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Hot Shots – Brad Sweet

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Grass Valley’s Brad Sweet will pull double duty at the Petaluma Raceway Saturday.

The Bear River High School junior, who has tallied seven top three finishes – including five wins – in 15 Midget Lite main events this season, will race in both the Midget Lite and Sprint car divisions.

Sweet is currently sixth in the Bay Cities Racing Association’s points race with 682. Defending BCRA Midget Lite champ Greg Dennett leads the pack with 923 points.



With three weekends of racing left, Sweet has got a shot to break into the top three, but a myriad of technical difficulties throughout the year have probably cost him a shot at the championship.

“We’ve had a lot of motor problems this year. If it weren’t for that, I think we’d be in the top three right now,” Sweet said.




Of his six DNFs (did not finishes), none cost him more than at the Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville June 29.

He took control from the green flag, and didn’t let go for 19 of the 20-lap main event.

Then, what should have been his third checkered flag in four weeks slipped away as the drive chain snapped.

Sweet bounced back two weekends later with a main event win in Placerville. He then took third in a non-BCRA race in Washington state the following weekend.

In his last race four Saturdays ago, Sweet began his night in Marysville on top with his fifth heat win of the season.

He started the main in 14th place, then made his way up to third twice before car control problems dropped him to eighth overall.

“It wasn’t a great night. But I still finished five or six spots ahead of where I started,” he said.

Saturday’s first race begins at 6 p.m.


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