"It's just amazing to come out here with a new team, new car and a lot of changes," he said. "It's an honor to be here to beat some of the best in the country."
Dale Blaney, of Hartford, Ohio, who stated sixth, raced to a solid third-place run.
"The track usually slows down a second as the race goes, but it didn't slow down; it just seemed like it got faster," Blaney said. "It's a cool place; I love coming here."
Blaney had a shot at Sweet for second on the lap 16 restart.
"I was hoping that I could have pulled of the pass coming off two as it was going to be hard for me when I got down to Turn 3 to get anything done, but you never know," he said. "(Sweet) could have slipped a little bit, but we gave it a shot. We were pretty equal once we got strung out a bit."
Shaffer had a top-three run end on lap 11 when he tried to squeeze by the stopped car of Ryan Taylor on the backstretch but clipped his car and damaged the nose wing.
Logan Schuchart, piloting a replica Weikert's Livestock No. 29 sprint car, set a track record in qualifying with a lap of 15.376 seconds.
"The other week we won here, lap 18 was our fastest lap of the night and I think it's the new clay that they put on the track," Esh said. "It's widening out a bit, and as it starts widening out, you carry so much momentum here, you can run around here and never lift off the gas like you are qualifying. It's wicked fast."
Danny Lasoski and Cap Henry rounded out the top five.
Sixth through 10th were Mike Wagner, Lance Dewease, Jac Haudenschild, Steve Buckwalter and Blane Heimbach.
Kyle Larson put on a show after making the field through the B-main. He started 22nd to was as high as seventh before having break issues that caused him to spin on lap 16. He would finish 17th. The team changed an engine after time trials.
Heats for the 39-car field went to Buckwalter, Greg Hodnett, Dewease and Dylan Cisney. Danny Holtgraver took the B Main.