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: