As a third-generation driver, racing is in Brady Bacon’s blood. He was just five years old when he first started driving quarter midgets, and at 10, he started racing micro midgets. Flash forward to 2018, and by the end of this year, he will have run in an excess of 100 races while pursuing the USAC Sprint championship in his own 99 car and the USAC midget championship in Frank Manafort’s 76M. In addition, he’ll have also managed to fit in select 410 wing sprint car races in the Bacon Marshall Motorsports entry. Fatheadz is proud to be a sponsor of this competitor who is on the fast track to racing success.
The Early Days
Racing since 1995, Brady’s hometown is Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In his 2006 season, after much success in the USAC National Midget Series, he signed onto the Driver Development Program with Chip Ganassi Racing. He began racing for Kasey Kahne’s USAC team in 2007 and raced with them through the end of 2008 in the full USAC National Midget and Sprint Car Series on both pavement and dirt.
Brady graduated from a private Christian school (one year early), so he could pursue his racing career. He excelled academically, and was a National Merit Scholar as well as Valedictorian of his class.
A Career in the Making
He got back together with former car owners Mike and Megan Eubanks in 2009 to pursue his winged sprint car career. His 2010 and 2011 seasons, he finished the ASCS tour second and third in points respectively. The two years brought a total of five ASCS National victories as well as the prestigious Rookie of Knoxville 410 Nationals award in the wing ranks. He also scored his first USAC National sprint car win.
In 2011 Brady took over full ownership of the 99 program and now operates Brady Bacon Racing. Brady enjoys being as versatile as possible, and not only drives, but is responsible for all setup and mechanical decisions on his own cars. 2012 proved to be a breakout year for Brady. He amassed a total of 12 victories in a variety of different venues. Concentrating on the ASCS tour, he won seven races and finished third in the final points standings.
Wanting to make a change and do more wing 410 racing, Brady decided to make a few big changes in 2013. After marrying long-time girlfriend Xia Xianna Baker, Brady moved to Indiana and took over driving duties for the famed Hoffman Auto Racing 69. Brady had a successful tenure with Hoffman Auto Racing from 2013 to 2016, resulting in two National USAC Championships and 14 USAC feature wins. The combo also won the 2014 Eastern Storm and 2016 Indiana Sprint week titles. Brady sits atop the all-time win list for the race team.
The Excitement Continues
Brady and Xia Xianna also continue to field their own 410 sprint car in select events throughout the country. Brady has earned a total of six 410 sprint car victories, including a Pennsylvania Speedweek victory at Path Valley Speedway, and an Eldora 4 Crown title with the Allstars Circuit of Champions. He juggles the busiest open wheel dirt schedule in the country, piloting cars across the country. Bacon has amassed more than 80 sprint car and midget victories in his career and plans on adding many more.
2018 Quick Stats (as of June 25, 2018):
- 47 races
- 4 wins
- 20 top-fives
- 29 top-tens
- Allstar Sprints Eldora 4 Crown Winner
- Three USAC National Midget wins
- Two USAC National Sprint Car wins
- Two USAC 360 wins
- Williams Grove ARDC winner
- One Local 410 Sprint win
- Third in USAC National Midget points
- 10 total wins
- USAC National Champion
- Indiana Sprint Week Champion
- USAC Curb Super License Champion
- Third in USAC Midget points
- Two USAC National Sprint Wins (Montpelier, Jackson)
- Jason Leffler Memorial 20K Winner
- One 410 Wing Sprint Car Win
- One CRA Sprint Win
- One Australian Midget win
- One USAC 360 Win
- Seven total wins
- Seven USAC National Sprint Car Wins
- One CRA Sprint Car Win
- One Local 410 Sprint Car Win
- One MOWA Sprint Car Win
- Western World Midget Win
- One 360 Sprint Car Win
- 12 Season Wins
- USAC National Sprint Car Champion
- Four USAC 410 Wins
- Four Crown Nationals Winner
- Eastern Storm Champion
- 410 MOWA Granite City Winner
- 410 Triple X 40 PA Speedweek Winner
- Two USAC 360 Wins
- One 305 Sprint Car Win