Finding a rhythm at The Bullring; Brad Sweet Wins WoO Feature – Grand Forks Herald
GRAND FORKS – Brad Sweet is closing in on his fourth straight World of Outlaws title. He helped his cause Friday night at River Cities Speedway where the California driver won the 35-lap final in front of nearly 6,000 fans.
In heavy traffic, Sweet passed pole sitter Sheldon Haudenschild on lap 11 and led the rest of the way. Sweet had a safe cushion most of the time, beating David Gravel at the flag stand by 1.776 seconds.
Sweet raced at the RCS for several years, but only won her first WoO feature at The Bullring last season.
He has won again this season, and may have found a rhythm at the RCS.
“That’s what’s happening; you find a setup that works on a racetrack and put the rider at ease,” Sweet said. “We’ve been very competitive every time we’ve been here so we have a good feel for this place.”
Sweet said the key – as usual at The Bullring – was the coiled up traffic. “You have to make moves in a fraction of a second. This place is small and cramped. The car handled well in places and I think that’s what got us the win.
“I like this track especially when there are multiple grooves, like it was tonight.”
The running surface was fast all night.
Sweet’s best time in the feature was 10.807 seconds, the latter coming late in the race (lap 26). Sweet also clocked the fastest qualifying time of the night, 9.885 seconds. He was one of six drivers to post a time of less than 10 seconds. Additionally, 28 of the 35 drivers posted qualifying times of less than 11 seconds.
Carson Macedo, who won June’s WoO race at RCS, finished third. Donny Schatz finished fourth, followed by Haudenschild.
The top homegrown finisher was Mark Dobmeier, the RCS career wins leader. Dobmeier finished 11th.
Ryan Timms, a 16-year-old from Oklahoma City, made his WoO debut. Timms made a national splash, winning a number of sprint car races around the country with different sanctioning bodies.
He finished ninth. He turned 16 on Friday, the minimum age to run with the Outlaws.
With threatening weather to the south, the Outlaws pushed the schedule to beat the rain.
The feature film was made around 9:15 p.m. and the full show was finished around 9:40 p.m.
There was no official attendance listed, but the crowd was perhaps the largest in RCS history. The Outlaws, which started racing in Grand Forks in 2007, typically draw between 4,000 and 5,000 each visit, but Friday’s attendance may have pushed 6,000.
The latest models also completed WoO sprints.
Brody Troftgruben won the 25-round NLRA feature, with Joey Pederson finishing second. Jason Strand, Ryan Corbett and Jesse Teunis complete the top five.
Troftgruben edged Pederson by 1.131 seconds in a no-warning race.
“It’s the best time to win, when you see all those fans and you hear that noise when you get out of the car,” Troftgruben said. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”