Brake Failure Results in 28th-Place Finish
Brad Sweet’s first career Nationwide Series start at Phoenix was a challenge from the get-go. An incredibly loose race car limited Sweet to a 26th-place qualifying effort. From the drop of the green flag, Sweet radioed crew chief Mike Bumgarner that his car was too tight. A lengthy green-flag stint saw Sweet fall a lap down by the race’s second caution. Sweet began working his way towards the top 15 after taking the wavearound at lap 105, but his spinning Great Clips Chevrolet brought out the race’s next caution at lap 130 because of a broken left-front brake rotor. The issue forced Sweet and his No. 5 team to repair the car behind the wall leaving them eight laps down. By race’s end, Sweet picked off several positions for a 28th-place finish.
Brad Sweet, driver No. 5 Great Clips team
“It was a tough weekend for our Great Clips team. We just never really had the speed or handling to get me comfortable in the car. Starting in the back, like we did, it’s tough to work your way up through the field at this place. Then, I guess we broke a brake rotor. It would just lock up and pull to the left and that caused me to spin out. Great job by my guys to get it fixed and back on track in only eight laps but our day was pretty much killed from there.”
Starting Position: 26th
Finishing Position: 28th