KNOXVILLE, Iowa — With another great crowd on hand, Brady Bacon was without peer at the third running of the USAC Knoxville Non-wing Nationals Sunday night at the Knoxville Raceway.
Bacon posted quick time, won his heat and the feature. It was the Broken Arrow, Okla., driver’s first win at a track in which he has played the bridesmaid on a few occasions. It came aboard a XXX Chassis with Wesmar power and was worth $5,000.
Chad Huston was also a first-time winner, as he picked up the companion 305 sprint-car triumph.
Jon Stanbrough paced the field for the first lap from the pole. With one lap in the books, Dave Darland got upside down in turn one, bringing the red flag. He was not injured. Stanbrough led Joey Moughan, defending race winner Bud Kaeding, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Bacon back to green-flag racing.
Six laps in, the battled waged for the lead as Kaeding and Bacon had moved into the top three. On the eighth go-around, Kaeding seized the point by riding the choppy cushion. Chris Windom was on the move and into the top five by the halfway mark.
Disaster struck the leader on the next lap, as Kaeding spun and flattened a left-rear tire in turn two. Bacon assumed the lead ahead of Stanbrough, Windom, Coons and Moughan with 13 laps to go.
The remainder of the event went non-stop. Windom took second from Stanbrough and briefly took the lead, but Bacon regained control and slowly pulled away.
“I was trying to be careful,” said Bacon. “The cushion was kind of treacherous, and Chris was fast. I saw him underneath me, and I wasn’t too good down there. I decided I needed to go harder up top and try not to mess up. I feel like this place owed me one. I’ve finished second here three or four times.”
Windom settled for a solid second, followed by Coons, Stanbrough and hard-charger Bryan Clauson, who moved up 14 spots.