MOORESVILLE, N.C. Oct. 19, 2010—Braun Racing, which was recently acquired by Turner Motorsports, is pleased to announce that USAC open-wheel star and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver, Brad Sweet, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut at Gateway International Raceway. The 24-year-old, who is already a member of the Great Clips Racing family, will pilot the No. 11 Great Clips Toyota Camry in the series’ final visit to the 1.25-mile St. Louis-based oval. Sweet will join teammate, Jason Leffler, in representing Great Clips, the longest-running primary sponsor in the series
Sweet currently drives for Kasey Kahne Racing, sitting eighth in the 2010 USAC National Midget Championship point standings. Additionally, he has made eight NCWTS starts for Stringer Motorsports carrying the colors of primary sponsor, Great Clips.
The Grass Valley, Calif. native made a name for himself driving USAC Midgets and Sprint Cars for Kasey Kahne Racing before making his NCWTS debut at Phoenix International Raceway with Great Clips in 2009. Sweet has claimed such prestigious wins as the Belleville Midget Nationals, the Knoxville Midget Nationals and both the Sprint Car and Midget “Four Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway over his open-wheel racing career and in 2009 was runner-up in the USAC Mopar National Midget Championship. Sweet is following in the career footsteps of his mentor and owner, Kasey Kahne. From 2003-2005, Kahne piloted the Great Clips entry in the Nationwide Series and in 2010 reunited with the organization to run eight NNS races in the No. 38 Camry. Sweet will make the transition into the Nationwide Series with the continued guidance and support of Kahne, who is now not just his owner but his teammate as well.
The young driver is excited to have the opportunity to make the jump into the Nationwide Series with Great Clips and Braun Racing.
“I’m looking forward to making my Nationwide Series debut in the Great Clips Camry. I’ve seen what Great Clips has done for Kasey in the Nationwide Series and I’ve really enjoyed working with them in the Truck Series,” said Sweet. “I’m really looking forward to taking the next step in my racing career. I would like to thank everyone at Great Clips, Braun Racing and Turner Motorsports for this opportunity.”
About Braun Racing
Braun Racing is a leading team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series that was handpicked four years ago by Toyota to help lead their entrance into the series. The team is proud to have claimed Toyota's first Nationwide Series pole on February 24, 2007 at California Speedway and their first win at O'Reilly Raceway Park on July 28, 2007. Founded by team owner Todd Braun in 2002, the team is in its eighth season of competition in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and is expanding into a four-car operation in 2010 with an all-star driver line-up that includes Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers, Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson, David Reutimann, Jacques Villeneuve and Tayler Malsam. Braun Racing's marketing partners includes Dollar General, Great Clips, Beringer Vineyards, AccuDoc Solutions, Fraternal Order of Eagles, ABF, Iron Horse Jeans, Bigspot.com, Northeastern Supply, SEM and Safety-Kleen. For more information on Braun Racing, visit www.braunracing.com.
About Turner Motorsports
Turner Motorsports, LLC, established in 1999, is in the midst of its inaugural full season in NASCAR competition. Co-owned by Texas natives Steve and Sandra Turner, the racing organization is operated out of a 30,000 square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C., which houses two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet entries piloted by James Buescher and Ricky Carmichael. In addition, the team fields part-time entries in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards, with Carmichael behind the wheel and a full-time USARacing Pro Cup Series team with driver Logan Ruffin. Turner Motorsports recently acquired select assets of NASCAR Nationwide Series powerhouse team, Braun Racing, and is expanding to field three cars in the Nationwide Series in 2011. For more information on Turner Motorsports, visit www.teamturnermotorsports.com.
About Great Clips, Inc.
Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has nearly 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. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit www.greatclips.com.