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Brady Bacon Bags 14th-Career ASCS National Victory Driving for James Cooper at Texas Motor Speedway!

(Vince Vellella Photo)
Fort Worth, TX | April 9, 2018 – With another weekend of cancellations all across the state, Brady Bacon decided to escape Indiana’s treacherous weather and head south to compete with the ASCS National Tour at the Texas Motor Speedway. A former full-time competitor with the series from 2010-12, this weekend featured Bacon behind the wheel of the James Cooper owned Sawblade.com No. 28X entry. Following a 12th-place finish in Friday’s opener, Bacon capped off the weekend by earning his 14th-career ASCS National victory in dominating fashion. Advancing from seventh to the lead in 13 laps, the “Macho Man” set a torrid pace at the Fort Worth, Texas facility and ran away with his first win of the 2018 season.

“It was really great to race here this weekend,” Bacon said in victory lane. “I’m from Oklahoma originally, but I don’t get to race close to home as much anymore, so this was special to have my parents and some of my lifelong friends here. I just wish my wife and kids could have been here, but I know they’re watching from home.”

On the heels of his 19th-to-12th bid in Friday’s feature, Bacon and the Sawblade.com team returned with new life on Saturday. Winning his heat race from the pole, Bacon snagged a seventh-place starting position in the 30-lap finale of the Tony Stewart Presents Texas Sprint Car Nationals. However, the night didn’t come without adversity, as the crew was forced to thrash on the car following heat race action to install a new steering system.

Taking the green flag in the feature from the inside of the fourth row, Bacon quickly maneuvered into the top five and had snuck into the third position by lap seven. Working by Seth Bergman for the runner-up spot on lap 11, Bacon then set his sights on the race leader, Tony Stewart. Tracking down the former NASCAR Cup Champion, Bacon made the winning pass on the 13th circuit and never looked back. Leading the final 17 laps aboard the Sawblade.com No. 28X, Bacon pulled away to an impressive 2.1 second advantage over second-place finisher, Sammy Swindell.

“After that heat race we had to change the steering gear, pump, box, just about everything, but these guys busted their butts and got us back out there,” noted Bacon. “I just have to thank James Cooper for the opportunity to run his car and thankfully we were able to put it all together and get the win. It’s always good to get one this early in the year.”

On tap next for the Indiana resident is a trip back home and a return to the USAC National Midget Series with Frank Manafort Racing. Running the No. 76M midget, Bacon and FMR will compete in this weekend’s “Kokomo Grand Prix,” a doubleheader at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana on Friday and Saturday night.

Brady Bacon would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of his career: Fatheadz Eyewear, Tel-Star Technologies & Port City Raceway, Gene Francowiak, Priority Aviation, Triple X Race Company, FMR Racing, FK Indy, Heath Clips Lawn & Care, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, B&S Cattle, Lucas Oil Products, Kiser’s Truck & Auto, Smiley’s Racing Products, Keizer Wheels, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, FK Rod Ends, DMI, Walker Filters, ProGlide Coatings, Octane Ink, CP Carrillo, PAC Racing, Allstar Performance, Simpson Racing Products, Driver Websites, Engler Machine & Tool, Wilwood Engineering, Schroth Racing, Smith Precision Products, KSE Racing Products, King Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, FSR Radiators, LRB Mfg, and Indy Race Parts.

EVENT RESULTS:
4/6: ASCS National Tour at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX – Heat Race: 4th (3), B-Main: 2nd (3), A-Main: 12th (19).
4/7: ASCS National Tour at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX – Heat Race: 1st (1), A-Main: 1st (7).

UPCOMING EVENTS:
4/13: USAC National Midgets at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN.
4/14: USAC National Midgets at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN.

SEASON STATS:
Feature Starts (8), Victories (1), Top Fives (3), Top Tens (5), Heat Wins (2), QuickTimes (1).

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – FATHEADZ EYEWEAR:
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Aidan Roosevans Teaming Up with Brad Loyet for 2018, Chasing ASCS Warrior Region Championship!

