ENNIS, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer closed his career best season with a runner-up finish during this past weekend's O'Reilly Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. Meyer, of ...
ENNIS, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer closed his career best season with a runner-up finish during this past weekend's O'Reilly Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas.
Meyer, of Freeport, Texas, was defeated by David Wells in the final when Wells became only the second Blown Alcohol Dragster to record a 5.3 second elapsed time with a 5.392 at 258.22 miles per hour to Meyer's off pace 5.635 at 246.12 mph. Meyer defeated Steve Federlin, Joe Fuentes, and Troy Buff on his way to the finals with e.t.'s of 5.452, 5.841, and 5.488.
"Since the test run they [NHRA] was going to give us before the race was rained out, we decided to leave it like it was in Houston instead of testing," said Meyer. "We didn't know how the track was going to be. We left it pretty aggressive and ran that .45 in the first round, then tried to step on it more every round, and it slowed down every round after that, we just couldn't figure it out."
Even though the season may be over, Meyer plans to work hard over the winter for the 2001 Championship.
"We plan to do some testing in the winter to get the beadlocks [type of wheel] to work," commented Meyer. "We think there is some more e.t. with the beadlocks if we can figure them out."
The year 2000 has been a career year for Meyer. Meyer will finish No. 2 in national standings, and won his second Division 4 [South-Central Region] Championship. In 16 races attended, Meyer had ten final round appearances, winning seven of them. Meyer came out of retirement at the end of '99 to run the 2000 season.
"It was a great year," reflected Meyer. "My crew led by Stacy McLemore, Jim Morrison, Bruce Meyer, Chris Holley, Stuart Herbst, and Dixie Meyer all worked hard this year. We never would have been as competitive as we were without the help of our tuning consultant Tom Conway either, we owe him a lot of thanks. We accomplished what we needed to in those last couple of races, and now we just need to work over the winter to get the beadlocks to work. After laying out for the last few years and to come back with a season like this with a new crew is just unbelievable. This year has just been phenomenal."