Brad Sweet Captured the 20-Lap King Doodlebug Classic, Friday Night at Knoxville Raceway

Brad SweetBy Bryan Gapinski Knoxville, Iowa, June 20, 2008--- It was the opening night at the 7th Annual Knoxville Midget Nationals presented by Iowa Telecom. This event is co-sanctioned by the USAC National, Badger, POWRi and SMRS Midget Series.
Darren Hagen flipped on the opening lap causing a multi-car accident, resulting in a complete restart. Cole Whitt jumped into the lead at the start. A lap 4 caution for debris bunched up the field. Whitt pulled to a slight advantage, one lap later Sweet regained second position. Third place Levi Jones stopped on the track surface at the mid-way point erasing Whitt's advantage. Sweet challenged on the restart but Whitt held a two second lead with five laps remaining. One lap later, two separate cautions and a red flag occurred.
On the restart Sweet drove under Whitt and drew even with Whitt, exiting turn two, pulling into the lead on the back stretch. Sweet driving the Kasey Kahne owned Spike/Mopar #49 finished 0.58 seconds ahead of Whitt, Ricky Stenhouse, Jerry Coons Jr., Bobby East and Michael Pickens. The first six finishers earned automatic starting positions for Saturday's 25-lap Championship feature. "The car was flawless, the last restart, we got a perfect run and made the pass stick" commented Sweet in victory lane.

 RACE RESULTS: June 20, 2008 – Knoxville, Iowa – Knoxville Raceway – "King Doodlebug Classic" – 7th "Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Nationals" - Presented by Iowa Telecom (Co-Sanctioned by BMARA, SMRS, & POWRi)

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cole Whitt (#71 Kunz), 2. Darren Hagen (#67 Kunz), 3. Tracy Hines (#21 Stewart), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (#11 Wilke-Pak), 5. A.J. Fike (#69 RFMS), 6. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 7. Dustin Morgan (#93 M & M), 8. Chris Windom (#17 Windom), 9. Daniel Robinson (#24D Robinson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Levi Jones (#20 Stewart), 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#32 RFMS), 3. Brad Kuhn (#07 B & T), 4. Kody Swanson (#19 Nine Racing), 5. Brad Loyet (#05s Loyet), 6. Tim Noble (#71N Wide Open), 7. Donnie Ray Crawford (#55 Tel-Star), 8. Chad McDaniel (#1c McDaniel), 9. Will Pierce (#10 Pierce). 2:40.89

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brad Sweet (#49 Kahne), 2. Chad Boat (#30 Boat), 3. Gary Altig (#67x Mecum), 4. Gary Taylor (#5x Tel-Star), 5. Michael Pickens (#2 Lein), 6. Brett Anderson (#11A Anderson), 7. Alfred Galedrige Jr. (#26 Galedrige), 8. Brent Beauchamp (#112 Beauchamp), 9. Don O'Keefe (#0k LOK). 2:39.81

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Don Droud Jr. (#1H Triple Crown), 2. Ryan Criswell (#11c R & C), 3. David Gough (#14 Hardy), 4. Dave Darland (#9 Nine Racing), 5. Bobby East (#4 Klatt), 6. Danny Stratton (#5F Simmons), 7. Bradley Galedrige (#29 Galedrige), 8. Matt Smith (#14a Hardy), 9. Jason Holt (#8J LOK). 2:43.38

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#99 Kahne), 2. Scott Hatton (#15 Huston), 3. Russ Harper (#09 Harper), 4. Mike Hess (#4x Hardy), 5. Austin Brown (#7B Brown), 6. Aaron Fiscus (#7x Wide Open), 7. Bobby Ross (#4R Pierce), 8. Kevin Swindell (#75 Pedregon). 2:42.74

SEMI #1: (10 laps) 1. East, 2. Loyet, 3. Pickens, 4. Stratton, 5. Noble, 6. Smith, 7. Fiscus, 8. McDaniel, 9. Robinson, 10. Brown, 11. Ross, 12. A.Galedrige, 13. O'Keefe. NT

SEMI #2: (10 laps) 1. Taylor, 2. Hess, 3. Anderson, 4. Fike, 5. Windom, 6. Morgan, 7. Beauchamp, 8. B.Galedrige, 9. Pierce, 10. Holt, 11. Crawford, 12. Daum. NT

"KING DOODLEBUG CLASSIC" FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Brad Sweet, 2. Cole Whitt, 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Bobby East, 6. Michael Pickens, 7. Russ Harper, 8. Aaron Fiscus, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Levi Jones, 11. Mike Hess, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Brett Anderson, 14. Gary Altig, 15. David Gough, 16. Gary Taylor, 17. Brad Loyet, 18. Scott Hatton, 19. Tim Noble, 20. Don Droud Jr., 21. Chad Boat, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Brady Bacon, 24. Bradley Galedrige, 25. Austin Brown, 26. Ryan Criswell, 27. Kody Swanson, 28. Darren Hagen. NT