KNOXVILLE, IA - After rain delays, qualifiers, many days of work and months of preparation, Saturday's FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores came down to just a few laps with two familiar competitors fighting a pitched battle.<br />
And when the checkered flag flew, for the third time in three years, two-time Knoxville Raceway track champion Brian Brown found himself second to five-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz.<br />
With ten to go, Brown, who was running second in his FVP/Casey's General Stores car after starting fourth in the feature, closed the gap on Schatz, who had led most of the A main.<br />
"I just didn't know how I was going to beat him," Brown said. "I pulled my wing back a little bit - I kind of laid left on my left rear. I got myself a little more plugged in there. It was like we just took back off.<br />
"I don't know if the bottom slowed down or if I got better but we were able to catch (Schatz) there with (7 to go). I knew myself I probably should be going that quick to pass him because I knew if I showed him he was going to get his elbows up. I felt like if I were to get caught up on the cushion I wasn't going to get the opportunity so I had to go. I got by him
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