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Brown Clinches Second Consecutive USTCC Driver Championship

    By USTCC Media Relations Staff

Richmond, CA, October 23, 2006 -- Dave Brown managed to clinch his second consecutive Hankook United States Touring Car Championship title without even being present at the USTCC race in Road America on October 21-22, 2006. Brown joins only Tom Lepper as the only person that has won back to back championships.

Going into the Road America round of the USTCC, Brown had still not been able to clinch his Driverís Championship. Brown had a good lead but Toby Grahovec still had a mathematical chance to beat Brown for the title. For Grahovec to win the title meant that many things would have to go his way. One of them was that there needed to be 10 cars starting the race at Road America and he would need to win the Road America race. Without that Grahovec would not have a chance. As it turned out, Grahovec did win the race but could not get full points due to the smaller field.

Rich Peterson enjoys a comfortable lead going into the last race but he can still be beaten by Joe Barley at Las Vegas. Peterson has a 60 point lead which seems like a lot but when you consider that it can all go away if a mechanical problem arises, it is still up to the last checkered flag to see who wins this fight.

This heats up the fight for second place as Grahovec now has a five point lead for second place over Dale Sievwright going into the last race of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct 28-29, 2006. Curt Simmons also is in the fight 52 points behind Grahovec.