Brandon Brown (racing Driver)
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Brandon Brown Racing Driver
Brandon Brown
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Brown at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August 2021
BornBrandon L. Brown
(1993-09-14) September 14, 1993 (age 29)
Woodbridge, Virginia
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
136 races run over 7 years
Car no., teamNo. 68 (Brandonbilt Motorsports)
No. 47 (Mike Harmon Racing)
No. 5/78 (B.J. McLeod Motorsports)
No. 02 (Our Motorsports)
2021 position16th
Best finish11th (2020)
First race2016 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (Richmond)
Last race2022 Andy's Frozen Custard 300 (Texas)
First win2021 Sparks 300 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 19 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
22 races run over 4 years
2017 position97th
Best finish25th (2016)
First race2014 American Ethanol 200 (Iowa)
Last race2017 Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of February 26, 2022.

Brandon L. Brown[1] (born September 14, 1993) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving for several teams including the No. 68 Chevrolet Camaro for Brandonbilt Motorsports.

Brown unwittingly became associated with politics after winning the 2021 Sparks 300, when NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast's misstating of a crowd chant led to "Let's Go Brandon" becoming a political slogan used against U.S. President Joe Biden.

Racing career

Early career

Brown first started racing when he was ten, driving go-karts at King George Speedway before moving to dirt track racing, winning the 2006 World Karting Association Mid-South Region Jr. championship. Two years later, he won the Jr. Restricted Light and Heavy Division championships, followed by the VDKA Series and Jr. Restricted Light and Heavy Division championships in 2009.[2] In 2010, Brown began competing in the Whelen All-American Series with family-owned Brandonbilt Motorsports,[3] winning a race and eventually the Virginia Rookie of the Year Award.[2] The next year, he won three races at Old Dominion Speedway.[4]

NASCAR

Brown's No. 68 Xfinity car in 2019

In 2014, Brown made his Camping World Truck Series debut at Iowa Speedway,[4] finishing 25th after starting 27th.[5] He made two more starts in the year, with a best finish of 19th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.[6]

The following year, he attempted eight races but failed to qualify for three. After starting the season with a 29th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway,[7] he ended the year with a best finish of 14th at Dover International Speedway.[6]

In the 2016 season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Brown finished a career-best fourth place.[8] Brown made his Xfinity Series debut at his home track of Richmond International Raceway in September 2016. Brown increased his Xfinity Series schedule in 2017, with intentions of running ten races in addition to select Truck races.[9]

After driving a full-time Xfinity Series schedule in 2019 for 2 teams, Brown drove the No. 68 Chevrolet for Brandonbilt Motorsports the following year. He made his first appearance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs, finishing 12th in the regular-season standings, but was eliminated following the first round.[10]

In 2021, Brown tied his best career finish with a sixth at Daytona,[11] followed by an eighth-place finish at the Daytona Road Course.[12] He improved on his best finish at Phoenix when he finished third after various leaders were forced into the wall on an overtime restart.

At the Sparks 300 at Talladega in October 2021, Brown was in contention throughout the latter part of the race after escaping the first big wreck that took place on lap 88. As the race started late in the day because of the Truck race that was completed just earlier, there was a chance that the race would be called early if another caution had come out as it was starting to get dark. With a push from behind, Brown, who was not in the playoffs, was able to narrowly get ahead of Brandon Jones and Justin Allgaier in time when the final caution of the race came out with 13 to go due to another big crash. The race was ultimately called with five laps to go due to darkness, and Brown would score his first career Xfinity Series win in his 114th start.[13]

Sponsorships

Coastal Carolina University, Brown's alma mater, served as a primary sponsor on Brown's truck and Xfinity car during the early part of his career.[9][14]

When his team was struggling to find sponsorship during the 2021 season, Brown made a Twitter video in June 2021, dressing up as a 'used car salesman' in an attempt to promote his team and find available sponsors for upcoming races.[15] The video paid off as Brandonbilt Motorsports announced they had secured enough sponsorship, including one from American PetroLog, a provider of logistics services for the petrochemical industry, as well as cryptocurrency company TradeTheChain.com, to finish off the rest of the season.[16]

"Let's Go Brandon"

