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Sweet Comes Home Ninth in Chicago


Brad Sweet led JR Motorsports’ two-car effort in Sunday afternoon’s STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway with a ninth-place finish. Regan Smith battled an ill-handling car throughout the 200-lap event for a 13th-place result, dropping him to second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings for the first time since late April.

Sweet earned his second top-10 finish of the season on the heels of his monumental victory in last weekend’s Kings Royal World of Outlaws event at Eldora Speedway. Sweet took a liking to his No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet early on, settling into the top 12. Several minor adjustments were all it took to turn Sweet’s No. 5 car into a top-10 contender in the latter stages of the race as he maneuvered his way to as high as seventh before taking the checkered flag ninth. The finish gives Sweet his third top-15 finish in his last four Nationwide Series starts.

Brad Sweet, driver No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet
“I’m really happy with how well we ran today. Our Great Clips Chevy was really good and I was able to make some moves on the restarts. Bummy (Mike Bumgarner) made some great calls in the pits to make the car better during the race so I could race inside the top 10. This is another strong run for us on one of these bigger tracks and I’m definitely excited with the direction our team is going.”

Start Position: 12th
Finish Position: 9th