Story by Walkapedia (Photo By: Speed Demon Productions)
O’Fallon, IL | April 2, 2018 – Continuing his climb up the racing ladder, 14-year old Aidan Roosevans of O’Fallon, Illinois prepares to make the next big step in his career as he teams up with noted racing veteran, Brad Loyet, to begin competing in the ASCS 360 Sprint Car ranks this season. Based out of Sunset Hills, Missouri, this new journey with Loyet Motorsports will provide Roosevans with some of the best equipment available along with a near endless supply of expertise advice from Loyet himself. Scheduled for 25 events in the No. 6A machine, Roosevans and Loyet will follow the full ASCS Warrior Region slate across Missouri as they chase their first championship under this new partnership.

“I’m really looking forward to helping out a young kid like Aidan get his first shot in a sprint car,” said Loyet. “He is a great kid and has a good head on his shoulders. I feel like we will be competitive on our first night out!”

A multi-time national champion in the motocross world, Roosevans has quickly adapted and extended his skill set after spending one year each in the POWRi Outlaw Micros and POWRi National Midgets. From beginning his career in motorcycles to racing micro sprints and then full-blown midgets, this new doorway into the 360 sprint car world will serve as the latest challenge to the 14-year old who admittedly has big ambitions for his career in the sport.

Under the guidance of Brad Loyet, Roosevans will receive some of the best leadership and council a young racer could as for. A three-time POWRi National Midget champion, former MOWA Sprint Car champion, multi-time Chili Bowl feature starter, and overall respected competitor in the world of racing, Loyet will bring top notch equipment and excellent mentorship to the table.

Chasing the title with the ASCS Warrior Region group, the duo are tentatively scheduled for 25 events across Missouri and Kansas. Competing at iconic venues such as Lucas Oil Speedway, Double-X Speedway, and the Missouri State Fair Speedway, among others, Roosevans will be presented with a new challenge nearly every night as he tackles a wide array of new tracks.

Making his debut in two weeks time, Roosevans will climb behind the wheel of the No. 6A entry for the first time at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri. A high-banked 3/8th mile clay oval, the April 14th event will serve as the kickoff to both the 2018 ASCS Warrior Region schedule, and this newly-formed partnership between Roosevans and Loyet.

To keep with up Aidan throughout 2018 and into the future, you can follow his adventurous journeys via his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/A1Rracing/ or online at http://aidanroosevans.com/.

MEDIA LINKS:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A1Rracing/
Website: http://aidanroosevans.com/

WALKAPEDIA:
A new media presence taking the open-wheel dirt track scene by storm in 2018, Walkapedia was founded with the ultimate goal of ushering in a new era of coverage nationwide. From the young guns in micro sprints to the up and comers in midgets and the superstars in sprint car racing, Walkapedia plans to provide the latest news, feature stories, results, and any additional coverage you could imagine. With three weekly newsletters debuting in April, a new website coming soon, a wildly popular live updating program and a Driver PR program through social media, Walkapedia has all the potential to quickly become a staple in the sport.

Brady Bacon to Chase USAC Sprint Car Championship in Personal No. 99 Entry!

Brownsburg, IN | March 21, 2018 – Following a year-long partnership with Brady Bacon, the Dooling-Hayward Motorsports group has decided to indefinitely halt the sprint car portion of its operation. After discussing options with family, sponsors, and some of his longtime supporters, Brady has decided to pursue the USAC National Sprint Car Championship with his own No. 99 operation. A two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ, the Oklahoma native who calls Indiana home is still slated for a schedule that includes over 100 races between sprint car, midget and silver crown action. Beginning his 2018 campaign under the Brady Bacon Racing banner this weekend, the 28-year old is set to debut his BBR No. 99 at the No Way Out 40 in Brownstown, Indiana.

“I would like to thank Brodie Hayward and Joe Dooling for a successful year last season,” said Bacon. “They have decided to change direction in their team and take a break from sprint car racing. Brodie and I are still in touch and plan to continue our relationship within racing in some capacity. Obviously, I wasn’t expecting this sudden change in plans, but hopefully we can take this opportunity to renew and grow relationships with our longtime supporters and welcome some new partners and supporters in chasing this new goal.”

A former champion in the USAC National Sprint Car Series with Hoffman Auto Racing in 2014 and 2016, Bacon has more than seen his fair share of success with 19 career victories in the series. Chasing his third title in six years, Bacon will have every opportunity to score the feat after completing the opening three events in Florida and continuing in the Brady Bacon Racing No. 99 for the rest of the 45-race schedule.

