Turner Motorsports Announces Kasey Kahne, Brad Sweet to Split 2012 Season


Kasey Kahne, former driver of the #4 Red Bull Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Turner Motorsports announced on Monday that Kasey Kahne will increase his time behind the wheel of the No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet in 2012 to compete in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series events. Up and coming driver, Brad Sweet, who has competed on a limited basis in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the last two years and in the USAC Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Series for Kasey Kahne Racing for the last four seasons, will make a run for the Rookie of the Year title and will round out the balance of the 33-race NNS schedule when Kahne is not behind the wheel.

Kahne began his NNS career wheeling the No. 38 car with Great Clips, Inc. serving as the sponsor. Together, Kahne and the world’s largest salon brand reached momentous milestones including capturing Kahne’s first NNS victory in 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was also Great Clip’s first win as primary sponsor. In 2005, Kahne captured his second career win at Texas Motor Speedway before stepping out of the ride as he progressed to the Sprint Cup Series ranks. In 2010, Kahne decided to return to the NNS on a limited basis and found himself back at the helm of the No. 38 machine, sporting the banner of his longtime sponsor. During both the 2010 and 2011 NNS season, Kahne piloted the car for eigh races, racking up four top-five and six top-ten finishes.

Following in the footsteps of Kahne, Sweet made a name for himself in the national ope-wheel racing circuits. After being tapped to drive for Kasey Kahne Racing in 2008 by Kahen himself, Sweet became a superstart in his own ride in the USAC racing world with victories including Belleville Midget Nationals, the Knoxville Midget Nationals, and both the Sprint Car and Midget “Four Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway.

Kahne has thoroughly enjoyed reuniting with his longtime sponsor and is looking foward to another season representing the company.

“I have had such a long-standing relationship with Great Clips and it’s been great teaming back up with them again,” says Kahne. “They gave me my first real shot in this sport and that is something I have never forgotten.”

Sweet is ready to jump into the next phase of his career and is grateful for the support of Great Clips, Turner Motorsports, and Kahne.

“I can’t begin to say how excited and grateful I am for this opportunity to compete in the Nationwide Series and to join Kasey in representing Great Clips both on and off the track,” says Sweet. “Turner Motorsports is a first class organization with equipment capable of contending for wins week in and week out. I don’t think I could be in a better position to take the next step in my racing career.”

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