BRAD SWEET TO DRIVE STRINGER MOTORSPORTS' NO. 90 GREAT CLIPS TOYOTA IN SELECT NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACES IN 2010 Sweet gets a jump start on the 2010 season by making his series debut this weekend at Phoenix International ...
BRAD SWEET TO DRIVE STRINGER MOTORSPORTS' NO. 90 GREAT CLIPS TOYOTA
IN SELECT NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACES IN 2010
Sweet gets a jump start on the 2010 season by making his series debut this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway
MOORESVILLE, NC (November 12, 2009) -- Stringer Motorsports is pleased to announce that USAC open-wheel sensation, Brad Sweet, will pilot the No. 90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra in a select number of races during the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck (NCWTS) season. This weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, the 23-year-old will get a jump start on his new endeavor with Stringer Motorsports by making his series debut behind the wheel of the Great Clips-sponsored truck in Friday evening's Lucas Oil 150. The Grass Valley, Calif.-native, made his stock car debut in July, racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kentucky Speedway for Stringer Motorsports.
Tentative plans call for Sweet to compete in the following NCWTS races in 2010. He will continue to run in the World of Outlaws series next season in events that do not conflict with his NCWTS events for Stringer Motorsports.
Dover International Speedway (May 14)
Lowe's Motor Speedway (May 21)
The Milwaukee Mile (June 18)
Gateway International Raceway (July 16)
O'Reilly Raceway Park (July 23)
Bristol Motor Speedway (August 18)
Phoenix International Raceway (November 12)
Homestead-Miami Speedway (November 19)
Sweet has made a name for himself driving USAC Midgets and Sprint cars for Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) over the last couple of years. He is currently battling for the 2009 USAC National Midget title and has also run USAC and World of Outlaws sprint cars for KKR this season. His most prestigious USAC career victories include the Belleville Midget Nationals, the Knoxville Midget Nationals, and both the Sprint Car and Midget "Four Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.
Sweet is following the same road as his mentor, Kasey Kahne. Kahne also drove for Stringer Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) from 2003-2005, with Great Clips as his sponsor. Kahne will continue to be a mentor to the young driver as he makes the transition from open wheel to stock cars, just as he did seven years ago.
Sweet is thrilled to have the opportunity to make the move to the NCWTS, especially with the same organization that helped propel Kahne into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stardom. .
"I'd like to thank both Doug Stringer and Kasey Kahne for the opportunity and Great Clips for supporting us," said Sweet. "I'm look forward to taking my career to the next level. I expect to learn a lot from the other Truck drivers and gain their respect at the same time. To be able to draw from Kasey and Doug's experience will hopefully make the transition much smoother."
Stringer Motorsports owner, Doug Stringer, is happy to give up-and-coming drivers a shot at progressing their careers, especially one that came as highly recommended as Sweet. .
"Kasey (Kahne) has been telling me about an up-and-coming, young talent named Brad Sweet for the last year or two. When the opportunity arose to put Brad in the No. 90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra I jumped at it. It's an interesting parallel to be working with one of Kasey's proteges, five years after Kasey drove for me. It's going to be a lot of fun to now to work with Brad and to mentor him as he starts out on this new career path."