Sweet Finishes 14th at Rain-Shortened Kentucky
Rain shortened Friday night’s Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. For JR Motorsports teammates Regan Smith and Brad Sweet, the rain brought an end to a challenging night on the track. Sweet led the team with a 14th-place finish after recovering from a spin and Smith saw his points lead dwindle to eight after right-front suspension issues forced the team behind the wall for 18 laps.
Sweet raced inside the top 15 for much of the night despite battling an ill-handling Great Clips Chevrolet. From the drop of the green flag, Sweet reported the car was much tighter than in either practice session. Changes by crew chief Mike Bumgarner shifted the car’s balance the opposite direction, making the car extremely loose, particularly on corner entry. Racing door-to-door with Trevor Bayne for the free-pass position at lap 132, Sweet’s car broke loose, spinning up the track in turn two. Sweet avoided contact with the wall and continued on. When the red flag flew for rain, Sweet found himself 14th on the leaderboard, marking his third top-15 finish in six starts this season.
Brad Sweet, driver No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet
“We felt like we were pretty good after practice but once the race started, it just wasn’t the same car. We started too tight then we made an adjustment and were really loose and never really got back to where we were.
On the spin…
“I was racing hard with the 6 (Trevor Bayne) for the Lucky Dog and just got too loose. These cars are really aero-sensitive so you can get sucked around with a guy tight on your right rear like that. Fortunately, I was able to keep it off the wall and we got back on the lead lap for a decent finish before the rain came.”
Start Position: 16th
Finish Position: 14th