The 2012 season wraps this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) with Brad Sweet behind the wheel of the No. 38 Great Clips machine. With 16 starts under his belt this year, the rookie has captured two top-10 finishes and only three finishes outside of the top-20. Teammate Kasey Kahne, who competed in 15 events throughout the year, amassed three top-five and nine top-10 finishes, in addition to capturing the pole in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Previous experience at Homestead-Miami Speedway… Sweet has two previous starts at HMS, both in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition. Driving for Stringer Motorsports and carrying the Great Clips colors, Sweet finished 27th in 2009 and 25th in 2010.
This Week’s Impala… The No. 38 team will unload chassis TMS-331 this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This chassis last saw track time at Texas Motor Speedway where Sweet finished 13th. Sweet also drove this chassis at Kentucky Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, finishing 10th and 15th, respectively. Additionally, Kahne captured the inaugural NNS pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year in this same car.
Good luck to Turner Motorsports’ James Buescher… On Friday night, James Buescher has the chance to make history for Turner Motorsports by winning the team’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. Currently, Buescher leads second place by 11 points going into the season finale on Friday night. Buescher guarantees himself the championship, as well as the Owner’s Championship with a finish of seventh or better with no laps led, eighth or better with one lap led, or ninth or better with the most laps led.
Sweet on racing on the 2012 season: “Having the opportunity to drive the Great Clips Chevy this season for Turner Motorsports has been a dream come true for me. It has had its ups and downs, but this is a strong team and they supported me 100% all year. We have made big gains since the beginning of the season and I feel we have improved every week and just keep getting better. I wish the season wasn’t over because I feel like we have so much momentum going, but we will just take that into 2013. I can’t say enough about Great Clips and their support of me. I have met so many great people over this past year and their excitement about their racing program is just amazing. Thanks to all of the executives, franchisees, managers and stylists – it’s truly been a ‘great’ year!”