Lonnie Wheatley, KANSAS CITY, Kan. (August 15, 2008) Oklahoma's Brady Bacon
just found victory lane in the "traditional" 410-ci Sprint Car ranks
two nights earlier.
Now, the third generation shoe seems to be unstoppable as he snared his third
O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless Midwest Swing feature win in as many
nights by topping Friday's 25-lap preliminary feature event at Lakeside
Bacon took full advantage of a late caution to overtake race-long leader and
current TNT points leader Dave Darland on the 21st lap, ultimately beating
Darland to the checkered flag with Damion Gardner and Bryan Clauson taking the
final two guaranteed starting berths in Saturday night's $10,000 to win Ron
"I made all the adjustments I could make on that last caution and it
worked, this car is working so great right now it just seems like we can do no
wrong," Bacon explained of Mike and Megan Eubanks' Wesmar-powered Tel-Star
Communications No. 99 Triple-X.
Working forward from the ninth position, the caution that proved to be
Bacon's big break also negated Bryan Clauson's move around Darland on the high
side for the lead and a possible win. Clauson still earned a lock-in position
with a last-lap pass of R.J. Johnson for fourth in a wild scramble for position.
"A win tonight would have been nice, but at least we're locked in for
tomorrow night, that's the one we want," Clauson commented.
While Darland outgunned polesitter Hunter Schuerenberg for the lead at the
drop of the green flag, Bacon went to work from the fifth row and had cracked
the top five after just a handful of circuits and was then fourth behind Darland,
Clauson and R.J. Johnson after Schuerenberg spun to a stop along the
frontstretch after ten laps.
Johnson and Bacon both charged around Clauson on the restart, with Arizona's
Johnson using the low side of the track to pressure the rim-riding Darland for
the lead as the caution flew after 16 laps.
Opting to protect the low line, Darland dropped to the bottom with Bacon
surging past Johnson for second. With several front runners bottled up on the
lower portion of the track, Clauson took full advantage by powering by on the
top side of the backstretch on the 21st lap only to have a caution flag fly for
Dustin Morgan's disabled mount on the backstretch.
With Clauson back to third behind Darland and Bacon on the restart, Darland
moved back to the upper groove and Bacon gobbled up the lead on the lower
portion of the track, holding it to the checkered flag.
Darland held on for second in Scott Benic's Gaerte-powered RWB No. 2b Maxim,
while Damion Gardner gained three positions over the final five circuits to take
the show position in the Leffler Racing Pace Lighting No. 71 Beast.
Clauson edged Johnson at the line for fourth in Kevin Montgomery's Kenz &
Leslie No. 76 with Johnson rounding out the top five in the Arizona Race Mart
No. 15 Maxim.
Cole Whitt notched a sixth-place showing in his first TNT outing of the week,
with Darren Hagen, 14th-starter Gary Taylor, Charles Davis, Jr., and
20th-starter Chris Windom completing the top ten.
Dustin Morgan, Darland, Gardner and Whitt topped heat race action, with Mike
Leslie, Clauson, Jesse Hockett and Thomas Meseraull winning the qualifiers.
Daron Clayton won the 10-lap "B" Main.
The night ended early for several competitors, including Robert Ballou and
Kevin Swindell (who both flipped on the final lap of the first heat race) and
Zach Goulden (who flipped on the second lap of the fourth qualifying race).
Dusty Murray took down some fence cables on the first attempt to start the
The Fourth Annual O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless Midwest Swing
concludes with Saturday night's $10,000-to-win Ron Shuman Classic at Lakeside
Speedway, with heat races set to fire off at 7:30 p.m.
OReilly Sprint Bandits Tour N Topless Lakeside Speedway Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 67-Dustin Morgan, 2. 5*-Gary Taylor, 3. 92-Daron
Clayton, 4. 10-Darren Hagen, 5. 81-Robert Ballou, 6. 1-Kevin Swindell, 7.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 2b-Dave Darland, 2. 11-Hunter Schuerenberg, 3.
14-Coleman Gulick, 4. 7c-Chris Morgan, 5. 75-Jesse Hockett, 6. 76bg-Mike Leslie,
7. 8-Jeff Wingate.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 71-Damion Gardner, 2. 15-R.J. Johnson, 3. 32-Casey
Shuman, 4. 99-Brady Bacon, 5. 1k-Kim Kennedy, 6. 71x-Robert Bell, 7. 46-Dusty
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 29w-Cole Whitt, 2. 76-Bryan Clauson, 3. 21s-Charles
Davis, Jr., 4. 97-Bret Mellenberndt, 5. 10T-Thomas Meseraull, 6. 49-Zach Goulden,
7. 65-Chris Parkinson.
