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Indianapolis, IN | December 8, 2017 – Just one day after Clauson-Marshall Racing and Ryan Newman announced a new partnership for the 2018 season, another established USAC group welcomed an alliance with a legendary NASCAR team. In an announcement at the PRI Show, Brodie Hayward of Dooling-Hayward Motorsports, along with their driver, Brady Bacon, introduced a “two worlds collide” tagline, as they announced an alliance with Richard Childress Racing!
“We are really excited about this and look forward to bringing the two worlds together,” stated Hayward. “The opportunity presented itself a few months back and working all of the folks at RCR has already been great. They’ve got Mike Dillon, Richard Childress, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, and they see the advantage of working with a developmental team and helping develop drivers. It is certainly a great way to develop drivers up through the ranks. Midgets, non-wing sprints, winged sprints, it is a great way to take grassroots racing and have a direct path into NASCAR.”
For Brady Bacon, piloting the DHM No. 63 will remain his top priority as the team chases the 2018 USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series championship. The Oklahoma native also mentioned that he will still contend for the USAC National Midget championship while racing select events in silver crown competition and his own No. 99 winged sprint car.
“I think it is great that we are building this bridge between NASCAR and grassroots racing,” noted Bacon. “The resurgence in the last few years has been amazing to watch and be apart of, so we are exciting to continue pushing that and hopefully get grassroots racing more into the mainstream. The excitement of midgets and sprints cannot be matched by anything. I’m really excited to get it out there and this partnership will allow that.
Off of the track, the “Macho Man” will be very involved in the process of making this alliance successful, creating a potential role model position for the established veteran.
“I think my position is more of a mentorship for some kids that could have this opportunity down the road,” said Bacon. “It can be a great platform for development in the future, and to tie a NASCAR team with USAC is really exciting. For now though, our number one goal is to win races and we are working hard this winter to do that real soon.”
In a press release from USAC Racing, Richard Childress, the Chairman and CEO of RCR, noted the importance of grassroots racing and the opportunities this alliance could provide.
“It’s important for our race team to align with a grassroots racing organization like Dooling Hayward Motorsports and develop young drivers and crew members,” said Childress. “This partnership will be a great opportunity to continue our developmental program and invest in a race team that are proven winners.”