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Team effort sends Cutshaw to fourth straight Lucas Oil Speedway USRA Modified championship

Friday, November 24th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The term “teamwork” sometimes gets tossed around like a cliche when race drivers review championship seasons. But when Jeff Cutshaw talks about team, it’s legit.

Cutshaw won as unprecedented fourth straight Pitts Homes USRA Modified track championship at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2017. When he says he couldn’t have done it without the help of crew members Billy Mitchell, Andrew Miller and Michael Mitchell, he absolutely means it.

“They mean everything to my operation,” said Cutshaw, who works 13-14 hour days during the week as service manager of a Chrysler dealership in Kansas City. He returns to his Bolivar home on weekends and his team always has the car ready to roll for race nights.

“They take care of it, wash it, get it ready,” Cutshaw said. “If anything is broke, they fix it. Billy keeps it at his house, including the truck and trailer. He takes care of the car like it’s his own.

“Those guys pick up the slack, for sure. I don’t hardly even see the car until Saturday afternoons and they have it ready to go.”

Team Cutshaw clearly is doing something right, displaying consistency week after week and year after year. Mechanical failures or DNFs have been few and far between, which is key when racing for championships.

He had three wins and two second-place finishes in 2017 with seven other top-fives.

“The big thing with any championship is you have to stay consistent,” Cutshaw said. “You don’t have to win a bunch of races, but you have to be consistent. I’ve always said that I would like to win more races, but the championship is important as well.”

Cutshaw said each championship has had a different feel to it, with the most-recent one perhaps the most-challenging of the four. That’s because he had to come from behind in the final couple of weeks to finish just 21 points clear of runner-up Jason Pursley.

It took a feature win on Aug. 19 and a second-place run on championship night a week later to nail it down. It was in contrast to 2016, when he had the points championship all but wrapped up with more than a month remaining.

Cutshaw said it was fun to rally with strong finish to win this one in a GRT by Phillips by purchased four years ago.

“I bought that car new from Terry Phillips four years ago and have four championships, so I have to give a lot of credit to Terry Phillips,” Cutshaw said. “I can call and visit with him any time and throw stuff at him and he can tell me if I’m crazy or not.

“We’re always trying little things. Even though the car is pretty good, we’re always trying new things to make it better and faster.”

Sponsors include SCP Race Engines and Electric Beach Tanning Salon. Those two, along with his key crew members, will be back next year as Cutshaw shoots to make it five championships in a row.

“I might bounce around a little bit, but I’m not gonna race too far from home because with work, I just don’t have the hours to travel,” Cutshaw said. “We’re probably gonna stay at Lucas and try to win another one.”

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at and on

Jeff Cutshaw won three features in 2017, en route to his fourth straight Lucas Oil Speedway Pitts Homes USRA Modified championship. (Kenny Shaw photo)


Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Roderick Among the Quickest at the Snowball Derby Preview

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Pensacola, FL — While his mind is fixed solely on etching his name on the Tom Dawson Trophy in two weeks, Casey Roderick gladly took the money Five Flags Speedway handed out Saturday evening.

Roderick’s wicked fast Ronnie Sanders Racing machine was the quickest Super Late Model at the special Snowball Derby Preview event, and with the title of fastest man in town comes a $500 check.

Roderick set his fast time of 16.611 in the first of the two pay-out sessions. The quick lap was a product of all-day, continuous work on the car.

“We came down here with a game plan to work on certain areas of the race track,” said Roderick. “I feel like we made some good gains on it, but think we will need to be a little better at the Derby. We unloaded off the truck good and just made it a little better all day. It’s always fun to be fast.”

Saturday’s goal was to be good for one lap, in a little more than two weeks at the 50th Snowball Derby – which can be seen LIVE via Speed51 Pay-Per-View – the focus will be finding a way to transfer the one-lap speed in to 300 grueling circuits.

Roderick and team owner Ronnie Sanders put their heads together and formed a game plan for the Derby before ever leaving the track Saturday night.

“You compare where you made gains and where you need to improve on the most,” Roderick said. “I told Ronnie that I would really like to spend some time on it and get it worked out where we can try stuff when come back. If the stuff we try doesn’t make it faster, we can put the tried and true stuff back on it.

