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08/10 2018

Sweet To Start On Knoxville Nationals Pole By:  Mike Kerchner

Brad Sweet won Thursday night’s Knoxville Nationals feature and will start from the pole on Saturday night. (Paul Arch photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Brad Sweet will start on the front row for the 58th annual 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals for the first time.

Sweet, who won Thursday night’s preliminary feature, earned 491 points and was the top point owner during qualifying putting him on the pole for the $50,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals finale for the first time.

“This year I had a lot more confidence coming here. I definitely wanted to be ahead of the other guys. It’s basically two 25-lap races and you race the first one to get in position for the second one,” Sweet said. “Now, we’re in position, we just have to capitalize on Saturday night.”

Chad Kemenah, who was consistent all night on Thursday, had the second most points at 479 and will start outside the front row.

Kyle Larson, who led the Wednesday night points with 475, and 10-time Nationals winner Donny Schatz, with 474 points will make up the second row.

Row three will be Aaron Reutzel and Kerry Madsen, while 2010 Knoxville Nationals winner Tim Shaffer and Carson Macedo, who is driving the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41, will start on row four.

The remainder of the drivers who locked themselves into the A-main on Saturday night are Gio Scelzi, who will be the youngest driver to ever start the Nationals A-main, Tim Kaeding, Ian Madsen, Jacob Allen, Rico Abreu, Wednesday night winner Greg Hodnett, Shane Stewart and Terry McCarl.