The Brady Bacon Baton Award is given to a driver who Brady sees as a rising star headed to the top. Brady, a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, with more than 20 years of experience driving and working on his race cars, is uniquely qualified to identify and study the upcoming drivers.
At the 2018 Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout, Jason McDougal won three historic features in one night, and then in May “JMac” moved to Indiana to pursue his racing dreams with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series. On September 1, McDougal scored his first USAC National Sprint Car win at the I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Missouri, then the following night won the Vince Osman Memorial race at the Kokomo Speedway in Indiana. Jason pulled “triple duty” at the Eldora Four Crown Nationals as he raced the non-winged sprint car and midget features and finished fourth in his debut appearance in the Silver Crown Champ Car Series.
The 2017 winner of the Brady Bacon Baton Award was Giovanni Scelzi. Scelzi joined the ranks of the touring Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and the World of Outlaws Craftsmen Sprint Car Series this season. In just his third World of Outlaw start, Gio finished third, then in late September at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania, the 16-year old Scelzi became the youngest ever winner in World of Outlaws competition. Scelzi was also the 2018 Chili Bowl Nationals Rookie of the Year.
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, the Brady Bacon Award will be presented to this year’s winner as part of the 10th Annual Racers Reunion Banquet in Irving, Texas.