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NAPA No. 49 Takes on High Banks of Indiana

Brad Sweet NAPA AUTO PARTS 49 Tri-State Indiana 2022

Over the past weekend, Brad Sweet and the No. 49 NAPA AUTO PARTS team continued their tour throughout the Midwest. The World of Outlaws were scheduled to race at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, Friday night, but previous rainfall had over-saturated the grounds forcing them to postpone the race to a later date. This accounts for the fourth Friday in a row that has seen racing canceled due to inclement weather. While the rest of the team got a jump start heading to the next track, Sweet and his souvenir trailer stayed for an appearance in Litchfield, IL.

Brad Sweet NAPA AUTO PARTS 49 Tri-State Indiana 2022

Saturday brought sunny, 80-degree weather. With 27 cars signed into Saturday night’s event, Sweet drew the #2 pill, which placed him to go out second in qualifying. Once he hit the track, the NAPA No.49 stopped the clock at 12.532 seconds; this put him ninth overall. Sweet was scheduled to start P3 of Heat Race #3. At the drop of the green flag, Sweet had a rocket of a car and quickly made his way to the front as he was throwing slide jobs in each of the high-banked turns. The result was an automatic transfer to the Fast Pass Dash.

Brad Sweet NAPA AUTO PARTS 49 Tri-State Indiana 2022

Surprisingly, Sweet was able to draw the #1 pill in the dash draw, placing him on the pole of the 8-lap Fast Pass Dash. The NAPA No.49 took the green flag but quickly realized starting on the pole was at a disadvantage as the high-line had better traction. After losing only one position, Sweet managed a second-place finish, which is where he would start the A-main.

Brad Sweet NAPA AUTO PARTS 49 Tri-State Indiana 2022

The NAPA AUTO PARTS No.49 knew they had a demanding race ahead as the quarter-mile, high-banked track was scheduled for 40 laps of action-packed racing. As the green flag gave way, the No.49 jumped to the early lead and quickly extended his distance from the second place car. Sweet quickly caught the tail of the field and had to manage through the heavy traffic of slower cars. Because of the shorter distance around the bullring, slower cars bunched up, causing Sweet to have to wait for an opening. The field quickly caught up to the NAPA No.49.

Brad Sweet NAPA AUTO PARTS 49 Tri-State Indiana 2022

After submitting his best efforts, the NAPA No.49 came home with a podium finish of second place. “I don’t think I was aggressive enough in lap traffic,” Sweet said. “I was a bit too conservative.”

Brad Sweet NAPA AUTO PARTS 49 Tri-State Indiana 2022

After the solid run, the team will head home to North Carolina for the week before heading to Bristol Motor Speedway.

Start / Finish:
Friday, April 22, Tri-City Speedway: rained out
Saturday, April 23, Tri-State Speedway: 2 / 2
Points Standing / Total: 1st / 2,116 pts. (+44)

Next Race: Friday, April 29, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
How to Watch or Listen:

Brad Sweet: @BradSweet49
Kasey Kahne Racing: @KKRdirt

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Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR), located in Mooresville, NC, was formed in 2005 and employs more than ten people dedicated to sprint car racing. The organization fields two entries in the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series; Brad Sweet (NAPA No.49) and former NASCAR Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne (No.9). Collectively, KKR has 5 World of Outlaws Championships (Daryn Pittman in '13 and Brad Sweet in '19,'20,'21 &'22). Since the team's inception, KKR has amassed over 211 World of Outlaws wins.

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