After his first win at Talladega, Brown was being interviewed at the start-finish line by NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast, when many in the crowd began to chant "Fuck Joe Biden."[17] Stavast, who may have misheard the chant,[18][19] stated, "You can hear the chants from the crowd, 'Let's go, Brandon!'"[20]

This gave rise to the political slogan "Let's Go Brandon" as a euphemism against Biden. Brown initially responded to the new political slogan with the lighthearted tweet, "To all the other Brandons out there, You're welcome! Let's go us".[21] However, he was privately ambivalent about the phrase, because it overshadowed his Talladega win and threatened to scare off corporate sponsors, who were leery of controversy.[22] His plan originally was to simply ignore the phrase, but as several months passed and it remained in widespread use, he worried that his silence was perceived as a tacit endorsement of the sentiment.[22] Later that month, the Associated Press reported that Brown's Brandonbilt Motorsports team, which is family owned, was struggling to acquire sponsorship as companies were hesitant to support him due to his indirect association with the chant and its political undertones.[23][24]

In December 2021, he broke his silence on the matter in an interview with The New York Times in which he stated that, though he was a Republican, he wanted "to appeal to everybody" and had "zero desire to be involved in politics". Brown expressed his wishes for the slogan to instead be used in a positive context.[22] He also published an op-ed in Newsweek, in which he took a more mixed stance, stating that he was "not going to endorse anyone", but that he was "not going to hesitate to speak about issues I am passionate about, or the problems we face together as Americans".[25]

For the 2022 Henry 180 at Road America, Brown's No. 68 car promoted the children's book Brandon Spots His Sign by Sheletta Brundidge. The book follows her son Brandon, who has autism, and his interpretation of the phrase as a motivational message for him to try new activities. The Brundidges attended the race as special guests of the team and gave out copies of the book at the track. Brown described the partnership as a "breakthrough moment for us" that proved "this can be positive. This can be good. It doesn't have to be hateful or divisive."[26]

LGBCoin sponsorship

On December 30, 2021, Brown announced that meme coin Let's Go Brandon Coin (LGBCoin) would become his primary sponsor for the full 2022 season.[27] However, the sponsorship was rejected by NASCAR, who added that it had not been approved at the time of Brown's announcement. Brandonbilt Motorsports and LGBCoin's investors disputed NASCAR's statement, citing communications between the team and NASCAR officials, while LGBCoin manager James Koutoulas threatened legal action.[28] Brown eventually signed a two-year personal endorsement deal with LGBCoin.[29]

A January 2022 Change.org petition by LGBCoin claimed Brown's existing sponsors withdrew their funding as the chant grew in popularity before deleting the allegation. 2021 associate sponsors The Mohawk Foundation and Shenandoah Shine answered in the contrary, with the former's founder Ryne Hoover noting a lack of response from Brown following his Talladega win while the latter's Garrett Delph said sponsors had been "forced out" by LGBCoin. Nevertheless, they expressed willingness to resume their support should they reconcile with Brown.[30] Original Larry's Hard Lemonade Brewing Company, who was the team's primary sponsor at Talladega, severed ties as Larry's owner Vic Reynolds voiced his frustration with Brown focusing on a dubious sponsor over committing to those already backing him; Reynolds later clarified he and Brown were still close friends but felt "betrayed" by Brown's actions.[31][30] On January 13, Brown posted a Twitter statement explaining Brandonbilt had yet to renew sponsorship deals for 2022 during the offseason and that LGBCoin presented a "dream come true offer." He also apologized to his previous sponsors for his silence and maintained his goal to change "Let's Go Brandon" into a positive phrase.[32]

Prior to the 2022 Xfinity season, Brandonbilt Motorsports hired a sales staff to search for sponsorship.[33] Ahead of the first race at Daytona, where merchandise with the phrase was prominently displayed by fans, Brown remarked to the AP that he hoped "they know it's for me and they're pulling for me. [...] Let's go Brandon to get to Victory Lane."[31] In February 2022, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a lawsuit against Bitconnect that the Securities Act of 1933 extends to targeted solicitation using social media.[34] In April 2022, a class-action lawsuit was filed in Florida against the LGBcoin cryptocurrency company, Brown, NASCAR, and political commentator Candace Owens alleging that the defendants made false or misleading statements about the LGBcoin and that the founders of the company had engaged in a pump and dump scheme.[35]

