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Tough Luck Doesn’t Stop Will Brown, Cam Waters from Enjoying Cup Debuts

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SONOMA, Calif. — Sunday’s (June 9) NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway was full of international star power, as Australians Will Brown and Cam Waters crossed over from the Supercars Championship to make their Cup debuts.

The two stars from Down Under have combined to win 20 Supercars races, and Brown impressed in Friday’s (June 7) practice session by posting the third-fastest lap. He was only able to qualify 24th on Saturday (June 8), however, as a mysterious electrical issue plagued his No. 33 car.

Brown and the Richard Childress Racing team went to work in trying to diagnose and fix the problem, but it unfortunately returned about 20 laps into Sunday’s race. Brown was able to take the checkered flag after several extended pit stops, but he was out of the running and finished three laps down in 31st.

“We were a little bit concerned heading into [the race] because we couldn’t find much after qualifying to say why we had that electrical gremlin, and they never generally go away,” Brown told Frontstretch.

When the No. 33 car was at full power to start the race, Brown showed a tremendous amount of speed and poise, as he jumped from 24th to 10th in just over a dozen laps.

The mechanical woes sadly wiped out any chance for Brown to record a solid finish or even challenge for the win, but he still had a great time in his first NASCAR outing and expressed interest in returning for more.

“[The issue] came back in towards the end of stage one, but the start of the race was pretty cool,” Brown said. Those restarts were hectic, and I felt like I was picking people off each run, which was cool, and I think I got as high as 10th in that first stage, which was really cool.

“Overall, it was awesome to come over here and experience Cup. I’d love to run it back, and hopefully we get the opportunity one day.”

Waters started his day in 31st, and he slowly made progress up the running order through stage one and the start of stage two. Things went haywire for Waters and the RFK Racing No. 60 team on lap 35, however, as Josh Berry locked up the brakes in turn 11 and set off a 10-car crash.

Waters kept the car straight, but he got squeezed in the corner and sustained significant damage to the nose of his car after contact with Berry (No. 4), Austin Dillon (No. 3) and Martin Truex Jr. (No. 19).

The team was able to continue on after the…

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