Sweet Wins at Devil’s Bowl

MESQUITE, TX – April 15, 2017 – For the second night in a row, Brad Sweet worked his Kasey Kahne Racing 49 machine along the bottom of the high-banked half-mile oval at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, this time sticking it out for the win. With only five laps to go, Sweet stole the win from David Gravel, who had led all previous laps but was having some trouble getting his CJB Motorsports No. 5 out of lap traffic.

“Awesome race there with David [Gravel],” said Sweet. “Lap traffic was just crucial. My car seemed like it was a little bit better. We were just right on him. Once I got a little clean air I was able to start picking off those lap cars and it felt good.”

Gravel had been working on the bottom all race, but he got caught behind Shane Stewart and met his demise when he tried to go high to pass him.

“I cleared a lot of lap cars really good, and then I got to Shane and I just could’t do anything with him,” said Gravel. “He was running the bottom in 3 and 4. I tried to pass him on the outside, and obviously the bottom of three and four was the best lane to be in. That’s where Brad was. That’s just the advantage sometimes of sitting back there watching, seeing what happens.”

Third through the checkers was Danny “The Dude” Lasoski, who took his position from Christopher Bell early in the race and held it through the checkers. Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Champion, has previous wins at Devil’s Bowl in 1999 and 2000. He was also right there at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 1978 for the first-ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car race.

This year’s Texas Outlaw Nationals was a tribute to the late Lanny Edwards. A number of superstars – including Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Johnny Rutherford, and Christopher Bell – joined the Outlaws to honor the legendary promoter and World of Outlaws co-founder (along with Ted Johnson).

“Lanny went out on a limb and really got something going that has been pretty spectacular and pretty amazing,” said Tony Stewart during the opening ceremony, “and definitely pretty entertaining for all of America to watch.”

The opening ceremony continued with World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter presenting the Ted Johnson Award to the Edwards family in recognition of their outstanding contribution to sprint car racing.

“We really want to recognize all of the people that helped us get to where we are today,” said Carter. “We are the World of Outlaws: the fans here, the community, the racers, the teams, everybody here. We are what the World of Outlaws was meant to be 40 years ago. What happened here 40 years ago next year impacts sprint car racing around the world; all were impacted by Ted Johnson and Lanny Edwards.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action Friday, April 21 for the Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AK.

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Sweet Captures First Win of 2017 at Stockton

STOCKTON, CA – March 26, 2017 – An exhilarating late-race battle between the top-two in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series points thrilled the crowd on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track, which ultimately ended with Grass Valley, California’s Brad Sweet coming out on top to earn his first victory of the 2017 campaign.

Sweet out-dueled eight-time World of Outlaws champion and current series point leader Donny Schatz in a back and forth fight to claim his first ever Stockton triumph at the annual FVP Western Spring Shootout. After earning back-to-back podium finishes last weekend in Tulare the win on Saturday marked the 14th of Sweet’s career with the “Greatest Show on Dirt.” 

“That was a tough race with Donny Schatz right there and I’m definitely glad we came out on top,” said the driver of the NAPA Auto Parts/Sage Fruit/ASE No. 49 mount. “You don’t have many opportunities to beat Donny the way he’s running, so you always want to capitalize whenever you have the chance. Sometimes the cautions work in your favor and sometimes they don’t, luckily they fell at the right times for me tonight. It’s always the hardest to get that first win out of the way and I’m excited to do it with a lot of friends and family here tonight. Big thanks to all of my guys for working hard and continuing to give me great cars.” 

The 30-lap feature started out with pole sitter Jason Sides jumping into the lead, but it didn’t last long as the caution lights came on after just one-lap was complete. On the restart Sweet blasted around the outside to take the lead away, with Schatz also coming along for second. Shortly after that Sides slowed with reported steering issues that unfortunately ended his night prematurely.

A number of yellows and a couple of reds slowed the pace over the first half of the feature, but through it all Sweet did a solid job out front.

Following a restart with 11-laps remaining things began to heat up as Schatz started to reel in the leader once lapped traffic hit. The duo then proceeded to exchange the lead a couple of times through heavy traffic as the crowd came to their feet. Sweet was able to fend him off until Schatz executed a picture perfect move entering turn one on lap 27 to grab the lead. At that same time however, the caution lights came on for a stalled car off the second corner, which saved the lead for Sweet.

