The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series traveled back to Wisconsin over the weekend for a one-day show at Wilmot Raceway located in Wilmot, Wisconsin.
Brad Sweet and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team have had a massive amount of success in the Badger State, capturing 10 victories, but the team had never won at Wilmot. That changed on Saturday night.
Sweet went out late in the qualifying order yet still earned his fifth Slick Woody’s QuickTime award of the season with a lap of 12.791 seconds around the 3/8-mile oval. The Grass Valley, California, native started on the pole of the first Drydene heat race, where he led all ten laps, transferring him into the Fast Pass Dash which sets the first three rows of the feature.
Sweet advanced from third to second in the eight-lap dash, earning the NAPA AUTO PARTS team the outside front-row starting position for the 40-lap feature.
At the start of the feature, Sweet settled into second position behind Logan Schuchart and hunted the No. 1S machine for the first 22 laps of the race. On lap 23, Sweet raced to the outside of turns three and four as he and Schuchart caught lapped traffic.
Schuchart was caught behind traffic off turn four when Sweet was able to take the lead. The reigning World of Outlaws champion never looked back as he took his third-straight and series-leading 13th victory of the 2021 season.
“I felt [Logan] Schuhart and I were pretty even the whole race,” Sweet said. “We’ve been so close to a victory here and it feels really good to have won here finally and the last three races as we go into such a big week.”
Looking ahead, Tuesday kicks off five-straight nights of racing with $380,000 on the line.
Tuesday night, the World of Outlaws travel to Attica Raceway Park for the Brad Doty Classic for a $10,000-to-win feature. The Outlaws then kick off four-straight nights of racing at the famed Eldora Speedway for the “King’s Royal” week.
Due to COVID cancellations in 2020, two “King’s Royal” races will be held, with the first $175,000-to-win race on Thursday night, followed by another $10,000-to-win event on Friday known as the “Knight Before the King’s Royal.” Finally, Saturday night will feature a second $175,000 to win “King’s Royal.”
Sweet has two Royal victories under his belt; 2013 and 2019.
Start/Finish: 2 / 1
Points Standings / Total: 1st / 5,772 pts. (+132)
Next Race: July 13, Attica Raceway Park, Attica, Ohio
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Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR), based in Mooresville, NC, was formed in 2005 by NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne. Since the team's inception, KKR has amassed over 200 wins and four World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championships. Those include the 2019, 2020, and 2021 championships with Brad Sweet, driver of the No. 49 NAPA AUTO PARTS sprint car.