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Aug 1 - 2018

Logan Seavey Doesn’t Mind a Little Dirt

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Toyota development driver Logan Seavey knows dirt. After growing up on the Northern California dirt racing circuit and following in his older brother’s footsteps by competing in outlaw karts, Seavey has quietly made a name for himself in the dirt racing world.

At 21 years old, Seavey has had a breakout season, making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut earlier this month at the only dirt track on the NASCAR circuit – Eldora Speedway - while he currently leads the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Championship point standings, seeking to become the third rookie to win the national midget title.

All of this seemed impossible two years ago, when Seavey was diagnosed with Scimitar Syndrome, a congenital heart defect that required open-heart surgery.

“It was something I was born with,” Seavey said. “It was continually getting worse and worse and we did not know it until I started struggling to breath. I was tired all the time and struggled to catch my breath in usual activities of running around and talking with people. They told me I needed surgery and I wanted to keep racing.”

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Seavey elected to have the surgery in late 2016 and competed in his first Chili Bowl Nationals almost three months later when he finished 12th in the E feature. But the California native wouldn’t let the lackluster result keep him down and continued to gain experience before going on to capture the 2017 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League title and Rookie of the Year honors.

Now in his first season with Toyota and Keith Kunz Motorsports, Seavey has had an impressive start to the season by winning POWRi’s Illinois Midget Week championship when he earned top-five finishes in each of the week’s three races, including a victory at Jacksonville Speedway.

“Just to think two years ago I was at the Chili Bowl with no ride and I got a couple hot lap sessions and you know here I am two years later with the best team in midgets and hooked up with TRD (Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A),” Seavey said.

Add making his first Truck Series start for Kyle Busch Motorsports and collecting a combined three additional wins in POWRi and USAC and Seavey’s dirt resume only continues to grow.

What’s next for the California native?

Pennsylvania Midget Week where he hopes to visit victory lane and extend his championship points lead.