MADRID – You would be hard-pressed to go a dirt track anywhere in the Upper Midwest where they haven’t heard of Kyle Brown.
The president and co-owner of Harris Auto Racing hit 70 tracks across nine states last year alone. And while the proximity of his hometown and business suggest Boone Speedway is his home track, he admits he really doesn’t race anywhere on a consistent weekly basis – rather, he travels quite a bit, but he frequently stops at Stuart International Speedway, Marshalltown Speedway, and the historic Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City racing both IMCA and USRA stock cars and modifieds.
“Downtown” – an old high school baseball nickname – has been racing now for 15 years, starting in the then-fledgling IMCA northern sportmod division, but his father and uncle both raced when he was younger, making the dirt track part of his family’s lifestyle. That’s what he says he loves most about the sport:
“The people I’ve met and the racing community is like family – a brotherhood of sorts.”
Earlier this year, Kyle was one of several Iowa racers who put on a show for the rest of the country at the Bristol Dirt Nationals, showing that Iowa dirt track racing is some of the best in the world. That level of competition is what he says he loves most about his current racing divisions:
“Competition is top notch you have to be perfect to win … [The biggest challenge is] staying on top of technology. You have to put in work more than the rest to overcome it – and it’s my job to do so.”
Kyle said the happiest moment so far has been his win in the 2018 Hogan Memorial modified race at Benton County Speedway in Vinton with family there to see it. He noted that he doesn’t experience fear or being scared when he’s in a race car, and those who do are probably doing it wrong. But, he also notes that he was humbled in one particular incident:
“The thing that made me think about the risk we take is I lost consciousness in a wreck. That humbles you quickly.”
Kyle says he just wants to keep winning races and having fun as a race team in 2021. Longer-term, he says he would like to take a shot at a national points title and an IMCA Super Nationals championship. And while he loves what he’s doing now, he admits he wouldn’t mind having a little fun in another division:
“Given my business I’ll probably stay in mods till I retire, but I would love to dabble in late models.”
For those who want to start racing themselves, Kyle advises to start within your means:
“Know you can’t buy wins. They come at a cost – but it’s time and hard work.”
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(Photos provided by Kyle Brown Motorsports)
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