Sticking with his mighty 100+ event schedule, Bacon’s 2018 breaks down to approximately 49 non-wing sprint car races, 27 winged sprint car races, 21 midget races and a handful of silver crown races. Between the USAC Sprint Car events with Brady Bacon Racing, USAC Midget races with Frank Manafort Racing, winged sprint car races with Bacon-Marshall Motorsports, and silver crown races with Bob East and Terry Klatt, Bacon plans to carry on with his loaded season.

Debuting the new Brady Bacon Racing No. 99 this weekend, Bacon plans to compete in Brownstown Speedway’s annual No Way Out 40, barring a potential weather cancellation at the Brownstown, Indiana facility. Nonetheless, his first USAC appearance under BBR will come next weekend as the series travels to Lawrenceburg Speedway for the fourth race of 2018.

Brady Bacon would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of his career: Fatheadz Eyewear, Tel-Star Technologies & Port City Raceway, Gene Francowiak, Priority Aviation, Triple X Race Company, FMR Racing, FK Indy, Heath Clips Lawn & Care, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, B&S Cattle, Lucas Oil Products, Kiser’s Truck & Auto, Smiley’s Racing Products, Keizer Wheels, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, FK Rod Ends, DMI, Walker Filters, ProGlide Coatings, Octane Ink, CP Carrillo, PAC Racing, Allstar Performance, Simpson Racing Products, Driver Websites, Engler Machine & Tool, Wilwood Engineering, Schroth Racing, Smith Precision Products, KSE Racing Products, King Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, FSR Radiators, LRB Mfg, and Indy Race Parts.

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From Wrenching to Wheeling: The Full Circle Journey of USAC’s Most Improved Driver, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney!

Before he kicked off his USAC National Sprint Car season last weekend (with back-to-back wins), we sat down with Tyler Courtney to discuss his career in this week’s “Walkapedia Weekly” feature story. Beginning with his first race as a two-week old baby at Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN), we went over his lengthy career from his early years in quarter midgets and micros to his time spent learning under Bryan Clauson. Now, at 23- years old, “Sunshine” enters 2018 with a full-time ride in all three USAC classes, as he chases the elusive triple crown in a Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing sprint car, a Clauson-Marshall Racing midget, and a Hans Lein owned silver crown.

You can now read the exclusive feature at the following link:
From Wrenching to Wheeling: The Full Circle Journey of USAC’s Most Improved Driver, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney!

Stockon Fends off Challenges from Darland, Grant & KTJ, Scores USAC Sprint Victory on Night One of Winter Dirt Games!

(Richard Golardi Photo)
Ocala, FL | February 16, 2018 – Proving ready for a test around every corner last night, Fort Branch, Indiana’s Chase Stockon fended off a trio of mighty challenges from the likes of Dave Darland, Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas Jr. throughout the 30-lap “Winter Dirt Games” opener to the USAC National Sprint Car Series season at Bubba Raceway Park. Starting from the outside pole in his TBI Racing, Superior Tank & Trailer, DRC Chassis No. 32, Stockon roared to the lead and quickly took command of the main event. Welcoming an early challenge from “The People’s Champ,” Stockon held off several close calls before dishing away “JG’s” bid for the lead at halfway, and eventually stopping “KTJ’s” attempt for the win in the closing laps. After a 15-month hiatus between wins #8 and #9, the 29-year old Stockon has now reeled off three USAC National victories in his last five attempts, bumping his career total to 11 victories with the series.

Beginning his campaign with the Hoffman Auto Racing, Mean Green No. 69 last night, Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. started the year off right as he set quicktime honors with a blistering fast time of 13.750. A stout list of top five qualifiers that included Chris Windom (13.915), Justin Grant (13.981), Carson Short (14.007) and Chase Stockon (14.077) followed KTJ. The foursome of “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Chad Boespflug, CJ Leary and Carson Short split heat race victories as Nick Bilbee claimed the B-Main win.

Rolling off on the pole for the 30-lap main event, Dave Darland would be pursuing his first series victory since 2016 in the Matt Goodnight Racing No. 36D. However, a hungry Chase Stockon fired off on the outside pole and immediately guided his Fisher Chevy powerplant into the top spot. Darland provided a furious challenge in the early running and was mighty close to sneaking by Stockon on several occasions, but a mechanical issue on lap 13 forced him to a stop as he brought out the caution and relinquished his runner-up position.

