Brad Sweet - Getty Images

Brad Sweet – Getty Images


No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

NAPA Auto Parts 200

August 18, 2012

No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet News and Notes

Brad Sweet Career NNS Stats

Starts Poles Wins Top-Fives Top-10′s Avg. Start Avg. Finish

11 0 0 0 1 15.9 20.1

Back to stock cars and road courses… Brad Sweet, who spent last week in Knoxville, Iowa for the famed Knoxville Nationals sprint car event, returns to the seat of the No. 38 Great Clips machine for this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Grass Valley, Calif.-native, competed in the season’s first road course race at Road America in June, posting a respectable 20th-place finish in his first ever experience racing on a road course.

Who’s on the pit box? Mike Shiplett joined Turner Motorsports in 2012 and has a unique role as he calls the shots for both a veteran (Kasey Kahne) and a rookie (Sweet). It is a reunion of sorts for Kahne and Shiplett, who were paired together in the NNS during the 2007 season and put down impressive results including two victories (Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, spring events).

This Week’s Impala… The No. 38 team will unload chassis TMS-301 this weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Sweet began practice in TMS-301 at Road America but after being involved in an accident, the team chose to retire the car and bring out the back-up for the actual race.

Celebrating 30 Years… Great Clips is celebrating their 30th birthday by giving away a 2012 Camaro! In addition, three lucky winners will win a trip to November’s Great Clips 200 at Phoenix International Raceway! Just sign up to win by texting CAMARO to 47328 (Canadian residents text CAMARO to 77777) or go to to enter or get more details. The sweepstakes runs now through August 15th. Three finalists will be chosen after August 15th, and they will win a trip for themselves and a guest to attend the Great Clips 200 Nationwide race in Phoenix, AZ on November 10th. Each finalist will be given a key to the Camaro – but only one will have the “lucky key” that will start the car and win!

Kahne and Sweet: a unique combination… Not only are Kahne and Sweet good friends off the track, but the veteran is serving as mentor to Sweet as he makes the transition from open-wheel competition to stock cars. Sweet was handpicked by Kahne in 2008 to drive for Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) where he has since experienced tremendous success in the World of Outlaws Series. Sweet will continue to compete on a limited basis for KKR when he is not behind the wheel of the No. 38 Great Clips machine in the NNS. You can expect Kahne to be very involved and present in the NNS garage when Sweet is behind the wheel of the No. 38 as he will closely monitor his progress and offer encouragement.

Kahne brought Great Clips their first win! From 2003-2005, Kahne and his sponsor, Great Clips, Inc., reached momentous milestones, including capturing Kahne’s first Nationwide Series victory in 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was also Great Clips’ first win as a primary sponsor. In 2005, Kahne captured his second career win at Texas Motor Speedway before leaving the Nationwide Series to allow more time for his Sprint Cup Series efforts.

Great Clips goes racing with the World of Outlaws in 2012! Great Clips serves as sponsor for KKR driver Joey Saldana this year in the World of Outlaws series. The Minneapolis-based company has been a sponsor of KKR for the past two seasons. This year, they will be featured on all three KKR entries – as a primary sponsor on the #9 with Saldana as well as associate sponsor placement on Brad Sweet’s #49 and Cody Darrah’s #5 World of Outlaws cars.

12 Years and Counting… Great Clips, Inc. is currently the longest-running sponsor in the NNS and has used the Nationwide Series as their primary marketing platform for the last 11 years. Their sponsorship began in 2000 with Akins Motorsports as they climbed on board to sponsor the team’s No. 38 entry with driver, Christian Elder. Mark Green piloted the No. 38 for one season before general manager, Doug Stringer, hired up-and-coming talent, Kasey Kahne, thereby solidifying Great Clips’ commitment to their NASCAR sponsorship.

Sweet on this weekend’s NNS race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

“Going into this weekend’s race in Montreal, I feel a little bit more prepared than I did going into the race at Road America. That was my first experience on a road course and while it started out a little rough, I think we ended up having a pretty decent run. I know that I learned a lot and now know a little bit better what to expect. This Great Clips team had a great run with Kasey last weekend at Watkins Glen and I know that they learned some things that will hopefully be an added advantage for me this weekend in Montreal.”

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