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World of Outlaws: Sweet captures first career win

Friday, June 8, 2012

Brad Sweet in the No. 49 Ollie's Bargain Outlet (left) tries to race past the No.55 of Ian Madsen in a heat race during the World of Outlaws race at the 3/8 mile Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway. Sweet would go on to win the A-main feature later in the night.
(Photo by Michael Fischer)
Brad Sweet had a fast car, but just not fast enough, until it mattered.

Sweet started out the night with an eighth place qualifying effort that set his position in the heat races that followed.

In his heat race, Sweet showed speed -- he started from the front row on his heat race, but never could quite get past the leader, Ian Madsen, who was able to win that heat race.

For the next two races, a 12-lap dash, followed by the 30-lap feature, Sweet would have to battle Jason Sides if he wanted to capture his first career victory.

"It feels really good [to win]," Sweet said after the race. "This is my first career win and I'm going to cherish it forever."

It took a while, but Sweet was finally able to get past Sides' car on the restart, after the third caution of the night flew.

From then on, it was Sweet's race to lose. His car was finally fast thanks to his use of the high line. A line that has worked for many drivers at the Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway.

"My car was good on the top, [Sides] was good on the bottom," Sweet said. "I knew if I bided my time and waited it out the bottom would wear out and my car would get going."

After Sweet took the lead, the speed that his car had showed all night, was finally able to run out front and away from the field. At one point, Sweet opened up a four second lead over second place in the A-main feature.

"Once I got out front, I knew I just had to hit my marks," Sweet said.

In the closing laps, Sides was able to close the gap to just under two seconds, but that was as close as he would get to the lead.

Points leader Steve Kinser was able to get a top-10 with a seventh place finish.

Saturday, the World of Outlaws will race in Knoxville.

Sweet, who has spent time racing this year in the World of Outlaws and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, said that getting his first win will help his confidence in both series.

"Anytime you win, to come out here and beat these guys, it's just hard work, it's hard to win there and it's hard to win here," Sweet said.

The World of Outlaws will return to the Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway on Sept. 14.

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