Sweet joins a couple of elite lists for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, which include, arguably, the top three drivers in the Series. With his third consecutive championship, “The Big Cat” becomes the third driver in Series history to accomplish that feat, joining 20-time Series champion Steve Kinser and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz on that list. Also, he’s now just the fourth driver in the 43-year history of the Series to have three or more titles – a list that includes Kinser, Schatz and Sammy Swindell.
“In 2018 we won the Knoxville Nationals and we set out goals pretty high for 2019 and won that first championship,” Sweet said. “Once you’re on top of the mountain, you definitely don’t want to get off of it. It’s nice to get three in a row. Sometimes I have to pinch myself. And it all seems like it has happened so quick because you’re working so hard all the time, it’s hard to take a breath and realize you’re in the moment.
He ends the season with 16 wins – tying his career-high for the most wins in a season – 47 top-fives and 64 top-10s behind the wheel of his NAPA Auto Parts #49.
FINAL 2021 Championship Standings:
1. Brad Sweet (10,594); 2. David Gravel (-80); 3. Carson Macedo (-134); 4. Donny Schatz (-136); 5. Logan Schuchart (-312); 6. Sheldon Haudenschild (-360); 7. James McFadden (-800); 8. Kraig Kinser (-1230); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1422); 10. Jacob Allen (-1782); 11. Wayne Johnson (-2185); 12. Jason Sides (-2548).
Nick Graziano has the full championship recap:
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