Brandon Brown is unlikely to return to his full-time role in the No. 68 Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet after this weekend’s race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Brown tells Frontstretch.
Brown, who was already scheduled to drive the No. 47 Mike Harmon Racing entry this weekend after having to step away from his usual No. 68, says financial issues stemming from lack of sponsorship caused the decision.
“As of right now, with all the nos that I’ve got in my sponsorship corner, I got to say that it looks like there will be other drivers driving the No. 68,” says Brown, who is only 66 points below the playoff cut line entering Indianapolis.
While the 28-year-old may not be planning to compete full time, he is looking to compete in select events for the remainder of 2022 — specifically at superspeedways.
“I’ll be back in the No. 68 for a handful of races,” he says. “Definitely Daytona [International Speedway]. I’ll be in the No. 68 in the post-season at Talladega [Superspeedway].
“Other than that? Nah, not really. The team is working on trying to sell some rides to other drivers to keep the funding, which, as heartbreaking as it is for me, I do understand what they have to do to keep BMS in operation … What it’s going to take to grow the No. 68 is having other drivers coming and finding success in it, too.”
While Brown may only be with Brandonbilt for a just handful of races going forward, that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking at other rides.
“I’m kind of differentiating myself from Brandonbilt Motorsports,” Brown continues. “I’m going to have to start working pretty hard to secure sponsorship for myself to maybe try my hand at some other cars. Maybe try and work into some different series.
“I feel like I’ve pushed the equipment to its potential. I feel that I’ve found a lot of speed in it and was able to prove myself in this car. Maybe now it’s time to allow others to jump in the No. 68 and start working on Brandon Brown as the driver and see where I land.”
Brown says that much of his sponsorship issues are from the repercussions of the politically based chant that stems from his name, which was manifested last October at Talladega.
“I’m still viewed as a political figure,” he says. “I can be viewed as divisive because of the chant. It’s really hard to convince companies that, ‘Hey, that’s not me. That’s just what the crowd was chanting.’ It does make it hard.”
In fact, it’s already affected him driving for other teams.
“Even looking at Indianapolis this weekend, I reached out to a lot of teams,” Brown says. “A team reached out and told me that basically it’s because of the partnerships they have [that he can’t drive for them]. Their current partners wouldn’t want to associate with what happened.
“So it does make it hard to find a seat. Because if you do find a seat, you’re going to be working with a team that has current working relationships and their partners are going to have to approve or disapprove with having Brandon Brown in the car.”
Brown has earned one top five and three top 10s so far in the 2022 Xfinity season. He currently sits 14th in the NXS standings.
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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021. Currently, he is the lead writer for the weekly Thinkin' Out Loud column and one of our lead reporters. Beforehand, he wrote for IMSA shortly after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.
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