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Sweet fired up for home debut at Fontana - Mar 20, 2012 - NASCAR.COM
By Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COM
March 20, 2012 3:14 PM, EDT
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Northern California native Brad Sweet, who was an up-and-coming short-track open-wheel racer before connecting with NASCAR standout Kasey Kahne several years ago, is on the verge of his latest career milestone this weekend.
Sweet, 26, from Grass Valley, Calif., will make his second career Nationwide start but his first at his only home state speedway, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Sweet, who's splitting the schedule in Turner Motorsports' No. 38 Chevrolet with Kasey Kahne, is set for his first of 18 starts in the car tended by crew chief Mike Shiplett.


It's awesome for me, but even more for my family. Most of them have never had a chance to actually see a NASCAR race live, never mind having me racing in it.


-- BRAD SWEET


"It's awesome for me, but even more for my family," said Sweet, who grew up several hours north of Fontana. "Most of them have never had a chance to actually see a NASCAR race live, never mind having me racing in it."
Sweet, who's won a pile of races since joining Kasey Kahne Racing's multi-faceted USAC and World of Outlaws open-wheel program in 2009, only has 21 stock car starts on his resume, with 18 of those coming the past three years in the Camping World Truck Series.
So far this NASCAR season, Sweet's taken a crash course, spending a lot of time up on the spotters' stands at all four venues, listening to his Turner teammates in the Nationwide races and to Kahne in the Sprint Cup events. He wouldn't trade it for anything except, obviously, seat time.
"I've learned so much -- patience and good feedback are some of the biggest things I've learned," Sweet said. "I've learned a lot about the difference in driver feedback and how to manage a race. You need to get yourself in position in the top 10, to make a run with 30 or 40 laps to go.
"As long as you're giving good information to your crew chief, you can make your car better. I've learned not to get frustrated because it's a long race. Keep it simple for your crew chief and try to understand what your car's doing and get yourself in position for the end of the race and even if you have a couple bad runs, you can overcome all that if you get your car right."
Kahne's season-opening races have been miserable, to say the least, but he's enthused about Sweet's debut.
"I'm just trying to help Brad," said Kahne, who's been an integral part of every facet of Sweet's stock car development, including his ties to sponsor Great Clips. "He's a good driver. He's won a lot of races over the years, and we'll kind of see how he takes to the Nationwide cars. They're not easy cars to drive, so we'll see what he does.
"But I feel like he'll do a really nice job. As he gets enough laps and kind of gets comfortable with his surroundings and the way that those races happen and restarts and pit stops and things, I think he'll do a really nice job."
"I've been watching a lot," Sweet said. "Now it's time to put it all to work."
Related:
Sweet, Kahne to split No. 38 ride in 2012
Shiplett named as crew chief for No. 38



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he's my pick to win rookie of the year.
 

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he's my pick to win rookie of the year.

No way. He would have to be near flawless. Austin and Cole both can have some mulligan bad races to throw out and Sweet won't. Don't get me wrong, I hope he does well but no chance he gets ROTY
 

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No way. He would have to be near flawless. Austin and Cole both can have some mulligan bad races to throw out and Sweet won't. Don't get me wrong, I hope he does well but no chance he gets ROTY

true, but how many people picked timmy hill to win last year? or for that matter, had even HEARD of hill last year?
 

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true, but how many people picked timmy hill to win last year? or for that matter, had even HEARD of hill last year?
True but with Sweet driving in 18 races and I believe your 17 best count for ROTY...... like I said, he would have to be flawless and with the way Dillon is running and even Whitt, they already have a massive head start.
 

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True but with Sweet driving in 18 races and I believe your 17 best count for ROTY...... like I said, he would have to be flawless and with the way Dillon is running and even Whitt, they already have a massive head start.
cup takes the best 17 races, nationwide takes the best 16 races, and i think the trucks take the best 15.
 

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don't trust what you read on nascar.com

"Main Rookie Points
Rookie of the year candidates earn points for their best seventeen (Sprint Cup), sixteen (Nationwide), or fourteen (Camping World Truck) races of the season. All other points are based on a ten-to-one system.
  1. The highest finishing rookie earns ten points, the second highest finishing rookie earns nine points, etc.
  2. One point is granted to all rookies who enter an event prior to the entry deadline, regardless of finishing position or even if they don't qualify. All rookies with teams that enter past the regular entry deadline ("post entry") do not receive this point."
[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASCAR_Rookie_of_the_Year"]NASCAR Rookie of the Year - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
 

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LMFAO trust nascar.com or a site where any random user can edit any random article!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha nascar.com may not be the best but I trust them over wikipedia!
 

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By no means want to get in a fight, but Jayski ( I trust them) says:
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates are awarded points based on entry, competition, top-10 bonus points, and voting panel points. Points are awarded based on his/her best 17 races in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action, 16 events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, or 14 events in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Points during competition are awarded based on the following:
 

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Again, I trust the offical NASCAR page with the rookie standings over any other site.
 

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By no means want to get in a fight, but Jayski ( I trust them) says:
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates are awarded points based on entry, competition, top-10 bonus points, and voting panel points. Points are awarded based on his/her best 17 races in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action, 16 events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, or 14 events in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Points during competition are awarded based on the following:
Thats cool. I still gotto go with the offical list on NASCAR.com though.
 

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Either way, the fact remains that Sweet is running 18 races. If 16 or 17 races count.... he only has one or two mulligans. Where Austin and Cole have way more than that.
 
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