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Brad Sweet Picks Up Third World of Outlaws Win Of The Season In NAPA Rumble In Michigan

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Courtesy of WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. - June 24, 2015 - Racing on the bullrings of his home state of California early in his career taught Brad Sweet how to negotiate some pretty intimidating cushions. A nearly foot and a half cushion that resembled more a ledge on Wednesday night at I-96 Speedway in Michigan didn't faze Sweet, nor did a battle with six-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz.

Sweet used a slide job in turns one and two on lap 29 to take the lead from Schatz and withstood a number of late restarts to win the NAPA Auto Parts Rumble in Michigan which marked his third win of the season and first since April. Sweet, who was the final of three leaders on Wednesday night, became the sixth different winner in the last five races for the World of Outlaws at I-96 Speedway.

"It was a tricky track tonight," said Sweet, who drives the Ollie's Bargain Outlet machine for Kasey Kahne Racing. "I got a terrible restart and I think I just got really mad and got my elbows up. I had a win it or wear it mentality. The (No.) 15 has been making it tough on everyone out here and we all have been fighting and clawing to try to figure it out. We still have a lot of work to do to beat Donny (Schatz), but tonight we were able to get the Ollie's Bargain Outlet car in victory lane and it feel really, really good."

Sweet lined up fourth and was up to second following the first caution of the night on the seventh lap. After he took the lead on lap-29, he briefly lost it on a restart, but Schatz was called for a jump and Sweet retained the lead. The final six laps were slowed by three cautions and a red flag period. Sweet used strong restarts each time to hold the top spot en route to the win.

"It was hard to tell which way to go sometimes on those restarts," noted Sweet. "I chose the bottom because it seemed like the bottom was winning of the restarts before. I wasn't sure about that tricky cushion. Donny got a run there on that one and they called back. We did everything we could tonight. We fought and we clawed."

Schatz, who was seeking his sixth straight win, started on the outside of the front row next to his teammate Steve Kinser, who led the opening 15 circuits. Schatz would pace the field for 13 laps, while Sweet and Kerry Madsen stalked him. While his win streak was snapped, Schatz was able to extend his lead in the series standings as he chases his seventh series title aboard the Bad Boy Buggies J&J.

Following a late restart, Schatz went over the banking off the back straightaways, falling back a few spots. He would use a late charge to get back by Paul McMahan and Kerry Madsen to finish second.

"You only see a cushion like that once every 30 or 40 races," said Schatz. "My crew is awesome and they are working to make the car so we don't have to run the cushion like that. The goal is to find something to make the car a little better so we can get off the cushion. We had some laps where we were better moving around the race track. I think at one point we were back to fourth or fifth and got back up there."

Madsen, who is seeking his first win of the season, charged from the sixth starting spot to move up to third by the sixth lap. The native of St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia, who now calls Knoxville Iowa home, ran as high as second during the 35-lap contest.

"We were sputtering and ran out of fuel the last six laps, so we're glad to finish third," said Madsen. "We had a great race car and it was capable of winning and just didn't do the right things. Congratulations to Brad (Sweet) and Donny (Schatz), it is still awesome to be on the podium. I am very proud of my guys. Thanks to all of the Michigan fans. It was a great race track and very challenging and I enjoyed every minute of it."

Paul McMahan was fourth with Shane Stewart fifth. Jason Sides, who opened the night by setting a new track record in time trials finished sixth, followed by Daryn Pittman, Logan Schuchart, David Gravel and Nate Dussel.

RACE NOTES: Brad Sweet scored his third World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season tonight at I-96 Speedway… Brad Sweet's win snapped a five-race win streak for Donny Schatz… Logan Schuchart was the KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 11 positions to finish in eighth… Jason Sides took home the night's quick time award and set a new track record after a lap of 13.746 seconds. It is the first quick time of the season for Sides.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 16 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset's Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20);Shane Stewart - 4 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12); Daryn Pittman - 3(Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Brad Sweet - 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25); Rico Abreu - 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Paul McMahan - 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3); Christopher Bell - 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Dale Blaney - 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29); Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7);Greg Hodnett - 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13);Danny Lasoski - 1(I-80 Speedway on June 5); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Joey Saldana - 1 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; I-96 Speedway; Lake Odessa, Mich.; June 24, 2015

