Weekend of Versatility on Tap for Bacon
after Top Ten Smackdown Run
Lonnie Wheatley, WINCHESTER, Ind. (August
27, 2019) – After a top-ten Kokomo Sprint Car
Smackdown finish and extending his streak of
top-ten finishes in USAC Sprint Car competition
to 21 in a row, Brady Bacon’s versatility will
be on display this weekend.
Bacon will be in action in each of USAC’s
premier divisions this weekend including Sprint
Cars, Midgets and Silver Crown cars.
This weekend’s action begins with the
Brandt River Town Showdown at Granite City,
Illinois’ Tri-City Speedway on Friday night with
Bacon continuing his USAC Sprint Car title
pursuit aboard the Hoffman Racing / Mean Green
No. 69 while also taking the wheel of an FMR No.
76m Midget for the night.
“We’ve always got around there well in a
Midget,” Bacon says. “And we were going to
be on the pole of the Sprint Car feature there
the last time before it rained out.”
The two-time USAC Sprint Car champion
enters the event sitting third in USAC National
Sprint Car points.
Bacon will round out the weekend looking
for a second consecutive USAC Silver Crown
triumph on the dirt aboard the Klatt Enterprise
No. 6 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds after
topping the most recent event at Central
Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway on June
This weekend’s events in Illinois follow
on the heels of four fast-paced nights at Kokomo
Speedway that netted finishes of second in
Wednesday’s #GYATK event and then runs of fourth
and tenth in Kokomo Smackdown preliminary action
before a seventh-place run in the Smackdown
The runner-up finish in the non-points
Wednesday card set the stage for a strong
Smackdown and Bacon opened strong with the
fourth-place run on Thursday. But a
faltering engine in Friday qualifying proved too
much to overcome.
“The points we lost in qualifying when
that happened cost us a lot,” Bacon says.
Narrowly missing the top-eight lock-in for
Saturday, Bacon won his qualifier to secure the
ninth starting position for the feature and
worked his way to a seventh-place finish to
extend his streak of top-ten finishes in USAC
Sprint Car action to 21 in a row.
“The way the track was on Saturday night,
there just wasn’t a whole lot we could do with
it,” Bacon explains. “I felt like we were
in good position early in the week, it’s
unfortunate that we didn’t capitalize and get a
better finish than seventh out of it.”
With Smackdown in the books, Bacon shifts
his attention to Illinois and a mix of Sprint
Cars, Midgets and Silver Crown this weekend.
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, 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:
83 races, 8 wins, 33 top-fives, 47 top-tens.
Friday – USAC Midgets and USAC Sprint Cars
at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL.
Sunday – USAC Silver Crown “Ted Horn 100”
at Illinois’ Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
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