LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — On the night when he was recognized for winning his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Championship, Brady Bacon continued his winning pace in the series with a rout of the field Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
Exactly six months to the day of Bacon and the Hoffman Auto Racing team reigning victorious at The Burg in their most recent foray to the southeastern Indiana venue, the team reigned victorious for the 28th time together with the series, and for the second consecutive time at the three-eighths-mile dirt oval.
Bacon raced from the sixth starting position to the lead in just six short laps, carrying on to a complete annihilation of the 24-car field by 2.924 seconds after 30 laps.
“You never know,” Bacon remarked, referring to how much of a lead a driver possesses in a sprint car race at any given time. “Traffic can really slow you down, and I got to where I wasn’t in the right spot on the track, and I wasn’t really gaining on the lapped cars. So, I assumed they were gaining on me. We had a good lead, but you never really know. But we passed two of the best cars out there, and if you can do that, you’re rolling around pretty good.”
Outside front row starter C.J. Leary grabbed the lead on the initial start but was quickly tracked down by Bacon who ascended to third by the end of lap one after riding the outside line in the wake of Leary with Grant in second.
Following Chase Stockon’s bike and bounce in turn two that brought out an early yellow, Bacon scooted by Grant for second on the restart and, in short order, was threatening Leary’s sovereignty. On the sixth circuit, Bacon stuck a nose underneath Leary in turn three, and was able to get the drive off turn four to secure the top spot.
“I kind of worked him over and just had a good enough car to get by him as quickly as I could just in case it might turn into one lane; it didn’t really, but it could’ve,” Bacon explained. “So, I tried to get to the lead as quickly as I could, and I tried to be as aggressive as I thought I could afford to be in lapped traffic.”
In relatively no time flat – two laps – Bacon let loose to construct a full-straightaway lead over Leary. High, low, slip, slide, dip and dive, Bacon found himself in a personal game of Tetris amongst lapped traffic as he sought to shoot the gap, fill the gap, and move onto the next level in quick succession.
A continuous line of combatants that forced him to move his line high, middle and low, wherever he needed to go, wasn’t enough to slow Bacon down at any rate as he maintained and annexed his interval over Leary down the stretch while, in the process, putting all but the top-10 finishers a lap down at the finish.
Bacon closed out his third career Lawrenceburg USAC National Sprint Car win, after previous triumphs in 2015 and 2020, over Leary in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Valvoline/DRC/Cressman Ford while Chris Windom took third in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – B & H Contractors – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.
Justin Grant finished fourth while Thomas Meseraull raced to fifth.
Bacon’s win elevated him to the top of the standings in this still very young season, but a good start is nothing to take for granted, and Bacon is no exception.
“I felt good,” Bacon said. “But once you get to the middle of the year, you can really feel if you’re really good or not. This place has always been kind of hit or miss for us. We always run decent, but the good guys always seem to find the front here. There could be a big difference between a first place car and a fourth place car here. I think we had one of the best cars at (a non-sanctioned event) at Brownstown and one of the best cars in Florida, so we’re pretty happy with how the year has started.”
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