The Sweet Smell Of Knoxville Success

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Brad Sweet (49) leads Danny Lasoski Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. (Ken Simon photo)
Brad Sweet (49) leads Danny Lasoski Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. (Ken Simon photo)
Brad Sweet (49) leads Danny Lasoski Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. (Ken Simon photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Brad Sweet won his fourth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series race of the season Saturday night, capturing the Mediacom Shootout at Knoxville Raceway after holding off challenges from Danny Lasoski and Terry McCarl.

It was Sweet’s first WoO victory at the legendary half-mile track.

“It feels good. This is a dream come true,” Sweet said. “I’ve always wanted to win at Knoxville in a winged sprint car… It means something to beat these guys — 48 really strong cars here tonight.”

Sweet said the win was a good boost for his team, which last won on April 5 at Calistoga Speedway.

“For us to get the monkey off our back,” Sweet said. “We’ve been strong at the beginning of the year and then we slumped a little bit, so it’s nice to get back in victory lane especially here at Knoxville. It’s awesome. I know we work really hard to run good at this race track… I could move around all over the place. I think I probably was running the top way too long. The car just felt so good I felt like I could move all over. Hats off to my guys.”

Sweet said he and his team now have good notes for Knoxville that they will bring back for upcoming races at the track.

Sweet qualified sixth earlier in the night and benefitted from the six-car inversion leading into the dash. After winning the dash, Sweet started on the front row with Lasoski. Shane Stewart and McCarl started in row two.

After the green flag waved, Sweet jumped past Lasoski for an early lead. Lasoski looked to reel in Sweet in the opening laps. Meanwhile, McCarl battled with Stewart for third place. After several attempts, as Stewart rode through the middle of turns three and four, McCarl, hugging the bottom of the track, slid past coming out of turn four, taking the position and making his charge forward.