Brad Sweet, No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet Impala Richmond International Raceway PreviewPress Release
No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet
Richmond International Raceway
Virginia College Savings 250
September 7, 2012
No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet News and Notes
Brad Sweet Career NNS Stats
Starts Poles Wins Top-Fives Top-10′s Avg. Start Avg. Finish
12 0 0 0 1 16.3 20.1
First time at Richmond International Raceway for Sweet… Friday night’s race under the lights at RIR will mark Sweet’s first start at the 0.75-mile oval. Sweet has only competed at three tracks one mile or less this season, with two visits to Iowa Speedway (0.875-miles) in which the Grass Valley, Calif.-native finished 13th and 12th, and one trip to Dover International Speedway (one-mile) where he finished 23rd.
Who’s on the pit box?… Trent Owens, who has led James Buescher and Nelson Piquet Jr. to NNS victories this season, has recently taken over as crew chief for the No. 38 Great Clips team with drivers Kahne and Brad Sweet. A former driver himself, Owens is a long-time fixture in the NASCAR garage. Over the years, the Darlington, S.C., native has been successful working with a variety of drivers with different levels of experience and has visited victory lane with both rookies and veterans alike including Buescher, Piquet. Jr., Mark Martin, Dave Blaney and Reed Sorenson.
This Week’s Impala… The No. 38 team will unload chassis TMS-323 this weekend at RIR. This is the same chassis Jamie McMurray piloted earlier this season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, bringing home a ninth-place finish.
Come and see me! Sweet will participate in the NNS driver autograph session on Friday afternoon from 2-3pm at the amphitheater behind the Commonwealth Tower. Following the autograph session, he will join Turner Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier and fellow competitor Danica Patrick at the Chevy display for a Q & A with fans.
Gear up for the Kasey Kahne Foundation Five Kahne 5K presented by Great Clips!! Join Kahne on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to run or walk the streets of gorgeous downtown Charlotte on a crisp fall day! What a better way to end the Fall Charlotte race weekend than with some exercise and stay afterwards for the Five Kahne post-race festival. It’s a day of fun for the whole family! For more information visit www.kaseykahnefoundation.org
Kahne and Sweet: a unique combination… Not only are Kahne and Sweet good friends off the track, but the veteran is serving as mentor to Sweet as he makes the transition from open-wheel competition to stock cars. Sweet was handpicked by Kahne in 2008 to drive for Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) where he has since experienced tremendous success in the World of Outlaws Series. Sweet will continue to compete on a limited basis for KKR when he is not behind the wheel of the No. 38 Great Clips machine in the NNS. You can expect Kahne to be very involved and present in the NNS garage when Sweet is behind the wheel of the No. 38 as he will closely monitor his progress and offer encouragement.
Kahne brought Great Clips their first win! From 2003-2005, Kahne and his sponsor, Great Clips, Inc., reached momentous milestones, including capturing Kahne’s first Nationwide Series victory in 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was also Great Clips’ first win as a primary sponsor. In 2005, Kahne captured his second career win at Texas Motor Speedway before leaving the Nationwide Series to allow more time for his Sprint Cup Series efforts.
Great Clips goes racing with the World of Outlaws in 2012! Great Clips will serve as sponsor for KKR driver Joey Saldana for the 2012 World of Outlaws season. The Minneapolis-based company has been a sponsor of KKR for the past two seasons. This year, they will be featured on all three KKR entries – as a primary sponsor on the #9 with Saldana as well as associate sponsor placement on Brad Sweet’s #49 and Cody Darrah’s #5 World of Outlaws cars.
12 Years and Counting… Great Clips, Inc. is currently the longest-running sponsor in the NNS and has used the Nationwide Series as their primary marketing platform for the last 11 years. Their sponsorship began in 2000 with Akins Motorsports as they climbed on board to sponsor the team’s No. 38 entry with driver, Christian Elder. Mark Green piloted the No. 38 for one season before general manager, Doug Stringer, hired up-and-coming talent, Kasey Kahne, thereby solidifying Great Clips’ commitment to their NASCAR sponsorship.
Sweet on racing at RIR
“I’m looking forward to getting on the track at Richmond. I know it’s a tough track and it’s going to be a challenge, but I think my racing background is going to be an advantage there. It’s a lot of beating and banging and slide jobs and that’s my favorite type of racing. I’m excited to work with Trent Owens (crew chief) for the first time as well. He has had a lot of success working with rookies throughout his career and I feel that is really going to be a big help to me.”
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About Great Clips: Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 30,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn advanced skills and the latest trends. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And, it’s more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In. To check-in online, visit www.greatclips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit www.greatclips.com.
- Turner Motorsports Press Release
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