From Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations
PLACERVILLE, CA (6-30-10)– For the Placerville Speedway fans, racing on a weeknight can often be referred to as “sweet.” This Wednesday, it surely will be as former Grass Valley resident Brad Sweet will return to the track where he scored his first winged sprint car victory at back in 2004.
“I am so excited about this opportunity to come back home,” said Sweet, who will be behind the wheel of the locally owned Main Motorsports #35 sprint car for the special Wednesday night event. “It’s been three years since I’ve been there. Placerville has always been one of my favorite places to race.”
A native of Grass Valley, Sweet began his racing career in the local outlaw kart racing circuit. He soon advanced to sprint cars with the help of longtime driver and car owner Duane Scott and his own family. It was during a Civil War event at Placerville six years ago where Sweet drove a car owned by David and Debbie Vertullo to what will always be his most unforgettable win in his home state.
Since that memorable evening on the front stretch at Placerville, Sweet has made a career out of auto racing. He now resides in Huntersville, North Carolina and is employed by Kasey Kahne Motorsports as a team driver and a car builder. He is currently racing in the top three of the United States Auto Club Mopar National Midget tour and has been in the headlines all season long with his great success.
In addition to his position with Kahne, Sweet has also began his NASCAR career, competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in select events. Driving the Great Clips #90 for Doug Stinger Motorsports, Sweet has made three starts in 2010 and a total of five truck series starts over the last two years.
In addition to his present status, Sweet has a decorated resume in his racing career that includes a 2008 Bellville Nationals Midget Championship, a Knoxville Nationals Midget Title and a 2008 Eldora Four Crown Nationals Sprint title. In 2006 he returned to Silver Dollar Speedway and won back to back victories for his home state fans during the annual Silver Dollar Fair weekend featuring the Civil War Sprint Car Tour. This Wednesday will be Sweet’s only California appearance prior to the Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico this September.
Sweet has been a driver who focused on a career in motorsports since he was old enough to walk. His steady advancement in his career is one that many only dream of. But while he has climbed the ladder of success, Sweet has been very diligent in remembering all of those who helped him get his start in his racing career. This Wednesday, all those fans that supported him in his early days of his career will surely be cheering in the stands at Placerville where it all started. It’s the return of Wild Winged Wednesday to the track where champions are born, Placerville Speedway.
Wednesday’s event will utilize similar format and payout structure as the traveling Civil War Series. Each driver will qualify and heat races will be 10-laps in distance, the final feature event of the night will be 30-laps. The feature winner will earn a $3000 bounty and each driver who starts the A feature gets $300
The pit gate will open at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Grandstands will open at the regular start time of 5 p.m. Qualifying will begin at 6:30 followed by racing at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, Juniors $10, Children $5 and under six will be admitted for free. Watch for further information on this event in the coming days. For more information visit www.placervillespeedway.com.