Lonnie Wheatley, WINCHESTER, Ind. (August
1, 2019) – After eight nights of intense Indiana
Sprint Week action among the USAC National
Sprint Car ranks over the past two weekends,
Brady Bacon shifts back to winged action aboard
the BBR No. 99 entry over the coming pair of
And it all begins with this weekend’s
Knoxville 360 Nationals at the storied Marion
County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, IA. Bacon
is set to take in the Thursday qualifying
portion of the event that will set the stage for
Saturday night’s finale.
“It will be our first time back at the 360
Nationals since about 2014 I believe,” Bacon
commented. “It will help to get some good
laps in before we put the 410 in for Sunday’s
Capitani Classic and then next week’s Knoxville
Bacon, who swept July’s USAC-sanctioned
Corn Belt Nationals at Knoxville, returns to
Iowa after a stellar Indiana Sprint Week that
netted a second-place finish in ISW points
aboard the Hoffman Racing / Mean Green No. 69
Sprint Car and a climb in USAC National Sprint
Car points from sixth to second.
“We made it through one of the toughest
weeks of the year and had a first or
second-place caliber car each night with the
exception of maybe one night,” Bacon explains.
“And at Lawrenceburg, we had to change a
rear-end early so that didn’t leave us time to
make adjustments the way we needed to.”
Bacon tuned up for Indiana Sprint Week
with a makeup of Eldora’s #LetsRaceTwo event on
Wednesday, July 17, by racing to a podium finish
“We had a second-place car and just barely
tagged the wall, otherwise we would have been
right at the front,” Bacon recalls.
Indiana Sprint Week kicked off the next
night at Gas City I-69 Speedway where “The Macho
Man” timed in second to start the week and then
posted a fourth-place finish in the feature.
“We had a car good enough to win,” Bacon
says of Gas City. “The bottom was coming
in and I didn’t get down there in time.”
Moving on to Plymouth Speedway on Friday,
July 19, Bacon led the field for a half-dozen
laps around the midway point before settling for
a second consecutive fourth-place finish.
“We got to the lead, then we had that red
flag and the tire went away,” Bacon says. “I was
just holding on the rest of the way; it was
frustrating to know that we had such a good
Moving on to Kokomo Speedway the next
night, Bacon narrowly missed out on victory lane
as he settled for the first of a pair of
runner-up finishes on the week. And it
came after his crew swapped out motors in just
14 minutes after hot laps, quick enough to get
Bacon out in time for qualifying.
“That really saved our night, it they
don’t get it changed that quick then we miss
qualifying and would have been buried,” Bacon
Bacon made it worthwhile with the
“We were a little too tight at the
beginning of the feature,” Bacon said after
starting the 30-lapper from the pole position.
“We got going though and I was on the bottom on
the last lap and making a run at the lead when
he came down, it was all I could do to keep from
The Sunday, July 21, card at Lawrenceburg
Speedway got off to a rough start with a broken
set of quick-change gears in heat race action
relegating Bacon to “B” Main action.
After swapping out rear ends, Bacon raced
to a “B” Main win and then climbed from eighth
to claim sixth in the main event.
“My team did a great job fighting through
adversity again,” Bacon recalls. “We got
up to fourth at one point and then got too tight
on the cushion. It was still a good night
after the way we had to scramble after the
Following a pair of off nights, action
resumed at the Terre Haute Action Track last
Wednesday with Bacon earning Hard Chargers by
rallying from 14th to capture fourth.
The two-time USAC Sprint Car champion
raced to his second runner-up finish of the week
the following night at Putnamville’s Lincoln
Park Speedway and then had perhaps his best
chance of a triumph at Bloomington Speedway on
Friday night, only to have the run interrupted
by a loosened nozzle line.
After quick repairs, Bacon rallied back
through the field to salvage a seventh-place
“We definitely had a car capable of
winning,” Bacon laments.
Bacon finished out the week at Haubstadt’s
Tri-State Speedway by earning his second Hard
Charger award of the week with a rally from 15th
to fifth in the ISW finale.
“We have had some struggles at Haubstadt
in the past, but we keep making gains each time
there and it showed again,” Bacon says.
Overall, for the week, Bacon and the
Hoffman Racing team finished among the top-five
in six of eight races with no finish lower than
It’s a trend that has been ongoing since
the season-opening events in Florida with
top-ten runs in 18 consecutive USAC Sprint Car
features since those February events.
Now, Bacon looks to carry that success
over to the winged ranks in Knoxville over the
next two weeks.
Brady Bacon Racing is bolstered by the
support of partners including Mean Green,
Fatheadz Eyewear, Imperial Wagyu Beef, Gene
Franckowiak, Drivewfx.com, Tel-Star
Technologies, B&S Cattle, Lykins Oil, Elliott’s
Custom Trailers, Triple X Race Co., Hoosier
Tire, XYZ Machine, Factor4, Heath Clips Lawn
Care, FK Indy, Engler Machine and Tool, Lucas
Oil, FK Rod Ends, Keizer Wheels, Purple Heart
Foundation, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions,
Smiley’s Racing Products, DMI, Walker Filters,
ProGlide Coatings, Chalk Stixx, Wilwood
Engineering, Lajoie Seats, Smith Precision
Products, Allstar Performance, Simpson Racing
Products, Driver Websites, Schroth Racing,
Saldana Racing Products, KSE Racing Products,
King Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers.
2019 Quick Stats:
72 races, 7 wins, 30 top-fives, 42 top-tens.
Knoxville 360 Nationals in Knoxville, IA, on
Thursday and Saturday and then the Capitani
Classic on Sunday.
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