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:

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.