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Former NASCAR driver Brad Sweet uninjured in horrific crash that splits sprint car in two (photos)

Jun 28, 2014, 1:40 AM EDT

(Photo courtesy BradSweetRacing.com) (Photo courtesy BradSweetRacing.com)

California driver Brad Sweet, who raced half-seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 and 2013, emerged shaken up but otherwise uninjured in a horrific World of Outlaws race Friday night at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.

News reports were sketchy but it appears Sweet, who had won the fourth heat race of the evening just a short time before, was coming out of a turn when he hit a retaining wall.

The impact was so hard that it actually split his sprint car in half (see photos below).

While he did need some help walking back to the infield, according to reports from fans in attendance who tweeted info and photos of the wreck and its aftermath, Sweet was uninjured.

Among those tweeting well wishes to Sweet was NASCAR driver Kyle Larson and fellow WoO drivers Bryan Clauson and Cody Darrah, who according to one report on Twitter jumped out of his rolling car and was one of the first to reach Sweet to offer aid.

Sweet has made 36 Nationwide and 18 Camping World Truck Series race starts to date, but has not made any NASCAR starts in any classes this season. He has instead become a stalwart of the WoO this season, winning four races thus far, the most recent being two weeks ago at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.

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  1. techmeister1 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    It looks more like the front end was torn off as you’d expect vs. the sensational “car being torn in two”, headline. Hopefully he’s OK. He should be thoroughly checked out medically.

    • 501baker - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Techmeister1,, no. The car broke in half at the fire wall. These guys are going to learn the hard way to stop building these chassis with such thin tube walls. They think the upper and lower frame rails in the front don’t need to be very strong. Their gonna learn.

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