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– BRANDON, S.D. (May 16) – Logan Forler is beginning to like South Dakota.
He recorded his second straight top-five finish at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D., on Sunday. And to top that off, Forler isn’t content with his result.
“I think I was a little more capable of finishing better than I did,” the 17-year-old from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., said. “I had a definite top-three car. I don’t really know if I had a winning car or a top-two car because I never had the chance to get out in clean air and run with those guys.”
After qualifying 10th and finishing fourth in his heat race, Forler started 10th in the 25-lap feature. From the wave of the green flag, much of the field stayed in a tight pack.
“It was a really weird race and it went by really fast,” he said. “There were no cautions and there were like nine cars racing together the whole time. You couldn’t really pass anybody because everyone was all over the place.”
Forler stayed on the bottom of the track for the first 10 laps before a couple of lapped cars forced him to the top, which turned out to be the best place to run.
“I drove it in a little too hard and I noticed that driving it in too hard wasn’t hard enough because the car was too tight,” he said. “At that point I knew it started to take rubber because the car didn’t have any slide to it.”
Forler worked his way up to fourth place before a lapped car slowed his momentum in the final laps. Forler dropped a couple of positions, but made a pass exiting turn four on the last lap to claim fifth place.
“I had no idea where I was until I pulled into the pits,” Forler said. “I stopped at the scales because I thought I might have been top five, but I wasn’t sure.
“You didn’t know who was a lapped car and who wasn’t. You were just trying to get by the cars.”
Forler is scheduled to kick off a three-race weekend on Friday with his first race at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa. He’ll then compete on Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, before Sunday’s event at Huset’s Speedway.
QUICK RESULTS –
May 15 – Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D. – Qualifying: 10; Heat race: 4 (3); Feature: 5 (10).
SEASON STATS –
18 races, 14 features, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 5 top 10s, 9 top 15s, 12 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, and Sunday at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D.
FAVORITE NUMBER –
2: Consecutive top-five finishes for Forler.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
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“Line-X has been a part of my career since early in my micro sprint years,” Forler said. “Mike Magnussen, the Northwest distributor from the Chehalis, Wash., store, would help get my race car to the tracks and he is still a big supporter of my racing career.”
Forler would like to thank his sponsors, including Steve Forler Trucking, Shark Racing Engines, RN Smith Harvesting, Des Moines Industrial Products and Atomic Designs for their continued support.