Assuming the role of challenger, Ione, California’s Justin Grant took control of the second position and put pressure on Stockon at the halfway point. Making his own strong debut in a new ride, Grant was looking to begin his time with the TOPP Motorsports No. 4 crew with a victory, but was unable to sneak around Stockon and soon dropped back. On the 23rd circuit, another new face in a new ride arose to throw his hat into the mix, as Kevin Thomas Jr. guided the Hoffman Racing No. 69 into second behind Stockon.

With the unique track conditions switching from smily/greasy in the early running to rubber in the latter half, Stockon especially was in for a difficult task as he was the sitting duck in front of the field. However, he made just the right calls in just the right amount of time to prevent KTJ’s worthy bid for the lead.

Stockon would hang on to lead all 30 laps as the the 29-year old Indiana native claimed his 11th career USAC National Sprint Car Series victory behind the wheel of the No. 32 entry. Picking up where he left off at the end of 2016, Stockon has now clicked off victories in three of the last five USAC Sprint Car events and is looking to be a strong contender for this year’s title.

Rounding out the top five behind Stockon was Kevin Thomas Jr. (2nd) in the Hoffman No. 69, Chris Windom (3rd) in the Baldwin Brothers No. 5, Justin Grant (4th) in the TOPP Motorsports No. 4 and Robert Ballou (5th) in the BOSS Chassis No. 12. Closing out the top ten was Kyle Cummins in 6th, Isaac Chapple in 7th, Chad Boespflug in 8th-from-18th, Logan Seavey in 9th, and Nick Bilbee in 10th.

Two more nights of USAC National Sprint Car racing remains at the Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida, as the ninth edition of “Winter Dirt Games” serves as the kickoff to an enticing 45-race schedule in 2018. You can follow along all weekend with a live pay-per-view on http://www.speedshifttv.com.

A-Main Results (30 Laps): 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (5), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. Kyle Cummins (11), 7. Isaac Chapple (12), 8. Chad Boespflug (18), 9. Logan Seavey (13), 10. Nick Bilbee (7), 11. Tyler Courtney (17), 12. Kody Swanson (15), 13. Brady Bacon (8), 14. Carson Short (3), 15. CJ Leary (20), 16. Tyler Clem (14), 17. Jarett Andretti (21), 18. Landon Simon (19), 19. Garrett Aitken (9), 20. Dave Darland (1), 21. Kent Schmidt (16), 22. Tim Buckwalter (22).
Lap Leader(s): Stockon 1-30.
Hard Charger(s): Boespflug +10.

USAC’s Dooling-Hayward Motorsports Forms Alliance with NASCAR’s Richard Childress Racing!

(Rich Forman Photo)
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.”

 

 

Walkapedia Launches!

It was a normal night on Twitter as I, Brian Walker, had just helped answer a Chili Bowl history question for my buddies Ross Wece and Christopher Bell. As a passionate stat-nerd and geek when it comes to racing history, I have always loved tracking down old results and news from years and even decades ago. However, it was on that January night, when Bell assessed the nickname “Walkapedia,” that my brain truly started running with the idea. After several months of continuing my duties with Maximum Dirt as we covered the micro sprint scene from coast-to-coast, I started taking the wonderings and encouragement from friends and mentors seriously. The idea of a site, let alone the social media networks, filled with statistical reports, historical recounts, and old information on our sports biggest events and drivers. But, it doesn’t stop there. Expand the reach and cover not only micro sprints, but midget racing and the ever-popular world of sprint car racing. Create a site, a one-stop shop of sorts, where people can find a story from the Brady Bacon/Chad Boespflug duel at Eldora, read on Donny Schatz’ domination at Knoxville, follow the rise of Gio Scelzi through the sprint car ranks, enjoy the season-long battle between Keith Kunz Motorsports and Clauson-Marshall Racing in the midget ranks, and keep a tab on the up and coming stars of the micro sprint world like Jason McDougal, Zeb Wise, Craig Ronk, Jake Andreotti and more. The idea is to grow this site, along with our social media networks, into the leading news market for open wheel dirt track racing. Between the always-expanding website full of historical stats and the latest news, a Twitter covering the biggest events with live updates and breaking news, and Facebook & Instagram markets only increasing the reach of our incredible sport. The end-goal is big, but the Walkapedia brand has the potential and I have the passion to turn this dream into a reality.