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Tough Luck Plagues Sweet, NAPA Team at National Open

Brad Sweet 2022 National Open NAPA AUTO PARTS 49

Brad Sweet and the NAPA AUTO PARTS No. 49 team made their way to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA, for the National Open, the last World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series date before the season-ending World Finals. The 60th running of the historic event paid $75,000 to win, but luck was not on Sweet’s side. A mechanical failure in the feature race resulted in a DNF for the NAPA team after a long streak of successfully completed races.

Brad Sweet 2022 National Open NAPA AUTO PARTS 49

With 44 cars signed in to compete, Sweet was slated to be the 19th driver to qualify in Flight A. The Big Cat laid down a lap time of 16.647 seconds, placing him seventh in Flight A and fourth to start Heat Race 1. When his heat race went green, Sweet went down low only to have fifth-place runner Carson Macedo wedge his way into the fourth position. Sweet maintained fifth, comfortably crossing the checkers in the final transfer spot to the A-main.

Brad Sweet 2022 National Open NAPA AUTO PARTS 49

Starting from 17th in the 30-lap feature, Sweet set his sights on the $75,000 payday. Just five laps after the green flag dropped, the rear end of the No. 49 machine broke as the NAPA driver exited turn four. Unfortunately, that part cannot be changed quickly enough to return to the race, resulting in a DNF (did not finish) and scoring Sweet 27th. The rare DNF ended Sweet and the No. 49 team’s streak of 166 successfully completed races and 5,481 laps without a DNF.

Brad Sweet 2022 National Open NAPA AUTO PARTS 49

The long streak and Sweet’s three consecutive World of Outlaws championships are a testament to the hard work, dedication and perseverance of the NAPA team and Kasey Kahne Racing. Those characteristics are vital as the final event of the 2022 season approaches. Next up, Sweet enters the World Finals leading in points, with a 16-point advantage over second and his focus on the championship.

Start / Finish: 17 / 27 (DNF)
Points Earned: 102
Points Standing / Total: 1st / 8854 pts. (+16)

Next Race: Nov. 2 – Nov. 5, World Finals, The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
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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