Seavey knew as soon as the second late caution came out and he saw Briscoe lined up to his inside, he just might be in trouble.
Briscoe owns the non-winged and winged sprint cars that Seavey has driven this season during off weekends from his national midget duties with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, and that meant that the teacher had a pretty decent idea of what was going through his young student’s mind.
Seavey knew that fact, too. He and Briscoe have been long-time friends, even before Seavey began driving for Chase Briscoe Racing.
“I know Chase really well and I know he likes to play a lot of games on restarts. He’s really good at it,” Seavey admitted. “I knew it was going to be tough and he kind of just got rolling a little bit better than I did … and once I started spinning my tires, it was pretty much over. I got a pretty good push from behind, but I just wasn’t good enough there through the first corners and (everyone else) ran really hard and their trucks stuck pretty well.
“I knew after that first restart … it was going to be tough. Those (full-time) guys have a lot of practice on restarts, even though it’s not regularly on dirt. They’ve got a lot of practice and I really haven’t done this too much. I knew that was kind of my weakest link when I came in and I knew the field would be really tough. Ultimately, that’s what bit me tonight.”
After the race, Briscoe had nothing but praise for Seavey, pointing out that he probably wouldn’t have won if not for the rash of late incidents that bunched the field up.
“Without that caution coming out (at the 20 to go mark), I probably wouldn’t have even had a chance,” Briscoe said. “It was cool to race Logan; that was something really special. Before we even came here, I knew he was probably going to be one of the three or four guys that you were going to have to beat to win here.
“He’s doing a heck of a job. That’s a name that the NASCAR crowd is going to need to get used to seeing. I believe he’s the next big thing. It was neat to have him up there; I was glad to have that chance.”
Though he didn’t come away with the Golden Shovel trophy, Seavey still left Eldora with two prizes nearly as meaningful: proof to the NASCAR world that he’s got what it takes to be successful in a stock car and the fast-earned respect of his peers.
“This was a really cool experience for me. Obviously, I’ve only done a couple stock car starts. Mostly just open-wheel stuff … so to get in here and run up front there in the first stage, compete for the lead and then be able to maneuver my way through the field in the second stage and lead 50 or so laps there in the final stage, it was really, really fun,” Seavey said with a grin. “The trucks are so hard to drive and the track was wild. I figured they would work it before the race and they didn’t. I thought that would play to my favor, and for a while, it did. My truck is really really good in the slick and I think it showed tonight.
“My overall experience was as good as I think it could’ve gone without those last couple cautions there at the end. I had the time of my life out there and it was a dream come true to race in this deal.”
For those wondering if Seavey will look to follow the same path into NASCAR that former Kunz drivers Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell have taken, he had a fast answer to those questions as well.
“I’d love to follow in their footsteps,” Seavey said of Larson and Bell. “I sure hope there’s a next time.”