THROWBACK: When Brandon Brown Made a Splash at Charlotte Roval

Published 10/09/2021, 1:17 AM EDT
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 28: Brandon Brown, driver of the #68 Brandonbilt Foundations Chevrolet, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Last year at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, there was heavy rain during the race. Poor old Brandon Brown found that out the hard way when his car slithered off the track and onto the grass. Then, his car ran over a massive puddle and sent a tonne of water airborne. As a result, he ended his race all the way down in 26th place.

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However, he was not the only driver in trouble that day. The race started off dry, but with overcast skies, and Brett Moffitt ended up being the first driver in trouble. Apparently, he picked up a right rear puncture that pitched him into a spin. Later on, the heavens opened, and Kyle Weatherman became the first to fall afoul. To be precise, his car slid off the track and speared into the tire barrier.

 

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The next victim was Chase Briscoe, who spun from fifth place on the track. On exiting one of the chicanes, he got on the gas a touch too early and spun. From there, the conditions got worse, as several cars spun off the track, including Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain. Next up was AJ Allmendinger, who performed a quick 360° spin.

What happened to Brandon Brown and his rivals?

The next driver to turn in an unexpected ballet audition was Cody Ware, while Noah Gragson had his second spin. This time, it was not his fault, as Riley Herbst tagged him out. Later on, there was a multi-car crash involving Herbst, Allmendinger, and many more. During the second stage, Josh Williams was the latest spinner after Brandon Brown tagged him into a spin.

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DOVER, DELAWARE – OCTOBER 05: Michael Annett, driver of the #1 TMC Transportation Chevrolet, leads Brandon Brown, driver of the #86 Jabs Construction Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Truthfully speaking, it just wasn’t Gragson’s day, because he had yet another spin. Later on, in the same spot, Ryan Sieg spun, but he was able to rejoin the race.

Other spinners included Alex Labbe, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Myatt Snider, and CJ McLaughlin, who spun twice. Riley Herbst spun again, and Stephen Leicht clipped his stricken car. Leicht later collided with Justin Allgaier, and in a separate incident, Chase Briscoe spun.

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In the end, AJ Allmendinger survived to win the race.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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