A-Main - (35 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$5,500]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [6] [$3,200]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [10] [$2,800]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [15] [$2,500]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [7] [$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [16] [$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19] [$2,100]; 9. 7-David Gravel [11] [$2,050]; 10. 40DD-Nate Dussel [20] [$2,000]; 11. 11N-Randy Hannagan [12] [$1,500]; 12. 41-Sammy Swindell [3] [$1,200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [23] [$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9] [$1,050]; 15. 2M-Dustin Daggett [14] [$1,000]; 16. 38-Jared Horstmen [21] [$900]; 17. 11R-Chase Ridenour [24] [$800]; 18. 67-Christopher Bell [5] [$800]; 19. 11-Steve Kinser [1] [$800]; 20. 2B-Bill Balog [18] [$800]; 21. 16-Ryan Ruhl [17] [$800]; 22. 71M-Joey Saldana [8] [$800]; 23. 1ST-Gary Taylor [13] [$800]; 24. 19-Brett Mann [22] [$800]. Lap Leaders:Steve Kinser 1-15, Donny Schatz 16-28, Brad Sweet 29-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart [+11]

Qualifying - 1. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.746; 2. 67-Christopher Bell, 13.934; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.965; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.991; 5. 41-Sammy Swindell, 14.025; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.026; 7. 11-Steve Kinser, 14.032; 8. 51-Paul McMahan, 14.094; 9. 7-David Gravel, 14.217; 10. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 14.218; 11. 71M-Joey Saldana, 14.254; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.297; 13. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 14.327; 14. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 14.343; 15. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.370; 16. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.378; 17. 16-Ryan Ruhl, 14.429; 18. 2B-Bill Balog, 14.487; 19. 8M-TJ Michael, 14.525; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.572; 21. 40DD-Nate Dussel, 14.698; 22. 38-Jared Horstmen, 14.710; 23. 11R-Chase Ridenour, 14.746; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.910; 25. 71MX-Paul May, 14.972; 26. 5QB-Quentin Blonde, 15.093; 27. 19-Brett Mann, 15.161; 28. 10S-Jason Steinebach, 15.768

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 2. 11N-Randy Hannagan [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 6. 38-Jared Horstmen [8]; 7. 1ST-Gary Taylor [5]; 8. 8M-TJ Michael [7]; 9. 10S-Jason Steinebach [10]; 10. 71MX-Paul May [9]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 67-Christopher Bell [4]; 4. 41-Sammy Swindell [3]; 5. 16-Ryan Ruhl [6]; 6. 2M-Dustin Daggett [5]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 8. 11R-Chase Ridenour [8]; 9. 5QB-Quentin Blonde [9]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 7-David Gravel [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 6. 40DD-Nate Dussel [7]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 8. 2B-Bill Balog [6]; 9. 19-Brett Mann [9]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 41-Sammy Swindell [2]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 5. 67-Christopher Bell [5]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [8]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana [7]

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1ST-Gary Taylor [1] [-]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4] [-]; 3. 2B-Bill Balog [2] [-]; 4. 19-Brett Mann [9] [-]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [6] [-]; 6. 11R-Chase Ridenour [5] [-]; 7. 71MX-Paul May [7] [$300]; 8. 8M-TJ Michael [3] [$250]; 9. 5QB-Quentin Blonde [8] [$225]; 10. 10S-Jason Steinebach [10] [$200]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5's

