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Local Sports

Sweet captures checkered flag in Knoxville’s Capitani Classic

KNOXVILLE — Brad Sweet was simply dominant in winning the 7th Annual Weld Racing Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank Sunday night at the Knoxville Raceway.

The Grass Valley, Calif., native went through a gauntlet of seven match races to earn the pole of the main event and proceeded to lead all 25 laps aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49, earning $5,000.

Sweet’s amazing run through the series of two-lap Pole Shootout match races came over Greg Hodnett, Shane Stewart, Terry McCarl, Brian Brown, Paul McMahan, Carson Macedo and Josh Baughman. That earned him the pole position for the feature, and he led early over Baughman, McMahan, Macedo and McCarl.

While Sweet ran away from the field, Macedo was second and Brown was third. McMahan and Stewart ran fourth and fifth, respectively.

Hard-charger Madsen, Hodnett, McCarl, Chad Kemenah and Tim Shaffer rounded out the top 10.

The 58th Annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday.

There are still tickets available for the biggest event in sprint car racing.

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