Jay Meyer Racing
First round redlight ends Meyer's title bid
NOBLE, Okla. - Over the past few years, Thunder Valley Raceway Park just outside of Oklahoma City hasn't been kind to NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer. In '99 he did not qualify, then in 2000 had his National Championship hopes ended in the semifinals. This year he had his bid for a repeat Division 4 Championship ended in the first round when his brakes would not hold the car in the staging beams, resulting in a redlight disqualification and automatic win for his opponent, Troy Buff.
Meyer, from Freeport, Texas, qualified his Blown Alcohol Dragster fourth with a 5.554 second elapsed time at 253.87 mph. In his first round matchup with Buff, Meyer began to roll through the staging beams due to his clutch getting too hot after waiting on Buff to stage. Meyer redlighted by a mere .005 of a second, and cites Buff's hesitance to stage as the primary factor for his loss.
"It was just a bad week," said Meyer. "My niece was killed the Friday before, and my heart really wasn't in it this weekend. I went up there and made a mistake, I forgot who I was racing. He left me hanging in the lights like he does everybody. He's widely known for that, I guess that's why he gets 'driver of the year' every year because he is so good at messing with people. I guess some people will do whatever to win. If that is the way they want to race, we'll remember it, and put that in the back of our mind."
"He left me there for over six seconds on the computer," Meyer continued. "The clutch got hot, and started dragging, and I couldn't hold it. The top light went out, and we wound up with a .395 redlight. That's drag racing, stuff like that happens. When people intentionally mess with you, it kind of ticks you off. I'm real good at not forgetting."
With everything that has happened over the past few weeks for the Meyer team, and the National Championship out of the picture, Meyer is undecided on whether he will attend next weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas.
"With all the stuff that has went on, I'm not even sure I'm going to go," stated Meyer. "My heart's just not in it. To win one of these races, you have got to have that edge. I'll decide towards the latter part of the week. We have a lot of business stuff going on, we're pretty busy. I don't know if there is any advantage to try to end the year on a better note after what happened this weekend. We'll probably decide Thursday after I talk to 'the boys' and see. As of right now, I'm just not in the 'racing mood.'"
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