Meents Memorial To Logan Seavey

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Logan Seavey won the 14th annual Charlene Meents Memorial. (Don Figler photo)

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Logan Seavey added himself to the winner’s list of the Charlene Meents Memorial, taking the 14th annual event with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League at Belle-Clair Speedway.

Seavey’s Meents Memorial victory is his sixth of the season with POWRi, tying him with point leader Tucker Klaasmeyer.

After the initial start being called because as a result of a spun Tucker Klaasmeyer off turn two, Seavey piloted his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota-powered Bullet by Spike into the early lead over Holly Shelton and Jerry Coons Jr.

As the laps clicked off, Shelton closed in on Seavey rolling the bottom as Seavey railed the top. But just as Shelton looked close enough to possibly mount a charge for the lead, the caution came out for Paul Nienhiser in turn four.

Returning to racing, Seavey took off until the yellow was displayed for Karsyn Elledge who came to a stop in turns one and two. Resuming green flag conditions, Seavey distanced himself from the rest of the field as Zach Daum moved past both Shelton and Coons off turn two. As the laps wound down, Daum appeared to close on Seavey as the duo reached lapped traffic.

With less than a handful of laps remaining, Seavey navigated lapped traffic with no mistakes, closing the door on any opportunity Daum had to challenge for the top position. Coming to the line behind Seavey and Daum, Coons took third with Holly Shelton in fourth. Ryan Robinson completed the top five.

“That was a lot of fun,” Seavey said. “I’m glad the rain stopped and we were able to get the race track going. The big hole in one, early on, I really tried to get above it, but then later I played it a little safer and moved down and I actually think I got better. I still was just lacking a little bit in three and four. I felt like I fell back a little bit and really had to pick the pace up. I can’t thank all the guys enough at KKM and TRD that let me do this.”

“I tried running above the cushion for a little bit,” said Daum. “I knew I couldn’t do 30 laps up there without making a mistake and possibly crashing the car. The risk wasn’t worth the reward at that moment. I tried to find another line that was a little smoother. We actually reeled them in there and then we caught lapped traffic and tried to make a play for it. He seen me down there and started cheating the entry of two, which is what he had to do. I’m just glad to finally put a good run together. We’ll just try to finish out the season with some good runs.”

The finish:

Logan Seavey, Zach Daum, Jerry Coons Jr., Holly Shelton, Ryan Robinson, Jake Neuman, Zeb Wise, Tanner Carrick, Cannon McIntosh, Travis Berryhill, Terry Babb, Sam Johnson, Ace McCarthy, Paul Nienhiser, Trey Marcham, Daniel Robinson, Karter Sarff, Krasyn Elledge, Zane Hendricks, Holley Hollan Austin Brown, Joey Wirth, Tucker Klaasmeyer.