USAC Sprints: Bacon Strikes Late for Four Crown Nationals Sprint Car Win

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ROSSBURG, Ohio – official release — Travis Branch photo — Brady Bacon continued his recent hot streak and big-track success with another half-mile victory during Sunday afternoon’s AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series portion of the Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway.

The Broken Arrow, Okla., driver flashed past race-long leader Robert Ballou on lap 28 to score his fourth win of the season.

Ballou led from the front row as Bacon followed him on the high side to claim second as they exited the second corner on the opening lap. They ran the extreme high side until the track started to lay rubber just before halfway. Bacon missed the rubber a bit on a lap-12 restart, allowing a hard-charging Bryan Clauson, who had taken the ProSource Fast Time Award on Saturday, to get to second and set up an assault on Ballou for the lead.

After a red flag on lap 20 for Kevin Thomas Jr., Clauson got a bad restart and Bacon moved past him for the second spot. He reeled in Ballou, and just as he closed on his tailtank, Ballou got tight as he missed his line a bit in turn two. Bacon flashed by as Ballou fought to get himself back down from the cushion and he and Clauson made contact. Ballou bounced and turned over, but was unhurt.

The restart came with just three laps to go and Bacon was untouchable. He made it his eighth career win in the Hoffman Auto Racing/Mean Green No. 69 Triple X/Stanton Mopar.

Clauson came home second in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Chevy Performance No. 20 Beast/Kistler and Justin Grant rounded out the podium in the Mark Knupp’s Tire & Muffler/Dick’s Paint & Body No. 40 DRC/Claxton.

Tracy Hines finished fourth in The Carolina Nut Company/Hansen’s Welding No. 4 DRC/Stanton Chevy and Hunter Schuerenberg rounded out the top-five in the Ron Gorby’s Howard Johnson/Roof Bolt Xpress No. 20N Mach-1/Rider.

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