Indiana-transplant Derrick Griffin stunned the Pro Late Model field with a fast lap of 16.903, also in the first session of the cash dash.

Griffin, a former CRA Super Series champion, now calls the Florida panhandle home and was thrilled with his fast lap, especially since it came on old tires.

“We didn’t have enough money to put two sets of tires on it,” Griffin said. “We put ours on in the first session and were fastest there. We didn’t think that would hold up, but the dew started to set in. During the second Mod session, I saw the roof of the car was wet and knew they second session wouldn’t be worth it. We are thrilled to set fast time.”

A year after setting fast time in Super Late Models, Pro Late Models and Modifieds, Florida’s Jeff Choquette was forced to settle for one check this go-around.

Choquette toured the Pensacola half-mile in 17.596 seconds in his Mod to pocket $200. With momentum on his side, Choquette is excited about a return to the Florida panhandle in less than two weeks.

“We have some good momentum on our side coming off of New Smyrna,” said Choquette. “We want to keep building on it and come back next week to win the Modified part of the Derby.”

In local action, Bubba Winslow was quickest in the Outlaw Stocks, Logan Boyett set fast time in Pro Trucks, Brannon Fowler topped the charts in Sportsmen and Robert Balkum led the way in Purer Stocks.

All seven divisions will be in action during the 50th Annual Snowball Derby weekend Nov. 29 – Dec. 3. The 50th Annual Snowball Derby will kick off on Wednesday, November 29 with racing for the first time in event history on a Wednesday night. The Pure Stock division will be in action for a 50-lap feature prior to the annual Green Flag Pit Party and all-important qualifying draw for Late Model drivers.

Late Models will hit the track for the first time on Thursday, November 30 prior to 50-lap features for the Sportsman and Outlaw Stock divisions later that night.

Friday, December 1 is the most intense day in all of short track racing. It’s qualifying day for the Snowball Derby. Also on Friday night, the Modifieds will get their spotlight as they do battle for 75 laps to crown their Snowball Derby champion.

Saturday, December 2 is Allen Turner Snowflake 100 race day. Qualifying for the Snowflake 100 will begin at 2 p.m. CT. A 50-lap last chance race for the Snowflake 100 will immediately follow qualifying. The 50-lap last chance race for the Snowball Derby will also be held on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the last chance race for the Snowflake 100.

The green flag for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will wave at 7 p.m. Also on Saturday night, the Pro Trucks will race for 50 laps to decide who takes their Snowball Derby victory.

Sunday, December 3 is the biggest day of the year in short track racing. It’s race day for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities will begin at Noon CT. The class photo for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will be taken on the front stretch at 12:30. Driver introductions will follow at 1:15 p.m. The green flag for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will wave at 2 p.m.

More information on the 50th Annual Snowball Derby can be found by visiting and

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track Awards Banquet 2017!!!!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Cameron Community Center would see a packed house as over 180 Drivers, Track Workers, Crew Members and Fans would enjoy the night of fun and festivities. US 36 Raceway would like to thank Dale and Janice Eaton, Leroy Morrison and Jason Nelson for all their support sponsoring the awards and banquet. In true Jon Boller fashion all Track Champions at US 36 in 2017 will receive a free year pit pass in 2018 along with an Eye Candy Graphics Banner and a five feet tall trophy.

We would like to congratulate our Award Winners from 2017:

E-Modified Point Champion: Randy Smith Jr from Hamilton, MO
Pure Stock Point Champion: Cletus Murray from Gladstone, MO
USRA B-Modified Point Champion: Tim Eaton from St Joseph, MO
USRA Stock Car Point Champion: Alvie Christofferson from ST Joseph, MO
USRA Modified Point Champion: Zach Sanders from Kearney, MO
Outstanding Effort Award Winner: Mackenzie Brewer from St Joseph, MO
Fan of the Year Award Winner: Cheyenne Finton from Cameron, MO
Rollover Award Winner: Drew Huff from St Joseph, MO
Sportsmanship Award Winner: Cade Richards from Lincoln, NE
Special Recognition Award: Jon and Beth Boller

We would like to again thank and congratulate all fans and drivers for a great year of racing!!!!!

