WHEATLAND, Mo. — Brady Bacon led only two laps, but they were the most important ones during Friday night’s POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League feature at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Bacon passed Marion Clouser with two laps to go as 32 WAR cars were in action seeking valuable points for Saturday night’s finale.
Bacon picked up $1,377 for the win. He started eighth and rallied into the top three by lap 10, passed Anthony Nicholson for second by lap 15 and made the winning pass coming out of turn four, edging past Clouser in the low groove at the start-finish line with two to go.
“My plan was to originally run the bottom. I thought the top would go away,” Bacon said. “He was wheeling it pretty good and not making any mistakes. I had to go up there and track him down and he kind of messed up. I pulled up close to him, ran the bottom and actually got it right.
“He came back at us a couple of times. It definitely wasn’t over when I got the lead.”
Clouser said it was a heart-breaking defeat.
“It’s tough when you’re leading sometimes because you just don’t know where the track is better at,” Clouser said. “We were making some good ground off of (turn) two the middle of the race, but we were giving up some down here in three and four and he found something on the bottom.
“I don’t know. It’s tough,” Clouser added. “That’s the difference between a guy who runs 40 races a month and a guy who works 40 hours a week. It’s a tough deal. I’m frustrated. I really thought we had that deal. Man, we were close.”
Nicholson started from the pole and sprinted away to the lead, but by lap three Clouser had closed in from his second-row starting spot and those two dueled – sometimes side by side – for the lead until a caution on lap 10 slowed the action.
Two laps after the restart. Clouser went around Nicholson coming out of turn two to take his first lead of the race with Bacon third and Logan Seavey fourth. Bacon moved into second after the race’s final caution, with 10 laps to go and gave chase to Clouser before pulling off the winning pass.
Seavey finished third, with Nicholson fourth and Dave Darland came home fifth.
Josh Baughman won the ASCS Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series feature.
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 410-Brady Bacon, ; 2. 6-Mario Clouser, ; 3. 01-Logan Seavey, ; 4. 16-Anthony Nicholson, ; 5. 7R-Dave Darland, ; 6. 37-Brian Beebe, ; 7. 11W-Wyatt Burks, ; 8. 77K-Katlynn Leer, ; 9. 65-Chris Parkinson, ; 10. 28M-Brandon Mattox, ; 11. 5C-Colten Cottle, ; 12. 77-Jack Wagner, ; 13. 54-Trey Gropp, ; 14. 73S-Lane Stone, ; 15. 91-Gunner Ramey, ; 16. 22S-Slater Helt, ; 17. (DNF) 12-Wesley Smith, ; 18. (DNF) 31-Dylan Kadous, ; 19. (DNF) 89-Todd McVay, ; 20. (DNF) 9$-Kyle Clark,