Cheyenne Belle Loyd, Jonesboro, AR
This month's Young Racers' Club winner comes to us from Jonesboro, Arkansas. Eighteen-year-old Cheyenne Belle Loyd is a full-time student at Brookland High School and has been racing for the past six years.
Cheyenne grew up at the racetrack watching her father and brother race. As she got older, she became more interested in the sport. Her interest led to frequent visits to the family's race shop to learn about the cars and it was on one of those occasions that she shared with her father her desire to race.
Cheyenne made her racing debut during a Powder-Puff race alongside her aunt. Cheyenne's father loaned the pair his car and together the two won the event and the $100 prize. After her first experience on the track it became official; this young girl seriously wanted to race.
At the age of 12, Cheyenne began competing in the Cruiser Division at their local track. A Cruiser race car is built so that it holds two people and is similar to the car that Cheyenne used when she raced with her aunt in the Powder-Puff race. The first person is in charge of the steering and acceleration and sits on the driver side of the car, while the second person is responsible for the braking system and sits on the passenger side.
In 2006, Cheyenne notched her first title as the Cruiser Track Champion at Crowley's Ridge Raceway in Paragould, Arkansas. She followed that up with the 2007 Factory Stock Track Championship at NEA Speedway in Harrisburg, Arkansas. Mechanical failures relegated her to Ninth in the final point standings the following year in the same division.
In 2009, Cheyenne found an Economy Modified (E-Mod) bare chassis and saw it as not only a chance to move up a division, but a chance to further her racing education. So, she opted to take the entire 2009 race season off to devote the necessary time to build and prepare her E-Mod for competition. By the time the 2010 racing season rolled around she and her car were ready. She finished Sixth in the final point standings in the E-Mod division at NEA Speedway. She will no doubt be hunting that first E-Mod title in 2011.
In addition to being an accomplished young racer, Cheyenne donates 30 percent of her winnings to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and is an active member of Future Farmers of America (FFA), and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) at Brookland High School.
Congratulations on becoming September's Young Racers' Club Winner, Cheyenne. A $250 gift certificate courtesy of the fine folks at Day Motorsports is on its way to you!