JASON MEYERS TAKES BULLS GAP BY THE HORNS This weekend Jason Meyers took on Kasey's King of Bulls Gap presented by Budweiser and on the second night emerged as the King. Meyers is currently the only driver to have finished in the top-ten in...
JASON MEYERS TAKES BULLS GAP BY THE HORNS
This weekend Jason Meyers took on Kasey's King of Bulls Gap presented by Budweiser and on the second night emerged as the King. Meyers is currently the only driver to have finished in the top-ten in every World of Outlaws race this season. Also on the strength of three victories, Meyers was able to take the points lead on the second night of racing at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee.
Night One: Meyers keeps his top-ten streak going
On Friday night, Meyers' evening started out very promising, but track conditions would challenge the #14 Elite Race team. During Qualifying, Meyers was one of the drivers to beat the track's previous record and looked to be the one to hold on to it, but a late run by NASCAR star Kasey Kane kept Meyers from the record by just 0.020 of a second.
"We had a pretty good start for tonight, but the track needs to widen out," Meyers stated." The competition this year is very strong. My guys have been working really hard and have been giving me great race cars. With two wins on the season, it has been a great start and we are hunting for the championship."
After claiming the fifth starting position in the dash, Meyers started the feature on a track that was challenging and tough to pass on. During the early stages of the race Meyers fought hard with a trio from Kasey Kahne Racing. First it was Paul McMahan, and then Kasey himself battling Meyers for a spot in the top-five. Then Brad Sweet took his turn battling with Meyers for fifth. In the closing laps, Donny Schatz was able to get around Meyers for the sixth spot, which relegated Meyers to a seventh place finish.
"I told someone today that the best part of this race is when the checkered flag flies and you can finally take a breath," Meyers explained. "This place is fast, wide open, and tight. Eight laps go by quickly and so do thirty-five. You kind of go out there and lay it out there for the entire race, and we hope to do just that tomorrow night. This place has gone green to checkered a few times we have raced here, so it should be a good race for the fans. Hopefully we can put this car up front tomorrow night and give the fans a great show. We have had great racing all year and tomorrow night should not be any different."
Night Two: Meyers holds on for his third victory of the season
After what some would say was a disappointing night for the #14 GLR Investments KPC, Meyers and his Elite Racing team returned to the track on Saturday with a renewed enthusiasm. That fervor paid off as Meyers would end his evening in Victory Lane.
"After last night we dug down deep," explained Meyers. "I've got to have one of the best teams in the pit area, if not the best. They work so hard and everyone is pulling together and working together to give me the best race car that they can. My hat is off to them. They make my job look easy."
After setting quick time and finishing fourth in the dash, Meyers was ready to take on Saturday night's main event. It did not take long for Meyers to make his charge into the top-three. By the time the first caution flag flew on the night at lap 7, Meyers had got past Dollansky for third and was setting his eye on Lance Dewease who was in the lead. When racing action got resumed after a red flag and a second yellow, Meyers began stalking Dewease for the lead.
"It kind of worked to my advantage," Meyers commented about the restarts. "I wasn't getting off the bottom very well and I got two or three chances to do it a little bit differently. Those restarts are always tough. Once it goes single file that make it a little easier. It certainly was nerve wracking and I imagine it was even more for Lance (Dewease)."
On lap 14, while working traffic diligently Meyers stole the lead away from Dewease with a move in the outside line in turn 2 and pulled away leaving Dwease to battle for second with Brad Sweet. From that point, Meyers held on to the lead and would extend it over the final portion of the 35-lap event.
"The car was great," Meyers stated. "A lot of the guys were kind around the middle and the bottom and I could run the top or the middle. I actually wasn't too good on the bottom where most cars were good. It was another great race car tonight and these guys keep making it happen for us."
Meyers would go on to win the race by over a three second margin over Dewease. Sweet would take third while Paul McMahan and Steve Kinser would round out the top-five.
"World of Outlaws wins are always big," Meyers expressed in Victory Lane. "My guys are doing a heck of a job. It was a long ride to the hotel last night and a long ride back here this morning. We were really upset with ourselves last night. But these guys keep digging. We could not do this without everybody who helps out with the team and all our fans out there. Thank you to Kasey and Budweiser for putting this on. The track was one lane last night, but it was great tonight."
Saturday night Meyers celebrated his 38th World of Outlaws victory and his third of the season. As a result Meyers currently holds the points lead by five markers over Steve Kinser.
Up Next for Elite Racing....
After a two week break, The World of Outlaws and Elite Racing will return to action on Saturday, April 10 at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Oklahoma.
-source: elite racing