Winner-native Gary Brown Jr. drives like a man possessed on the race track. In some ways he is. Born into a racing family and raised on the lights of Husets Speedway. It was only a matter of time before he too would write his name in its fabled dirt.
"I've been coming here since 1989," Brown Jr. said. "I still remember my first win here in 1998. It was a great moment."
Since then he has gone on to take 50 more checkered flags in Brandon, passing racing legend Marty Barber as the all-time street stocks winner.
"This was a long awaited one," Brown Jr. said. "To do it at 36, and pass Marty, that is some legendary company."
Despite the tremendous success Brown Jr. is a rather modest man, giving most of the credit to his pit boss. A man he's pretty close to.
"My brother is a magic man," Brown Jr. said. "He has been such a huge part of our success."
For 17 years, Brown Jr. has been putting it on the line. Thanks to a couple of role models he is hoping to do it for 17 more.
"My dad and Mario Andretti are my role models," Brown Jr. said. "They have put it on the line every day for a long time."
The 22 car has had success at other local tracks, but with 13 wins dating back to last year, in the world of racing, if it aint broke don't fix it.
"I don't know why we have had such success but its nice to have," Brown Jr. said.