The third time proved to be a charm for William Brown III, who in his third final-round appearance of the year scored his first ADRL Top Sportsman win at the ADRL World Finals VIII in Ennis, TX. Driving his Chesapeake, VA-based ’05 Grand Am, Brown raced through Bill Chinn Jr., Jim Sakuvich and Lizzy Musi to reach Glenn Butcher in the final round.
Once there, Brown dialed in at 4.21, while Butcher predicted 4.25 for the final run in his ’68 Camaro, which went to a new owner after the race as Butcher is taking delivery of a brand-new Garret Race Cars-built entry. Butcher left with a .020 reaction time, but broke out with a 4.240 at 167.53 and allowed Brown the race win with a 4.222 pass at 168.94 mph.
“It took a while, but all that hard work by my team paid off,” Brown said. “It feels good to accomplish something like this after all of the hard work, but I did think he had me right up until I saw my (win) light come on.”
Brown also finished second in the inaugural championship year for Top Sportsman in the ADRL, 77 points behind new champ Marco Abruzzi.
“I would have liked to get two trophies,” Brown admitted. “But Marco deserves his and I’m still really happy to finally get just one. This win will mean a lot to us for the entire off season. It’s nice to finish with a bang.”
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