Grass Valley native Brad Sweet banks $50k with win at Eldora Speedway
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Three career top 10 finishes in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Prestigious USAC Midget win at 2008 Belleville Nationals
Prestigious USAC Midget win at the 2008 Knoxville Nationals
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While he resides in Huntersville, N.C., professional race car driver Brad Sweet still calls Grass Valley his hometown. On Saturday night, Sweet capped off the biggest win of his career by leading all 40 main event laps to win the 30th Annual Kings Royal at eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
The race itself is one of the top-five biggest sprint car races in the world. On this night, Sweet beat the best of the World of Outlaw sprint car drivers to pocket the striking $50,000 winner’s pay check. Sweet is now one of only 15 drivers in the world to win this race.
Part of the pageantry of the event is getting crowned as the king of the race. In the post-race celebration, Sweet was seen kneeling down to have the coveted King’s Royal Crown placed atop his head by Royal Sovereign Charlie Fisher and climbing those three steps to claim his spot on the oversized throne as king of the winged sprint car world.
From now on, Sweet will be known as “King Brad” whenever he races at Eldora Speedway in the future.
“This is unbelievable,” said Sweet. “I have been dreaming about this moment since I was a kid growing up in Grass Valley. I have to thank Kasey Kahne Racing for continuing to believe in me and allowing me the opportunity to race such great sprint cars.”
The 27-year-old Grass Valley racer will continue to share driving duties in the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In between those starts, he will also make the World of Outlaw West Coast Swing in September. Sweet will race at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico Sept. 6-7, during the 60th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico. This will be the closest any Grass Valley area fans can get a chance to watch him race in person.
“I’m just in a great spot right now in life,” said Sweet. “Since graduating from Bear River High School, I have traveled all over, having won some of the biggest sprint car and midget races in the world. I am so thankful to be part of the NASCAR series for the past few years. As a kid from Grass Valley, I could not have asked for more in my racing career.”
Even with his busy schedule Sweet is still able to get back home a few times a year. His parents, brother and grandparents still live in the area; however, recently his sister, Katelyn, has ventured off to North Carolina to be closer to her brother and the professional center of the motor sports environment.
Sweet’s next race Nationwide NASCAR race will take place this weekend at Chicagoland. The race will be broadcast on ESPN at noon Sunday.
His next start will take place Aug. 3 at Iowa Speedway. That race will be televised on ESPN2.
Troy Hennig is the director of communications at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.
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