EL PASO, Texas — official release — ASCS/Serena Delhamer photo —
A cool night in the desert saw Logan Forler become the season’s 17th different winner with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real, as the West Coast shoe utilized slower traffic to capture the Casa Nissan Edge of Texas Dirt Track Nationals at the El Paso Speedway Park.
Logan’s fourth career victory with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, the west Texas win was Forler’s second at the El Paso Speedway Park, backing up his first national tour triumph in 2012.
“Traffic was really tough. It was wide out here but the lanes you were in made a big difference on how fast you’re going to be,” said Forler. “I knew Reutzel was coming so I had to get through traffic, but I’ve had some great luck here. I don’t know what it is, but we’ll be coming back.”
Gridding the Steve Forler Trucking No. 2L fourth, Forler jumped to second on the start. Pacing behind Royal Jones, the pair raced into slower traffic on lap seven. Keeping Forler in the vapor trails for the next two laps, traffic played to Forler’s advantage on Lap 10 to grab the lead, bringing Aaron Reutzel to second as well.
A caution on lap 11 for Channin Tankersley who stopped along the back straightaway, Forler opened up a healthy advantage until a caution on lap 17 for Seth Bergman. Finding traffic with five laps to run, Forler’s advantage closed quickly as Aaron Reutzel made a last-lap attempt for the win.
Pulling even with Forler in the final two turns; Forler pushed the highline to hold on by 0.154 seconds at the line.
“We made a decision on the gear thinking the track was going to do something different,” Reutzel said. “We just didn’t have enough ponies getting off the corner but hats off to Logan. He hasn’’t run with us all year, so to come out and win one of these deals, he was definitely quick. We had the car, just chose the wrong gear.”
Brad Loyet grabbed third, putting his advantage to 61 pointsover Jeff Swindell.
“We had a really good race car, but the track was just really tough to pass on,” said Loyet. “I didn’t need those cautions but overall this is what we need to do. To keep plugging away, keep getting these top fives, and see if we can’t walk away with $60,000.”
After leading the first nine rounds, Royal Jones posted his best finish against the national tour in fourth. After ending up in the B main, Jason Johnson barely grabbed the final transfer. Starting 22, the MVT No. 41 was on a mission, as Johnson raced to fifth for the night’s KSE Hard Charger Award.
El Paso’s John Carney II crossed sixth with Johnny Herrera advancing 11 positions to grab seventh. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. climbed eight spots to cross eighth with Tony Bruce, Jr. and Jeff Swindell completing the top-ten.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real takes on the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday, November 7.
RESULTS: Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series; El Paso Speedway Park; November 7, 2014
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2L-Logan Forler; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 3. 05-Brad Loyet; 4. 131-Royal Jones; 5. 41-Jason Johnson; 6. 74B-John Carney II; 7. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 9. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 10. 94-Jeff Swindell; 11. 95-Matt Covington; 12. 52-Blake Hahn; 13. 17B-Josh Baughman; 14. 74X-Joshua Hodges; 15. 21-Tyler Thomas; 16. 94X-Nick Parker; 17. 0-Glenn Styres; 18. 8-Bob Ream Jr; 19. 23-Seth Bergman; 20. 17W-Harli White; 21. 41W-Joshua Williams; 22. 20Z-Rick Ziehl; 23. 4X-Shawn Petersen; 24. (DNF) 17-Channin Tankersley
Lap Leaders: Royal Jones 1-9; Logan Forler 10-30
KSE Hard Charger: Jason Johnson +17
FSR High Point Driver: Aaron Reutzel
Provisional(s): Matt Covington (P2); Josh Baughman (PP)