Dave Brown Stole Round 7 Race at ALMS Portland Grand Prix Win
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Dave Brown Stole Round 7 Race at ALMS Portland Grand Prix Win
Portland, Oregon - Last time around in Portland International Raceway, points leader Dave Brown finished second in the K&N Engineering/Works/Goodsport Racing Mitsubishi EVO8, leaving the famous Northwest racetrack with a little disappointment and at the same time saw second place overall Dale Sievwright close in the points standings.

As the Hankook U.S. Touring Car Championship racing field took the track for practice on Friday, Brown saw his lap times not to par with the rest of the field. Instead the Dodge SRT-4 marques of Curt Simmons (Cornwell Tools/Sunnyvale Dodge Dealer Dodge SRT-4) and Dino Hamilton (GojiRaceTeam.com Dodge SRT-4) and the MBO Motorsports/ AutoSourceMotoring.com/PPG Honda of Pete Bovenberg took the top practice times. After a few set up adjustment, Brown was able to lock in second position after qualifying on Saturday, behind Pole Winner Simmons in the SRT-4. The K&N/Goodsports Racing crew team did an awesome job with setting up our Mitsubishi machine. The goal was to get the car in the front row and be able to exploit the all wheel drive of the EVO on the standing start and it paid off. Brown said. Simmons was extremely happy with his first career USTCC pole as well.

At the drop of the green flag, Brown with the all wheel advantage in the #8 Evo quickly got off the line ahead of pole sitter Simmons in the #49 SRT-4. As the field approached Turn one Festival Curve with Brown in the lead, the rest came in almost three wide. Pete Bovenberg in the #94 Civic who started in fourth position got a great launch ahead of Dino Hamilton in the Dodge SRT-4 who started in third. As Bovenberg passed Hamilton for third, it allowed Dale Sievwright in the #3 MPACT Motorsports/MOTON/TC Design BMW 325i to tuck in and draft behind Bovenberg's Honda race machine into fourth, dropping Hamilton to fifth.

As Brown built and padded a five car length lead, the race battle was fiercely contested. The real battle was for the second and third place, where positions shuffled quite a few times during the race. On the first lap, coming into the last turn Bovenberg and Sievwright traded paint and were locked in a side to side drag race on the front straight. Coming in to the first turn of the second lap, both Bovenberg and Sievwright locked wheels forcing Bovenberg through the Festival Turn and Sievwright showed the crowd some drifting move with his rear wheel powered BMW. As Bovenberg got to turn six, a broken distributor rotor mount broke instantly ending his day. Sievwright took up the third position, but not with ease. A refocused Hamilton in his SRT-4 Machine filled up Sievwright's mirror. Hamilton hounded Sievwright for a couple laps and eventually passing up Sievwright on the back straight showing the horse power of his Dodge racing machine.
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