Nick Sweet made a strong run at winning a third King of the Road title this summer at Thunder Road, but came up just short, falling by a single point to Scott Dragon. But Sweet did win the two biggest single races of the season so far at the Nation's Site of Excitement, the season opening Merchants Bank 150 and the Labor Day Classic.
And those big race performances have carried over to Sweet's run on the American-Canadian Tour this season. The Barre driver has been the class of the field this season, picking up his third win of 2016 last weekend at Beech Ridge in Maine. He now has a 23 point lead over Colchester's Scott Payea with just one points race left. That's in two weeks in Thompson, Connecticut. Sweet has two of the biggest single events on the local racing calendar before taking the track in Connecticut. The Milk Bowl next weekend at Thunder Road, and this Saturday night, the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Sweet says it's a big adjustment going from a short track like T-Road to the Magic Mile.
"Well it's a very very different beast honestly," Sweet said. "You have a lot more speed you're carrying, you're dealing with a lot more aero stuff, so to go there it's just a whole different game. I've been there every year we've gone with the American Canadian Tour, so I think every year we get a little bit better there, it's just a different learning curve going from a little quarter mile to a big mile."
The green flag drops in the Bond Auto Parts Invitational at 5 p.m. Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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