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track to be IMCA Sanction the next two years of Competition!!!!

Jon Boller would make the announcement at the banquet that a contract has been signed to race under the IMCA banner the next two years of competition at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track. It was also announced that 10 races will be ran at Bethany Speedway under the IMCA banner as well, ushering in a new era of racing in the area. We invite all to give us a try as we will run IMCA RaceSaver Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA A-Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Sport Modifieds, E-Modifieds and Pure Stocks weekly at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track. Keep watching Facebook and our Website for details and 2018 schedule.

We will be honoring all out top ten’s and award winners in each division on Facebook with pictures and articles over the off season as we make plans for 2018!!
See y’all there!!!!!

USMTS unveils 20th anniversary 2018 schedule

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–Officials from the United States Modified Touring Series unveiled next year’s schedule of events today, highlighted by a record top prize of $50,000 awaiting the 2018 USMTS National Champion.

The 20th anniversary season featuring the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing features a points fund of more than $160,000 while the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental has 41 nights of racing penciled in at 39 of America’s most popular dirt ovals.

The runner-up in 2018 will pocket $30,000, third place will pay $20,000, fourth gets $15,000 and the fifth-place finisher in the final standings will earn $12,000.

Only a handful of dirt racing series at any level pay $10,000 to win their points championship, but that’s what the sixth-place driver will take home at the end of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup in 2018. Seventh through 15th get $8,000, $7,000, $6000, $5000, $4500, $4000, $3500, $3000 and $2500, respectively.

Any driver that competes in every USMTS points race-regardless of where he or she finishes in the final points standings-will earn the same as the 10th-place finisher, which is currently a $5,000 points fund check at season’s end.

Since altering the format in 2007, the USMTS has had multiple regional points races leading up to “The Hunt”-a final flurry of 15 to 20 races in August and September to determine the USMTS National Champion, but in 2018 the regions are gone and there will be one single national tour where every race counts.

While the stakes are higher, the number of USMTS events will be drastically fewer in 2018. The 2017 schedule had 63 points races and as many as 80 have been held in past years. The 2018 schedule of events for the USMTS national series will feature about 40 events.

“One of the things we had to address going forward was the number of shows were were holding,” Staley added. “Twenty Hunt races in less than a month is simply too brutal on drivers’ families and team members. That had to change. We also took note of the fact that during The Hunt a fan, depending on where they live, could travel less than four hours and see 17 of the Hunt races. That’s simply too much saturation, too much tax on the average fan’s budget and it forces them to choose between shows.”

2018 USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental schedule:

Fri Mar 9 … Jackson Motor Speedway, Byram, Miss.
Sat Mar 10 … Whynot Motorsports Park, Meridian, Miss.
Sun Mar 11 … Magnolia Motor Speedway, Columbus, Miss.
Thu Mar 15 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Fri-Sun Apr 20-22 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Fri Apr 27 … West Texas Raceway, Lubbock, Texas
Sat Apr 28 … Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, Texas
Sun Apr 29 … Enid Speedway, Enid, Okla.
Fri May 4 … TBA
Sat May 5 … TBA
Sun May 6 … Creek County Speedway, Sapulpa, Okla.
Fri May 18 … I-94 Speedway, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Sat May 19 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn.
Sun May 20 … Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa
Fri May 25 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Sat May 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sun May 27 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Thu Jun 7 … 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
Fri Jun 8 … Dodge City Raceway Park, Dodge City, Kan.
Sat Jun 9 … Salina Speedway, Salina, Kan.
Thu Jun 14 … Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Thu Jun 28 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Fri Jun 29 … Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen, S.D.
Sat Jun 30 … Devil’s Lake Speedway, Crary, N.D.
Tue Jul 17 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Wed Jul 18 … Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, Iowa
Thu Aug 2 … Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo.
Fri Aug 3 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Sat Aug 4 … Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Thu Aug 16 … TBA
Fri Aug 17 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Sat Aug 18 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla.
Fri Aug 24 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Sat Aug 25 … Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.
Sun Aug 26 … Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D.
Fri Aug 31 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa
Sat Sep 1 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sun Sep 2 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
Thu Sep 20 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.

