Forler takes Lucas Oil ASCS Ark-La-Tex debut
Bryan Hulbert - VIVIAN, La. (June 16, 2013) A mid-afternoon shower gave way to clear skies on Father’s Day at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway as fans witnessed Washington native, turned Arizona resident, Logan Forler park his Steve Forler Trucking No. 2L in victory lane in the National Tour debut at the Louisiana quarter-mile oval.
His second career victory with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, Forler became the ninth winner of the season advancing past Jason Johnson on Lap 12 by using slower traffic as a way to block the MVT No. 41 from returning in kind.
“We got into lapped traffic and that was my only way to get by Jason [Johnson] because Jason was rolling pretty good. Well, Jason’s always rolling pretty good” said a tired, albeit excited Logan Forler. “It’s an honor to pass that No. 41 car for the lead. Salina last year about this time he passed me for the lead with about five to go. I’ve learned a lot from Jason, and that was one thing I learned right there, and it worked.”
The top groove of the Ark-La-Tex Speedway proved to be the fast way around as Johnson topped the track from his pole starting position within the first two corners. Crossing the line second, Johnson was chased by sixth starting Jeff Swindell.
“That’s part of racing when you’re leading a race and not sure where to go” said Johnson of Forler’s pass for the win. “One thing about running second is when you get to lapped cars, when the leader goes one way, you go the other.”
Swindell’s third podium finish in as many days has given the H&H No. 94 a boost back into the top five, from seventh, is series standings. “These guys deserve it” speaking of the Hammers family and crew who back the No. 94. “You know they’ve been great guys to work with, they’ve been great to us and they understand the trials and tribulations you go through to get a fairly new team back together.”
The top five rounded out with Channin Tankersley and Tony Bruce, Jr.
Seth Bergman was sixth followed by Dustin Morgan who picked up his sixth top ten finish of the season with Brad Loyet coming from thirteenth to eighth. Blake Hahn posted his first top ten performance of 2013 with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real followed by Zach Pringle to complete the top ten.
Heat Races on the night numbered three with Johnny Herrera taking Wesmar Heat one. Herrera would unfortunately have to forfeit his fourth starting spot in the night’s feature as the engine had to be replaced before the A-Feature. Seth Bergman grabbed BMRS Heat to with Jeff Swindell taking Rod End Supply Heat three.
Johnny Herrera was the FSR Radiator High Point Driver of the Night. Morgan Montgomery advanced from twenty-first to fourteenth to claim the PitStopUSA.com Hard Charger of the Night.
The ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek continues Wednesday, June 19 at the Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla. with special guest Tony Stewart.
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real
Ark-La-Tex Speedway - Vivian, La.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Car Count: 22
Wesmar Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 2. 2L-Logan Forler; 3. 93-Dustin Morgan; 4. 05-Brad Loyet; 5. 14Z-Zach Pringle; 6. 17H-Harli White; 7. 16-Koty Adams; 8. 79-Charlie McDonald
BMRS Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman; 2. 41-Jason Johnson; 3. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 4. 17W-Cole Wood; 5. 17-Blake Hahn; 6. 29-Brandon Hahn; DNF 25M-Morgan Montgomery
Rod End Supply Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell; 2. 17T-Channin Tankersley; 3. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 4. 17X-Josh Baughman; 5. 6-Ryan Beechler; 6. 69-Larry Howery; 7. 33-Mark Huddleston
Protect the Harvest A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2L-Logan Forler; 2. 41-Jason Johnson; 3. 94-Jeff Swindell; 4. 17T-Channin Tankersley; 5. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 6. 23-Seth Bergman; 7. 93-Dustin Morgan; 8. 05-Brad Loyet; 9. 17-Blake Hahn; 10. 14Z-Zach Pringle; 11. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 12. 17W-Cole Wood; 13. 17H-Harli White; 14. 25M-Morgan Montgomery; 15. 16-Koty Adams; 16. 33-Mark Huddleston; 17. 79-Charlie McDonald; DNF 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; DNF 29-Brandon Hahn; DNF 69-Larry Howery; DNF 6-Ryan Beechler; DNF 17X-Josh Baughman
Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-11, Logan Forler 12-30
PitstopUSA.com Hard Charger: Morgan Montgomery +7
FSR High Points of the Night: Johnny Herrera
Hawk Performance Products Fastest Lap of the Night: Jason Johnson - 11.948 seconds
2013 “A” Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-4, Johnny Herrera-3, Brian Brown-1, Roger Crockett-1, Kyle Bellm-1, Brad Loyet-1, Danny Lasoski-1, Jack Dover-1, Seth Bergman-1, Logan Forler-1
Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Johnny Herrera 1,939; 2. Jason Johnson 1,875; 3. Brad Loyet 1,763; 4. Logan Forler 1,734; 5. Jeff Swindell 1,719; 6. Seth Bergman 1,709; 7. Tony Bruce, Jr. 1.689; 8. Dustin Morgan 1;541; 9. Cole Wood 1,517; 10. Brandon Hahn 1,221;
Bob Westphal Memorial Speedweek Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Jason Johnson 422; 2. Jeff Swindell 419; 3. Johnny Herrera 377; 4. Logan Forler 374; 5. Seth Bergman 345; 6. Cole Wood 345; 7. Brad Loyet 341; 8. Ray Allen Kulhanek 337; 9. Tony Bruce, Jr. 335; 10. Dustin Morgan 303;
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Photo Credit: Tim Aylwin
Submitted By: Bryan Hulbert