PEORIA, Ariz. — It was a track just like Brady Bacon likes — technical.
And Bacon took advantage the Canyon Speedway Park dirt track to earn the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV feature victory on the opening night of the 45th annual FVP Western World Championships presented by Sands Chevrolet Thursday.
“It was just our kind of race track. Kind of heavy around the bottom and we just had a good car that would rotate around the bottom,” said Bacon. “We ran second both night’s here in the spring and ran good here tonight. We should be good in the non-winged car tomorrow so it looks like we could have a really good weekend”
Earning the pole through his accumulated passing points from his heat and qualifier, the “Broken Arrow Bandit” took little time running away from fellow front row starter Kyle Hirst.
Flying into slower traffic, Bacon kept his distance while the battle on the track picked up for fourth as Wayne Johnson worked on getting around Logan Forler. Finally clearing the No. 2L on lap seven, Johnson began running down Hirst before the caution flew as Aaron Reutzel slowed with a shredded left rear tire on lap ten.
The No. 1x would rejoin the field while at the same time contact from a lapped car would end the night of two drivers as Dustin Morgan found the front suspension knocked out of his Ark Wrecking No. 2, leaving Travis Rilat with nowhere to hide as the No. 39c plowed the back of Morgan. The drivers were running fifth and sixth at the time.
Back under green, Johnson would take a shot at second but to no avail. Taking advantage of a great restart, the Vacuworx Global No. 05 of Brad Loyet shot into the top five on lap 11. Battling with Logan Forler for fourth, the race would be stopped on lap 19 as John Carney II ended going end over end after contact from a slower car. Carney showed his displeasure with the Joshua Williams for the incident; having to eventually be drug out of Williams’ car.
Cleared of the accident, the race resumed with Brady Bacon going unchallenged for the reminder of the feature.
Kyle Hirst held of a last lap attempt by Wayne Johnson for second. Johnson settle for third with Brad Loyet getting into fourth on lap 20, leaving Logan Forler to round out the top five. Henry VanDam grabbed sixth with Donny Schatz, and Jayme Barnes rounding out the final transfer spots into Saturday’s feature.
Brady Bacon, Kyle Hirst, Wayne Johnson, Brad Loyet, Logan Forler, Henry VanDam, Donny Schatz, Jayme Barnes, Aaron Reutzel, J.J. Hickle, Joshua Williams, Dalten Gabbard, Matt Covington, John Carney II, Jesse Baker, Dustin Morgan, Travis Rilat, Jack Dover, Gary Taylor.