In addition to a 40-race national schedule-give or take, depending on Mother Nature-the USMTS will continue to have several non-points crown jewel events.

King of America VIII is set for March 15-17 at the Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway. The $50,000-to-win Masters returns to the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., June 14-16, and the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., hosts the Silver Dollar Nationals for the USMTS Modifieds and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the eighth straight year on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21. The 20th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree takes place at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., Sept. 20-22, where the USMTS National Champion will once again be crowned at the conclusion of Thursday’s night opener..

The 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial will return to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday, Aug. 17. It was also also announced today that the 2018 Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year will earn a record $5,000.

A new crown jewel event will close out the 2018 racing season with the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Nationals at the Kennedale Speedway Park, Nov. 1-3. The event will also be the final points race in the Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series.

2018 USMTS Crown Jewel events:

Thu-Sat Mar 15-17 … King of America VIII – Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Thu-Sat Jun 14-16 … 20th Annual Masters – Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Fri-Sat Jul 20-21 … 8th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals – I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, Neb.
Fri Aug 17 … 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial – Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Thu-Sat Sep 20-22 … 20th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree – Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Thu-Sat Nov 1-3 … Summit USMTS Southern Nationals – Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale, Texas

With events in Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, the Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series presented by Production Jars will have it’s own lucrative points fund and crown a champion at season’s end. Except for the three-day mega-event in November, all Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series points races will be in the books before Memorial Day Weekend.

2018 Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series presented by Production Jars schedule:

Fri-Sat Feb 23-24 … South Texas Speedway, Corpus Christi, Texas
Sun Feb 25 … Texana Raceway Park, Edna, Texas
Thu Mar 1 … Grayson County Speedway, Bells, Texas
Fri Mar 2 … Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale, Texas
Sat Mar 3 … Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, Texas
Fri Mar 9 … Jackson Motor Speedway, Byram, Miss.
Sat Mar 10 … Whynot Motorsports Park, Meridian, Miss.
Sun Mar 11 … Magnolia Motor Speedway, Columbus, Miss.
Fri-Sun Apr 20-22 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Fri Apr 27 … West Texas Raceway, Lubbock, Texas
Sat Apr 28 … Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, Texas
Sun Apr 29 … Enid Speedway, Enid, Okla.
Thu-Sat Nov 1-3 … Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale, Texas

More big announcements will be coming soon. Watch for the latest news on the USMTS website at and our social media channels.

The 2018 season kicks off with the first Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series event on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas. The first points race in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup happens two weeks later on Friday, March 9, at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., which will also be a Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series points race.

Awards Banquet approaching: The United States Modified Touring Series will celebrate the sponsors, crew members, drivers and their families at the annual USMTS awards banquet on Saturday, January 27, 2017, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

A record crowd of nearly 300 people attended last year’s gala, and this year’s party will once again be a joint effort for both the USMTS and United States Racing Association (USRA). Fans and members of the media are invited to attend too.

Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7435 and request the USMTS discounted room rate.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening’s meal will feature a luxurious and plentiful selection of fine food, plus a huge dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets will go on sale this week.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at and Instagram at or subscribe to our YouTube channel at Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at

Bacon a Blue En Route to Bakersfield Midge Triumph

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Bakersfield, California………With one of the busiest racing schedules of any driver in the United States, Brady Bacon annually competes in excess of 100 events a year on tracks from coast-to-coast.

In Saturday night’s “November Classic,” it might’ve appeared the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native had been an experienced master of Bakersfield Speedway. But, wouldn’t you know it? Saturday night was the first time Bacon had even laid eyes on the track.

Bacon, originally lining up seventh on the grid, worked the outside line to climb to the lead on lap seven. It was a lead he would never relinquish as he picked up his third USAC National Midget victory of the year in his FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota in the National series’ first stop at Bakersfield in 17 years.

“At the start, I was on the inside and I saw the outside got a pretty good run,” Bacon observed. “The bottom was kind of glazed over from the moisture in the air or something. I knew it would eventually move back down there, but I figured I’d try to make the moves while I could. I went to the top and it worked out. We were the first ones in the front to do it and had a clear lane to the front.”

