Brad Sweet Strikes at NAPA Auto Parts Wildcat Shootout in Tucson

Tames windy conditions for second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car victory of season                                                                           

TUCSON, Ariz — March 8, 2014 — Brad Sweet drove to victory in the NAPA Auto Parts Wildcat Shootout presented by RideNow Powersports on Saturday night at Tucson International Raceway for his second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of 2014.

Sweet surged into the lead past Kerry Madsen on the fourth lap of the 25-lap main event at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. Madsen held on for second while Steve Kinser was third for his fourth consecutive podium finish during his “Salute to the King” tour. Past champions Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz rounded out the top five.

High winds that developed during the course of the event made it challenging for all of the drivers, forcing Sweet his Kasey Kahne Racing team to adjust to the conditions in order to remain competitive.

Following a special parade lap honoring Steve Kinser, Sweet closed the gap on Madsen during lap three entering turn two and drove the Kasey Kahne Racing machine into turn three and pulled underneath Madsen to complete the slide job on lap four.

Sweet pulled away from the field until the caution flew on lap eight for a car stopped on the outside of turn four. Sweet and the SureTestSupplies.com #49 then shot to the lead and drove away from the rest of the field.

“It’s nice to get off to such a good start,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif., who is making his first run at a series championship. “The track was a little tough with that wind, and traffic was a little sketchy tonight too. I knew Kerry [Madsen] was probably going to get the jump with the way the track was with the top a little better. He didn’t just get off two too well one time and I was able to get just enough of a run. I knew I was going to be close with the way slide jobs are here, but we had to go for it and I went for it.”

Madsen did best to follow suit, and though his American Racing Custom Wheels #29 machine had a gap on third place he could not run down Sweet.

“We had some issues in the dash and the cars were quite hard to control, however, it actually wasn’t too bad in the A-main,” said Madsen, of St. Marys, N.S.W. native. “I was probably just a little too conservative there and Brad was really aggressive and drove by me. He was driving a much more aggressive line than I was and I’m kind of kicking myself a little bit. It was still a great result. A big hats off to Brad and team, they were very quick there so I’d have to say they deserve that.”

The battle moved to third place as Kinser held the position, but had to fend off Pittman and Schatz. On lap nine Schatz was on the rear bumper of Pittman, but was unable to complete the pass. Pittman’s car began to come to life then as he caught Kinser on lap 13. For the final 20 laps the three remained in a heated battle, but from one line to the next no one could get past Kinser’s Tony Stewart Racing Bad Boy Buggies #11.

A happy 20-time champion, Kinser was joking in victory lane, “It’s a little windy and a little chilly,” noted Kinser with a smile. He jokingly added, “I try to stay out of it in the wintertime. … Once we got on the top, the wind wasn’t terrible. We just got our car laying over a little bit too much to be able to run so we were just hanging on to where we were, and it was a good thing we started up front. I was tight getting in and I was just slinging the car in and spinning the right rear and when I did it would free the car up and working on [the right rear] a little bit.”

Paul McMahan leaves Tucson with a 1-point advantage over Sweet in the championship points. Schatz sits in third position trailing by eight points with Steve Kinser a slim 14 points out of the championship lead.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series invades Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14-15 in Tulare, Calif., as the Spring Break Tour enters California, where it will compete through April 12.

THE NAPA AUTO PARTS WILDCAT SHOOTOUT presented by RIDENOW POWERSPORTS at TUCSON INTERNATIONAL RACEWAYPaul McMahan was the fastest qualifier around the semi-banked, 3/8-mile of Tucson International Raceway with a time of 12.523 seconds to earn five championship points. It was McMahan’s third quick time in six races this season. Also earning points were Danny Lasoski (4 points), Brian Brown (3), Brad Sweet (2) and Cody Darrah (1). Kraig Kinser, Joey Saldana and Steve won heat races. … The dash draw was a 4 for the 2nd time this year… Brad Sweet won the dash for the first time this year… McMahan and Sweet are the only drivers to finish in the top 10 in all six events so far this season, and they’re also first and second in the championship.

