Points adding up for Sweet In WoO title fight
Brad Sweet in action at Huset’s Speedway. (Photo by Trent Gower)
BRANDON, SD – Despite failing to win the $ 30,000 prize offered at Tuesday’s Huset 50, Brad Sweet picked up valuable points for a third consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship. .
Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif., Finished second behind Aaron Reutzel in his familiar Kasey Kahne Racing with the # 49 sprint car prepared by Mike Curb and sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts. It was his 22nd top-five in 35 starts this year and his fifth consecutive race in the top 10.
Aside from one flaw, when he finished 16th at Knoxville, Iowa Raceway on the second night of Brownell’s Big Guns Bash on June 12, Sweet hasn’t finished worse than ninth since May 15.
These are the types of stretches that allow drivers to accumulate points and claim series titles.
Sweet knows that, but he also knows that the World of Outlaws sprint car season is shifting into high gear and there are still plenty of races to come, especially during the Summer of Money.
“You cannot be satisfied; you always have to keep looking and trying to improve yourself, ”Sweet said recently.
Sweet was doing exactly that Tuesday night at the Huset quarter-mile arenas, arriving late in the 50-lap function and looking for the right line to chase Reutzel and challenge for victory.
“I left everything outside. It was all I could do, ”said Sweet of his race. “I don’t think I could have done anything else. I don’t think the [lap 30] the pit stop hurt us too much either, but I would have liked to see this race go to the end [for 50 laps]. Anyway, I’m happy for a second because we were moving forward and had a great race car.
“Obviously you want to win every time you take part in these great races, but we can’t hang our heads too much about this one,” Sweet added. “We have a big weekend ahead of us in Jackson. Hopefully we can put on another great show and finish a seat later in the week. “
While some riders were fans of the format at Huset – which featured an open red flag period of five minutes after the end of lap 30 – Sweet was hoping to see a direct 50 laps to allow for more long runs during the event. .
“Endurance was not a factor for me Tuesday night,” he said. “I don’t know if my car was handling really well or what it was, but a good race car always helps keep you fresh. Thirty laps is not really a long race for us before a five minute break. After that we just ran really hard for the last 20 [laps].
“It’s behind us now, however, and we’re keeping an eye on the prize,” Sweet continued. “There’s $ 50,000 at stake this weekend at the Jackson Nationals and we want to take it home.”
Sweet is a former Jackson Nationals winner, having won top honors in the Crown Jewel in 2017 and 2019.
His first victory at the Jackson Nationals was worth $ 25,000, while his second victory in the event brought in $ 41,000. This weekend’s Jackson Nationals are offering a top prize of $ 30,000.
But the Jackson Nationals are just one step closer to the $ 150,000 prize that awaits the champion of the season. It’s a check that Sweet and his team led by Andrew Prutzman hope to collect for the third year in a row.
“Our goal has been the same since the start of the year: to win races,” said Sweet, who leads the Outlaws in wins this year with 10 and is 56 points ahead of David Gravel. “If we continue to do this then the leaderboard should take care of itself as we get closer to Charlotte in November.”