After struggling to a fifth-place finish in his heat race in the weekly program at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday – and a DNF on Friday in a World of Outlaws race at Junction Motor Speedway near McCool Junction, Neb. – Brian Brown and his team got to work on the car to fix the problem.

The discovery of an engine problem helped Grain Valley sprint car driver Brian Brown get back on track this weekend.

After struggling to a fifth-place finish in his heat race in the weekly program at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday – and a DNF on Friday in a World of Outlaws race at Junction Motor Speedway near McCool Junction, Neb. – Brown and his team got to work on the car to fix the problem.

“On Friday and Saturday, I really felt something was off,” Brown said. “In the heat, we were six-tenths off the fastest car. It wasn’t running off the corner very well. Chad (Morgan) and the guys decided to check the timing, and it was off. Derek (Beckman) was shocked when he adjusted the timing, and that told us we had a short somewhere. There ended up being a crack in the mag cap, which could have been there for three or four weeks.”

After fixing that, Brown started fourth in the feature and quickly moved his way up front and pulled away for the victory.

“Once we changed the mag, it was a whole new ballgame, and the Ostrich Racing Engine was really good, like I knew it would be,” Brown said. “We got a really good start on Seth (Brahmer) on the outside, and we were able to get rolling.”

The night was even more special because his grandfather, George Lasoski, was inducted into the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame during the intermission.

“I know that there would be no Brian Brown Racing or even Brian Brown the sprint car driver without George Lasoski,” Brown said. “From day one, he’s been the one to get me into racing. He’s been a big supporter for me, not only in racing, but in life. If something goes wrong, he’s the one I call.”

Brown returned to action Tuesday night in Sedalia with the Kasey’s King of Sedalia World of Outlaws program featured NASCAR star Kasey Kahne. He also race in the American Sprint Car Series-Midwest in Nebraska two nights this week and finish Saturday at Knoxville.

VALLEY SPEEDWAY: Last Friday was a good night for Phil Heavelow of Buckner.

Heavelow not only won his heat race, but outdueled brothers Bobby and Richard Layne of Kansas City to take first in the Midwest Outlaw Lightning Sprints (MOLS) feature in the weekly Friday open-wheel program at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley.

In the Valley Sprints feature, J.D. Black of Grain Valley saw his three-race winning streak come to a close when he finished third while nemesis Kenny Potter of Harrisonville took the checkered flag. Black and Chad Shields of Grain Valley also won heat races.

Tom Nading of Grain Valley won a 600cc Micro Sprints heat race but could only manage a seventh-place finish in the feature. Stanley Kreisel of Warsaw, Mo., won the feature.

In the Mod Lites feature, David Raffurty of Kansas City took the victory. Michael Raffurty of Independence was fourth.

In Saturday’s weekly stock car program, Gunner Martin of Blue Springs won his heat and then took the feature checkered flag in the B-Mods division.

Joshua Stephens of Buckner only finished fifth in his A-Mods heat race but bounced back to claim the feature victory over points leader Josh Poe of Drexel, Mo.

Gary McGinnis of Blue Springs finished last in his heat race, but he also rebounded for the Dirt Demons class feature win.

Only Dale Eaton of St. Joseph kept the Street Stock feature from being an Independence sweep. Eaton won and was followed by Independence drivers Jerry Schmidt, Anthony Ward, Bobby Ruff and Jeremiah Stephens. Schmidt and Ward also won their respective heat races.