Five Outstanding Drivers Represent Loyet Motorsports at 25th Anniversary Chili Bowl

Team Loyet Midgets

  January 9th, 2011 (Tulsa, OK) — Loyet Motorsports arrived with five Weld Racing wheel equipped entries for the Silver anniversary running of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Jan. 11-15 at the QuikTrip Center’s Tulsa Expo Raceway ¼-mile clay oval in Tulsa, Okla. Drivers for the familiar Orange Spike/Ford-Esslinger midgets will be Brad Loyet, Damion Gardner, Michael Pickens, Casey Shuman, and Gary Taylor. Loyet, winner of thirty-two midget features the past two seasons will defend his victory in the 2010 Vacuworx International Chili BowlRace of Champions on Tuesday Night, and then seek his third Saturday A-Main start. Gardner, after a stellar year in non-winged sprint car racing is seeking his second Chili Bowl Championship. The Concord, Calif. , native captured both features in the 2008 edition.  Pickens, the multi-time New Zealand Speed Car Champion placed second in Tuesday’s Night A-Main last year and is a former winner of the Chili Bowl Rookie of the Year honors. Both Pickens and Loyet will be competing in several midget races in New Zealand in late December/early January before heading stateside for the Chili Bowl. Shuman, has three career Championship A-Main starts, and scored his first career midget feature victory in March of this year at the indoor dirt track at DuQuoin , Ill.  Taylor the former RMMRA Midget and ASCS Regional Sprint Car Champion joins the team in hope of improving upon his best Chili Bowl finish of 12th place in 2009. With five racing entries for this week, the Loyet Motorsports team rolled out a sixth car.  And, after paging promoters Emmett Hahn and Lanny Edwards to the area, unveiled a slick-looking Silver Anniversary car. According to Loyet Motorsports PR, “Loyet Motorsports is honored to strip their trademark orange paint and replace it with silver to commemorate this milestone.”  While adorned with the “Hahn” nameplate on Sunday, by Tuesday the nameplate will be replaced with “Hockett” in tribute to Jesse Hockett, the missing member of the Loyet Motorsports Chili Bowl team who sadly lost his life last year.