learn a lot on the road, but there is nothing like racing in front of the hometown crowd,” Brown said.
In the decade since he began tracing, brown has married and is raising a family. His wife, Sabrina, daughter Kenzie, and son Kaylin are all in the pits, watching and helping their dad from his car hauler.
“We travel together as much as we can,” Brown said. “There is a lot for your family to experience by taking trips to other states.”
Both children have started racing careers of their own – driving go-karts locally.
Brown has three cars presently being raced. He took one IMCA modified to the Dakotas, along with crewman Tanner Mah. His other IMCA modified is in Chowchilla being prepared for Saturday’s race by crew members Nick Tucker and Chuck Crews. The third car is an IMCA SportMod, driven by Bakersfield’s Levi Keifer. Keifer won the Tim Post Memorial two weeks ago in Brown’s car.
The Merced County Fair race was a thriller, as Brown was able to hold off challenges from Paul Stone, who is considered one of the top IMCA modified drivers in the country.
Stone and Brown are friendly foes – often hanging out as the Californians when they visit far away places.
“If you can run with Paul Stone, then your doing pretty well,” Brown said. “He’ll be away Saturday night, but I’ll have to deal with Ramie Stone – he’s just as good.”
This Saturday Night at Merced Speedway
IMCA Modifieds and IMCA SportMods, along with Hobby Stocks and Vintage Valley Sportsman comprise the Saturday night program.
Chowchilla’s Rick Diaz (293 points) is still in front of the crowd in the IMCA SportMod standings. He’s being chased by Winton’s Steve Stone (281 points). Mike Drake of Turlock (267 points) is within striking distance of the top two.
The Hobby Stock division is still led by Atwater husband and wife Michael Shearer (170 points) and Kristie Shearer (143 points). Robbie Loquaci of Madera (123 points) is third.
Racing begins at 7 p.m. Grandstand Opens at 5 p.m.
Program will be approximately 3 hours or less.
Seniors 65 and older $10.00
Students with an ID – 13 to 17 – $10.00
Children 6 to 2 $5.00
Kids 5 and under FREE
Family Pack 2 adults and 2 children $30.00