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Brad Sweet NNS Dover Preview

Tuesday May 29, 2012



No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet

Dover International Speedway

5-hour Energy 200

June 2, 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

     4            0                 0                    0                    1               12.2                   20.8


Back in the saddle... Brad Sweet will return to the seat of the No. 38 Great Clips machine this weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Dover International Speedway (DIS). Sweet will compete in the next five events on the NNS schedule before Kasey Kahne rejoins the team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


Previous experience at DIS... Sweet has made just one career start at DIS. Last year, he competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track nicknamed "The Monster Mile," starting 18th and finishing 30th after being collected in a mid-race accident.


Who's on the pit box? Mike Shiplett joined Turner Motorsports in 2012 and has a unique role as he calls the shots for both a veteran (Kasey Kahne) and a rookie (Sweet). It is a reunion of sorts for Kahne and Shiplett, who were paired together in the NNS during the 2007 season and put down impressive results including two victories (Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, spring events).


This Week's Impala... The No. 38 team will unload chassis TMS-319 this weekend at Iowa Speedway. This chassis last saw track time at Richmond and Phoenix where Kahne finished 18th and 10th, respectively.


Testing, Testing 123... Sweet and the No. 38 Great Clips team spent this Tuesday testing at Virginia International Raceway. The rookie is scheduled to compete in two of the three road course races this season including those at Road America and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.


Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) gives Great Clips third win of the year... Last week in the World of Outlaws race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Joey Saldana drove the No. 9 Great Clips car to victory lane. This was the third feature win of the season for Saldana and Great Clips.


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 serves as sponsor for KKR driver Joey Saldana this year in the World of Outlaws series. 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 this weekend's NNS race at Dover

I'm excited about getting back behind the wheel this weekend at Dover. It's an awesome race track but it's also a tough one! It's a place where you have to stay focused and stay on your toes every lap. I'm happy that I get to drive this Great Clips car for the next five weeks. It's going to allow me to get in a good rhythm with these guys and get some momentum going. In my three races so far, we have had some really strong runs so I look forward to continuing that trend starting this weekend at Dover.


Follow the No. 38 team on Twitter! Twitter.com/No38TurnerNNS

Follow Kasey Kahne on Twitter! Twitter.com/KaseyKahne  

Follow Brad Sweet on Twitter! Twitter.com/KBradSweet49  

Follow Turner Motorsports on Facebook! Facebook.com/TurnerMotorsports


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.

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