Brad Loyet – Good Timing!
(Bill W) May 6, 2015 – The good qualifying times keep coming for Brad Loyet and the Loyet Motorsports Vacuworx Global #o5 team. In three World of Outlaws events last weekend, the Sunset Hills, Missouri driver qualified in the heat invert each time. It shows how far their 410 motor program has come in a year. Brad topped out with a career-best WoO finish with his seventh place run at Tri-State Speedway near Haubstadt, Indiana on Sunday. This weekend will see a pair of FVP National Sprint League events at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska Friday and Knoxville Raceway in Iowa Saturday.
Things started with the WoO on Friday at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma with qualifying. “We were second to last to go out, and the track was pretty much gone at that point,” says Brad. “From our 360 times there, I knew how I needed to get around the track at that point. From where we went out, I felt our time was good (11th quick). With only three heat races, we did what we had to do to make the invert.”
Brad would start on the pole of his heat. “We got a pretty good start,” he says. “I was searching around on the track a little, and a couple of those guys got around me. We ended up finishing fourth.”
That would line him up 12th for the feature. “We didn’t get to do a whole lot of racing,” says Brad. “We got down the front straight there, and we were kind of a victim of circumstance. Rico (Abreu) got into me a little bit…it was just a racing deal. That turned us around and knocked the front axle out. (Sam) Hafertepe didn’t have anywhere to go and he got into me too. We got to the work area and got the front end changed. Unfortunately, when we got back out there, the car wasn’t itself. I pulled it in after about ten laps.”
Saturday meant a short trip from the shop when the WoO visited I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri. “We were excited to get to Pevely,” says Brad. “We drew an early number for qualifying, which is usually good there. We were good hot-lapping. I decided to tighten the car up, and the qualifying was on the bottom, which is unlike that place. I was way too tight. I had two terrible laps holding onto the car. Somehow, we were still able to make the heat invert (16th quick).”
Brad would cruise to a second place heat finish. “(Jason) Sides got around me, and we hung onto second in the heat,” he says. “We started 14th in the feature, and it was kind of a learning experience for me. With the double-file restarts…on the initial one, I got used up a bit. I wasn’t as aggressive as I should have been.”
Once he got his momentum up, the car was good. “We were running really well, but it didn’t really matter,” says Brad. “We were stuck back there with some really fast cars and we weren’t able to go anywhere. We held on to finish 17th. I was kind of upset at myself, because we were so close to home.”
Things came together at Haubstadt. In only his second time there in a sprint (he has won there in a midget), he laid down the second quick time of the night. “I knew I had to redeem myself there,” says Brad. “We went out pretty late again. We were able to lay down quick time. We held onto that until Shane Stewart went out last and beat us.”
Starting fourth in his heat, he would come home third and earn a spot in the Dash. “When the heat started, we needed to take off and make a couple moves,” says Brad. “We needed to break out from the guys behind us to make the Dash.”
Brad held his own, finishing sixth in the Dash. “The invert for the Dash was six and that stunk,” he says. “That put us outside row three when (quick timer) Stewart didn’t make it through his heat. At that point, the track was really weird. It was a good surface, but there were piles of dust on the track. If you followed the car in front of you, it was slick, but if you ran in the crumbles, it was a little bit quicker. The fast lines were changing as the race went on depending on the guy in front of you.”
Starting outside row three for the main event, he would find himself battling for a top five. “I had a really good car,” says Brad. “We were racing Kraig Kinser for fifth the first half of the race. He was running ¾ of the way up the track and I was on the cushion. He was just good enough that I couldn’t get a good run on him. (Donny) Schatz slid me there, and I fell back to sixth. The track fell back to where it had been earlier, where you had to search. We seemed to get stuck on the outside where I didn’t want to be on every restart. I couldn’t get a good start. That happened with three to go, and (Brad) Sweet got a good run on us and got by us.”
Brad would checker seventh. “Seventh was my best finish with the Outlaws, so we were happy with that,” he says. “I think we had a top five car, and we were fast all night long. It’s good to come to these races and do well. Qualifying has been good for us all year. We’ll take that and keep doing it. It’s an important part of the night, whether it is the Outlaws or the NSL.”
The defending Eagle Nationals champion is looking forward to Friday’s show at Eagle Raceway, but he’s also pumped about Knoxville. “I’m actually looking forward to getting back to Knoxville too,” says Brad. “We haven’t been the world’s fastest there, but this year, I think we have a good baseline and we’re quick every night. We definitely have a car that I’m comfortable with and we’re excited. My motor builder’s giving me an awesome motor, and I know the way we’ve been qualifying, they’re as good as anyone’s. Hopefully, we can come out this weekend and show the same thing.”
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Brad on the gas at Haubstadt (Rob Kocak Photo)
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