Columbus: Jay Meyer wrap up

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio - Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Jay Meyer had a very up and down weekend during this past weekend's Federal Mogul All-star Race held in conjunction with the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit at National Trail...

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio - Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Jay Meyer had a very up and down weekend during this past weekend's Federal Mogul All-star Race held in conjunction with the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer went to the finals of the All-star Race, where he was defeated by points leader Rick Santos, 5.444/251.86 to Meyer's 5.563/231.56, Meyer slowed due to an exploded engine, his second of the weekend.

Meyer defeated last year's All-star winner Bill Reichert in the first round where he exploded his first engine, and defeated Division 3 Champion Shawn Bowen in the semifinals. Meyer's second exploded engine in the finals was his last motor, causing him not to compete in the Pontiac Excitement Nationals on Sunday, for which he was qualified fifth with a 5.598/253.28. Meyer said, "We had went along all year and had a pretty good "good air" tune-up, but didn't really have a "bad air" tune up. We were trying to get something for Santos, and just missed. We changed the compression in Dallas, and beat it up pretty bad. We checked the rods after that, and they appeared to be ok, but we think that rod failure was the cause of the first motor to kick the rods out. As for the second motor, we had just got the block back from being repaired, and they had decked the block, I forgot about it, and put the same [thickness] head gasket on it, which even upped the compression more on the spare motor, and really just destroyed that motor. It killed the crankshafts and blocks in both of them. The only thing we had hurt all year was a spun main bearing in Phoenix, and then to go literally destroy two motors in three runs really takes the wind out of your sails."

Meyer had planned to compete in this week's upcoming Sears Craftsman Nationals in St. Louis, but now will try to regroup at the rescheduled Hallsville Division 4 race to finish out the year.

"We have been running pretty low on money all year, I really underestimated what it costs to run this class. In the four years that I sat out, the cost has really increased. The loss of our only two motors pretty much has knocked us out for this year, and that was why we didn't compete in the Nationals on Sunday. I have to thank Billy Bybee and Steve Federlin, they both offered me motors to borrow for Sunday, but I would hate to tear someone else's stuff up, so I declined," Meyer said.

"For all intensive purposes, unless we run into a lot of money, were pretty much done for the year," Meyer added. "We have enough parts to put together one motor if we get a block, so we will probably make the Hallsville rain-out race, try to clinch the Division 4 Championship, and hang it up for the year. We really need a sponsor to do anything else. If there is any interested sponsors interested in getting involved with a Championship caliber team, they can contact us through our website at www.JayMeyerRacing.com."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rick Santos , Bill Reichert