SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A great night for Brad Sweet as he picked up the victory in Saturday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series “Commonwealth Clash” at Lernerville Speedway.
“We just want to get wins,” said Sweet in Terry Bowser Victory Lane. “We keep showing up and getting wins it’s our championship to lose.”
Sweet, the series points leader, started on the pole position with his closest championship pursuer Donny Schatz on the outside of the front row.
Sweet grabbed the lead off the green flag with Schatz in tow and led the first lap but caution came out quickly as Clay Riney suffered steering failure and slid off the track in turn one. AJ Flick went to the infield to change a right rear tire that was flat.
Sweet chose the bottom line on the restart with Schatz on the outside lane. Sweet took the high side through turns one and two and was lead with 2-laps complete when the caution came out for AJ Flick, who flipped over the cushion in turns 1 and 2. Flick climbed from his car uninjured to survey the damage and climbed back in and was pushed to the pits for a ??rd place finish.
Sweet chose the high side on the restart with Schatz to the outside followed by Shane Stewart in third and began to take control of the race. Sweet first encountered lap traffic on lap-10 but managed to work his was through as Schatz continued to give chase.
Schatz was gaining ground when his car slowed suddenly on lap 20 to bring out the races third caution. Schatz took his car to the infield as his Tony Stewart Racing team and crews from other teams, including Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team, took a look under the hood. Schatz’ car re-fired he rejoined the action at the rear of the field.
Sweet chose the inside on the front row with Stewart on the outside. Stewart took a look on the inside of turns 3 and 4 but couldn’t make the pass as Schatz returned to the infield. David Gravel was in third with Sheldon Haudenschild in fourth.
Sweet kept building his advantage on the final 10-laps as the battle for second and fourth heated up. Gravel took a look inside Stewart with 2 laps to go but the slide job did not work.
Meanwhile behind those three, Haudenshield was three-wide with Ian Madsen and Daryn Pittman.
Sweet took the checkered flag followed by Stewart and Gravel as Madsen and Pittman rounded out the Top-5 at the line.
“Strong finish,” said Stewart. “I felt like we had pretty good pace all night. Hopefully we can continue this momentum through Charlotte and finish on a high note.”
“I don’t think anybody had anything for Brad tonight,” said Gravel. “I felt like in clean air we had a pretty good car. I was following Shane (Stewart) and was just trying to run where he didn’t. I think we had a second-place car and finished third.”
Schatz was credited with an 18th place finish, extending Sweet’s points lead to 40 as the series heads to Williams Grove.