Loyet scores night one at Little Belleville

Loyet Wins 6/25/10By Bryan Gapinski
Belleville,Ill., June 25---Brad Loyet won the 30-lap POWRi Speedway Motors/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series co-sanctioned feature, Friday Night at Belle-Clair Raceway. The event was the first of the two-night Budweiser FanFest celebrating the 75th anniversary of midget auto racing in the greater St.Louis area.

Polesitter Austin Brown jumped into the lead at the start, and quickly paced the first seven circuits around the fast 1/4-mile dirt oval. Brown surrendered to lead to Loyet on lap 8, and eventually faded to a ninth place finish suffering from brake problems.

Loyet continued to set the pace on the cushion, with most of the field running the lower groove. Brandon Waelti ran in second position until four laps remaining when veteran Steve Knepper passed Waelti. Loyet driving the Loyet Motorsports owned Spike/Ford-Esslinger No. 05 finished ahead of Knepper, Daniel Adler, Waelti and Andrew Felker who earlier in the evening claimed victory in the accompanying POWRi Micro Sprint feature.

With his second series feature victory of the season Loyet increased his POWRi Series points lead over Brown. Davey Ray currently holds a 14-point lead over Waelti heading into Saturday Night's events which will be highlighted by a 75-lap feature.

HT 1     B-FEAT   A FEAT  
1 BROWN   1 ADLER 1 LOYET
2 LOYET   2 SINER 2 S.KNEPPER
3 S.KNEPPER   3 N.KNEPPER 3 ADLER
4 BERRYHILL   4 FOX 4 WAELTI
5 STROUD   5 FELKER 5 FELKER
HT 2     6 KINGSTON 6 DAUM
1 HAGEN   7 FRYE 7 N.KNEPPER
2 DAUM   8 JOHNSON 8 HESS
3 RAY   9 ERFURTH 9 BROWN
4 CAMFIELD   10 RIED 10 KING
5 SINER   11 ROBINSON 11 MYERS
HT 3   12 TERRY 12 CAMFIELD
1 WAELTI   13 SHREFFLER 13 KINGSTON
2 COCKRUN   14 CAMPBELL 14 FOX
3 HESS   15 STROUD 15 ROSSIO
4 ADLER   16 ROBBINS 16 RAY
5 KING   17 NEAL 17 SINER
HT 4   18 LEWIS 18 COCRUM
1 MEYERS   19 HAGEN
2 ROBBINS   20 HATTON
3 GALBRATH   21 GALBRATH
4 HATTON   22 BERRYHILL
5 CAMPBELL