Early Contact Ends Sweet’s Day Early in Iowa
After posting solid times in the final practice on Friday, Brad Sweet’s high hopes for the Great Clips Chevrolet fizzled quickly. On only the race’s second circuit, the No. 44 of Cole Whitt made contact with Sweet, sending the No. 5 backing into the outside retaining wall and bringing out the race’s first caution. The damage was extensive, but not enough to keep Sweet off the track. After pitting several times for repairs, Sweet lined up for the restart in 38th. It took only 30 laps for more problems to find the team in the form of smoking exhaust pipes. The accident on lap two had resulted in terminal damage to the engine, which became apparent in an oil and water mixture billowing out of the exhaust. The team was forced to retire from the race in 34th.
Brad Sweet, driver No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet
“I hate it for this entire Great Clips team. They worked hard all weekend and we don’t have a lot to show for it. It really all started in qualifying when I was going pretty hard for that second lap and spun out. I really wanted to make it up to these guys in the race, but only two laps in, someone got into us. It’s just unfortunate. I wanted to pick up where the team had left off. They’ve been running so well over the past few weeks and we wanted to keep that going. I think we’ll fair a lot better at Michigan next week.”
Start position: 16th
Finish position: 34th
Next NNS race: 6.15.13 – Alliance Truck Parts 250, Michigan