The beginning was tumultuous as Light Up the World Beverages USAC Western States Midget regular Michael Faccinto stepped out to the lead from the outside of the front row on the initial start. Meanwhile, pole sitter Michael Pickens slotted into second. While riding the high side in turn three, contact was made between he and Holly Shelton. As Pickens sat sideways in the middle of the track, he was slammed into by Shannon McQueen, who had nowhere to go. Frankie Guerrini and Dustin Golobic also became involved, but would restart along with Pickens. McQueen headed back to the hauler earlier than she had planned with a hurt racecar.

The ensuing restart would only get back on track for a pair of laps before fifth-running Shelton got the back end loose in turn three. As she slid sideways, Zeb Wise, making his USAC debut, careened in while Ryan Robinson took evasive action to avoid the melee and climbed the outside wall before coming to a stop. Shelton’s night was finished, but Wise and Robinson would restart.

Once the race got back on the rails, Faccinto led the way on the bottom with series point leader Spencer Bayston just behind. Glancing behind Bayston, one could see Bacon running a slightly higher line than those he trailed, which took him to second around the outside of Bayston off turn two on the fourth lap. Bayston scrapped back, but Bacon had enough of a head of steam off turns two and four to clamp down on the top spot.

As Bacon and Bayston tussled for the runner-up position, both simultaneously chipped away at Faccinto’s lead. Quickly, it became a three-car race for the lead with the top-three appearing in Blue Angels formation exiting turn two. On lap seven, Bacon surged ahead of Faccinto midway down the back straightaway to secure the lead and instantly constructed a one-second gap over Faccinto and Bayston. With an open highway comfort cruise lying in front of him, Bacon was free to run his race as he pleased.

In his first ever visit to Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway Saturday night, Brady Bacon picked up his 3rd USAC National Midget win of 2017 and 6th career.
(Rich Forman Photo)

“I ran the middle in (turns) one and two a lot,” Bacon explained. “I diamonded three and four and came off as straight as I could. It was really heavy, so it was easy to get pointed in the wrong direction. I just thought it was going to be too far around the top and my car was pretty good on the bottom and in the middle, so I stuck with it. I started feeling a little less grip in one and two, but I moved around and pedaled it a little more.”

With Bacon pulling away, Bayston fought Faccinto for second throughout the next four laps until clearing him on lap 12. Bayston would receive a reprieve two laps later when new five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner slid sideways to a stop on the front straightaway to bring out the caution. With the substantial lead erased, Bacon would have to get back on the saddle once again. On the first try, Bacon stumbled and Bayston was able to hang in contention. Yet, when Cory Elliott slowed to bring out the yellow moments later, Bacon would get a reprieve and another shot at that restart.

When that chance arrived on lap 14 restart version two, Bacon left Bayston on his own and instantly spurted away to a ten car-length lead that wouldn’t get any closer despite Bacon having to fight through traffic in the final five laps. Bacon would race away to his sixth career series victory over two seconds ahead of Bayston, Tanner Thorson, Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant.

In an odd circumstance, following the checkered flag, Courtney found himself on his side in Tommy Tipover fashion in turn two. He was uninjured.

Despite finishing one spot behind Bacon at the finish line at Bakersfield, Bayston extended his USAC National Midget point lead by one to 67 in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/IWX – Curb Records – TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota. All the Lebanon, Indiana driver has left to do to clinch his first title is to simply sign-in at this Thursday’s season-finale at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway’s “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Bayston’s teammate, Thorson, of Minden, Nevada set the tone by recording the ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifying time before going on to finish third in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio – TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Two USAC National Midget track records were broken at Bakersfield. Jimmy Christian’s 8-lap mark set in 2000 was surpassed by Shane Golobic in heat race two. The late Kevin Doty’s 12-lap record from 1998 was passed by Brady Bacon during the semi-feature.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway include Tanner Thorson (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger), Zeb Wise (Chalk Stix/Keizer Aluminum Wheels/Saldana Racing Products 3rd Heat Winner), David Prickett (Indy Race Parts/Pyrotect Racing Cells 4th Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Semi Winner) and Courtney Crone (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).


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