Loyet Looks To Repeat Sprint Car Success
TULSA, Okla. – Last season, Brad Loyet had success in his Loyet Motorsports/Vacuworx Global No. o5, and managed to come in under budget.
“It’s a family run operation, and we do have sponsors that help us out quite a bit, and product sponsors but along the same lines, you can only spend so much money versus what it costs. It’s just one of those deals where Dad says; this is what we get to spend for a year,” Loyet said.
Under the stewardship of his father Joe Loyet, the 26-year-old driver has amassed great success very quickly. Stepping into sprint cars in 2011 from the POWRi Midget ranks, the three-time National Midget Champion picked off his first sprint car title with the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region.
Asked if going from midgets to sprint cars maybe brought out bad habits, Loyet replied, “I think it’s one of those things where they both play hand-in-hand together. You look at guys like Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell and the guys who jump back and forth between different cars, you know, I don’t think it really hurts you that much.”
Going full time with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour in 2012, Loyet garnered his first Lucas Oil ASCS National win at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway.
Now into his third full year with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, Loyet and his team remain as focused as ever.
“We’re going there to do a job. If I’m on the road, away from my finance, there’s no reason to be messing around and hanging out. If I’m out here racing, I’m here to race. We work hard, we play hard, and our goal this year is to win a national championship,” Loyet said.
Taking about his run in last season that resulted in two wins and a fourth in tour standings, Loyet’s remark was confident despite only having a few years in a sprint car.
“We were fairly close last year, I mean, we weren’t that far out of the running,” Loyet said. “You know, the guys we race with, some have been doing sprint cars for 40 years. I’ve only been doing it for three so I’ll just wait a little bit, try to get some more seat time underneath me, and figure these setups out a little bit they’ll be in for a world of hurt I think.”
Loyet’s overall season in ASCS competition in 2013 consisted of 44 A-Feature starts with two wins coming at the Golden Triangle Raceway Park, Beaumont, TX on April 5 and the Willamette Speedway, Linn, Ore. on July 27. Loyet has three Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real victories to his credit along with six regional triumphs.