Brad Keselowski Racing reveals '17 Truck Series lineup
CONCORD, N.C. -- Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) announced its team lineup details for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season at the National Motorsports Press Association annual convention in Concord, North Carolina. Austin Cindric will pilot the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 and Chase Briscoe, who was recently named as the first driver in the Ford Performance development program, joins the organization as the driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150. Cindric and Briscoe will both compete on a full-time basis as they pursue the NCWTS championship for BKR. Doug Randolph, who has been atop the pit box at BKR since 2012, will serve as crew chief for Cindric, while two-time NCWTS championship-winning crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. will lead the effort for Briscoe. "We're very fortunate to have partners like Cooper Standard and Horizon Global, with brands like Draw-Tite, Reese and Bulldog, that make it possible to give two young drivers an opportunity. And that's something I'm very proud of," team owner Brad Keselowski said. "Austin Cindric has already had success in various forms of racing, and has shown a lot of potential in our Ford F-150 race trucks. I certainly believe that Chase is ready to take the next step in his career, and we're excited to have him join the BKR family. He won the ARCA championship in his first full-time season, and he's proven to have the ability to learn quickly and win races. We're pleased to give both Austin and Chase the opportunity to compete full-time at a high level in NASCAR." Cindric, 18, has six NCWTS series starts dating back to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October 2015 -- all with BKR. He made four starts with BKR in 2016, qualifying a career-best second at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario). Cindric scored victories in the ARCA Racing Series event at Kentucky Speedway and in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Virginia (Danville, Va.) International Raceway. "This is a massive opportunity from Brad and everyone at BKR who trusts me and believes in my abilities as a driver to move on to the next level for a full season," said Cindric. "2017 gets more and more exciting for me with every day that goes by. I've only done a handful of one-off races in my brief stock car career, so I'm really looking forward to having the same guys by my side week in and week out. I've spent a lot of time at the shop the last few weeks and I know everyone is really excited to get back racing." The past two seasons for Briscoe read like a Hollywood screenplay. The 22-year-old Mitchell, Indiana, native joined Cunningham Motorsports in 2015 as a volunteer in the team's shop, and just one year later, the rookie driver was celebrating the ARCA Racing Series Championship. Briscoe led the series in wins (six, including four consecutive victories) and poles (six). He finished with 14 top fives and 18 top-10 finishes in 20 races. "It's is an absolutely huge opportunity and such an honor to drive for Brad ," said Briscoe. "The competition level in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is so high, but I'm going to be in the best equipment out there. It's really cool to once again be working with the Keselowski family. When I moved to North Carolina three years ago, I was helping Brian and Bob in their shop, so things have come full circle. I'm truly blessed with this opportunity, and I hope to make the most of it. At the end of the day, it's all about winning races and championships, and that's what I plan to do."
Katelyn Sweet tops Paige White for Better Half Dash win
CONCORD, N.C. -- Last year's Better Half Dash runner-up Katelyn Sweet said last year she didn't want to nab a win before her boyfriend Kyle Larson nabbed his first Sprint Cup victory. Larson's first win at Michigan in August presented an opportunity for Sweet to dominate and win Thursday's sixth annual Better Half Dash race at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The event, which featured 10 competitors, raised more than $70,000 for the Motor Racing Outreach, Speedway Children's Charities and the other charities selected by each competitor. "It's pretty awesome. I'm glad that we let him get the win before I did," Sweet said with a smile on Larson in Victory Lane. "… Now I can kind of trash talk him and tell him to how to drive the car." Driving the No. 42 Nature Made Chevrolet, Sweet led the majority of the event after starting from the pole position. She passed Paige White, Brad Keselowski 's girlfriend, in the final laps for the lead. White held on to finish second, while Ty Dillon ’s wife, Haley Dillon, came up third. Anna McAllister, fiancée of Roush Fenway Racing tire changer Cory Baldwin, and Kinsley Parsons, fiancée of NASCAR official Patrick Marrill, rounded out the top five finishers. Larson, who spotted for Sweet , was on site in Victory Lane with the couple's young son Owen, who rocked a coordinating Nature Made fire suit to his mom's pink one. "Lots of fun, MRO does a good job with it," Larson said on the event. "I know Katelyn has looked forward to it for the last few years. She did good, she was really good." Third-place finisher Dillon was impressive in her No. 3, as she aggressively weaved from the back to the front twice in the event after getting caught up in minor spins. She couldn't quite make it all the way up front, but said she'll be back next year. "Absolutely," Dillon said. "They can't keep me from doing this. It's been so much fun and I will gladly accept the invitation. It was a blast." And it appears Sweet , whose brother Brad Sweet drives sprint cars and previously competed in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series, may have caught the racing fever. "Yeah I do," Sweet said when asked if she wanted to race on a more regular basis. "Maybe not every weekend, that sounds a little bit much." "Both Charlotte races," White offered. "Yeah, both Charlotte races. Because I am not going to run in high heels," Sweet said, referencing the High Heel Dash in May. You heard it: Wheels over heels. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;<span _rtetemp="spchk" style="background-color: #ffffaa;" _rtespchksugg="Lt"alt"ult"flt"let"lit"lat"lot"ltd"t">am</span>p;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Danica Patrick, Brad Sweet spin on Lap 1
James Buescher wiggles going into Turn 3 and as Danica Patrick checks up, the No. 7 spins along with the No. 38 of Brad Sweet .
Danica Patrick spins for the third time while battling Brad Sweet
Danica Patrick gets loose while racing alongside Brad Sweet and spins for the third time in the race.
Early trouble for Swindell and Sweet
Trouble strikes early for Kevin Swindell and Brad Sweet as they get caught up in a crash in Turn 1.
Sweet smashes into Gase during practice
Brad Sweet plows into Joey Gase during NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice at Bristol.
Sweet spins on qualifying attempt
Brad Sweet spins on his qualifying attempt for the Dollar General 300.
Contact leads to flames for Sweet
Jeb Burton makes contact with Brad Sweet ending in a shower of flames.
Bliss narrowly avoids spinning Sweet
Mike Bliss has to jump on the brakes and avoid a spinning Brad Sweet in Turn 2.
Turn 2 is not so sweet
Brad Sweet finds that Turn 2 is more difficult than he thought, sending him spinning around twice.