Top 10's

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

5424

0

16

28

35

2

2

2

Shane Stewart

5222

-202

4

22

29

4

3

29

Kerry Madsen

5133

-291

0

14

32

5

4

49

Brad Sweet

5128

-296

3

15

29

2

5

71M

Joey Saldana

5047

-377

1

14

27

7

6

51

Paul McMahan

5032

-392

2

16

26

4

7

9

Daryn Pittman

4981

-443

3

12

26

1

8

7s

Jason Sides

4825

-599

0

8

17

1

9

7

David Gravel

4793

-631

0

5

15

1

10

11k

Kraig Kinser

4557

-867

0

3

8

1

11

1S

Logan Schuchart

4479

-945

0

2

10

0

12

1A

Jacob Allen

3711

-1713

0

0

0

0

13

41

Jason Johnson

3707

-1717

0

1

5

0

14

83

Craig Dollansky

2332

-3092

0

1

4

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

2241

-3183

2

4

8

3

16

24

Terry McCarl

1965

-3459

1

3

6

0

17

3

Tim Kaeding

1940

-3484

1

2

9

0

18

35AU

Jamie Veal

1732

-3692

0

0

2

0

19

21

Brian Brown

1560

-3864

1

4

5

0

20

41

Sammy Swindell

1513

-3911

0

1

4

1

 

Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. - June 24, 2015 - Racing on the bullrings of his home state of California early in his career taught Brad Sweet how to negotiate some pretty intimidating cushions. A nearly foot and a half cushion that resembled more a ledge on Wednesday night at I-96 Speedway in Michigan didn't faze Sweet, nor did a battle with six-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz.

Sweet used a slide job in turns one and two on lap 29 to take the lead from Schatz and withstood a number of late restarts to win the NAPA Auto Parts Rumble in Michigan which marked his third win of the season and first since April. Sweet, who was the final of three leaders on Wednesday night, became the sixth different winner in the last five races for the World of Outlaws at I-96 Speedway.

"It was a tricky track tonight," said Sweet, who drives the Ollie's Bargain Outlet machine for Kasey Kahne Racing. "I got a terrible restart and I think I just got really mad and got my elbows up. I had a win it or wear it mentality. The (No.) 15 has been making it tough on everyone out here and we all have been fighting and clawing to try to figure it out. We still have a lot of work to do to beat Donny (Schatz), but tonight we were able to get the Ollie's Bargain Outlet car in victory lane and it feel really, really good."

Sweet lined up fourth and was up to second following the first caution of the night on the seventh lap. After he took the lead on lap-29, he briefly lost it on a restart, but Schatz was called for a jump and Sweet retained the lead. The final six laps were slowed by three cautions and a red flag period. Sweet used strong restarts each time to hold the top spot en route to the win.

"It was hard to tell which way to go sometimes on those restarts," noted Sweet. "I chose the bottom because it seemed like the bottom was winning of the restarts before. I wasn't sure about that tricky cushion. Donny got a run there on that one and they called back. We did everything we could tonight. We fought and we clawed."

Schatz, who was seeking his sixth straight win, started on the outside of the front row next to his teammate Steve Kinser, who led the opening 15 circuits. Schatz would pace the field for 13 laps, while Sweet and Kerry Madsen stalked him. While his win streak was snapped, Schatz was able to extend his lead in the series standings as he chases his seventh series title aboard the Bad Boy Buggies J&J.

Following a late restart, Schatz went over the banking off the back straightaways, falling back a few spots. He would use a late charge to get back by Paul McMahan and Kerry Madsen to finish second.

"You only see a cushion like that once every 30 or 40 races," said Schatz. "My crew is awesome and they are working to make the car so we don't have to run the cushion like that. The goal is to find something to make the car a little better so we can get off the cushion. We had some laps where we were better moving around the race track. I think at one point we were back to fourth or fifth and got back up there."

Madsen, who is seeking his first win of the season, charged from the sixth starting spot to move up to third by the sixth lap. The native of St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia, who now calls Knoxville Iowa home, ran as high as second during the 35-lap contest.

"We were sputtering and ran out of fuel the last six laps, so we're glad to finish third," said Madsen. "We had a great race car and it was capable of winning and just didn't do the right things. Congratulations to Brad (Sweet) and Donny (Schatz), it is still awesome to be on the podium. I am very proud of my guys. Thanks to all of the Michigan fans. It was a great race track and very challenging and I enjoyed every minute of it."

Paul McMahan was fourth with Shane Stewart fifth. Jason Sides, who opened the night by setting a new track record in time trials finished sixth, followed by Daryn Pittman, Logan Schuchart, David Gravel and Nate Dussel.

 




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