Logan Seavey can thank the past success of the Toyota to NASCAR program. See, when Toyota got into NASCAR’s premiere series, they had always wanted to set up a feeder program for drivers to work a ladder system up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Kyle Larson was originally part of it when he drove for Keith Kunz Motorsports in the USAC ranks but Chip Ganassi signed him away and immediately had him in a NASCAR XFINITY Series ride. William Byron and Erik Jones were next up. Byron, was signed away by Hendrick Motorsports and was immediately placed in a NASCAR XFINITY Series ride with JR Motorsports in 2017. Jones, went through the ranks and was placed in a second Furniture Row Racing car on the Cup level last season. He’s now back with Joe Gibbs Racing in a fourth car for 2018 and beyond.
Next up is Christopher Bell. He went from USAC to Trucks to XFINITY Series now and likely a Toyota Cup seat in the next year or two. The next rising star?
While Tanner Thorson is another one in the mix, what Seavey did on Wednesday night in Eldora showed that the future is bright for the young phenom. He’s never raced at Eldora before, let alone a NASCAR race too, and here he led 53 laps and was within 10 laps of reaching victory lane.
“This was a really cool experience for me,” said Seavey. “Obviously, I’ve only done a couple stock car starts. Mostly just open-wheel stuff and to get in here and you know, run up front there in the first stage, compete for the lead and then kind of be able to maneuver my way through the field in the second stage and then lead 50 or so laps there in the third stage, it was really, really fun. The trucks are so hard to drive and the track is – I figured they would work it before the race and they didn’t. I thought that would play to my favor. My truck is really, really good in the slick and I think it showed tonight. Overall experience was as good as I think it could’ve gone without those last couple cautions there at the end.”
Seavey, leads the USAC Midgets points standings by over 100 points. He won his first ever Midget start and has been dominating all season. Only Danny Caruthers (1971) and Bell (2013) have won the Midget championship as a rookie. Seavey, is well on his way in becoming the third.
Wednesday showed he was the real deal with real promise. Toyota has already snagged him and he’s a viable option to join Kyle Busch Motorsports in the very near future in a full time Truck Series ride and has the capability to move up to JGR in the XFINITY Series from there.
Just like Bell.