Updated: Mar 2
Harrison Township, MI (Wednesday, March 1, 2023) - Horsepower Happenings and Sweet Manufacturing have teamed up alongside the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame to launch #MichiganMotorsportsHistoryMonth. All throughout the month of March, Horsepower Happenings will use the various channels we have available to remember, recognize, and respect the history of Michigan's racing.
On each Horsepower Happenings Podcast episode in March, one of the two featured interviews will be a living-legend member of the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame. We'll talk about where they're at in life now, and relive the glory days that got them inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame.
In addition to the podcast interviews, the Horsepower Happenings website will also feature the biographies and stories of late Hall of Fame inductees. Check in every day for a new featured bio.
Sweet Manufacturing in Kalamazoo, Michigan has jumped on board to support the initiative of Horsepower Happenings. The late Randy Sweet was a trailblazer in Michigan Motorsports and is a Hall of Fame member. We're honored to have Sweet Manufacturing on board with this project.
Randy Sweet Biography from the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame
Born in 1946, Randy Sweet started racing in 1963. In the late 1960's Randy drove Supermodifieds and continued to develop and build his own cars. Randy was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
In the 1970's Randy drove cars for Glenn Miniat and Harry Obie. In 1978 Randy set a record for the world's fastest half-mile at Winchester Speedway in Indiana. He was featured on the cover of Stock Car Racing Magazine. That same year he also began manufacturing race car products that had been tested and proven on his race cars.
Sweet won the late model championship at Berlin Raceway in 1975, '94, '95, '99. In 1992 Randy broke records on every track he raced on and won 19 of 22 features that year.
Randy was determined to prove a theory of aerodynamics which he felt would allow a racer to perform far beyond ordinary stock cars, even on heavier cars. In 1982 he took a 2,200 pound stock car and built a plastic wall down the left side and applied other aerodynamic features to the system. Sweet set a record of 14.01 seconds for a half-mile track and was again featured on the cover of Stock Car Racing Magazine.
In the 2000's Randy started running the Supermodifieds again.
Randy Sweet was born on December 24, 1946 and passed away on November 8, 2019.