Getting Up To Speed With…Logan Forler
By Ben Deatherage
(Photo Courtesy of Brandon Young)
It just seems like yesterday that Logan Forler was starting his racing career. The twenty-year-old originally from the Orting, Washington, but now calling Lake Havasu City, Arizona home, has went from regional star to a national sensation in just a few years.
Starting his career in Quarter Midgets and eventually graduating up to Micro Sprints, it wasn’t until 2009 when he would be in a full sized for Sprint Car for the first time. Forler was a fulltime member with the ASCS-National Tour from 2011 to 2013. In that tenure he would capture three feature victories and finished a career best sixth in the final points last season.
Forler is a former champion of the prestigious Clay Cup Micro Sprint event at Deming Speedway in Washington as well as Oregon’s Salem Indoor Speedway in the 600cc Micros. We got a chance to talk with Logan about his upcoming plans in 2014, how he got his start in racing, and how the Northwest competition compares to the rest of the country. Now let’s get up to speed with Logan Forler.
Driver: Logan Forler
Hometown: Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Years Racing: 14
Classification: 360 Sprints
Chassis: Maxim Chassis
Sponsors: Steve Forler Trucking, PGH Excavating, Lucas Oil Products, Rod Ends by LRB Manufacturing
Special Thanks: Chris Thornhill, Steve Forler (Father), Cheryl Forler (Mother), Heather
BD: Well Logan you’re running an outlaw type schedule what are some of your plans?
LF: We really don’t have any plans we’re just going where we want to and whenever we have time but we’ll definitely be at all four days with ASCS(-Northwest Region) in May. I’m just going with the flow and running both the 360 and the 410.
BD: The first time I remember seeing you race was at Salem Indoor in Quarter-Midgets. How did you get your start in racing?
LF: One of my dad’s friends showed up at his shop with his son with a Quarter Midget in the back of his truck. So my dad went out and bought one for me and that’s kind of how we got started. It just got bigger from there and we moved up to Micros after the Quarter Midget deal and then Sprint Cars.
BD: Racing with the ASCS-National Tour you raced at all sorts of different race tracks. What were some that you really liked?
LF: I really liked Salina Highbanks in Oklahoma and Eagle Raceway was one of my favorite tracks too. Tuscon is a cool place and I really like Lebanon a lot. Although I never conquered it, Knoxville is pretty awesome.
BD: All the years I’ve seen you race you have always been #2L. Is there a story behind it?
LF: When I was in my second year we ran Quarter Midgets on dirt at Skagit and the only number my dad had in the trailer was from the last track we were at and that was #2. At Skagit you could pick your own numbers so since that was the only number we had we taped it on and won our first championship that season with that number on it. So we’ve stuck to it ever since.
BD: Who were some drivers that were your heroes growing up?
LF: Jason Solwold was always a guy that I watched a lot especially when I got older and was racing. I would watch him run all the time he was on the track. Travis Rutz was another driver I looked up to but of course Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell when it came to Outlaw drivers.
BD: Being that you toured the country and ran against a lot of different regional competition in your opinion how does the Northwest region stack up against the rest of the country?
LF: I definitely think the Northwest region is one of the best ran series out of all of them. They don’t have a whole of race tracks in the area but they do a good a great job with what they have. It’s a good place to go racing.
Southern Oregon Speedway will be the first of four consecutive nights of racing for the Triple Track Challenge on Thursday May 22nd to open up the 2014 season up for the ASCS-Northwest Region. The series will venture north after the race at SOS on Friday May 23rd to Lebanon’s Willamette Speedway before concluding with a two-day affair at Cottage Grove Speedway on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th. For the latest information for the ASCS-Northwest Region log on to www.ascsnorthwest.com.