Bacon sizzles Firemans Nationals field 

Brady BaconBy Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 30, 2008---Brady Bacon scored an impressive victory winning the 27th annual Firemans' Nationals presented by Pepsi, Badger Midget Series event Saturday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The victory was the first in nearly two seasons driving for the Kasey Kahne Racing Team, and was worth $15,000.
Bacon jumped into the lead at the start, from the pole position, followed by Dave Darland and Jerry Coons Jr. Coons moved into second place on the lap 4, Darland retired from the event a few laps later. The caution appeared on lap 9 for a spun car, Coons passed Bacon on the restart, and opened up a comfortable margin, by the completion of lap 20. 
The turning point of the event occurred four laps later, when Coons slowed on the track, causing a caution. During the yellow, the event went to red flag status, for a medical emergency in the pit area for a crew member. Coons, who suffered a broken fuel pump, remained in the pit area on the restart, giving the lead back to Bacon.
On the restart Bacon pulled away from his teammate Brad Sweet, increasing his advantage each lap on a tricky race surface. The pair appeared headed for a 1-2 team sweep, when with two laps remaining Sweet jumped the cushion and hit the frontstretch wall, executing a series of flips. Sweet was uninjured.
Bacon took advantage of four lapped cars between himself and second place Tracy Hines on the restart, and cruised unchallenged for the final two circuits to become the youngest winner in the events history. Hines a two-time winner of the event placed second ahead of Darren Hagen, Brad Kuhn and Scott Hatton. 
Earlier in the night Coons captured the 6th annual Dave Schulenberg Memorial Dash, which carried a $3,400 purse. Mike Hess who wrapped up the Badger Driver's Championship, the previous night topped the field in qualifying. The effort also clinched the Badger Car Owner Championship for Jerry Hardy, in his third season as a car owner. Hardy and Hess will be honored at The annual Awards Banquet on Nov. 15 at the Kalahari Convention Center & Water Park, (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.). 

Feature Lap Leaders: Bacon 1-9, Coons 10-23, Bacon 24-50.
**Boat flipped in Heat 2. Wipperfurth flipped in Semi. Sweet flipped on lap 48 of feature.

QUAL       HT 1   B FEAT   A FEAT  
1 4 HESS 14.854 1 JONES 1 BOAT 1 BACON
2 67 ALTIG 14.908 2 EAST 2 SLOTTEN 2 HINES
3 49 SWEET 14.924 3 SWANSON 3 ARMSTRONG 3 HAGEN
4 71 WHITT 14-965 4 WHITT 4 DESELLE 4 KUHN
5 32 RAY 14.974 5 MALONE 5 WESTFALL 5 HATTON
6 9 HAGEN 15 HT 2 6 FISCUS 6 JONES
7 11 COONS 15.015 1 BACON 7 MALONE 7 RAY
8 30 BOAT 15.08 2 COONS 8 GOUGH 8 WHITT
9 67 MORGAN 15.084 3 WAELTI 9 LUEBKE 9 HESS
10 2 DARLAND 15.084 4 SWEET 10 FUERST 10 MORGAN
11 99 BACON 15.098 5 NOBLE 11 MAYHEW 11 WAELTI
12 4 EAST 15.109 HT 3 12 SHREFFLER 12 DESELLE
13 21 HINES 15.139 1 KUHN 13 WIPPERFURTH 13 FISCUS
14 15 HATTON 15.144 2 DARLAND 14 ALTIG 14 ARMSTRONG
15 3 WAELTI 15.153 3 HATTON 15 LEJEUNE 15 SWEET
16 41 MALONE 15.179 4 HAGEN 16 DULL 16 SWANSON
17 87 SLOTTEN 15.181 5 WESTFALL 17 MALONE
18 7 KUHN 15.185 HT 4   18 COONS
19 7A ARMSRONG 15.193 1 HINES 19 WESTFALL
20 20 JONES 15.219 2 HESS 20 SLOTTEN
21 19 WIPPERFURTH 15.239 3 MORGAN 21 EAST
22 14 GOUGH 15.314 4 RAY 22 DARLAND
23 7 FISCUS 15.318 5 SLOTTEN
24 19 SWANSON 15.376 DASH  
25 43 LUEBKE 15.491 1 COONS    
26 14 WESTFALL 15.505 2 RAY  
27 34 LEJEUNE 15.529 3 HATTON  
28 28 FUERST 15.692 4 HESS  
29 57 DESELLE 15..702 5 ALTIG  
30 21K MAYHEW 15.724 6 WAELTI  
31 71N NOBLE 15.882      
32 7X SHREFFLER 16.051    
33 56 DULL 16.072    
34 5W WALTERS 16.219    
35 132 FIKE NT    
36 14AU ALTIG NT