20th-place Finish at Chicagoland for Sweet
A day of great promise turned to disappointment for Brad Sweet and the No. 5 CorvetteParts.net team. Sweet was on pace for a top-five qualifying run when his car bottomed out severely dropping him to a 12th-place starting position. From the drop of the green flag, Sweet worked his way to as high as eighth early on. A four-tire change under the first caution gave Sweet fresh sticker tires that altered the car’s handling drastically, shifting the balance from slightly tight to wrecking loose on the race’s second stint. Sweet dropped to 16th and was a lap down by the race’s second caution at lap 107. Crew chief Mike Bumgarner elected to bring Sweet to pit road under the caution to make adjustments to improve the car’s handling instead of taking the risky wave around option that would have put the No. 5 back on the lead lap. Sweet could never recover his lost lap and dropped another lap down on an unfortunate caution flag during a cycle of green-flag pit stops at lap 158. By race’s end, Sweet found himself 20th.
Brad Sweet, driver No. 5 CorvetteParts.net team
“I’m pretty disappointed with how our day ended up. We started off really strong then put on that first set of stickers (tires) and the car went way loose. That really threw off the rest of our day when we got a lap down. In hindsight, we probably should have taken the wave around but we tried to make our car better and race for the Lucky Dog there. Despite where we finished, we know how strong our car was and that’s a positive we can take out of here.”
Start Position: 12th
Finish Position: 20th