At A Glance: Brad Sweet Builds Consistency through 2015 Season’s First Third

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway 

CONCORD, N.C. – May 21, 2015 – Brad Sweet, the reigning Kevin Grobecht Rookie of the Year recipient, entered 2015 with a new crew chief and a goal to build consistency and success.

With 27 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races in the books, Sweet sits third in the points and has two wins on the year – one at Volusia Speedway Park during DIRTcar Nationals and another at Calistoga Speedway. By any measure, the year has so far been successful for the second year team – especially when considering at this point last year, they sat sixth in the championship standings.

Sweet though continues to look ahead and focus on improving as the months wear on.

“I feel like we’re doing a little bit better but we’re not where we want to be, obviously,” Sweet said. “Everybody is chasing the 15 at this point and I think for us, we’d just like to get a little bit more consistent for that second or third spot in points. Some of these tracks were a lot worse for us last year and we’ve done a little better this year. We’re steadily getting better.”

When you look at the competition, Sweet said, there are very few series competitors who are maintaining the right balance every night. Donny Schatz, with 10 wins so far this year and a perch atop the standings, is obviously one of those drivers he said, and Shane Stewart has been right behind.

For Sweet, the new year meant gelling with new crew chief Mike Carber and new crew members Austin Wenrich and Rob Beattie. The process has been an easy one, Sweet said.

“We have a good little team,” Sweet said of his No. 49 crew. “We’re tight with the 9 team – KKR, as a whole group, we’re pretty close. We all rely on each other and work together. They’re an upbeat group of guys which is good. You need that out here to get through the bad nights. They help me and I help them. We’re just trying really hard and we’re just trying to get better.”

As he looks to build on the season’s success one of the biggest challenges facing his Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb team is successfully getting through the grueling summer months.

“That’s the time that’s going to make or break you,” Sweet said. “That’s where the money is made, that’s where all the points are made. We will just keep working hard. We’re a young team – we’ve shown a lot of promise. We’d like to win some more races of course and see what we can do.”

Sweet and the rest of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series head to the Dirt Track at Charlotte tomorrow and Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on Monday. For event information and to buy tickets to the Circle K/NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown at the Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday, May 21, visit http://woosprint.com/the-dirt-track-at-charlotte. For more event information and to buy tickets to the Outlaws event at Lawrenceburg Speedway, visit http://woosprint.com/lawrenceburg-speedway.

ABOUT THE TRACKS
THE DIRT TRACK AT CHARLOTTE
is a semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval. The track record of 11.880 seconds was established by Jeff Shepard on Oct. 6, 2001. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/the-dirt-track-at-charlotte.

Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 – Joey Saldana on May 23, Daryn Pittman on Nov. 7, Brian Brown Nov. 8
2013 – Paul McMahan on May 24, Donny Schatz on Nov. 8, Paul McMahan on Nov. 9
2012 – Joey Saldana on May 25, Sammy Swindell on Nov. 2, Dale Blaney on Nov. 3
2011 – Paul McMahan on May 28, Donny Schatz on Nov. 5, Donny Schatz on Nov. 6
2010 – Donny Schatz on May 29, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6
2009 – Joey Saldana on May 22, Jason Meyers on Nov. 6, Joey Saldana on Nov. 7
2008 – Lance Dewease on May 23, Brooke Tatnell on Oct. 31, Donny Schatz on Nov. 1
2007 – Donny Schatz on May 25, Jason Meyers on Nov. 2, Steve Kinser on Nov. 3
2006 – Kevin Swindell on May 24
2003 – Blake Feese on May 24
2002 – Greg Hodnett on May 24, Greg Hodnett on May 25, Tyler Walker on Oct. 11, Daryn Pittman on Oct. 12
2001 – Danny Lasoski on May 26, Mark Kinser on May 26, Tim Shaffer on Oct. 5, Steve Kinser on Oct. 6
2000 – Sammy Swindell on May 25, Mark Kinser on May 26, Donny Schatz on Oct. 5, Mark Kinser on Oct. 6

LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY is a high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. The track record of 11.628 seconds was established by Spud Gustin on Sept. 13, 2008. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/lawrenceburg-speedway.

Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 – Donny Schatz on May 26
2013 – Donny Schatz on May 27
2012 – Chad Kemenah on May 28
2009 – Joey Saldana on June 5, Donny Schatz on June 6
2006 – Jac Haudenschild on July 7
2005 – Kraig Kinser on Aug. 3
2004 – Danny Smith on May 6
2003 – Paul McMahan on May 6
1981 – Sammy Swindell on Aug. 21
1979 – Steve Kinser on May 11

DRIVER INFO
The following World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:
Jacob Allen – Shark1s1a.com
David Gravel – DavidGravel89.com
Jason Johnson – JasonJohnsonRacing.com
Kraig Kinser – KraigKinser.com
Kerry Madsen – KenericRacing.com
Paul McMahan – PaulMcMahanRacing.com
Daryn Pittman – DarynPittman.com
Joey Saldana – JoeySaldanaRacing.com
Donny Schatz – DonnySchatz.com
Logan Schuchart – Shark1s1a.com
Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com
Shane Stewart – ShaneStewart.com
Brad Sweet – Bradsweetracing.com
For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 10 (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); Daryn Pittman – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Shane Stewart – 3 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1); 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); Brad Sweet – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11); Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Greg Hodnett – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5).

WATCH AND LISTEN LIVE: Watch Pay-Per-View and listen live to the World of Outlaws event at the Dirt Track at Charlotte on http://www.DIRTVision.com. Listen live for FREE to all the Outlaws action from Lawrenceburg Speedway on http://www.DIRTVision.com.

LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Check out the Official World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series website at WoOsprint.com for live, interactive text updates of each race. It also includes driver biographies with statistics and pictures, race-by-race stats, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.

GET SOCIAL: Follow the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws, like it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws, follow on Instagram at @WoOSprint or check out the latest videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series heads north to take on the Kistler Engines Classic at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park on May 29 and the NAPA Auto Parts Rumble in Michigan at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. on May 30.

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

3805

0

10

18

24

1

2

2

Shane Stewart

3734

-71

3

14

21

4

3

49

Brad Sweet

3644

-161

2

11

20

2

4

29

Kerry Madsen

3626

-179

0

10

21

4

5

51

Paul McMahan

3606

-199

2

14

19

4

6

71M

Joey Saldana

3563

-242

0

8

19

3

7

9

Daryn Pittman

3524

-281

3

9

18

0

8

7s

Jason Sides

3449

-356

0

7

12

0

9

7

David Gravel

3405

-400

0

2

11

1

10

11k

Kraig Kinser

3259

-546

0

2

5

1

11

1S

Logan Schuchart

3121

-684

0

1

6

0

12

41

Jason Johnson

2772

-1033

0

1

5

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

2585

-1220

0

0

0

0

14

83

Craig Dollansky

2332

-1473

0

1

4

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

2102

-1703

2

4

7

2

16

7H

Jojo Helberg

1487

-2318

0

0

0

0

17

24

Terry McCarl

1481

-2324

1

3

6

0

18

83

Kyle Hirst

1334

-2471

0

1

3

0

19

0

Bud Kaeding

1179

-2626

0

2

3

0

20

44W

Austen Wheatley

1168

-2637

0

0

0

0

 

2015 STAT ATTACK
There have been 27 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series features this season.
Winners (11 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. -10

2. – SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 3

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 3

4. – RICO ABREU, St. Helena, Calif. – 2

– PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 2

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2

7. – CHRISOPHER BELL, Norman, Okla. – 1

– BRIAN BROWN, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1

– GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 1

– TIM KAEDING, San Jose, Calif. – 1

– TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 1

Total Laps Led (19 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Laps

1. – DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 203

2. – SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 105

3. – JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 74

4. – DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 61

5. – GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 57

– TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 57

7. – RICO ABREU, St. Helena, Calif. – 50

8. – PAUL MCMAHAN, Hendersonville, Tenn. – 41

9. – KERRY MADSEN, St Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 39

10. – BRADY BACON, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 32

11. – BRIAN BROWN, Grass Valley, Mo. – 30

12. – KYLE HIRST, Elk Grove, Calif. – 27

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 27

14. – CHRISTOPHER BELL, Norman, Okla. – 23

15. – CRAIG DOLLANSKY, Elk River, Minn. – 12

16. – TIM KAEDING, San Jose, Calif. – 5

– AARON REUTZEL, Clute, Tex. – 5

18. – JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – 3

– SAMMY SWINDELL, Germantown, Tenn. – 3

Pole Positions (13 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Poles

1. – DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 7

2. – PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 3

– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 3

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 3

5. – GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 2

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 2

7. – RICO ABREU, St. Helena, Calif. – 1

– BRIAN BROWN, Grass Valley, Mo. – 1

– BUD KAEDING, Campbell, Calif. – 1

– STEVE KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 1

– TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 1

– JASON SIDES, Barlett, Tenn. – 1

Hard Charger Award (21 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards

1. – BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 4

2. – DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 3

3. – LOGAN SCHUCHART, Dover, Pa. – 2

4. – CODY DARRAH, Red Lion, Pa. – 1

– DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 1

– GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 1

– JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – 1

– KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– BUD KAEDING, Campbell, Calif. – 1

– TIM KAEDING, San Jose, Calif. – 1

– CHAD KEMENAH, Findlay, Ohio – 1

– KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 1

– PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 1

– JASON MEYERS, Clovis, Calif. – 1

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 1

– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1

– DOMINIC SCELZI, Fresno, Calif. – 1

– JASON SIDES, Barlett, Tenn. – 1

– JASON STATLER, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 1

– KEVIN SWINDELL, Germantown, Tenn. – 1

Time Trial leaders (13 Different Drivers)
* (1) championship driver point will be awarded to the Time Trial leader

Rank Driver, Hometown – Quick Times

1. – KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 4

– PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 4

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 4

4. – JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 3

5. – RICO ABREU, St. Helena, Calif. – 2

– GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 2

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2

8. – JONATHAN ALLARD, Chico, Calif. – 1

– DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 1

– KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– DANNY LASOSKI, Dover, Mo. – 1

– AARON OTT, East Berlin, Pa. – 1

– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 1

Heat Race Winners (40 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Win

1. – KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 8

2. – CRAIG DOLLANSKY, Elk River, Minn. – 6

– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 6

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 6

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 6

6. – RICO ABREU, Rutherford, Calif. – 5

– DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 5

– TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 5

– PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 5

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 5

11. – JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – 3

– BUD KAEDING, Campbell, Calif. – 3

– D.J. NETTO, Hanford, Calif. – 3

14. – GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 2

– STEVE KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 2

– DANNY LASOSKI, Dover, Mo. – 2

– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 2

– JASON SIDES, Bartlett, Tenn. – 2

19. – BRADY BACON, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 1

– BILL BALOG, Hartland, Wis. – 1

– CHRISTOPHER BELL, Norman, Okla. – 1

– BRIAN BROWN, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1

– A.J. BRUNS, Lincoln, Ill. – 1

– STEWART FRIESEN, Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ont. – 1

– CHASE JOHNSON, Penngrove, Calif. – 1

– TIM KAEDING, San Jose, Calif. – 1

– KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– BRENT MARKS, Myerstown, Pa., – 1

– JASON MEYERS, Clovis, Calif. – 1

– AARON REUTZEL, Clute, Tex. – 1

– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 1

– TIM SHAFFER, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

– STEVIE SMITH, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 1

– KODY SWANSON, Kingsburg, Calif. – 1

– SAMMY SWINDELL, Germantown, Tenn. – 1

– GARY TAYLOR, Snohomish, Wash. – 1

– JAMIE VEAL, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia – 1

– AUSTEN WHEATLEY, Lake Stevens, Wash. – 1

– LUCAS WOLFE, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1

– JARED ZIMBARDI, Bradford, Pa. – 1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (20 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 4