Personal life

Brown graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2018 with a degree in communication;[36] he was also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.[2] The school serves as a primary sponsor on Brown's truck and Xfinity car.[9][37]

His father and team owner, Jerry Brown, underwent "aggressive" treatment for cancer after being diagnosed during a routine check-up on April 7, 2020.[38] He revealed that his father was cancer-free on August 26 after a five month battle.[39]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2016 Brandonbilt Motorsports 86 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH
29
CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN
25
TEX PHO HOM
23
117th 01 [40]
2017 90 DAY ATL
23
LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH
25
TAL CLT DOV
17
POC MCH
33
IOW DAY
37
KEN
DNQ
NHA IND IOW
29
GLN MOH BRI
25
ROA DAR
20
RCH
27
CHI KEN DOV
25
CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 36th 110 [41]
2018 86 DAY
36
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI HOM
24
42nd 94 [42]
90 RCH
19
TAL DOV
28
CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR
18
IND LVS RCH CLT DOV
22
KAN TEX
18
PHO
2019 86 DAY
18
ATL
13
LVS
17
PHO
15
CAL
15
TEX
17
BRI
23
TAL
15
DOV
13
POC
13
MCH
26
IOW
31
CHI
22
DAY
6
KEN
17
NHA
16
IOW
27
GLN
18
BRI
12
ROA
37
DAR
33
IND
28
LVS
16
RCH
34
DOV
11
KAN
18
TEX
25
PHO
20
15th 574 [43]
RSS Racing 93 Chevy RCH
20
Brandonbilt Motorsports 68 Chevy CLT
20
MOH
24
CLT
17
HOM
13
2020 DAY
7
LVS
11
CAL
33
PHO
12
DAR
13
CLT
8
BRI
7
ATL
12
HOM
14
HOM
36
TAL
11
POC
33
IND
11
KEN
27
KEN
13
TEX
10
KAN
11
ROA
12
DAY
34
DOV
14
DOV
16
DAY
26
DAR
17
RCH
18
RCH
11
BRI
12
LVS
15
TAL
9
CLT
26
KAN
13
TEX
5
MAR
18
PHO
12
11th 2170 [44]
2021 DAY
6
DAY
8
HOM
34
LVS
11
PHO
3
ATL
33
MAR
27
TAL
7
DAR
24
DOV
10
COA
26
CLT
4
MOH
6
TEX
13
NSH
35
POC
15
ROA
11
ATL
31
NHA
17
GLN
12
IND
34
MCH
40
DAY
34
DAR
28
RCH
8
BRI
14
LVS
22
TAL
1
CLT
22
TEX
33
KAN
14
MAR
36
PHO
20
16th 620 [45]
2022 DAY
10
CAL
11
LVS
29
PHO
13
ATL
18
COA
20
RCH
8
MAR
34
TAL
30
DOV
18
DAR
35
TEX
15
CLT
17
PIR
12
NSH
11
ROA
34
ATL
33
NHA
3
POC
13
MCH
13
DAY
4
TEX
24
TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO -* -* [46]
Mike Harmon Racing 47 Chevy IND
34
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 5 Chevy GLN
32
BRI
38
78 DAR
29
Our Motorsports 02 Chevy KAN
17

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2014 Brandonbilt Motorsports 86 Chevy DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW
25
ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA
19
LVS TAL MAR
24
TEX PHO HOM 46th 64 [47]
2015 DAY ATL
29
MAR
DNQ
KAN CLT
DNQ
DOV
14
TEX GTW IOW KEN
25
ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA
27
LVS TAL MAR
DNQ
TEX PHO HOM
32
39th 93 [48]
2016 DAY
4
ATL
19
MAR
14
KAN
12
DOV
31
CLT
26
TEX IOW
24
KEN
20
ELD
22
POC
24
BRI
23
MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL
25
MAR TEX PHO HOM 25th 153 [49]
MAKE Motorsports GTW
32
2017 Martins Motorsports 44 Chevy DAY
DNQ
ATL MAR
27
KAN 97th 01 [50]
Brandonbilt Motorsports 86 Chevy CLT
DNQ
DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

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