Brad Sweet Picks up Third Win of the Season in NAPA Rumble in Michigan
Snaps Donny Schatzs five-race Win Streak
LAKE ODESSA, Mich. – June 24, 2015 – Racing on the bullrings of his home state of California early in his career taught Brad Sweet how to negotiate some pretty intimidating cushions. A nearly foot and a half cushion that resembled more a ledge on Wednesday night at I-96 Speedway in Michigan didn’t faze Sweet, nor did a battle with six-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz.
Sweet used a slide job in turns one and two on lap 29 to take the lead from Schatz and withstood a number of late restarts to win the NAPA Auto Parts Rumble in Michigan which marked his third win of the season and first since April. Sweet, who was the final of three leaders on Wednesday night, became the sixth different winner in the last five races for the World of Outlaws at I-96 Speedway.
“It was a tricky track tonight,” said Sweet, who drives the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet machine for Kasey Kahne Racing. “I got a terrible restart and I think I just got really mad and got my elbows up. I had a win it or wear it mentality. The (No.) 15 has been making it tough on everyone out here and we all have been fighting and clawing to try to figure it out. We still have a lot of work to do to beat Donny (Schatz), but tonight we were able to get the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet car in victory lane and it feel really, really good.”
Sweet lined up fourth and was up to second following the first caution of the night on the seventh lap. After he took the lead on lap-29, he briefly lost it on a restart, but Schatz was called for a jump and Sweet retained the lead. The final six laps were slowed by three cautions and a red flag period. Sweet used strong restarts each time to hold the top spot en route to the win.
“It was hard to tell which way to go sometimes on those restarts,” noted Sweet. “I chose the bottom because it seemed like the bottom was winning of the restarts before. I wasn’t sure about that tricky cushion. Donny got a run there on that one and they called back. We did everything we could tonight. We fought and we clawed.”
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I-96 Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Brad Sweet scored his third World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season tonight at I-96 Speedway… Brad Sweet’s win snapped a five-race win streak for Donny Schatz… Logan Schuchart was the KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 11 positions to finish in eighth… Jason Sides took home the night’s quick time award and set a new track record after a lap of 13.746 seconds. It is the first quick time of the season for Sides.
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