Bacon tops West Coast Rivals
Bryan Hulbert - Hanford, California (July 28, 2012) Brady Bacon notched his fifth victory of the season Saturday night at Kings Speedway in Hanford, California with a thrilling last lap drag race with Jason Myers.
“I got really fortunate in that race” commented Bacon on the front straight. “We were having a fuel issue especially those last ten laps after those restarts. It was just spurting and spitting so I was just hoping and trying not to slip off the bottom and hold on to the end of the race.”
Starting the race from the front row, Bacon would settle for the runner up spot early on as Wayne Johnson took off from the pole. Slowing for a caution for Gary Wright with twenty-nine laps to run, Bacon would keep pace with the City Vending No. 77x as the field rolled back to life.
Moving into slower traffic by lap seven, Bacon would fully commit to the inside groove as Wayne Johnson began having to search for lines around slower cars. Putting back markers amongst the leaders, the fight for the top five would tighten up as Jason Johnson ran third with Jason Myers and Kyle Hirst in a continuing battle for fourth and fifth.
Getting the run as the field raced to the halfway point in the night’s thirty lap affair, the Fatheadz Eyewear No.99 would see his persistence pay off with the pass for the race lead. Falling back to second, Johnson would begin to fall in the line-up; slipping back to fifth before nearly getting upside down.
Forcing the caution with ten laps to run, Johnson would return to the race after a visit to the work area.
Restarting for the final ten laps, the cautions would continue with the yellow lights coming back on for the stalled Shawn Wright with twenty-two laps complete then again on lap twenty five when Mike Faria and Tommy Tarlton both came to a stop at opposite ends of the track.
Green for the final five laps, the battle in the top three would get dicey as Jason Johnson and Jason Myers each had broken front wings. Running second on the restart, the AccuDoc Solutions No. 41 would finally see the Corporate American Lending No. 21m of Myers able to muscle by with two laps remaining.
Despite a flat front wing and an almost ten car length disadvantage, the Clovis, California racer was on a mission with the white flag waving. Pulling within two car lengths exiting turn two for the final time, Myers would roll even with Bacon in turns three and four but it would be Brady Bacon holding on to the west coast win.
Jason Myers and Jason Johnson would complete the podium with Kyle Hirst and tenth starting Brad Loyet rounding out the top five.
Earning the PitstopUSA.com Hard Charge of the night, Jason Statler climbed from twentieth to sixth with Dustin Morgan charging from thirteenth to seventh. Seth Bergman would come from fifteenth to eighth with Steven Tiner and Craig Stidham finishing out the top ten.
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV
Kings Speedway - Hanford, California
July 28, 2012
Car Count: 31
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright; 2. 99d-Shawn Wright; 3. 15-Eric Humphries; 4. 2-Dustin Morgan; 5. 94-Steven Tiner; 6. 3c-Cody Lamar; 7. 51-Gary Paulson; DNF 45x-Johnny Herrera
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 2. 99-Brady Bacon; 3. 21m-Jason Myers; 4. 14-Nick Green; 5. 88n-D.J. Netto; 6. 21-Tommy Tarlton Jr.; 7. 7-Steven Kent; 8. 90-Lance Norick
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 5h-Logan Forler; 2. 22-Shane Golobic; 3. 05-Brad Loyet; 4. 041-Dominic Scelzi; 5. 4j-Andy Ferris; 6. 00-Jason Statler; 7. 4f-Mike Faria; 8. 3-R.C. Smith
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 77x-Wayne Johnson; 2. 41-Jason Johnson; 3. 83-Kyle Hirst; 4. 23-Seth Bergman; 5. 3s-Craig Stidham; 6. 84-Kyle Evans; DNF 37-Conley Scott
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 3s-Craig Stidham; 2. 21-Tommy Tarlton Jr.; 3. 041-Dominic Scelzi; 4. 00-Jason Statler; 5. 4f-Mike Faria; 6. 7-Steven Kent; 7. 3c-Cody Lamar; 8. 4j-Andy Ferris; 9. 37-Conley Scott; 10. 51-Gary Paulson; 11. 90-Lance Norick; DNF 84-Kyle Evans; DNF 88n-D.J. Netto; DNF 3-R.C. Smith; DNS 45x-Johnny Herrera
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 99-Brady Bacon; 2. 21m-Jason Myers; 3. 41-Jason Johnson; 4. 83-Kyle Hirst; 5. 05-Brad Loyet; 6. 00-Jason Statler; 7. 2-Dustin Morgan; 8. 23-Seth Bergman; 9. 94-Steven Tiner; 10. 3s-Craig Stidham; 11. 77x-Wayne Johnson; 12. 041-Dominic Scelzi; 13. 99d-Shawn Wright; 14. 7-Steven Kent; 15. 4f-Mike Faria; 16. 21-Tommy Tarlton Jr.; 17. 15-Eric Humphries; 18. 22-Shane Golobic; 19. 14-Nick Green; DNF 5h-Logan Forler; DNF 4j-Andy Ferris; DNF 18-Tony Bruce Jr; DNF 3c-Cody Lamar; DNF 9-Gary Wright
Lap Leader(s): Wayne Johnson (1-14), Brady Bacon (15-30)
Pitstopusa.com Hard Charger of the Night: Jason Statler+14
FSR Radiator High Point Driver: Gary Wright
Provisional(s): Cody Lamar (Promoter), Andy Ferris (Promoter)
2012 Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-8, Wayne Johnson-7, Brady Bacon-5, Tony Bruce Jr.-3, Brian Brown-1, Seth Bergman-1, Danny Lasoski-1, Jason Martin-1, Dustin Morgan-1, Danny Wood-1, Cody Baker-1, Jordan Boston-1, Brock Lemley-1, Shane Stewart-1, Mason Moore-1
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV Points (top 10): 1. Wayne Johnson 4,519; 2. Jason Johnson 4,514; 3. Brady Bacon 4,337; 4. Johnny Herrera 4,111; 5. Brad Loyet 4,075; 6. Tony Bruce Jr. 3,993; 7. Seth Bergman 3,716; 8. Dustin Morgan 3,613; 9. Gary Wright 3,537; 10. Logan Forler 3,530
The 2012 season marks the 21st year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which brings the best of Sprint Car racing to dozens of different tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
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Photo Credit: Bryan Lugo
Submitted By: Bryan Hulbert