With the champ on his back bumper Sweet knew he had to be perfect on the restart with just three-circuits remaining. When the green came back out he hammered the throttle and put together three perfect laps to take the Ed Entz checkered flag by 1.065 seconds back to runner up Schatz.

On the heels of his first victory this season Sweet now puts his promoters hat on, as he brings the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series back to the Placerville Speedway this coming Wednesday night.

“We’re really looking forward to Placerville on Wednesday and we hope all the fans can make it out. Kyle Larson is coming out to run and of course all the Outlaws will be there so it should be a great show. Our cars have been really good lately so hopefully we can take this momentum there and get another win.”

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Owasso, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman; Rutherford, California’s Rico Abreu; Australian Ian Madsen; Myerstown, Pennsylvania’s Brent Marks and San Jose, California’s Tim Kaeding, who earned the KSE Hard Charger Award coming from 24th to 10th.

As noted the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action this coming Wednesday March 29 for  Brad Sweet’s Placerville Short Track Showdown at the Placerville Speedway.

iRacing Teams with Kasey Kahne Racing in World of Outlaws

Bedford, MA (March 14) – iRacing.com today announced a sponsorship agreement with Kasey Kahne Racing for the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. The popular online motorsports simulation service will be the primary sponsor of the #4 Sprint Car that Kahne plans to run in selected events this season and an associate sponsor on the #9 Kasey Kahne Racing entry piloted by former champion Daryn Pittman throughout the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

The news dovetails with the recent announcement that iRacing will be the official online racing partner of the World of Outlaws and comes as iRacing prepares to launch its highly-anticipated dirt racing feature later this month.

“On behalf of our more than 235,000 member subscribers around the world, iRacing is really excited to be joining forces with Kasey Kahne Racing,” says Otto Szebeni, iRacing.com Director of Sales and Marketing.  “Kasey certainly ranks among America’s most popular and successful race drivers, and our association with his Sprint Car team, and especially with a World of Outlaws champion in Daryn, is a great way to introduce fans to our dirt sim racing.”

“We are very happy to have iRacing come on board as a new partner at Kasey Kahne Racing,” said team owner Kasey Kahne. “Everyone loves iRacing, from fans to drivers. It is great that they’re adding dirt racing to their already impressive lineup of cars and series. It will be an awesome experience for everyone to try. I know Daryn and I are looking forward to getting some virtual dirt on our computer screens.”

iRacing will make its debut as an associate sponsor on Pittman’s Sprint Car this weekend at Thunderbowl in Tulare, CA, while Kahne will unveil the iRacing livery on his Sprint Car later this spring.

To learn more about iRacing and to take advantage of special offers go here: http://www.iracing.com/

About iRacing.com
The world leader in the online racing simulation and gaming market, iRacing was founded in 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including “Grand Prix Legends” and NASCAR 2003.” Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club, as well as co-owner of NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing. iRacing.com has developed dozens of formal partnerships in the motorsport industry to help create the most authentic racing simulation in the world including with NASCAR, IndyCar, International Speedway Corporation, Speedway Motorsports, IMSA, the SRO Motorsports Group, World of Outlaws, Mazda Motorsports, McLaren Racing, Williams F1, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, the Skip Barber Racing School and General Motors.

NAPA AUTO PARTS Partners with Kasey Kahne Racing

Will Sponsor Brad Sweet’s No. 49 car for 42 races

Mooresville, N.C. – Dec. 12, 2016 – NAPA AUTO PARTS will join Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) as a sponsor of Brad Sweet’s No. 49 car in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series (WoO) in 2017 for 42 races.

Sweet, a native from Grass Valley, Calif., is a 21-time winner in the WoO Series and earned the 2014 Rookie of the Year honors. Sweet has won prestigious races such as the Kings Royal at Eldora (2013), the Short Track Nationals (2010) and Belleville Nationals (2008). He also has six career top-10 finishes in the NASCAR XFinity Series driving for JR Motorsports and Turner Motorsports.

“I’m excited to be part of the NAPA Racing family,” said Sweet. “I can’t thank them enough for coming on board and look forward to working with a company that is so engrained in the motorsports community. Everyone works so hard at KKR and we can’t wait to put the NAPA car in victory lane.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is the country’s premier dirt track series with 90 races at 50 different racetracks, in 24 states, over a nine month season. KKR has won over 120 WoO feature events, including the series championship with driver Daryn Pittman in 2013.

