Welcome J.D. "Hollywood" Brown Racing to Team Dirt Dog!
15 year old grabs 2nd place in his first race as a Team Dirt Dog sponsored driver
Bakersfield, CA | May 28, 2018 - It may be hard to consider a teenager as a veteran racer, but when the young man comes from a family where almost everyone raced drags or dirt (mom, stepdad, grandma, grandpa, uncles and his sister Kaelyn have all strapped in), his family has multiple track championships throughout southern California and he already has eight years behind the wheel… he’s definitely not a rookie. In our continued efforts to forge long term relationships with deserving dirt racers at every level of the sport, we are proud to welcome J.D. Brown to our Team!
At just 7 years old, J.D. started in the Mini Dwarf division at Ventura Speedway near Los Angeles. By 2013, he won his first track championship in the division. At the age of 12, the family moved north to Bakersfield, CA and Brown petitioned officials to be allowed to compete in the Mod Lite division. Not only did he pass the on-track scrutiny with flying colors, he quickly adapted to the heavier, faster car and scored his first Feature Win last year at 14 years old.
Now in his third season in the Mod Lite class, J.D. already claimed his 2nd Feature Victory in April at Kern County Raceway Park and added the 2nd place finish at Bakersfield Speedway last Saturday night (from 7th). At Kern County, Brown dominated, lapping all but three cars in the 25 lap feature win. It’s worth noting that, while many young racers around the country have earned wins at small car tracks of 1/6th to ¼ mile, JD’s Mod Lite success has been entirely on high speed, 1/3rd mile tracks.
In addition to his obvious talent behind the wheel, we love this young man for another reason. J.D. is no “silver spoon” rich kid. He works on his race cars every week and has helped pay his own racing expenses for years. How does the kid make money? Since Jr. High School, Brown has carried a backpack filled with candy and snacks to school every day. “Hollywood Brown” helps pay for his racing by being an entrepreneur, selling snacks to his fellow students. That sort of “whatever it takes” dedication is exactly what we look for on Team Dirt Dog and we’re proud to be working with J.D. and the Brown family.
J.D. just took delivery of his first batch of Dirt Dog Gear so be sure to look for the # 14 Mod Lite in the pits at Kern County and Bakersfield to grab some swag and support our team!