ALLEN – Veteran Late Model driver Brandon Kinzer and his number 18 team kicked off its 2016 racing season at the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on Saturday. Despite encountering some trouble, Kinzer managed to finish 16th in the the Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass Series feature race at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds facility.
Debuting a Longhorn chassis from the shop of Randy Weaver, Kinzer clicked off the second quickest time in his group during the qualifying session and then scored a victory in his heat race. After starting from the outside of the front row in the 30-lap headliner, Kinzer went too hard on tires, which caused steering to be an issue for him throughout the feature race. At the end of his season opener, Kinzer was relegated to the 16th place finish.
Kent Robinson used a last lap pass of fellow Indiana driver Greg Johnson to take home the win and the $3,000 top prize.
Devin Gilpin passed Johnson to finish second.
Following Johnson, Kentucky drivers Dustin Linville and Michael Chilton completed the top five.
Jason Jameson was quickest in time trials, posting a new Super Late Model track record of 13.002 seconds on his second qualifying lap.
Gilpin pulled double duty, following up his second place Super Late Model finish with a victory in the UMP Modified class.