Logan Seavey took the lead from fellow Toyota driver Chad Boat on lap nine and never relinquished it on the way to winning the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship’s Pennsylvania Midget Week finale at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, Saturday.
Seavey has now won 11 national Midget car feature events this season. Tonight’s win also for marks the 21st of his career with Toyota. Overall, Toyota-powered drivers have now won 28 feature events in 2019.
Boat, who won Thursday night’s event at Path Valley, took the early lead ahead of Andrew Layser, Seavey, Tyler Courtney, Zeb Wise and Kevin Thomas Jr.
Seavey would move past Layser on lap four, with Boat pulling away early. By lap five, Boat had opened up more than three-second lead, but was brought back to the field by a caution on lap six, with yet another caution one lap later. On the second restart, Seavey would make a run at Boat using a slide job to move ahead, but Boat would hold him. Seavey would then throw another slider at him, going down low through turn one on lap nine to take the lead. A lap later, Courtney would also overtake Boat.
Seavey would continue to lead as the 40-lap race passed over the midway point with Courtney in second, followed by Boat, Thomas, Jason McDougal and Jerry Coons Jr. The race would be slowed again on lap 24 when Thomas got up on the fence and slowed. He would be able to return to the race, but had to start at the tail end of the field.
Seavey would get a strong restart and start to pull away again with Courtney, McDougal, Coons and Layser making up the top five before Karsyn Elledge would spin, bringing out another yellow with nine laps remaining. Once again, Seavey had a great restart, only to see another caution flag wave after Steve Craig got upside.
Seavey would have to lead the field to green with just eight laps remaining, as Courtney and McDougal continued to run second and third, but behind them Thomas had charged back up through the field to hold down the fourth spot, one position ahead of his Petry Motorsports teammate Coons.
No one had an answer for Seavey though, as he would lead the final eight laps for his third USAC win of the season. Courtney would finish second, followed by McDougal, Thomas and Coons as Toyota-powered cars captured four of the top-five finishing positions.
“This place is so fun,” relayed Seavey afterward. “Our cars are so good with a cushion like this. It’s been a frustrating week, but finally we got somewhere where we had a cushion where our cars ran well. I had confidence and it’s good to end a week like this with a win. I can’t thank my Keith Kunz Motorsports team enough.”
The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship resumes August 30 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.
|Finish||Toyota Feature Results at Lanco’s Speedway|
|4th||Kevin Thomas Jr.|
|5th||Jerry Coons Jr.|
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