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Forler Rallies to Pre-Dirt Cup Win

Forler Rallies to Pre-Dirt Cup Win
Forler Rallies to Pre-Dirt Cup Win
Forler Rallies to Pre-Dirt Cup Win
Forler Rallies to Pre-Dirt Cup Win

A large crowd was treated to spectacular racing on Saturday night at Skagit Speedway as Lake Havasu, Arizona’s Logan Forler picked up the A Feature win in the 410 Sprint Car class in his first start at Skagit in 2014. In the Cook Road Shell Sportsman Sprint Cars, defending series champion Steve Parker overcame early season struggles and won his first A Feature of the season, and Chase Goetz extended his USAC HPD Midget series points lead after picking up his second win of the season.

Getting some laps under his belt before Dirt Cup, Logan Forler started the A Main from the second position after finishing second in his Heat Race earlier in the evening. Also making his return to the Skagit Speedway oval was Jason Solwold in the Shaylen Raye Motorsports number 18 car who started alongside Forler to make up the front row of the 410 Feature. At the drop of the green, Solwold jumped out to the early lead but Forler kept him within striking distance and got a head of steam heading down the back straightaway to steal the lead from the 18 of Solwold. Battles unfolded around the track as Rudeen Racing’s Tayler Malsam challenged Solwold for the second position while behind them, Brock Lemley and 410 series points leader Matt Jensen had an aggressive battle for the fourth spot. Jensen led Lemley for a handful of laps as Lemley followed Jensen into the corner and the two split, Jensen to the bottom and Lemley to the top then back nose-to-tail down the straightaway. All was well until Lemley dove under Jensen in turn three and there was not enough clearance on the exit of four which ended in Jensen tipping his number 98 machine and ending his night. Forler was set on cruise control for the remainder of the race and brought the 2L machine home in the top spot. Solwold, Malsam, Lemley and Jonathan Jorgensen rounded out the top five. Heat Race wins went to Solwold and Enumclaw’s Henry VanDam. Tayler Malsam set the Quick Time with an 11.340 second lap.

Steve Parker overcame early season troubles and brought home his first win of the 2014 season in the Cook Road Shell Sportsman Sprint Cars on Saturday Night. The front row of the A Main held many years of Sportsman Sprint experience as Parker lined up on the outside of Bill Rude to start the race. As the field took the green flag and began spreading themselves out in the early stages of the race, Parker caught lapped traffic which allowed Rude, running in the second position, to close the gap Parker had set up for himself. Rude continued to reel in the leader and got to his rear bumper in lapped traffic until the yellow flag flew for Zach McCabe and Geoff Needham getting together in turn one. In the five lap dash to the finish, nobody could touch Parker’s 23 car as he crossed the line ahead of Rude, Kelsey Carpenter, Cory Swatzina and Robbie Price. Heat Race winners were Cory Samuelson, Cory Swatzina and Zach McCabe. Kelsey Carpenter set the Quick Time at a 12.762 second lap.

The USAC HPD Midget Series returned to Skagit Speedway’s 3/10 mile oval on Saturday as Chase Goetz brought home the win, making his 2014 record 2 for 2 at the track. The field of drivers was hungry to win as there was an extra $600 up for grabs to any drivers that finished in the top three both at Deming Speedway on Friday night and Skagit on Saturday. Starting from the inside second row, Goetz saw his opening and took it heading down the back straightaway into turn three, passing Michael Vollbrecht to steal the second spot and set his sights on race leader Lance Hallmark who was one of the three drivers eligible for the $600 bonus cash. Goetz trailed Hallmark until lap eight when Goetz worked his way around the 8H of Hallmark to take the top spot. Back in the field, bonus money eligible driver Doug James worked his way up into contention for the third spot until a yellow came out for Hallmark which bunched the field back up on lap 14. James used the restart to his advantage and on lap 16, capitalized to take the third spot from Vollbrecht as at the head of the field, Goetz hit his marks and stretched his lead to 1.2 seconds as he crossed the stripe to take the checkers. Garrett Thomas, James, Vollbrecht, and Chance Crum rounded out the top five. Heat Race winners were Goetz and Garrett Thomas. Doug James took home all $600 of the bonus cash for the USAC HPD Midgets.

Join us THIS WEDNESDAY for our annual Dirt Cup Fan Fest at the Cook Road Jack in the Box in the Fairfield Inn & Suites Parking lot from 4pm-7pm! Meet your favorite drivers, check out vendors on-site, and enjoy live music from The Unknown.

Starting on Thursday, the 43rd Annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup presented by Jack in the Box kicks off as spectator gates open at 5:00pm and racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

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