Bacon Hangs On For East Coast Sprint Victory

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Brady Bacon won Sunday's Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series event at Selinsgrove Speedway. (Dan Demarco Photo)
Brady Bacon won Sunday's Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series event at Selinsgrove Speedway. (Dan Demarco Photo)

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Brady Bacon came out on top of Sunday’s Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series feature at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Alex Bright led the first two laps of the 20-lap feature before second-place starter Bacon took command. However Bacon soon lost the lead on the fifth lap to Robert Ballou, who came roaring from eighth on the grid while working the cushion.

The leader hit traffic with nine laps to go, but was working perfectly through the field when it appeared something may have broken on the front of his car in the first turn.

Ballou pushed up over the cushion as he set the car into the corner and careened straight into the outside fence before flipping. Ballou escaped injury.

This handed the lead back to Bacon, with defending series champion Steve Drevicki lining up second for the restart.

Bacon controlled action on the restart and again on a restart with five laps to go, but a final restart with one lap to go found Drevicki in contention.

The Reading, Pa., driver got under Bacon in the first turn for the lead only to see Bacon hold the line and race to his outside in turn two before the pair drag raced into the third corner.

Drevicki hung tough with Bacon through turns three and four, but Bacon had just enough bite to surge ahead to the finish, taking the win by .381 seconds.

Mark Smith was third, followed by Kevin Thomas Jr. and Alex Bright.

The finish:

1) 5G Brady Bacon  2) 19 Steven Drevicki  3) M1 Mark Smith 4) 20 Kevin Thomas Jr.  5) 20B Alex Bright  6) 16 Steve Buckwalter  7) 71 Chris Allen Jr.  8) 21 Carmen Perigo  9) 7 Alex Yankowski  10) 33B Bill Unglert  11) 83 Bruce Buckwalter  12) 32 Eric Jennings  13) 35 Andrew Layser  14) 23 John Stehman  15) 67 Jason Cherry  16) 27C Craig Pellegrini  17) 3H Heidi Hedin  18) 96 Lee Kauffman  19) 39 Robert Ballou 20) 17M Chritain Bruno  21) 07 Colby Womer  22) 5Q Ryan Quakenbush