Outlaws: After nasty wreck, Brad Sweet takes Saturday win in Wisconsin

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Don’t ever question the toughness of one Brad Sweet.

One night after a hellacious crash in Iowa left his World of Outlaws sprint car in two pieces, the former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver bounced back last night at Beaver Dam (Wisc.) Raceway to claim his fifth Outlaws win of 2014.

Sweet sustained an injured ankle in the Iowa crash, but soldiered on and qualified third for last night’s event in Wisconsin. In the 40-lap feature, he made a mid-race charge to the front that culminated with him taking the lead for good on Lap 24.

“It feels pretty unbelievable,” Sweet said in an Outlaws release. “These guys never give up. They worked all night long – they still haven’t slept from last night.

“I was in the hospital at 6 a.m. getting X-rays and I didn’t even know if I was going to be able to race tonight. So to come out here and get the win is just unbelievable.”

Sweet admitted that after the crash, he figured that his run at Beaver Dam would only be about shoring up his place in the Outlaws championship, in which he’s currently sixth.

“I kind of thought we would come here and just coast around and try to collect some points and try to heal,” he said. “But [my team] gave me such a good car, I got battling for the lead – I think adrenaline took over.

“My ankle is pretty sore but this is always good medicine, winning.”

Before last night’s race, Sweet also shed some light on his Friday wreck – which he called a “freak accident” with fellow racer Terry McCarl.

Contact between McCarl and Sweet sent the latter into and then atop the Turn 3 wall at Burlington, Iowa’s 34 Raceway. Sweet then hit another object, which sheared his car in two.

“We got a run on the outside and I think [McCarl] just decided, he had been running the bottom, that he was moving to the top and it’s just one of those racing deals,” he said in a separate interview.

Sweet’s victory last night earned the attention of Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer, who sent his congratulations:

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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