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Article by Ron Rodda --> Living a "Sweet Life - The story of Brad Sweet: It began 25 years ago in a box stock kart at Prairie City’s dirt track. At age eight, Brad Sweet strapped into Rod Tiner’s kart and started a racing career on dirt that 20 years later reached the pinnacle of sprint car racing, the World of Outlaws. Tiner had built the kart for his son, but when completed it was Sweet who decided to try racing and see if it was of interest to him. As many current sprint car drivers have done, Sweet’s kart career proved to be a training ground for the next six years.
At age 15, moving on to something else was a wish, but age restrictions back then made moving up difficult. Sweet did race a few midget lite events until finally being told he could not race at that age.
A year later, it was a full season in Harley Van Dyke’s midget lite where wins started accumulating, including the championship at the 2002 Mini Sprint Nationals in Benton, Mo. Finally at age 17 – a time when today’s young drivers might be in their third year of sprint car racing – Sweet first climbed into a winged sprint car.

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