Logan Sevi in Victory Lane at Bridgeport Motorsports Park. (Photo by Rich Foreman)
BRIDGEPORT, NJ – In his five-year career, USAC’s Eastern Storm advantage began to appear in Wednesday night’s event at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in NJ, Logan Sevy had yet to finish in the top half of the field.
Seavey’s results were also not representative of the type of running he could muster.
It all came together in synchronic fashion Wednesday night during round two of this evening’s USAC Eastern Storm ultimately down to the Baldwin-Fox Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Chevy driver.
While Sefi was in the chase throughout, he almost saved his best at the end when he shot up to the front late in the career and took the lead with a one-slide job on Briggs Danner just three laps from the finish to score his first USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car Championship. National to win the season.
The $6000 victory was the seventh in Seavey’s career.
“I’ve struggled here in the past in an enemy car and a dwarf,” Sevi admitted. “I am very proud of (crew chief) Ronnie Gardner. We have been very fast in every race. Getting out to Penn State where I struggled, and now getting a win here is really cool.”
Seavey started fourth and saw trouble right ahead from the start on the first lap when the front row captain slid out, and early captain, Emerson Axsom, slid high on the third turn and slammed the outer wall
While Seavey was running hard for second behind former leader Thomas Meseraull, fellow Baldwin-Fox Racing teammate Alex Banales found the outside wall quite solid, unfortunately, as he marked the concrete perimeter between Turns 3 and 4 and flipped.
On the sixth lap re-run, Danner broke the whip and slipped past my sword on entering Turn 1 for second as the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Team point leader put himself in a prime position to challenge Meseraull in leading him to a first career series win.
After the yellow flag on lap 16, Danner used the appeal to make his attempt to get out before Meseraull for the lead in turn, but Meseraull hit back and passed Danner on the second turn, then cleverly stole his streak when Danner’s line cut the nose at the entrance for the third turn before, in the end, falling back in line .
“I’m back in third place,” Sevey recalls. “I was a little better on the T-Mez early on but after a few whistles I don’t know what changed but I didn’t really like what I was feeling when the track turned cool. Restarting about halfway through I really stuck with pounding the fence in one and two because I didn’t I could really cut the middle really well. The left rear tire grabbed some grip and just cleaned up. I found really good lanes in one and two to gain some speed.”
The unexpected became the norm below the stretch as race leader Meseraull’s machine heartbroken when it ran out of fuel shockingly 11 laps from the finish.
Danner took on his new position as captain and, at the start of lap 20, extended his advantage to nearly a full second over Leary as Leary faced a challenge from both Sevie and Balu who were on the move.
Shortly thereafter, Seavey showed up when he slid next to Leary for one second on his third turn on lap 25 and pulled himself into a Danner’s car length.
“The top didn’t really have cushion, so you couldn’t really get a lot of speed early on; that’s where I was giving up spots,” Sievi explained. “I was trying to get some momentum early on and kept slipping into the reboot. I felt like I was getting a decent reboot, but it’s very easy to get people in here. Thankfully, it’s also easy to cross. It matters.”
With three left, Seavey reached for Danner’s rear bumper right in front, then slipped one turn on lap 28 to take the job in front, completing a lap before Jake Swanson turned his fourth.
Danner was out of the line to try to restart lap 29, which was called up again. As a result, Danner was pushed out from second to third, moving him to third behind Sefi and Stukon for the green flag and was immediately passed by Leary for the last place on the podium once work resumed.
Leading and in control, Seavey successfully completed the mission over the next three laps and took home his accolades as the Bridgeport USAC Eastern Storm winner by 0.599 seconds over Stockon, Leary, Danner and Ballou.
Stockon became the only driver to finish on the podium on each of the first two nights of the Eastern Storm. After finishing third at Grandview Speedway, Stockon finished second at Bridgeport in his KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere Super Tank and Trailer AMSOIL/Flea RC/Fisher Chevy.
Leary had his best finish in Bridgeport, taking third place in Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Rifles – DMI/DRC/Chevy.