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Late Race Contact Spoils the Great Clips Team’s Night

Miami Post

Brad Sweet and the Great Clips team faced their own challenges with the 5 car’s handling during the 200-lap event. Sweet held onto a spot inside the top-10 early in the race, slipping outside by lap 40. Crew chief Mike Bumgarner also called for systematic adjustments to help wrestle in the car’s handling. The gradual progression saw Sweet rebound from a mid-race spin and climb back to ninth by the lap-153 restart. Once the field took the green flag, Sweet made a pass on the No. 31 of Justin Allgaier. Allgaier then proceeded to made contact with the rear bumper of Sweet’s machine, sending the 5 hard into the outside wall. The team went to the garage for repairs and their hard work put Sweet back on the track. He finished 31st.

Brad Sweet, driver No. 5 Great Clips team
“We tried to stay with the adjustments tonight. It was tough though. The car was tight for most of the night. After we spun out, we just kept after it. I think the incident with Allgaier could have been avoided. I made a little contact when I passed him but we both still had control. He just stayed glued to my bumper after that and put us in the wall. It’s a bad deal for our Great Clips team. Those guys work really hard and we deserved a better finish tonight.”

Starting Position: 7th

Finishing Position: 31st