By TRENTON BERRY
Special to The Hays Daily News
Arguably one of the fastest Sprint Car drivers at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, KS over the past few years in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon. His three wins in the last four Steve King Memorial races, including preliminary nights, is almost hard to imagine. Especially when you consider the top level national talent he's competed against. It didn't begin that way though.
Back in 2009, when the race was in its infancy, Bacon had a night he would prefer to forget. "We had a steering gear break," Bacon remembers. "We hit the wall coming off of turn four and it destroyed the car. We had to cut it in half just to get the engine out. Maybe we're just getting back even now."
Bacon isn't really sure why he's fast there, but he's definitely noticed some things about the track and City of Jetmore. "The track doesn't really do the same thing repeatedly. It's usually good on the bottom, but trick too. It just fits my style. To be fast I have to hit my marks every time. I like that in a race track." The city of Jetmore's support is also not lost on the young pilot. "The town is pretty cool. It's always good to see the community support a race track."
The transition from hired driver to car owner is also something interesting about the Fatheadz, Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing, XXX Chassis #99. "It's been a good switch. I've had a lot of support. All of the sponsors are what make it possible and I can't thank them enough. I like controlling my own destiny. We're just going to keep building it over time." Currently he's third in ASCS National Tour Standings with two wins among all of his racing thus far in 2012.
The race will end up a feverish weekend of activity. With five races scheduled in five days, Bacon is sure to be sharp once he hits the Jetmore oval for the first time Saturday evening. Action will begin each night at 7 PM, with a full show scheduled both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday. Visit GreatAmericanDirtTrack.com to keep up with all things concerning the Steve King Memorial. This ASCS National Tour race promises to bring in some of the biggest names in Sprint Car racing. Don't be left wondering happened.
To find out more about Brady Bacon be sure to visit his website, BradyBaconRacing.com.