LAWRENCEBURG, IN – May 28, 2018 – Brad Sweet came from eighth and passed Donny Schatz on Lap 26 to take the lead in a thriller at Lawrenceburg Speedway and never looked back for his second win of the 2018 season. Schatz, who led 15 laps, settled for second with David Gravel completing the podium in the Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts.
Paul McMahan won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole of the 35 lap Feature. McMahan led the opening laps, and continued to lead through a pair of cautions. Brad Sweet established himself as a threat early, he moved by his good friend Kyle Larson for third on Lap 5. As lapped traffic intensified, Paul McMahan bobbled out of turn two on the ninth circuit and Schatz and Sweet both pounced, shuffling McMahan back to third.
As is typical at The Burg, slide jobs were plentiful as The Greatest Show on Dirt lived up to its name in the fullest on Memorial Day. With 10 laps remaing the top three were nose-to-tail. Sweet gained on Schatz on an open track and made multiple bids for the lead, before completing the pass in turn two to lead Lap 26.
The final caution flew with three laps remaining for Ian Madsen. On the restart, Gravel took a look underneath Sweet which opened the door for Schatz to steal second back from Gravel. But Schatz had nothing left in the tank to come back after Sweet, as ‘The Big Cat’ crossed the line 1.460 seconds ahead of the Series Points Leader.
“I had a really good race car. It’s better to be in second sometimes, it allows you to move around,” Sweet said in Victory Lane about his pass for the lead. “We were terrible in the Dash going from sixth to eighth, but I was able to try some different lines, allowing us to make some changes for the Feature. We kept getting better and better as the race went on. It’s great to get this NAPA Auto Parts team in Victory Lane where they belong, hopefully we can keep this momentum up in the upcoming summer months,” Sweet said with positivity.