WOO: Sweet Stops Gravel For Win In Texas Outlaw Nationals Finale

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Brad Sweet hoists the trophy after winning Saturday night’s World of Outlaws feature at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. (Jared Durham photo)

MESQUITE, Texas — Brad Sweet worked his Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 NAPA Auto Parts machine along the bottom of Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday night, sticking it out at the high-banked half-mile oval for his second World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the season.

Making the pass for the win with only five laps to go, Sweet drove around Thursday night victor David Gravel, who had led all 25 previous circuits but was having some trouble getting his CJB Motorsports No. 5 out of lap traffic.

The win marked Sweet’s first victory in the Texas Outlaw Nationals.

“Awesome race there with David [Gravel],” said Sweet. “Lap traffic was just crucial. My car seemed like it was a little bit better. We were just right on him. Once I got a little clean air I was able to start picking off those lap cars and it felt good.”

Gravel had been working on the bottom all race, but he got caught behind Shane Stewart and met his demise when he tried to go high to pass him.

“I cleared a lot of lap cars really good, and then I got to Shane and I just could’t do anything with him,” said Gravel. “He was running the bottom in (Turns) 3 and 4. I tried to pass him on the outside, and obviously the bottom of three and four was the best lane to be in. That’s where Brad was. That’s just the advantage sometimes of sitting back there watching, seeing what happens.”

Third through the checkers was Danny “The Dude” Lasoski, who took his position from Christopher Bell early in the race and held it through the checkered flag.

Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, scored wins at Devil’s Bowl in 1999 and 2000. He was also right there at Devil’s Bowl in 1978, participating in the first-ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car race.

Christopher Bell and rookie Sheldon Haudenschild completed the top five.

Friday night Devil’s Bowl winner Jason Johnson was sixth ahead of Brent Marks, Jason Sides, Greg Wilson and eight-time champion Donny Schatz.

This year’s Texas Outlaw Nationals was a tribute to the late Lanny Edwards. A number of superstars — including Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Johnny Rutherford and Bell — joined the Outlaws to honor the legendary promoter and World of Outlaws co-founder.

“Lanny went out on a limb and really got something going that has been pretty spectacular and pretty amazing,” said Stewart during the opening ceremonies, “and definitely pretty entertaining for all of America to watch.”

The night’s opening act continued with World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter presenting the Ted Johnson Award to the Edwards family, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to sprint car racing.

“We really want to recognize all of the people that helped us get to where we are today,” said Carter. “We are the World of Outlaws: the fans here, the community, the racers, the teams, everybody here. We are what the World of Outlaws was meant to be 40 years ago. What happened here 40 years ago next year impacts sprint car racing around the world; all were impacted by Ted Johnson and Lanny Edwards.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action on April 21 for the Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz at Riverside International Speedway.

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