The most impressive drive of this weekend didn’t come in a sports car race or in the rain at Watkins Glen, it was on a dirt track in Pennsylvania as one driver went to extreme measures to avoid crashing into a fellow competitor.
Logan Seavey, a 21-year-old dirt track racer, is the current USAC National Midget points leader and if he wins the championship this year, this move may be what won him the title. Hanging out in the middle of the top five, Seavey encountered a spun out Spencer Bayston and had nowhere to go. Usually when racers have nowhere to go, they have no choice but to drive into the wrecked car and your race ends. Instead, Seavey went all Men in Black with it and drove his car on the catch fence to avoid a wreck and was able to continue.
Was either crash or this👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/iFtGZvSLqf
— Logan Seavey (@Logan_Seavey) August 5, 2018
It was a pretty impressive save 😂 pic.twitter.com/pcy8OAKjq2
— Jocelyn Reinbold (@jocelynreinbold) August 5, 2018
In dirt track racing, “riding the cushion” means racing as high as you can in the turns to get that little bit of extra grip on the track and improve your lap time. This is something else entirely. Seavey wound up finishing third while Zeb Wise won and became the youngest ever winner in the series.
Seavey is trying to make his way up the racing ranks and someday get to NASCAR. A Toyota development driver, Seavey got his first NASCAR start racing for Kyle Busch in this year’s Eldora Camping World Truck race. In the annual dirt race, Seavey led for a chunk of the race but fell back to eighth. Given that he can drive a car on a fence, bring it back down and continue, I think he deserves some more NASCAR races.