Sweet Closes Season Atop Sprint Car Rankings

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Brad Sweet battles Logan Schuchart during Saturday's World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Frank Smith Photo)
Brad Sweet battles Logan Schuchart during the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Frank Smith Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. — With the final 410 winged sprint car race of the season in the books, Brad Sweet has finished on top of the National Sprint Car Rankings for the first time.

Sweet, who won the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series title with 16 victories in the series and 17 overall wins, earned a 3.429 average finish in 78 starts.

Donny Schatz is second with a 3.517 average finish in 75 starts.

By landing atop the rankings, Sweet ended a streak of five consecutive years during which Schatz had topped the National Sprint Car Rankings. Schatz also was ranked No. 1 during the first year of the rankings in 2009.

Tim Shaffer (2010), Jason Meyers (2011), Danny Dietrich (2012) and Billy Balog (2013) have also finished first in the National Sprint Car Rankings.

After winning both features during the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, David Gravel ranks third with a 3.590 average finish in 76 races.

Eastern region top dog Dietrich won the final race of the season Saturday at Pennsylvania’s BAPS Motor Speedway. With 15 victories for the season, Dietrich ranked fourth overall with a 4.544 average finish.

Seventeen-time winner and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions title winner Aaron Reutzel completed the top five.

Other regional leaders were Buddy Kofoid (Great Lakes), Balog (Great Plains), Dominic Scelzi (West), Jacob Patton (Mid-America), Schatz (Northwestern) and Carl Bowser. (Ohio-PA).

One hundred and 30 drivers have combined to win 384 features, with 716 drivers combining to make 8,248 starts.

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