Qualifying Races (Top 16 in Combined Passing Points from Heats &
Qualifiers to "A" Main; Balance to "B" Main):
First Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 76bg-Mike Leslie, 2. 15-R.J. Johnson, 3.
67-Dustin Morgan, 4. 71-Damion Gardner, 5. 1k-Kim Kennedy, 6. 92-Daron Clayton,
7. 17-Chris Windom, 8. 24-Alan Billings.
Second Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 76-Bryan Clauson, 2. 2b-Dave Darland, 3.
97-Bret Mellenberndt, 4. 32-Casey Shuman, 5. 8-Jeff Wingate. DNS: 1-Kevin
Swindell, 81-Robert Ballou.
Third Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 75-Jesse Hockett, 2. 99-Brady Bacon, 3.
10-Darren Hagen, 4. 29w-Cole Whitt, 5. 14-Coleman Gulick, 6. 46-Dusty Murray, 7.
Fourth Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 10T-Thomas Meseraull, 2. 11-Hunter Schuerenberg,
3. 21s-Charles Davis, Jr., 4. 5*-Gary Taylor, 5. 7c-Chris Morgan, 6. 65-Chris
Parkinson, 7. 49-Zach Goulden.
"B" "Main (Top 6 Advance to "A" Main):
"B" Feature (10 Laps): 1. 92-Daron Clayton, 2. 7c-Chris Morgan, 3.
14-Coleman Gulick, 4. 17-Chris Windom, 5. 1k-Kim Kennedy, 6. 71x-Robert Bell, 7.
8-Jeff Wingate, 8. 65-Chris Parkinson, 9. 24-Alan Billings, 10. 46-Dusty Murray.
DNS: 49-Zach Goulden, 81-Robert Ballou, 1-Kevin Swindell.
O'Reilly Sprint Bandits TNT Lakeside Speedway Preliminary "A" Main
A Main (25 Laps): 1. 99-Brady Bacon, 2. 2b-Dave Darland, 3. 71-Damion
Gardner, 4. 76-Bryan Clauson, 5. 15-R.J. Johnson, 6. 29w-Cole Whitt, 7.
10-Darren Hagen, 8. 5*-Gary Taylor, 9. 21s-Charles Davis, Jr., 10. 17-Chris
Windom, 11. 7c-Chris Morgan, 12. 75-Jesse Hockett, 13. 10T-Thomas Meseraull, 14.
11-Hunter Schuerenberg, 15. 76bg-Mike Leslie, 16. 97-Bret Mellenberndt, 17.
14-Coleman Gulick, 18. 1k-Kim Kennedy, 19. 92-Daron Clayton, 20. 67-Dustin
Morgan, 21. 71x-Robert Bell, 22. 32-Casey Shuman.
Lap Leaders: Dave Darland 1-20, Brady Bacon 21-25.
O'Reilly Sprint Bandits TNT Midwest Swing Points (Top 15):
Drivers: 1. Dave Darland 720, 2. Jesse Hockett 678, 3. (tie) Gary Taylor,
Thomas Meseraull and Brady Bacon 666, 6. Damion Gardner 656, 7. Casey Shuman
652, 8. Coleman Gulick 612, 9. Charles Davis, Jr. 605, 10. R.J. Johnson 591, 11.
Robert Ballou 590, 12. Bret Mellenberndt 584, 13. Darren Hagen 556, 14. Chris
Windom 504, 15. Mike Leslie 496.
Owners: 1. 2B Racing #2b - 720, 2. Trucker's #10 700, 3. VKCC #75
678, 4. (tie) Tel-Star #5* and Tel-Star #99 - 666, 6. Leffler Racing #71
656, 7. Rex Foster #32 652, 8. Hazardous Motorsports #14 612, 9. Mark
Swanson #21s 605, 10. Ricky Johnson #15 - 591, 11. MPHG Promotions #81
590, 12. Mellenberndt #97 584, 13. (tie) Triple Crown Racing #1 and
Trucker's #10T 522, 15. Windom Racing #71 504.