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Sweet, Kahne to split No. 38 ride in 2012

January 02, 2012, Team Release, NASCAR.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Turner Motorsports announced Monday that Kasey Kahne will increase his time behind the wheel of the No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet in 2012 to compete in 15 Nationwide Series events. Brad Sweet, who has competed on a limited basis in the Camping World Truck Series for the past two years, will round out the balance of the 33-race NNS schedule when Kahne is not behind the wheel.

Kahne began his NNS career wheeling the No. 38 car with Great Clips serving as sponsor. Together, Kahne captured his first NNS victory in 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was also Great Clips' first win as primary sponsor. In 2005, Kahne captured his second career win at Texas Motor Speedway before stepping out of the ride as he progressed to the Sprint Cup Series ranks. In 2010, Kahne decided to return to the NNS on a limited basis and found himself back at the helm of the No. 38 machine. During both the 2010 and 2011 NNS seasons, Kahne piloted the car for eight races, racking up four top-five and six top-10 finishes.

Following in the footsteps of Kahne, Sweet found success in the national open-wheel racing circuits. After being tapped to drive for Kasey Kahne Racing in 2008, Sweet became a superstar in his own right in the USAC racing world with victories including the Belleville Midget Nationals, the Knoxville Midget Nationals and both the Sprint Car and Midget "Four Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway. Sweet has made 18 NCWTS starts as well as one NNS start (2010) sporting the Great Clips banner over the past three seasons.

Kahne has thoroughly enjoyed reuniting with his longtime sponsor and is looking forward to another season.

"I have had such a long-standing relationship with Great Clips and it's been great teaming back up with them again," Kahne said. "They gave me my first real shot in this sport and that is something I have never forgotten."

For his part, Sweet is ready to jump into the next phase of his career and is grateful for the support of Great Clips, Turner Motorsports and Kahne.

"I can't begin to say how excited and grateful I am for this opportunity to compete in the Nationwide Series and to join Kasey in representing Great Clips both on and off the track," says Sweet. "Turner Motorsports is a first class organization with equipment capable of contending for wins week in and week out. I don't think I could be in a better position to take the next step in my racing career."

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