Quotes From Sweet and Schatz Plus Silver Cup Notes – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT

Brad Sweet has been running well as of late. The Grass Valley, Calif., driver has showed consistent speed now that the Month of Money has kicked into full gear. Unfortunately that speed has been good enough so far for a pair of seconds instead of wins. He came home second to Donny Schatz at Eldora Speedway in the Kings Royal before finishing second to Kyle Larson on Tuesday night in the Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway.

“These are races you want to win,” mentioned Sweet. “They are all big races and when you are second you don’t get to put your name in the history books. You are the guy that finished second. We are sure trying, knocking on the door. I feel like both of these races we were right there. We need to do a few things a little bit better.”

Sweet made some ground on Larson through the middle portions of the 40-lap feature. He got close enough in traffic to see the tail tank on the No. 57. He pushed hard to get to him and that may have ultimately been his downfall.

“I think what happened is I burned some of my stuff up trying to go too hard, especially my right rear,” cited Sweet. “It was kind of tore up. Once the right rear goes you lose a lot of grip. I was kind of, I don’t want to say hanging on at the end, but I think I burned it up. I went too hard. I could see him and see that I was gaining. I knew we had to be getting down to the end. Went a little too hard and leveled off the last five laps and kind of got free.”




Schatz Finds Speed Late for Third

Donny Schatz had an uncharacteristically off night on Tuesday night in the Silver Cup. The defending race winner took nearly three quarters of the race to get his No. 15 rolling. He closed in on the final circuits to battle Sweet for second but fell short at the checked flag.

“It took me too long figure out what we needed to do,” commented Schatz. “That is how it goes. We were rolling at the end, but just the way it goes. Maybe a yellow would have helped us tonight but we didn’t get that. It is what it is. We had a fast car at the end but you can’t be a half track behind and try and make that up.”

Schatz struggled to find the grip that he needed to make headway. He searched and searched as he usually does before finally finding something that gave him some forward drive.

“It was so dirty all over,” stated Schatz. “In one and two I could never get anything to stick. I was really lost there, but I figured out three and four and I was halfway decent. It’s just the way it was. It was that way all night long. We went out late in qualifying, thought we had a decent lap for when we went out. It was that way all night long, very hard to pass. We did our best but it was way too short. We’ll try to figure it out for Thursday.”

Lernerville Loose Ends

Larson set fast time for the 37 cars in attendance at a lap of 13.360…

Heat wins were taken by Larson, Kerry Madsen, Tim Shaffer and Sweet. Shaffer won the dash before Cory Eliason won the Last Chance Showdown…

Alan Free flipped during hot laps and did not return for the rest of the night…

A.J. Flick and John Garvin used track provisionals to make the main-event…

Brandon Spithaler spun in the feature event for the only caution of the 40-lap main…

Shaffer, Ian Madsen and Larson led laps during the A-Main…

Kasey Kahne earned the hard charger award for advancing from 24th to 17th. He qualified as the last car out of the Last Chance Showdown after starting eighth.