Jason McDougal, the 21-year old rising star from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has been chosen as the winner of the Brady Bacon Baton Award. The BBA 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.
McDougal will have big shoes to fill, as last year’s honoree Giovanni Scelzi started out the 2018 racing season as the Chili Bowl Nationals Rookie of the Year. Scelzi then 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, Scelzi finished third, then in late September at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania, the 16-year old Sclezi became the youngest winner ever in World of Outlaws competition.
At the 2018 Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout, 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.
On Saturday, November 10, 2018, the Brady Bacon Award will be presented as part of the 9th Annual Racers Reunion Banquet in Irving, Texas.