“It’s a great opportunity for KKR and Brad to work with a company that’s been part of auto racing for many years,” said team owner Kahne. “We had a NAPA in Enumclaw, Wash, where I grew up, and we bought a lot of parts there. It’s going to be awesome working together for the 2017 season and we’re really looking forward to winning races with them.”

NAPA AUTO PARTS will kick off the 2017 season with Brad and KKR, beginning Feb. 15-19, 2017 at the Dirt Car Nationals at Volusia County Speedway in Barber, Fla.

“NAPA is proud to partner up with one of the elite team and driver combinations in the sport of Sprint Car racing, Kasey Kahne Racing and Brad Sweet. We see this as a great opportunity to round out our current NASCAR/NHRA team sponsorships with a team, driver and series that reaches so many passionate race fans across America,” stated Dan Askey, NAPA President.

About NAPA AUTO PARTS
NAPA (www.NAPAonline.com) was founded in 1925 to meet America’s growing need for an auto parts distribution system. Today NAPA has grown to more than 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores, 59 distribution centers with more than 500,000 part numbers in inventory and more than 15,000 NAPA AutoCare and AutoCare Collision Centers nationwide.

About Kasey Kahne Racing 
The Mooresville, N.C.-based company was formed in 2005 and employs more than 15 people dedicated to sprint car racing. KKR fields entries in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series for Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet. In 2013, KKR’s No. 9 Great Clips/Sage Fruit/ASE Sprint Car team driven by Pittman won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship making Kasey Kahne a first-time champion team owner. This was the first championship for Kahne and his KKR organization. The organization now has over 140 feature wins in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series.

Pittman Returns to his Winning Ways at Salina

Led every lap in the feature at Salina Highbanks

PRYOR, Okla. – Oct. 22, 2016 – Daryn Pittman returned to his winning ways on the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series tour Saturday night, winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts Twister Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway. Pittman’s trip down victory lane was his eighth of the season.

With the win, Pittman – like his teammate Brad Sweet the night before – shattered a winless streak that spanned four months. His last victory was at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway on July 22. Pittman made his return to victory lane convincing, as he led all 31 laps of the night’s feature in his No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb GF1 car.

“We haven’t really been struggling, but I haven’t been able to finish the job and get the win,” Pittman said. “We’ve been there knocking on the door, and it’s the driver’s job to be able to finish and get the win. Our team has really been working hard and the car’s fast. It’s good to finally reward them with a win. It’s been too long. Hopefully we can use this momentum headed into Charlotte – we always seem to run well there – and get the win there.”

By the courtesy of the Craftsman Club® Draw, Pittman led the 24-car field into the green flag.  Pittman held his ground in the opening laps. A notably shift in the podium was last year’s winner and Oklahoma-native Shane Stewart, who moved into the podium by passing David Gravel’s No. 5 CJB Motorsports GF1 racecar.

Two cautions on the seventh lap ultimately caused a single-file restart. While Pittman extended his lead to nearly a .400-second margin, the same interval separated Stewart and Gravel. The two battled side-by-side, until Gravel reclaimed third position.

Pittman consistently extended his lead. Pittman had a 2.323 advantage with 10 laps remaining, and behind him, the podium began to shuffle. Jason Johnson, who was forced to use a backup car because of a wreck the night before, began to charge to the front. Johnson solidified fourth position; he started eighth in the feature.

Pittman led as much as 3.799 seconds with six laps remaining, and was on his way to the checkers. But, the race’s final caution on the last lap of the race regrouped the field, giving hope to those drivers behind him. In a green-white-checkered scenario, Pittman led the single-file restart with Gravel behind him. Johnson’s No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing Maxim car was in fourth.

On the restart, Gravel dove to the bottom of the 3/8-mile oval to contend with Pittman for the lead. Pittman slammed the door on Gravel exiting turn four and turn two heading to the checkers. Though Gravel ran out of real estate, Johnson did not for third position. In the closing lap, Johnson made his move into the final podium position in turn three, redeeming the weekend from an 11th place finish on Friday night.

“This car is a car we ran previously this season,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of confidence in it, and all of our Maxim cars. We build a chain of them through the winter months, and they have a lot of similarities. Tonight, when we get in a predicament like that to get a car down, we know what to expect. We had to get down tonight after the wipeout last night in the heat race.”

Pittman joined fellow Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Sweet as the weekend’s feature winners. The duo ended their droughts that dated back to July. Both picked up their eighth win of the season.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads into Concord, North Carolina for the season finale Bad Boy Off Road World Finals on October 27-29.