California driver Brad Sweet, who raced half-seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 and 2013, emerged shaken up but otherwise uninjured in a horrific World of Outlaws race Friday night at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.
News reports were sketchy but it appears Sweet, who had won the fourth heat race of the evening just a short time before, was coming out of a turn when he hit a retaining wall.
The impact was so hard that it actually split his sprint car in half (see photos below).
While he did need some help walking back to the infield, according to reports from fans in attendance who tweeted info and photos of the wreck and its aftermath, Sweet was uninjured.
Among those tweeting well wishes to Sweet was NASCAR driver Kyle Larson and fellow WoO drivers Bryan Clauson and Cody Darrah, who according to one report on Twitter jumped out of his rolling car and was one of the first to reach Sweet to offer aid.
Sweet has made 36 Nationwide and 18 Camping World Truck Series race starts to date, but has not made any NASCAR starts in any classes this season. He has instead become a stalwart of the WoO this season, winning four races thus far, the most recent being two weeks ago at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.
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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.