X-Car point leader continues to improve – Loomis looking for third straight winwaterford
WATERFORD — Some might call Eddie Loomis an overnight sensation. The Plainfield driver has ripped off back-to-back wins this season in the New London-Waterford’s X-Car division, doubling his career win total.
It’s been a gradual improvement over a four-year period, however, that has launched Loomis into first place in the X-Car point standings after the first month of the season. He leads by three points over Corey Caddick.
“I think I just have more experience, and that’s been the big difference,” Loomis said. “I’m hitting my marks. I’m driving a lot smoother. And I’m better at picking and choosing my battles. I’m learning when to try and pass and when to wait.”
And he’s done it with the same car he’s used for the past few years.
“We’ve done some minor adjustments.” Loomis said, “but basically I know I have one of the best cars. I just have to take my time getting through the field.”
That’s what he has done in the last two races. On May 30 he was able to get by Will Rheaume late in the race to get the win. Then on June 6, he survived a breath-taking battle with Caddick, prevailing at the finish line by the length of a watermelon seed.
“I honestly wasn’t sure I had the win — it was just too close to call,” Loomis said. “It was an awesome race. I love running with Corey. He could have drove me up the track and stuffed me in the wall, but he didn’t. Corey’s just an awesome driver.”
Loomis is in the same class. He started his career running a quarter-midget at the Thompson Little T along with his older brother Larry,
“I raced until I was 12, and then I left to focus on baseball,” Loomis said. “”Larry stayed racing in the X Cars and then he took a break. When he got back in it, I started working on his car.”
Eddie’s first race at the Speedbowl was a mechanics race.
“The next season I jumped in the car and I’ve been racing ever since,” Loomis said.
Before he was a driver, however, he was an interested observer.
“I watched my brother run, and guys like Wayne Shifflet,” Loomis said. “I saw how they take their time going through the field. They ride it out for the first 10 laps or so, and then they move to the front. And they still have a good car for a top 3 finish.
“That’s what I try to do. It’s all about patience. I don’t overdrive in the beginning, and then I go harder and harder as the race goes on.”
It’s a strategy that’s been working.
“I’m going a lot better than I expected,” Loomis said. “It’s better than I’ve ever done before. Now I’m hoping for a possible track championship.”
Loomis is used to winning. He racked up more than 100 victories in a high school wrestling career, competing for Killingly High.
Loomis’ sponsors include Bissell Graphics, Dodge Lane Farms and Tewksbury Electric, His dad is a key member of his crew, along with Craig Tavenier, his brother Larry, his mom, Carol Dodge and his wife, Kelsey Loomis.
Loomis is always easy to spot on the track thanks to his neon green car, resulting in his nickname, the Neon Cowboy.
“Green always has been my favorite color,” Loomis said. “My dad told me you need a colorful car so when you spin out in the corner, people will see you better.”
The car also is easier to spot in Loomis’ favorite destination — victory lane.
Press release from the New London-Waterford Speedbowl
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