                                

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Tucson (Ariz.) International Raceway; March 8, 2014

A-Main – (25 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1] [$10,000]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [2] [$5,500]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [4] [$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [12] [$2,500]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [6] [$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3] [$2,200]; 8. 51-Paul McMahan [7] [$2,100]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [14] [$2,050]; 10. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [18] [$2,000]; 11. 83-Tim Kaeding [11] [$1,500]; 12. 82C-Bryan Clauson [15] [$1,200]; 13. 55-Trey Starks [21] [$1,100]; 14. 45X-Johnny Herrera [24] [$1,050]; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [10] [$1,000]; 16. O5-Brad Loyet [22] [$900]; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell [13] [$800]; 18. 4-Cody Darrah [9] [$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [16] [$800]; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [17] [$800]; 21. 94-Jeff Swindell [19] [$800]; 22. W20-Greg Wilson [20] [$800]; 23. 33-Danny Lasoski [8] [$800]; 24. 82-Sam Hafertepe [23] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-3, Brad Sweet 4-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 45X-Johnny Herrera [+10]

Qualifying – 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.523; 2. 33-Danny Lasoski, 12.683; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 12.689; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.733; 5. 4-Cody Darrah, 12.760; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.768; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.781; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.789; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.806; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.815; 11. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.832; 12. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.853; 13. 83-Tim Kaeding, 12.872; 14. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.911; 15. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.929; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.030; 17. 82C-Bryan Clauson, 13.088; 18. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 13.106; 19. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.130; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.163; 21. 82-Sam Hafertepe, 13.170; 22. 17W-Cole Wood, 13.247; 23. 55-Trey Starks, 13.290; 24. 94-Jeff Swindell, 13.319; 25. O5-Brad Loyet, 13.329; 26. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.340; 27. 45X-Johnny Herrera, 13.367; 28. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.371; 29. 74X-Josh Hodges, 13.461

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 83-Tim Kaeding [5]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 7. O5-Brad Loyet [9]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [7]; 9. 44W-Austen Wheatley [10]; 10. 17W-Cole Wood [8]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 33-Danny Lasoski [4]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [5]; 6. 82C-Bryan Clauson [6]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 8. 74X-Josh Hodges [10]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9]; 10. 55-Trey Starks [8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [5]; 6. 94-Jeff Swindell [8]; 7. 82-Sam Hafertepe [7]; 8. 45X-Johnny Herrera [9]; 9. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [6]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [10]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [9]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 8. 33-Danny Lasoski [3]; 9. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [6]

Last Chance Showdown – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2] [-]; 2. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [1] [-]; 3. O5-Brad Loyet [6] [-]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [3] [-]; 5. 55-Trey Starks [5] [-]; 6. 82-Sam Hafertepe [4] [-]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [8] [$200]; 8. 74X-Josh Hodges [10] [$180]; 9. 44W-Austen Wheatley [9] [$175]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7] [$160]; 11. 17W-Cole Wood [11] [$150]

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T 5’s

T 10’s

QT

1

Paul McMahan

867

0

1

3

6

3

2

Brad Sweet

866

-1

2

4

6

0

3

Donny Schatz

859

-8

2

5

5

0

4

Steve Kinser

852

-15

1

4

5

0

5

Daryn Pittman

841

-26

0

3

5

1

6

Kerry Madsen

823

-44

0

3

5

0

7

Tim Kaeding

770

-97

0

1

3

0

8

Joey Saldana

764

-103

0

1

4

2

9

Cody Darrah

761

-106

0

1

4

0

10

Kraig Kinser

748

-119

0

0

2

0

11

Sammy Swindell

736

-131

0

0

2

0

12

Jason Sides

726

-141

0

1

2

0

13

Danny Lasoski

678

-189

0

0

0

0

14

Terry McCarl

630

-237

0

1

2

0

15

Jac Haudenschild

626

-241

0

0

1

0

16

Rico Abreu

592

-275

0

0

1

0

17

Lucas Wolfe

574

-293

0

0

0

0

18

Logan Schuchart

547

-320

0

0

0

0

19

Greg Wilson

516

-351

0

0

0

0

20

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

472

-395

0

0

0

0

 

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), 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, 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.