First Posted: 5/24/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN Wayne McKinney probably never thought a television crew would invade his Pilot Mountain go-kart track when it first opened nearly three years ago.
But Friday evening that is exactly what happened, when a crew from the History Channel began unpacking their equipment to film local race car driver Tim Brown and friends duking it out on the go-kart track for an upcoming show set to air on the network this summer.
McKinney is the owner and operator of Mayberry Shazzam located behind McDonalds on Key Street in Pilot Mountain.
He said having Brown and the History Channel at his establishment was very cool.
Its awesome, Martin said. They have been racing here on and off and Tim has been here and won several times. The pit crews come here often and weve had a lot of Bowman Gray people come out. To know that he would pick this track really speaks well of our track and of Tim.
Brown, who works for Michael Waltrip racing in Charlotte and lives in Rural Hall, is a seven-time Bowman Gray Stadium Modified champion and a native of Yadkin County.
Brown is under a gag order from the History Channel concerning the show, but he could comment on why he chose Mayberry Shazzam and Pilot Mountain to film the go-kart segment.
My race shop is in Rural Hall and I go by there all the time, Brown said. Ive been in there a bunch and Wayne and the guys do a great job. Thats where I go to have a good time and wanted to show America thats where we have fun.
Brown said another reason he wanted to film the segment locally instead of in Raleigh or Charlotte at a larger facility, simply put, is that those places are not where he calls home.
I like to try to give back to the community where I live, Brown said. If I go to Charlotte or Raleigh, it doesnt help the people where I live and where I am.
As for McKinney, he couldnt be happier to have Brown and his friends come to enjoy the only go-kart track in the area.
Its a wonderful thing, really impressive, McKinney said. It should certainly be a boost to our race track and to the area. I just know Tim Brown is an awesome driver, Ive watched him race here before and it is thrilling to me that he would pick us and come back.
So far in 2009, Brown is on track for an eighth overall and a second consecutive Bowman Gray modified championship.
In the five races to date this season, Brown has won twice, finished second twice and had his worst showing of the season Saturday, where number 83 finished third.
Brown was also the first modified driver to break the 13-second mark at the quarter-mile Bowman Gray Stadium track, putting himself in the record books last season with a time of 12.96.
Brown also races on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified division, where he has finished as runner-up in the championship standings the past three seasons.
While Brown can only be happy to have his name and accolades projected across the country, he said there are ups and downs with having a film crew invading all areas of his life every day.
Its a pretty cool deal honestly but its nerve-racking, he said. I am just a racer trying to win races and when cameras are stuck in my face 24/7 it makes things a little more difficult. Hopefully America gets the gist of what local short track racers put into it to on a lower level than NASCAR.