Logan Seavey captured his first ARCA Racing Series victory on Monday at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.PHOTO BY VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS

Seavey is the current USAC National Midget championship leader

By Charlie Krall, ARCA Racing Series

Logan Seavey took the lead on lap 66 and withstood four late-race restarts to claim his first career ARCA Racing Series victory in Monday’s General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

Seavey’s victory was the 50th for the Venturini Motorsports team dating back to team owner Bill Venturini’s first series win at Flat Rock Speedway in 1984.

Seavey, the current USAC National Midget Series point leader, started fourth but was 12th after two laps, the tough DuQuoin outside groove not doing him any favors on the initial start. Seavey methodically used his dirt experience to his advantage, quickly working his way back into the top-five by lap 11.

Under pit stops at lap 47, Seavey dropped back to eighth but immediately jumped back into the top five on the restart. By lap 60 he was third, and by lap 66 he took over the lead, a lead he would never relinquish.

“To get number 50 for them is really cool,” Seavey said in Victory Lane. “Another win on dirt is really cool. They won at Springfield too. We had the best car here and I have the best team. Pit stops are key here. Pit road is more conventional. We beat the 28 on pit road. We needed him to get jumbled up in traffic and he did.”

Championship leader Sheldon Creed dominated the opening half of the race, leading 44 of the first 46 laps before losing the lead under the first round of pit stops. Creed would eventually drop into the back half of the top-10 before spinning on lap 97.

He would finish 10th.

Will Kimmel had a career-best second place finish, despite jumping the final restart. His jump actually helped him retain position as the outside lane saw most contenders lose several spots throughout the race.

Instead, he retained.

“I might have gone a little early,” Kimmel admitted. “They came over the radio and told me to give the spot back and I did. They never said anything else so we ran hard to the finish. Second place is huge for Kimmel Racing.”

Riley Herbst was third, Springfield winner Christian Eckes was fourth, and Zane Smith rounded out the top-five. Smith clinched the CGS Imaging 4 Crown title with his fifth-place result.

“I owe it all to my team,” an exhausted Smith said following the race. “It felt like we were on pit road all day long. We had some sort of overheating problem, just like Springfield. We couldn’t get it figured out but we made it. We had a great time at Talldega and Pocono, it was pretty cool at Madison and we struggled here but it all worked out.”

There were 10 cautions for 48 laps.

One of the cautions, the seventh of the afternoon on lap 67, involved Travis Braden. Braden had led from lap 49 to lap 65 and was looking for his second career victory. He was examined and released, finishing 15th.

The 10 cautions kept the average speed to just 66.33 miles per hour. The time of the race was one hour, 30 minutes, 27 seconds.

Creed retains his unofficial point lead by 190 points over Smith heading into Friday night’s Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. MAVTV will have live coverage starting at 9 pm ET on Friday.

The official results from DuQuoin can be found below.

  1. Joe Graf Jr.
    2. Zane Smith
    3. Travis Braden
    4. Carson Hocevar
    5. Gus Dean
    6. Sheldon Creed
    7. Chandler Smith
    8. Chase Purdy
    9. Riley Herbst
    10. Natalie Decker
    11. Christian Eckes
    12. Bret Holmes
    13. Tyler Hill
    14. Mike Basham
    15. Scott Melton
    16. Brad Smith
    17. Dick Doheny
    18. Con Nicolopoulos
    19. Wayne Peterson
    20. Bobby Gerhart