Meyers Looks to Continue Success at K-C Raceway
Jason Meyers nearly has a perfect record in World of Outlaws competition at K-C Raceway in Ohio. He has competed at the high-banked 3/8-mile three times during his career and has finished third or better in all three of the events, including a win in 2004, when he charged from the 11th starting spot to earn the triumph.
He will have a chance to add to these totals on Saturday, July 28 as the World of Outlaws compete at the pristine track owned by veteran sprint car driver Jim Nier for the seventh event of the "SuperClean Summer of Money" on ESPN2.
"It's always a great race track," said Meyers, driver of the Primerica Financial Maxim. "Jim Nier and his group do a great job with the track and we always look forward to going there, as long as Mother Nature cooperates."
Meyers chuckles when asked what the key is to being fast at K-C Raceway. In the three times that he has visited the high-banked 3/8-mile the track has been a little different each time. He is quick to note how perfectly manicured the surface is each and every time the World of Outlaws come to town and the two and three-wide that it produces.
"I've been there when that place is right again the curb and I won there when it was right up there," he noted. "You have to be wide open, but you have to be close and not go over that edge. Part of the key is staying on the race track. It's a little bit different that some of the places we go to, but we seem to always do well there."
The event on Saturday, July 28 at K-C Raceway will wrap-up a very busy stretch for the World of Outlaws that began at Lernerville Speedway last week and saw the series compete eight times in an 11 day period at five tracks in four states as well as their first visit to Canada in 25 years. During that demanding stretch, Meyers won at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York, which was the perfect reward for his crew that has put in countless hours driving from track-to-track and making sure he has a fast car each night.
"They have done an excellent job and I can't say enough about them," said Meyers, when referring to his crew, led by veteran Crew Chief D.J. Lindsey. "They always keep their heads up no matter what happened the night before and they are 100 percent focused on the car the next day."
Meyers began action on July 27, sixth in championship points, on the strength of four A-Feature wins and 32 Top-10 finishes. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash five times this season to earn the same number of pole positions, as well as setting fast time in time trials on four occasions. He credits a large part of this to one of the most important intangibles in all of racing and that is a team that gets along and works well together.
"They believe in me and stand behind me 100% and I stand behind them," said the native of Clovis, California. "We just have good chemistry and that is very important out here. That is hard to get sometimes. I've been able to achieve that and hopefully we can keep this team together for a long time."
After a busy second East Coast swing of the season, Meyers and his team will have a few days away from the track. While they will try to catch up on some sleep and daily tasks away from the track, their minds will be on racing, as they will use some of the time to get ready for next weekend's pair of events at Charter Raceway in Wisconsin, which will wrap-up the "SuperClean Summer of Money," as well as the Knoxville Nationals the following weekend.
"It will be nice to have a few days away from the track, but you never know what will come up," he shared. "We will start to prepare for the Nationals and look forward to getting to the shop in Jacksonville. We also will start preparing for our run out west, and when we head out there, we will get to go home for a couple of days."
Meyers and his team will compete on Friday night at I-96 Speedway in Michigan, where he has two straight seventh-place finishes. Following the event, they will have a very demanding 334-mile overnight drive southeast to K-C Raceway, though being a veteran of the sport, Meyers is used to many late nights and he points out what the key is to staying fresh.
"The key is to get some rest," explained the always optimistic driver. "Hopefully you have a good night on Friday and don't tear anything up and can have a routine day of maintenance on Saturday morning. Drives like that are always tough on the crews and the drivers and you as soon as the race is over on Friday you try to get out of there and down there and get some rest to make sure you are ready for the next day."