Brady Bacon – On to Cowtown!

Brady Bacon. - Tim Aylwin Photo
Brady Bacon. - Tim Aylwin Photo

From Bill W


March 12, 2012 – Brady Bacon and the Brady Bacon Racing #99 racing team wrapped up their trip to Arizona last weekend at the Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona.  The weekend yielded a twelfth place finish on Friday and a seventh on Saturday.  The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native emerged third in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series standings.  This weekend, he will drive the potent Wilke #11 midget at the Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, Texas.

Things got started at Cocopah Speedway on Friday and Brady ran seventh in the heat before having to transfer through the B main.  “We just didn’t have quite the weekend we wanted,” he says.  “We started in the back of the heat on Friday, and it was just hard to pass.  We were only able to get by one car, and that hurt us and sent us to the B.”

A quick start made up some ground after starting 18th.  “We were really good the first four or five laps,” says Brady.  “I think we passed about six cars.  At that point, the track really slowed.  We were running the top and it was slick from top to bottom.  We kind of hung around in that spot the rest of the race.”

He would checker 12th.  “I think fifth through thirteenth was on one straightaway for awhile,” says Brady.  “There just wasn’t a whole lot to get a hold of.  It was hard to build any speed to get a run on anyone.  It was slick like ice, and that’s not my strong suit when the track gets like that.”

A better draw greeted Brady in his Saturday heat.  “We started the front row outside,” he says.  “Again, there wasn’t too much passing in the heat races (he finished second).  We started eighth (in the main event) after there had been a wreck or two.  We were able to get up to seventh before there was a yellow.”

Once in sixth, things stalled a bit.  “We got by Gary Wright and Dustin Morgan, but the yellow came out and we had to go back behind them,” says Brady.  “We got back by Dustin and we ran sixth most of the race.  We were dragging stuff onto the racetrack and that was making things very slick and dusty.”

The finale resulted in a seventh place finish.  “Roger Crockett got something working from the middle to the top late in the race,” says Brady.  “He snuck around us on the last lap.  We were a little bit better on Saturday, but it was hard to gain on anyone.  (Johnny) Herrera was third, two car lengths, then Gary Wright, two car lengths, then Wayne Johnson and two car lengths, and then me the majority of the race.”

Though Brady didn’t have the weekend he had hoped, the series visit to Cocopah Speedway was a success.  “What a super location and a nice facility,” he says.  “It was nice to see they about sold out on Saturday night.  There were around 3,000 people there.  It’s good to see that.  Hopefully, they can make a little money this weekend.  That’s what we need for promoters to get the popularity of the series and the purses back up where we need them.  I’m sure we’ll be going back there sometime.”

This weekend there will be a change in disciplines with the switch to the midget.  Cowtown Speedway will host the POWRi Midget Series opener on Friday and Saturday nights.  “We’ll be running for Wilke-Pak again,” says Brady, who recently ran for the team at the Chili Bowl.   “I believe it’s $3,000 to win the first night, and $5,000 to win the second.  It’s a place we’ve won at in a midget, and hopefully, we can do that again.”

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