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Today In Racin’: Sweet To Debut

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, October 20 2010


News of the Day:

Kasey Kahne Racing driver and USAC open-wheel star, Brad Sweet, will make his Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Gateway International Raceway in the No. 11 Great Clips Camry.

The 24-year-old has made eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts in the No. 90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra, with one top-10 finish to his credit.

Sweet has claimed such USAC wins as the Belleville Midget Nationals, the Knoxville Midget Nationals and both the Sprint Car and Midget “Four Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway. He currently sits eighth in the USAC National Midget Championship point standings.

“I am very excited to be making my Nationwide Series debut with Great Clips,” Sweet said. “I’ve talked a lot with Kasey about what to expect from the Nationwide cars and the differences between their handling and the truck’s. It’s been really helpful to have him to bounce ideas off of since he made the same transition from open-wheel to stock cars not too long ago. I want to thank everyone at Great Clips, Braun Racing and Turner Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to take the next step in my racing career.”

King gets Green Light: SS Green Light Racing announced that Virginia’s John King will pilot the Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac No. 07 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger at the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.

King started his racing career driving Fastrak and StormPay.com Sanctioned Crate Late Models on dirt in 2006 and has over the last two seasons he has transitioned to asphalt in Legends Cars and UARA-Stars Late Models. King ran two NCWTS races earlier in 2010 for Team Gill Racing, finishing 15th in his truck series debut at Bristol.

Three-time ASA National Champion Butch Miller will oversee King’s effort at Martinsville. “I was impressed with John’s run at Bristol earlier this year,” Miller said. “We had a good test last week and I’m looking forward to working with him at Martinsville.”

King is looking forward to working with one of the best short-track drivers ever. “I felt like we got along good at the test and we worked together really good,” King said. “It’s nice to have someone with Butch’s experience to work with as I don’t have a lot of experience on radial tires or in the heavier trucks.

“My goal is to get laps in and to finish the race.” John added. “Martinsville is the type of track where you can get a good finish if you just stay out of trouble. I know we need to be there at the end.

“I hope to be able to have a solid race and to earn some respect from some of the guys in the series. I’ve got a open mind, I realize that the truck series is a whole different deal than what I have been running so I want to keep my expectations in line.”

(This report will be updated as news breaks today)

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, October 20 2010
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