2. – CODY DARRAH, Red Lion, Pa. – 2

– PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 2

– LOGAN SCHUCHART, Hanover, Pa. – 2

5. – CHRISTOPHER BELL, Norman, Okla. – 1

– BRYAN CLAUSON, Noblesville, Ind. – 1

– WILLIE CROFT, Roseville, Calif. – 1

– LANCE DEWEASE, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1

– CRAIG DOLLANSKY, Elk River, Minn. – 1

– MITCHELL FACCINTO, Hanford, Calif. – 1

– SHANE GOLOBIC, Fremont, Calif. – 1

– SHELDON HAUDENSCHILD, Wooster, Ohio – 1

– KYLE HIRST, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1

– KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– CARSON MACEDO, Fresno, Calif. – 1

– BRENT MARKS, Meyerstown, Pa. – 1

– KYLE REINHARDT, Neptune City, N.J. – 1

– HUNTER SCHUERENBERG, Sikeston, Mo. – 1

– JAMIE VEAL, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia – 1

– DUSTY ZOMER, Brandon, S.D. – 1

Dash Draw Selection (27 Dashes)

Number – Times Picked

0 – 3

4 – 9

6 – 14

8 – 1

Feature Winnings (Platinum Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Winnings

1. DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – $144,000

2. SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – $96,750

3. BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – $74,400

4. PAUL McMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – $74,200

5. DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – $68,100

6. – KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – $56,925

7. JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – $56,550

8. JASON SIDES, Bartlett, Tenn. – $47,700

9. DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – $38,925

10.KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – $29,725

11.LOGAN SCHUCHART, Hanover, Pa. – $28,272

12.JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – $16,350

13.JACOB ALLEN, Hanover, Pa. – $12,825

2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2014)

1. Friday, Feb. 13 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 14 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Donny Schatz (1)
3. Sunday, Feb. 15 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Brad Sweet (1)
4. Wednesday, March 3 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Las Vegas, Nev. / Shane Stewart (1)
5. Thursday, March 4 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Las Vegas, Nev. / Terry McCarl (1)
6. Saturday, March 7 / USA Raceway / Tucson, Ariz. / Brian Brown (1)
7. Friday, March 13 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Tim Kaeding (1)
8. Saturday, March 14 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rico Abreu (1)
9. Saturday, March 21 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Donny Schatz (2)
10. Sunday, March 22 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Rico Abreu (2)
11. Saturday, March 28 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Donny Schatz (3)
12. Sunday, March 29 / Antioch Speedway / Antioch, Calif. / Daryn Pittman (2)
13. Wednesday, April 8 / Placerville Speedway / Placerville, Calif. / Donny Schatz (4)
14. Saturday, April 11 / Calistoga Speedway / Calistoga, Calif. / Brad Sweet (2)
15. Sunday, April 12 / Calistoga Speedway / Calistoga, Calif. / Donny Schatz (5)
16. Friday, April 17 / Keller Auto Speedway / Hanford, Calif. / Shane Stewart (2)
17. Saturday, April 18 / Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, Calif. / Paul McMahan (1)
18. Saturday, April 25 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Tex. / Donny Schatz (6)
19. Friday, May 1 / Salina Highbanks Speedway / Salina, Okla. / Shane Stewart (3)
20. Saturday, May 2 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, Mo. / Christopher Bell (1)
21. Sunday, May 3 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, Ind. / Paul McMahan (2)
22. Friday, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Donny Schatz (7)
23. Saturday, May 9 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Donny Schatz (8)
24. Wednesday, May 13 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbotstown, Pa. / Greg Hodnett 
25. Friday, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Donny Schatz (9) 
26. Sunday, May 17 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Donny Schatz (10) 
27. Tuesday, May 19 / New Egypt Speedway / New Egypt, N.J. / Daryn Pittman (3)

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.