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– ELMA, Wash. (July 10) – There were smiles, hugs and a few pictures.
Then, Logan Forler had to get to work, which is exactly what the 18-year-old from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., did on Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. The former Washington resident turned Arizona transplant charged from eighth to claim his second feature victory of the season and fifth of his career in his return to the Northwest.
“It was pretty cool to win coming back to Washington,” he said. “The car was great even though we didn’t have much time to figure anything out.”
The 3/8-mile, semi-banked dirt oval had a special format for its midseason championship points night, which put the top six drivers in the season points in a dash to determine the first three rows of the feature. The remaining drivers competed in a hot-lap session, which also served as qualifying.
Those handful of laps were the only that Forler spent on the track before the 30-lap feature, which he started outside the fourth row.
“It took me two laps to get to third, but the guys running first and second were out ahead,” he said. “It took me awhile to catch them. But then they kinda got stuck behind a lapped car and I took advantage.”
With approximately seven laps remaining, Forler made it three-wide exiting turn two and he slid into the lead in turn three to capture the top spot. He led the rest of the way until runner-up Henry Van Dam got a run as the duo took the white flag.
Van Dam slid Forler entering turn one for the top spot and Forler fought back off turn two. The two were side by side with half a lap remaining before Forler pulled a slide job in turn three to regain the lead. The drag race off turn four and to the checkered flag was won by Forler in his first race in Washington this season.
“That place used to feel big because it’s pretty much the biggest track in Washington,” said Forler, who is competing on the ASCS National Tour and racing mostly in the Midwest this season. “After racing on the bigger tracks in the Midwest, Elma just felt slow.”
Forler is on the West Coast for the next three weeks, including the ASCS Northwest Region Speedweek – six races in six days throughout Oregon and Washington – starting on Monday at Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, Ore.
He will then compete on Tuesday at Coos Bay Speedway in Coos Bay, Ore., on Wednesday at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on Thursday at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore., and Friday and Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway, which are also ASCS National Tour events.
To follow live updates of Forler and all of the drivers the next week, visit www.insidelinepromotions.com.
QUICK RESULTS –
July 9 – Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. – Qualifying: 2; Feature: 1 (8).
SEASON STATS –
34 races, 28 features, 2 wins, 6 top fives, 13 top 10s, 18 top 15s, 25 top 20s
UP NEXT –
ASCS NORTHWEST SPEEDWEEK – Monday at Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, Ore., Tuesday at Coos Bay Speedway in Coos Bay, Ore., Wednesday at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., Thursday at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore.; and Friday and Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., with the ASCS National Tour
FAVORITE NUMBER –
5: Career sprint car victories, including last Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., where he picked up his second of the season.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
ON THE AIR –
Click on the link below for video of Forler’s victory at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., on July 9:
Forler has t-shirts, girls crew neck shirts and sweatshirts for sale. The sizes range from small to 3XL and prices are $15-20 for shirts and $30 for sweatshirts. For more information, visit www.rushracingenterprise.com.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Steve Forler Trucking
Steve Forler Trucking is a trucking company with a focus on the transportation of hazardous and dangerous waste. Established in 1987, Steve Forler Trucking is hazmat trained and pollution insured, primarily operating in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. For more information, visit www.stftrucking.com.
“My dad started Steve Forler Trucking when he was 19 and it has played a big role in my life,” Logan said. “It’s pretty neat to see how my dad has built that into one of the leading businesses in that industry.”
Forler would like to thank his sponsors, including Shark Racing Engines, Line-X, RN Smith Harvesting, Des Moines Industrial Products and Atomic Designs for their continued support.