Memphis Jay Meyer looks to overcome rules change

MEMPHIS, TN-Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer will be looking for his third straight Division 4 win this weekend at the next stop on the Division 4 tour at Memphis Motorsports Park. Just last week Meyer won the Gatornationals in ...

MEMPHIS, TN-Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer will be looking for his third straight Division 4 win this weekend at the next stop on the Division 4 tour at Memphis Motorsports Park. Just last week Meyer won the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, and regained the national points lead. Meyer also has a commanding point lead in the division.

The Memphis race will present a new challenge for the Freeport, Texas based team. NHRA placed an indefinite moratorium on the C model PSI supercharger, which Meyer and a number of other top blown alcohol teams have been running this year, prior to last weeks Gatornationals. Meyer was forced to run the D model PSI, which makes less boost than the C model.

"Now the A/fuel cars are going to affect us quite a bit. The C blower is certainly better than the D blower. We figured it out pretty quick in Gainesville, but we had pretty good air there too. We ran a 5.46 and Art [Gallant] ran a 5.33. There is a huge gap there that has to be filled. We got lucky and beat Gallant on a holeshot, but you are not going to do that consistently. We definitely need the C blowers back. Everyone needs to send letters in to NHRA to let them know that we need our weapon back to be able to deal with the A/fuel cars. If we (the blown cars) are not allowed to have the technology available to us, we might as well stay home," said Meyer.

The quickest blown pass with a C model supercharger was Rick Santos' 5.31 in Phoenix earlier this year. The quickest pass ever with the D model was a 5.39 ran last year by Santos as well.

"Santos showed what the C blower can do. Its not going to run any better than the A/fuel cars, but it will run as fast as they are, and give us a shot at winning. The A/fuel guys are even for this, so that NHRA doesn't hit them with weight to slow them down, and make them change their combination. We all want to go faster, and the C blower is the answer to that. It only makes sense that they let us have it back," Meyer said.

The last time Meyer raced at this track, in 1996, Meyer made it to the finals where he was beat by Darrell Russell. If Meyer is able to win in Memphis, he will have won three out of the six Division 4 races this year, and be one step closer to a Division Championship, that he hasn't won since 1986.

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