(Bill W) June 30, 2015 – Brad Loyet and the Vacuworx Global #o5 team felt like the bug and not the windshield Saturday night at the Tri-State Speedway near Haubstadt, Indiana. After competing for a win with the MOWA series, a tangle in lapped traffic ended things for the Sunset Hills, Missouri driver. This week finds the team looking at three events with the World of Outlaws. Wednesday night, the series will be at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, before moving further west in the state to Dodge City Raceway Park Friday and Saturday.
Brad would start fourth in his heat on Saturday. “We had a really good car in the heat race,” he says. “Cale Thomas was on the pole, and he kind of got the jump. I made a run for him there at the end, but we were all running the same line. When I got to him, I don’t know that I could have gotten by him. Passing would have been tough.”
The second place finish was good enough to make the Dash. He would start fourth in that as well. “We got a really good initial start and we were up to second,” says Brad. “That got called back for a caution. They saw what I did on the first start and that line was no longer there for me. We settled into third and that was it.”
Brad and the team focused on their starting spot inside row two for the feature. “We’ve had some bad luck lately really,” he says. “We’ve had some part failures that were out of anyone’s control. We’ve had some stupid luck. I called up a buddy to go with us. He’s kind of my mentor in a way as far as setups and working on the car. We talked a long time before the feature. We talked about what had and hadn’t worked earlier in the night and we went for it. The car handled awesome.”
He would settle into the show position and ran down the leaders. “We were running third, and we were running down (Hunter) Schuerenberg and Parker Price-Miller,” says Brad. “We just got to them and we were getting through lapped traffic better than they were. Unfortunately, the lapped traffic ended our night. We had just gotten to Parker and a lapped car spun out in front of all three of us.”
Trying to avoid the accident failed and Brad got into the wall. “Parker clipped him with his left front,” he says. “When I got out of the gas, I didn’t have anywhere to go. My right front clipped the wall. We had just passed the halfway point, so there was no guaranteed time in the work area. We knocked the front end out and got it fixed, but we ran out of time.”
The team gained confidence in knowing they had a fast machine on the racetrack. “It was one of those nights where I think we had a car capable of winning,” says Brad. “I think we could have gotten it done. Parker ended up winning the deal. Sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield. We’ve got the car fixed and we’re ready for Lakeside and Dodge City.”
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Brad and the Loyet Motorsports team would like to thank primary sponsors: Vacuworx Global and Loyet Landscape Maintenance. Associate sponsors: Maxim Race Cars, J and D Performance Racing Engines, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Meramec Heights Collision Center, KSE Racing, Weld Wheels, Penske Shocks, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Hepfner Racing Products, DMI, Saldana Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Bell Helmets, TI 64, Conroy Control, The Engine Heater, Ealey Transportation, and Speedway Motors.
Photo: Brad races at Haubstadt (Neil Cavanah Photo)
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