Brady in Victory Lane in Tucson (Rich Forman/USAC Photo)
(Bill W) November 25, 2015 – Brady Bacon registered a win last Friday night at the Western World USAC event at USA Raceway near Tucson, Arizona. The win was #100 for the Hoffman Racing #69 team. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver was busy all weekend, registering a total of five podium finishes in the six features he took part in. Tomorrow night, he will be aboard Frank Manafort’s midget at Perris Auto Speedway’s 75th Annual Turkey Night.
The Western World was a three-night event starting on Thursday. Brady competed in both the USAC National Sprint Car Series with the Hoffman’s and the USAC West Coast sprints (360) aboard Josh Ford’s #73x. “Tucson is one of my favorite tracks, especially without a wing,” he says. “So we went in with some high expectations. We were able to set quick time with the 410. On Thursday night, I kind of made mistakes in both features that cost me.”
It was a rocky start for Brady in the 360 feature, but he rebounded. “I fell back a couple of times in the 360 feature,” he says. “I was able to claw my way back up to second. We kind of salvaged a good finish in that one after not having a good start.”
He would finish third in his 410 heat and start the main event sixth. “I almost crashed at the start of the feature and got up on two wheels,” says Brady. “I fell back to tenth or eleventh. We were able to get back up to third before Jerry (Coons) crashed in lapped traffic. That put us in second. We really didn’t have a lot for (winner) Robert (Ballou) out in the open track.”
Friday saw a tougher night in the 360. “It was hard to pass in the heat and that put us in the B,” says Brady. “We started seventeenth in the A. We were able to get as high as third after a big crash on the front straight. I was out of tear-offs by then, and then I got sprayed by mud from the bottom. I went to the bottom and hoped I didn’t get passed by too many guys. We ended up sixth. That was disappointing, but it was still enough to lock us into Saturday.”
Brady timed in sixth quick in the #69 on Friday, and started third in the feature after getting through his heat. “We rode in third for a while, waiting for the track to come in a little bit,” he says. “We were able to get by Tracy (Hines) for second. It took a few laps to get by Matt Rossi for the lead. Once the bottom came in, we were pretty good. We actually went to the top of one and two later in the race. I knew Bryan Clauson was right there. We were able to keep the lead and not make any mistakes.”
The win was a historical one for the Hoffman’s. “It was pretty neat to get that 100th win for them,” says Brady. “Last year, we were able to get their tenth championship with USAC as well.”
Brady garnered enough points in both classes to lock himself into Saturday’s Dashes. “I wound up sixth in both revenge draws for the Dash,” he says. “We were able to get up to third in the 360. The track was changing really fast and we didn’t keep up quite well enough. We ended up fifth there.”
Starting third in the 360 feature, he would checker second. “They hadn’t reworked the track before the feature,” says Brady. “It was in decent shape, but it was one-lane around the top. I was able to get to second. I had a couple shots at the leader, but it was probably more of a chance at a crash than the lead. We couldn’t take too many risks, because there were four or five cars there in traffic.”
Brady would post in row three for the 410 finale on Saturday. “They tilled the top and bottom for the feature,” he says. “It took a while for the bottom to come in. I spent some time up there, and Bryan got by us on the bottom. The top got curby and hard to run after that. We went back to the bottom, but it was a little late. We ended up third. We were the same speed as the leader, but they had the jump and a couple of lapped cars between us. We just fell a couple of laps short of being where we needed to be.”
It was a great weekend for Brady and both teams. “We had a really good weekend,” he says. “Obviously, we’re pleased. We’d have liked to have had another win or two, but we made a little money heading into the winter.”
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Brady in Victory Lane in Tucson (Rich Forman/USAC Photo)
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