The NAPA AUTO PARTS No. 49 traveled with the World of Outlaws to Pennsylvania for three nights of racing action this past week.
The Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) team kicked off Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA, qualifying third overall with a time of 12.586. Brad Sweet started on the pole of Drydene heat race three and went on to win it, transferring them into the Fast Pass Dash.
Sweet ended up drawing the two pill out of the NOS Energy Drink can for his starting spot, and finished third after eight laps around Lernerville Speedway. The NAPA AUTO PARTS, KKR No. 49 started third in the 40-lap Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. As soon as the leaders closed in on lap-traffic, Sweet was able to capitalize and pass Gravel for second. On the restart after a red flag, Sweet made a bid for the lead by sliding Lynch in turns one and two, but Lynch was strong off the top. They put on a great battle for a couple laps before Sweet took the lead with 29 laps to go. The No. 49 team took the win by over 5.3 seconds at the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup for $25,000 to win. That was the NAPA AUTO PARTS, KKR No. 49’s 14th win of the 2021 season!
“My NAPA AUTO PARTS car is really fast right now and I had a great car all night. I’m really looking forward to the rest of summer. I almost gave it away with about five to go when I went off the backstretch.” Sweet said. What he didn’t know is at that point, he had over a seven second lead over second place runner.
The team headed to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA, for two nights of racing action on Friday and Saturday. Friday night, Sweet timed in 15th quick overall, lining him up fourth in heat race competition. The No. 49 went on to finish third and transferred straight into the main event. During the 25-lap main event, Sweet went from 11th to eight, picking up another top-10 finish of the season.
Saturday night the No. 49 competed at Williams Grove Speedway again for the Summer Nationals finale. Sweet qualified 11th overall, lining him up third in Dryden heat race competition. The No. 49 crossed the line in fourth after 10 laps around Williams Grove Speedway, transferring them into the main event. A $20,000 payday was on the line with 30-laps around the speedway and Sweet started 15th. The NAPA AUTO PARTS team ended the weekend with an 11th place finish.
Looking ahead to next weeked, the team travels north to New York for two nights of racing action. The No. 49 will compete at Ransomville Speedway Friday night and Weedsport Speedway Saturday night.
Tuesday- Lernerville Speedway
Slick Woody’s Qualifying- 3rd
Drydene Heat- 1st/1st
Fast Pass Dash- 2nd/3rd
Friday- Williams Grove Speedway
Slick Woody’s Qualifying- 15th
Drydene Heat- 4th/3rd
Saturday- Williams Grove Speedway
Slick Woody’s Qualifying- 11th
Drydene Heat- 3rd/4th
Points Standings- 1st (6,82 points) +112
Friday, July 30th- Ransomville Speedway, Ramsomville, NY
Friday, July 31st- Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
Team Website- www.kaseykahneracing.com
Watch live- www.dirtvision.com