Even though the 2020 Racers Reunion Banquet was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year marks the fourth time that Radius Nation have awarded the Brady Bacon Baton Award to recognize a young racer that Brady sees as a future star in our sport. Brady, a third-generation racer, is well-equipped to spot future talent, as he is the three-time and the newly-crowned 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion and races in three USAC National series.
At the 2017 Racers Reunion Banquet, we started a new racing tradition as we presented the first Brady Bacon Baton Award to Giovanni “Gio” Scelzi, then in 2018 Jason “J-Mac” McDougal was the driver to look for in the future and last year Brady’s choice was Michael “Buddy” Kofoid from Penngrove California.
We are proud to announce that Cannon McIntosh from Bixby Oklahoma is the 2020 Brady Bacon Baton award winner. Cannon first burst onto the scene as the Junior Sprints winner at the 2014 Tulsa Shootout, and claimed his first USAC National midget victory indoors at the 2019 Shamrock Classic in DuQuoin Illinois. McIntosh firmly established his name nationally when he led over 60 laps in the 2019 Turkey Night Grand Prix and wound up as the runner-up to Kyle Larson.
For 2020, Cannon joined the powerful Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) Curb-Agajanian team to drive a Speedway Toyota-powered Spike chassis midget on the USAC National trail. With sponsorship from TRD, Mobil 1, and JBL Audio, in September 17-year old McIntosh claimed his second USAC NOS Energy Drink National midget win with a thrilling last corner pass at the Sweet Springs (Missouri) Motorsports Complex.
Three weeks later, McIntosh scored another USAC National midget win at the famed ¼-mile Gas City Indiana Speedway, and with five races remaining in the shortened 2020 USAC NOS Energy National midget schedule, McIntosh is in fifth place in national points, close behind his KKM teammate and 2019 Brady Bacon Baton Award winner Buddy Kofoid.