Brad Sweet and the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 team arrived in Ohio for the final two World of Outlaws events in the Buckeye State for the 2023 season. After Saturday night’s race at Sharon Speedway, they knew they would leave with a win.
The action began Friday night at the infamous ‘Big E,’ Eldora Speedway. Sweet entered the Befour the Crowns event with a 90-point lead in the Outlaws championship points standing. In qualifying, the Big Cat posted a time of 13.078 seconds, sixth-quickest in Flight A. In heat race action, the four-time and defending champion started from third and maintained the spot to the checkered flag, guaranteeing him a spot in the highly anticipated feature race.
Sweet took the green flag for the main event from the 11th position and Sweet battled hard against the formidable competition. He was able to make gains and move through the pack, ultimately crossing the line in ninth. Remarkably, it was Sweet’s 54th top-10 finish in 60 World of Outlaws starts on the season.
At Sharon Speedway on Saturday, the NAPA No. 49 team looked to repeat the success it had 364 days prior, when Sweet got his first win at the 3/8-mile oval. The evening began with qualifying, where Sweet posted a time of 15.263 seconds for seventh overall. His solid qualifying performance set the stage for heat race action.
Starting from second in his heat race, Sweet maintained the spot to the finish and locked in a spot in the Fast Pass Dash. The NAPA No. 49 machine was in top form in the Dash. Sweet took the lead and held it to the checkered flag, gaining the crucial advantage of the top starting spot in the night’s main event.
The NAPA driver displayed a masterful performance in the feature. He started on the pole and expertly navigated the track. The Big Cat fended off fierce competition several times during the 30-lap race to come away with the victory. It was the ninth World of Outlaws win of the season for Sweet and the NAPA team and their 11th of 2023 overall.
Start / Finish:
Friday, Sept. 22, Eldora Speedway: 11 / 9
Saturday, Sept. 23, Sharon Speedway: 1 / 1
Points Standing / Total: 1st / 8,246 pts. (+80)
Next Race: Friday, Sept. 29, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
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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.