Charlotte: Brad Sweet preview

Brad Sweet set for first Camping World Truck Series start at Charlotte * Brad Sweet to make first Camping World Truck Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway... This weekend, open-wheel sensation, Brad Sweet, will make his first start at ...

Brad Sweet set for first Camping World Truck Series start at Charlotte

* Brad Sweet to make first Camping World Truck Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway... This weekend, open-wheel sensation, Brad Sweet, will make his first start at Charlotte Motor Speedway driving the No. 90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra for Stringer Motorsports. Sweet, who also competes in the USAC Sprint and Midget Car Series for Kasey Kahne Racing, will run a limited schedule this season for Stringer Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

* Brad Sweet, by the numbers... This weekend's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will mark Sweet's fourth-career start in the series and second of the 2010 season. The Grass Valley, Calif.-native last competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway where he started 21st and captured a 12th-place finish.

* Who's on the pit box?... 2008 NCWTS champion crew chief, Trip Bruce, will be calling the shots for the No. 90 Great Clips team. Bruce joined Stringer Motorsports in 2010 to help lead Sweet's entrance into the series and to continue growing the organization.

* Busy weekend for Sweet... The weekend will be a busy one for Sweet who has three races on his schedule. Following Friday night's NCWTS race, he will fly straight to Iowa for the Silver Crown at Midget races at Iowa Speedway. Sweet has scored two USAC Midget wins for KKR this season (Tucson and Las Vegas) and will run a total of 100 races this year between the World of Outlaws Series, USAC, All Stars and the NCWTS.

Sweet on making his first start at Charlotte Motor Speedway

"This will be my first race at Charlotte so I'm really looking forward to it. We had a great run in Atlanta, finishing 12th, and because these two tracks share some similarities, I am going into this race with a much higher comfort level. Trip is a great leader and has been a big help in making me comfortable in these trucks. I think I'll be able to get up to speed pretty quickly throughout practice and then we will just focus on the race. Our goal is to qualify well, run top-10 most of the day and complete all of the laps. We would be more than satisfied to come home with a top-10 finish and after the strong run we had at Atlanta I think that goal is well within reach."

Trip Bruce on mentoring a rookie driver

"Having run so well at Atlanta earlier in the season, we are going to do things very similar to what we did there. Brad gaining seat time and experience is our primary goal in these first couple of races this season. On my end, I just want to give him a good, balanced truck so that he can log laps and race to the end. This is a learning experience for him. These races are a lot longer than what he is used to in the USAC races, so he is learning how to be patient over the course of 100 laps as well as figuring out when to turn up the heat at the end of the race."

Equipment Information

The No. 90 Great Clips team will hit the track with chassis #97 in this weekend's North Carolina Education Lottery 200. This is the same chassis Sweet drove to a 12th-place finish earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

-source: braun racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Brad Sweet