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Seavey’s Charge Puts Toyota in Winner’s Circle at Macon

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PLANO, Texas (August 20, 2017) – Logan Seavey came from the back of the field to take the lead with 12 laps remaining and then held off a late charge by Tyler Courtney to win by .010 seconds at the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s 30-lap Rich Camfield Memorial at the Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois, Saturday night.

The victory is the second of the season for Seavey and the 28th national midget feature win by a Toyota-powered driver 2017.

While Seavey’s Kenny Brown Racing teammate Tucker Klaasmeyer was taking the lead from the outside of row one on the opening lap, Seavey stalled his car while avoiding another racer spinning in front of him and ended up having to restart from the back of the pack.

As Seavey was forced to climb through the field, Klaasmeyer would lead the first 10 laps before eventually falling to second on lap 11 in a three-car battle. With the fight waging on in front, Seavey was using the high side of the track to move back into contention.

Finally, on lap 18, Seavey would pass Courtney for the lead. Yet,the race was far from over as the 20-year-old Sutter, California native, would have to overcome a pair of cautions that would bunch the field.

The final re-start would occur with just five laps remaining and Seavey leading Courtney and Justin Grant to the green. The three battled for the lead with Seavey in the top spot on the final lap, but having to hold off one last late charge by Courtney who made a move off of turn four, but Seavey would beat him to the checkered flag by one-hundredth of a second for the victory.

“I’m lucky to drive such a fast racecar,” said Speavey. “A car spun in front of me on lap one and I stalled avoiding it and had to start at the rear end and we came through the field. Rockwell, Rick Young, Flea Ruzic, Austin Brown and Corey DiPasquale deserve a lot more wins than I’ll ever be able to get for them.”

After leading much of the first half of the race, Klaasmeyer finished sixth and was joined the top 10 by 13-year-old Aidan RoosEvans, who placed eighth to give Toyota three of the top eight finishers. Series point leader Zach Daum was the top qualifier on the night and had been running third until he got caught up in incident and was forced to retire early. He would eventually be scored in 19th place.

With the victory, Seavey gained 180 points on Daum, but the four-time series champ still holds a comfortable 280-point lead over Seavey with Klaasmeyer currently in third.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League is back in action on September 8 at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, with just eight races remaining on the 2017 schedule.

Place
Toyota Feature Results –
Macon Speedway
1
Logan Seavey
6
Tucker Klaasmeyer
8
Aidan RoosEvans
19
Zach Daum
Pos
Driver
Points
1
Zach Daum
4160
2
Logan Seavey
3880
3
Tucker Klaasmeyer
3410
4
Jake Neuman
3270
5
Andrew Felker
3220
6
Spencer Bayston
2830
7
Ryan Robinson
2690
8
Tyler Thomas
2310
9
Tanner Thorson
2290
10
Aidan Roosevans
2080
*Toyota drivers in bold
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