Gateway: Joe Meyer signs new sponsor for race

Meyer looking to make it 3 national wins in a row with new sponsor InsideFMRacing.com MADISON, Ill. - Defending NHRA Division 4 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion Jay Meyer will be looking for his third straight win on the national level during...

Meyer looking to make it 3 national wins in a row with new sponsor InsideFMRacing.com

MADISON, Ill. - Defending NHRA Division 4 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion Jay Meyer will be looking for his third straight win on the national level during this weekend's Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway just outside of St. Louis. In addition to looking for a strong performance, Meyer will debut new a new major associate sponsor InsideFMRacing.com.

Meyer, who runs his construction business, Brazosport Equipment, in Freeport, Texas, has always liked racing in hot, muggy conditions. The veteran racer picked up wins at Bristol and Atlanta in similar conditions, and hopes to do the same this weekend.

"We're just going to stick to our normal gameplan," said Meyer.  "We'll take
what the track gives us.  We haven't been qualifying real well, but we work
on it through the race, and see what it does on raceday.  We just tune it
according to what the track will do.  We just see what happens from there."

"Atlanta was a pretty hot track, and we got down it pretty good," continued Meyer. "Hopefully we can take our basic setup and apply it this weekend."

In his wins at Bristol and Atlanta, Meyer's Tom Conway-tuned Blown Alcohol Dragster used consistent 5.4 second elapsed times to pick up wins. This weekend, he feels it will take that to win.

"Looking at what they did in Columbus," stated Meyer, "Santos was running low .40's. We ran a .46 in Atlanta, then I think we could have ran a .42 or so in the final there, but it broke a rocker arm in low gear, and really hurt the time. I think if we can run that, we'll be right there with them."

Meyer, who finished No. 2 nationally last year, was picked as one of the early season favorites to give defending champ Rick Santos a run for the Championship this year. After a devastating early season crash in Houston, Meyer has rebounded with three wins, but thinks that the crash may have killed his championship hopes.

"Well, after blowing the blower off the car in the burnout in the first round in Memphis, we figured we we're pretty much dead as far as the Championship goes," Meyer explained. "We decided from there to just go to each race and see how it turns out. We're pretty much just racing for fun now, we're not real worried about the points."

In addition to just 'racing for fun' the rest of the year, Meyer is excited about signing InsideFMRacing.com as a major associate sponsor. The new website will feature exclusively coverage of the Federal Mogul Categories. IFMR's founder/editor Will Hanna is also excited about the partnership with Meyer.

"We worked a deal with Will Hanna," stated Meyer. "He's going to start a new online magazine covering the alcohol cars. We're going to run his flag for the rest of the year, and see how his magazine takes off. They are helping us out, so we're going to do the same for them."

"Meyer is one of the top competitors in the category," added IFMR's Hanna. "He's capable of winning anywhere he goes, and that's the major reason why we signed with him. We are going to do a pretty aggressive marketing push to get this site started, and we couldn't have picked a better team than Meyer Racing."

Qualifying begins on Friday at noon for the Federal Mogul Dragsters, with one more session following at 4 p.m. Stay tuned to SummitRacing.com's Drag Race Central for round by round updates of the action from St. Louis.

<A HREF="http://InsideFMRacing.com">InsideFMRacing.com</A> is set to debut this weekend with the latest news in the Federal Mogul categories.

For more information on the Meyer team, visit their website at <A HREF="http://JayMeyerRacing.com"> JayMeyerRacing.com</A>.

-JMR-

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Series Automotive , NHRA
Drivers Rick Santos