SEDALIA, Mo. — After a terrible night at the track on Thursday at the Creek County Speedway, Friday’s performance at the Missouri State Fair Speedway made the sting disappear for Missouri’s Brad Loyet, as he won the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network feature at the historic half-mile oval.
Loyet became ASCS Sprint Speedweek’s first repeat winner, giving chase the first 17 laps before finding the line around the Missouri State Fair Speedway and leader Channin Tankersley as the pair began to clear slower traffic.
“To win here is really cool. I’ve always wanted to pick up a win here at the Historic Half-Mile — so now my name’s on the list — but it definitely wasn’t easy,” Loyet said. “Channin was setting a really quick pace out there and I didn’t know if I was going to catch him. I though lapped traffic was going to help me, but it actually hurt me getting into the dirt air and throwing up a lot of dust.”
“Right when I got by him, the nose wing fell on the hood and I was like ‘great, what are the odds of this?’ But it all worked out. It feels awesome to win after last night and the fiasco that happened there. To come out here and win puts a nail in the coffin and proves a point that we’re not here to mess around. We’re here to win.”
Gridding the No. 05 fourth, Loyet found his way to the runner-up spot on the fifth round. Chasing Tankersley, the back of the field came into view on lap nine with the Berryman Motorsports No. 31B still able to keep Loyet at a half straightaway deficit.
Working the top and bottom on the Sedalia oval, the pair ran in their own world as Loyet finally started to gain ground on Tankersley. Under continuous green flag laps, Tankersley began having to search around to clear slower cars, allowing Loyet to close the gap.
With the run building, Loyet shot to the lead on lap 18. Putting several car lengths on the No. 31B, Tankersley began pedaling back to Loyet’s back bumper as the field came to five to go. Game on with the field coming to the final two laps, the white flag was out with Tankersley setting up for the run, only to see the race’s lone caution flag.
Restacked single file, Loyet was not to be denied as the final two laps saw the No. 05 pull away.
The runner-up finish was just what the Berryman Motorsports team needed and marked a massive turn around for Tankersley, who had crashed out the last two nights.
“We had a good car starting out, just got a little free there at the end,” Tankersley said. “That’s just part of it, the track started going away but Brad [Loyet] did pretty good. He ran the last half of the race like you’re supposed too but I’m just tickled to death right now. I would have like to have won it, but second is way better than what we’ve been doing. We’ve had a rough start to Speedweek so I can’t thank all my guys enough for busting their butts and not giving up on me. Feels good to walk away with a podium finish.”
Coming from the 14th starting spot, Johnny Herrera’s night paid dividends as the New Mexico veteran’s seventh podium finish of the season brought Herrera to within a single point of Sam Hafertepe Jr. in the Lucas Oil ASCS National points standings.
Tyler Thomas crossed fourth with Matt Covington fifth.
RESULTS: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour; ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek; Missouri State Fair Speedway; June 17, 2016
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet; 2. 31B-Channin Tankersley; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 4. 86-Tyler Thomas; 5. 95-Matt Covington; 6. 23-Seth Bergman; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 8. 17-Josh Baughman; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 10. 84-Brandon Hanks; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 12. 52-Blake Hahn; 13. 66-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 14. 28T-Tommy Bryant; 15. 28-Jonathan Cornell; 16. 2L-Logan Forler; 17. 40-Howard Moore; 18. 91-Steven Russell; 19. 14-Randy Martin; 20. 4-Evan Martin; 21. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 22. 38-Cody Baker; 23. 34-Corey Nelson
Lap Leader(s): Brandon Hanks 1; Channin Tankersley 2-17; Brad Loyet 18-25
Hard Charger: Johnny Herrera (+11)
CREDIT: ASCS Racing