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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.

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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

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.”