Gateway: Jay Meyer qualifying

MADISON, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer seems like a man on a mission. Not only on a mission to pick up his third straight national event win this weekend's Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway just ...

MADISON, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer seems like a man on a mission. Not only on a mission to pick up his third straight national event win this weekend's Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway just outside of St. Louis, but to further dispel any doubt of his driving ability after suffering a horrendous crash at Houston in February. After qualifying No. 1 with an elapsed time of 5.428 seconds at 256 mph, and setting low e.t. of the first round, so far, mission accomplished.

After qualifying No. 1, Meyer was scheduled to run No. 16 qualifier Brian Badgett. Badgett could not make the call, giving Meyer a single. Meyer continued his dominance by running low e.t. of the round with a 5.485 at 256.50 mph. That run will give Meyer lane choice over his second round opponent, Jeff Hamelink.

"We're just going to leave it alone," said Meyer. "We think we have a pretty good tune-up. We haven't changed a jet all weekend. We have had a problem with our data recorder, so on that .42 we ran we didn't have any computer read out. We spun the tires a little bit out there in the middle, so we might calm it down just a touch. I think we'll be alright."

In Atlanta, Meyer's last national event, he used consistent 5.40's to pick up the win. Meyer feels that he should be able to maintain that pace tomorrow due to better track conditions this weekend.

"I think this track is better," stated Meyer. "We've been getting after it a lot more. I expected it to be not much of a racetrack, but it's a really good one. I really like it here, it's a nice facility, and it's been very enjoyable so far."

"That cold front has already moved through here, and the weather conditions are just going to get hotter, so I don't look or us to run much faster," continued Meyer. "We're just going to try to do like we did in Atlanta: be consistent, and not beat ourselves. If we run somebody where we need to step it up, then we might, but otherwise stick to our guns."

Final eliminations begin tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.

-JayMeyerRacing.com

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