NASCAR’s damaged vehicle policy gives teams six minutes to fix what’s wrong or it’s over. There’s no formal damaged career policy, but Brandon Brown has been six months into what is clearly an unrecoverable plunge for the Xfinity Series pilot.
Brown revealed that he has all but given up on the current season. Given the nature of the problem, NASCAR’s future looks just as bleak as the present.
Brandon Brown cuts his remaining schedule
There are 14 races left in the Xfinity Series, starting this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Brandon Brown expects to be racing in the #68 Chevy in just a handful.
Brown revealed last week that NASCAR Cup Series regular Austin Dillon will be driving the No. 68 Camaro in Indianapolis because Brandonbilt Motorsports couldn’t get the sponsorship money to run that car. Instead, Brown will drive the No. 47 Mike Harmon Racing.
Brown, 28, is 14e in points, and only 12 drivers qualify for the playoffs. Driving Harmon’s car isn’t going to do much for his chances of cutting in the 66 points below the cut line where he resides.
“At the moment, with all the no’s I have in my sponsor corner, I have to say it looks like there will be other drivers driving the #68,” Brown said, according to Frontstretch. .
Beyond this weekend, the only dates Brown is sure to keep are superspeedway races at Daytona and Talladega.
“Other than that? No, not really,” he conceded.
Brandonbilt will focus on selling rides to other drivers to recoup some of the capital costs of operating a team. This should prevent them from diving too far down the owner points list.
Brandon Brown is looking for alternatives to the Xfinity series
The future is a big question mark for Brandon Brown, who has three top-10 finishes in 19 Xfinity Series starts this year. He broke through last season to claim his first Xfinity victory in three part-time and three full-time seasons and finished 16e in points with a chronically underfunded team.
The team remains underfunded and Brown admits he is looking in other directions for the future.
“I’m going to have to start working pretty hard to get some sponsorship for myself to maybe try some other cars,” Brown told the website. “Maybe try to work in different series.”
Prospects may not be brighter as there is still some baggage to overcome from last season’s win at Talladega. Hence the brouhaha “Let’s Go, Brandon”.
Anti-Joe Biden chanting in Talladega sparked a chain of events
Brandon Brown points to the aftermath of Talladega as what his racing career obituary will one day cite as the beginning of the end. He had nothing to do with the anti-Joe Biden chant but immediately identified closely with it.
January rolled around and his best sponsorship opportunity was a cryptocurrency deal that NASCAR ultimately rejected due to its political connection. Others who had supported him in the past walked away from what has become a controversial “brand”.
The problem could continue to bother Brown from next weekend. He has the Mike Harmon Racing lap in Indianapolis, but other phone calls either don’t return or get bad news.
“Their partners are going to have to approve or disapprove of Brandon Brown being in the car,” he said.
All statistics courtesy of Race reference.
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