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Sweet Starts 2024 Continuing Winning Ways


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Brad Sweet and the

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No. 49 team returned to action for the 2024 season in spectacular fashion, winning at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

Brad Sweet NAPA Auto Parts 49 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia 2024

Four nights of racing began on Wednesday with the Big Cat showcasing his skills right from the start. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver qualified fourth in Flight A with a blistering time of 13.513 seconds. He continued the momentum in his heat race, securing a second-place finish and guaranteeing him a spot in the Fast Pass Dash. Sweet dominated the dash, picking up the win after starting on the pole. In the first main event o f 2024, the NAPA No. 49 machine proved unstoppable for 25 laps, earning the win and solidifying Sweet’s status as a giant of the sprint car world.

Brad Sweet NAPA Auto Parts 49 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia 2024

On Thursday night, however, a different story unfolded for the five-time champion. Sweet qualified fifth in Flight B, posting a solid time of 13.430 seconds, but his heat race presented a challenge. He started third but slipped to fourth, relegating him to a 14th-place starting position in the feature. He ultimately finished 15th,  determined to bounce back on Friday night.

Brad Sweet NAPA Auto Parts 49 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia 2024

On Friday, the NAPA team hit the reset button and prepared for another shot at a win. Sweet posted a time of 13.359 seconds in qualifying, securing the third spot in Flight B and setting a strong tone for the evening. During heat race action, competitor David Gravel ran Sweet up the track, forcing him over the cushion and into the brakes of the No. 49 machine. He regained momentum, though, and ultimately finished third after starting second. Friday’s feature race truly highlighted Sweet’s racing prowess as he battled his way through the field from a 10th-place start to finish on the podium in third.

Brad Sweet NAPA Auto Parts 49 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia 2024

On the final night of the DIRTcar Nationals, the NAPA No. 49 team had one last shot at a $20,000 payday. The Big Cat hit the charts at 13.452 seconds in qualifying, placing him fifth. In his heat race, Sweet charged from third to second, placing him in the dash. Although he did not advance from his eighth-place starting spot in the dash, Sweet continued undeterred into the feature race. He stood out among the fierce competition, climbing from an eighth-place starting spot to another podium finish of third. Sweet and the NAPA team ended the weekend third in overall event points.

Brad Sweet NAPA Auto Parts 49 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia 2024

Next up for the Sweet and the No. 49 team is the start of the High Limit Racing season at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa.

Start / Finish:
Wednesday, Feb. 7: 1 / 1
Thursday, Feb. 8: 14 /15
Friday, Feb. 9: 10 / 3
Saturday, Feb. 10: 8 / 3

Next Race: Monday, February 12, East Bay Raceway Park, Tampa, FL
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