NAPA AUTO PARTS and Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) have agreed to a multi-year partnership where NAPA will elevate its role as primary sponsor of Brad Sweet’s No. 49 car for the entire World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series (WoO) schedule beginning in 2018.
Sweet, a native of Grass Valley, Calif., is coming off an exciting 2017 season with a career-best second-place finish in the standings. He is a 25-time winner in the WoO Series with 56 top-five finishes and an impressive 72 top-10 finishes in the 84-race season. Sweet has won prestigious races such as the Jackson Nationals & Texas Outlaw Nationals (2017), Front Row Challenge (2016), Kings Royal at Eldora (2013), Short Track Nationals (2010) and Belleville Midget Nationals (2008)
“I’m so proud to be a part of the NAPA Racing family,” said Sweet. “I can’t thank them enough for supporting us and moving into the primary role for the full season. I have really enjoyed meeting and seeing the passion for racing from all of the NAPA owners, employees and customers across the country.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is the country’s premier dirt track series with 90 races at 50 different racetracks, in 24 states, over a nine-month season. KKR has won over 145 WoO feature events, including the series championship with driver Daryn Pittman in 2013.
“NAPA AUTO PARTS has been a great partner on and off the track,” said team owner Kasey Kahne. “They are enthusiastic about the sprint car program and have a pro-active marketing approach through their nationwide network of stores and distribution centers.”
NAPA AUTO PARTS will kick off the 2017 season with Sweet and KKR, beginning Feb. 9-11, 2018 at the Dirt Car Nationals at Volusia County Speedway in Barber, Fla.
“2017 was NAPA’s first year as partner with Kasey Kahne Racing and Brad Sweet and what a year it proved to be. Not only did the team have a successful season on the track but equally as much off the track representing our brand so well. It was an easy decision to extend our partnership and we are proud to come on board for the full season in 2018 and beyond. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series fans are some of the most passionate fans in all of motorsports and we are pleased to continue our support,” stated Dan Askey, NAPA President.
About NAPA AUTO PARTS
NAPA (www.NAPAonline.com) was founded in 1925 to meet America’s growing need for an auto parts distribution system. Today NAPA has grown to more than 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores, 58 distribution centers with more than 500,000 part numbers in inventory and more than 17,000 NAPA AutoCare and AutoCare Collision Centers nationwide.
About Kasey Kahne Racing
The Mooresville, N.C.-based company was formed in 2005 and employs more than 15 people dedicated to sprint car racing. KKR fields entries in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series for Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet. In 2013, KKR’s No. 9 Great Clips/ASE Sprint Car team driven by Pittman won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship making Kasey Kahne a first-time champion team owner. This was the first championship for Kahne and his KKR organization. The organization now has over 145 feature wins in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series.
Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) is based in Mooresville, NC, and was formed in 2005 by NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne. Since the team’s inception, KKR has amassed over 190 wins and two World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championships, including the 2019 championship with Brad Sweet, driver of the No. 49 NAPA AUTO PARTS sprint car.