By Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations
PLACERVILLE, CA (6-30-10)– Wild Winged Wednesday could be described in one word at Placerville Speedway on June 30, “Sweet.” Former Grass Valley resident Brad Sweet flew in from Huntersville, North Carolina to score a $3000 victory in the much anticipated “Who’s the Fastest Cup” presented by Handy Racing Promotions and Riebes Auto Parts.
Wednesday’s event was a non-points event for 360 sprint cars, it paid $3000 to the winner and $300 just to start the feature event. A total of 28 cars turned out for the event and in the end it was the young man who began his racing career here taking home the win. Sweet drove to victory aboard the Main Motorsports #35 sprint car.
“It’s awesome to be able to come back here like this for this special race and take home the win. This place always will be home to me,” said Sweet, after hoisting the unique “WTF Cup” Trophy on the front stretch in front of nearly 1000 fans Wednesday night. “I really want to thank the main family for putting me in this car tonight, it was perfect. It’s really special to come back here and race in front of my friends and family.”
Sweet started the night with an 11th place position in qualifying after turning an 11:007 second lap. He then drove from fourth to second in his heat race and started the 30-lap A feature in fifth place starting position.
At the waving of green flag, Sweet used the first third of the race to work his way to the front of the field. He overtook Placerville’s CJ Humphreys for the fourth position and then slipped past young guns Charlie Cagle of Penryn and Cody Lamar of Rio Linda to pull behind early race leader Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs.
Johnson held off Sweet’s hard charging efforts until the 10th lap when he overtook Johnson on the high side of turn four. Once in front, Sweet stretched his lead by several car lengths. As the race reached it’s final laps, Sweet’s lead became insurmountable as he drove to victory lane before an excited crowd. Cagle finished an impressive second place, his career best, while Stephen Allard finished in third followed by Mason Moore of Princeton and Sean Becker of Antelope.
Racing returns to Placerville Speedway this Sunday, July 4th with the annual July Fourth Spectacular featuring winged sprint cars, late models and pure stocks. The night of racing will be followed by a giant fireworks display presented by the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and Handy Racing Promotions.