The team unloaded the backup, started at the tail and drove to a top-10 to save the night
The World of Outlaws have unloaded for a two-day show at Lake Ozark Speedway. The track is a 1/3-mile bullring in Eldon, Missouri.
Watch the Brad Sweet crash video below.
Brad Sweet is the defending WoO champion. He entered Friday’s event -2 in the point standings.
The No. 49 team unloaded 7th overall following qualifying with 35 entries on hand. He would start second row inside in the first heat race of the night.
Into turn one for the first time, Carson Macedo slammed the door on Sweet. The No. 49 was forced to jump on the brakes, the car tightened. As he couldn’t turn, Sweet ran well wide into the corner, over the cushion and the field went by.
Jason Sides and Anthony Macri both looked under Sweet off turn two. Sides was unaware they were still three wide as Sweet hung on the outside.
Sides moved up the banking off the corner. Macri didn’t swing to the outside wall off the corner, knowing Sweet was still out there. Sides thought he did.
As Sides came up, he clipped the left front of Macri. That sent Macri into the left front of Sweet.
Sweet was turned into the outside wall down the backstretch. The car climbed the wall and Sweet was along for the ride with the wheels in the air.
The car rolled end over end, vertically. It flipped at least 8 times. The car was guided during the flips as it rode along the outside wall into turn three.
Sweet climbed from the car under his own power. Before the mangled machine was even off the racetrack, the Kasey Kahne Racing team was already unloading the backup car.
Brad Sweet on the crash
“It was a big one for sure,” Brad Sweet told the DirtVision crew after the crash.
“”Just glad to get out of it. We’ll see what we can do to recover. That’s what racing’s all about. You gotta be tough on nights when things don’t go right.”
“The NAPA guys are preparing the backup. Hopefully, we can have a recovery type of night.”
Safety officials wanted Sweet in the ambulance. He wanted his steering wheel off the broken car first so he can get back to work.
“Big picture thinking. I’m ok. So, the first thing that comes to my mind is getting back out there and trying to recover.”
“Glad to walk away. Thankful we have safe racecars, seats and all the stuff that makes me able to stand here.”
“Not too bad right now. I was a little dizzy from how many times it went end over end. But, no huge hits. It just kept flipped, which probably helped me in the long run.”
Starting the main event from the tail
Sweet didn’t have the car ready to start the B-Main. Instead, the defending champion took a provisional to start at the tail of the field for the main event (25th).
He took the green and was still looking for a win.
By lap 12, Sweet drove inside the top-10. From there, he stalled out as the track narrowed. He finished the night with an 8th place run in the feature.