Story By: Dalton Bishop, Sports Announcer
This weekend marks the final weekend in Indiana of 2017 for the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars. Friday September 29th the Amsoil National Sprint Cars make their second ever appearance to the Montpelier Motor Speedway. One year Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon maneuvered his way from the 6th starting position to take home the win in the Sprint debut at Montpelier. Earlier in the night Bacon earned the ProSource quick qualifier award of a time of 14.199 as the last car to qualify. Bacon would start outside of row 3 for the Amain. But up front at the start of the race was USAC’s all time wins leader Dave Darland and the Kokomo Veteran Shane Cottle controlling the start of the race. By lap five the freight train of Darland, Cottle, and third place running Kyle Cummins ran nose to tail around the top separating themselves from the rest of the pack. Meanwhile, Brady Bacon took to the bottom running a perfectly straight line around the infield tires rapidly reeling in the 3rd place car of Shane Cottle. By the tenth lap, Bacon had disposed of Cottle for third, then ran down Cummins for the second spot one lap later. Bacon would pull alongside the race leader (Dave Darland) at the start finish lap before taking the lead heading into turn one on lap 12. As Bacon blew by the top-three for the lead on the bottom, the trio of Darland, Cummins and Cottle followed suit by heading to the inside line on lap 13 when Cummins got by Darland for second. Cummins moved his car from the bottom to the top and back to the bottom in search of the fast way around as the race crossed the midway point. After a restart with six to go, Cummins was looking to gain an inch, anything that would give him an opportunity to gain valuable ground on Bacon at the end, but he was never close enough to mount a serious challenge in the final laps as Bacon never blinked, distancing himself from the fading Cummins and taking the win in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar #69 machine. With the victory, Bacon became the sixth different driver to win in the series’ first seven races of the 2016 season and, with his 14th career win in the number 69 car, became the all-time winningest driver in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship “points-paying” races for the venerable Hoffman family team.
Courtney Looks to Shine
In 2017 it has been all smiles for Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney a year of first. Tyler Courtney picked up his first ever career USAC National Midget win back in May at Montpelier, On Friday Tyler Courtney looks to become the first person since Tracy Hines in 2014 to win a Midget and Sprint Car Amain at the same track in the same year.
Highlights from Last Year- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWScXKsOApA