There’s a good chance you already saw video of midget dirt track racer Logan Seavey driving up a fence to avoid t-boning a fellow competitor over the weekend in Newmanstown, PA. Seavey, who said on Twitter he didn’t do anything real special besides avoid a couple wrecks, finished 3rd; 15-year-old Zeb Wise — in his first race back after a broken collarbone — won the race, making him the youngest ever to win a USAC National feature.
But, this is the Internet and we’re just here for the odd and ridiculous side of sports because at this point people are numb to the winners and those who finish 3rd. You give us a viral moment and we’re happy. Enter Seavey. He ends up on SportsCenter for driving up the fence. Wise stays in obscurity even though he’s not even old enough to drive himself home after a huge victory.
The victory for Wise was also monumental in the realm of auto racing history as no driver that young has ever won a National Series feature under the USAC banner. At 15 years, 8 months and 21 days old, Wise surpasses the former record held by the late Bryan Clauson, who won his first in a USAC Midget at the age of 16 years, 3 months and 23 days on October 8, 2005 at Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway.
Wise accomplished the feat in none other than the No. 39BC, the same number that was synonymous with Bryan, sports his initials and is owned by Bryan’s father, Tim.
“I’m kind of speechless,” Wise acknowledged. “I didn’t even know Bryan had that record before me. To do it in the 39BC is very cool. He’s the one who picked me, so I’m glad to get a win for him. I know he’s watching up there and I’m sure he’s happy. Thank you, Bryan, for everything you did for me.”