Gateway: Jay Meyer finals notes

MADISON, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer nearly made it a clean sweep of the racing action at this past weekend's Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway just outside of St. Louis. The defending Division 4...

MADISON, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer nearly made it a clean sweep of the racing action at this past weekend's Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway just outside of St. Louis. The defending Division 4 Champion qualified No. 1 with a 5.428 second elapsed time, which was the quickest of the event, at 258.71 mph and used consistent 5.4 second elapsed times to work his way to the finals where he defeated Keith Stark for the win.

Meyer, who runs his construction business, Brazosport Equipment, in Freeport, Texas, came into the event after winning his last two national events. After qualifying No. 1, Meyer received a bye run in round one, where he clocked a 5.485 at 256.50 mph. In round two he took out Jeff Hamelink with a 5.504 at 234.94 mph, then coupled a near-perfect .402 reaction time (.400 being perfect) with a 5.460 at 256.02 mph to take out fellow Division 4 racer Shelly Howard in the semifinals. Stark gained a slight starting line advantage on Meyer in the final, but Meyer quickly erased that as Stark's A/Fuel Dragster started dropping cylinders. Meyer took the win with a 5.491 at 254.81 mph over Stark's 8.11 at 112 mph.

"We just tried to keep it consistent," said Meyer. "We had a tune-up from Bristol and Atlanta. We fought a data recorder problem during qualifying, and didn't have any data from when we ran that .42. But, once we ran that .42, we knew we had a baseline. We just watched the track, and did what we normally do, try to keep it consistent, and cut good lights."

"In the semifinals against Shelly, we spun a rod bearing," continued Meyer. "The boys just got after it. I can't say enough about these guys Stacy McLemore, Jim Morrison, Bruce Meyer, Dixie Meyer and Stuart Herbst. It was my son's birthday this weekend, so it was a pretty good present. They are the greatest group of guys. I can't say enough about my tuner Tom Conway, either. It was a great weekend, we really like this place."

With the win, Meyer's fourth of the year, Meyer could possibly reenter the National Championship chase. Nonetheless, Meyer still says he's just racing for fun this year.

"As long as we stay in the top 10, have fun, and not humiliate ourselves, is we'll be happy," stated Meyer. "[Rick] Santos (defending four time Champion), that guy, I'd put my money on him every time. Those guys are awesome. They might be stumbling a little bit now, but they will be back. Those guys are still the class of the field. I'm happy to still by mentioned with those guys."

Meyer was also happy to pick up the win for his new sponsor, InsideFMRacing.com, a new site featuring coverage from the Federal Mogul classes.

"We just picked up a new sponsor this weekend, InsideFMRacing.com," stated Meyer. "I think if they can get this magazine off the ground, we would be glad to help with it. It will be great to inform the fans, and I think it will be a plus to the entire class. We're just proud to be associated with that. Will Hanna [editor] is a champion in his own right, he started out doing press releases, and has really got off the ground with that. I think it will wind up being a really good deal."

-JayMeyerRacing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shelly Howard , Jim Morris