Gold Strike: Jason Meyers and Elite Racing keep the Gold Cup in California Saturday night, there may have been more than 49 prospectors on the track, but at the end of the evening Jason Meyers was the one who struck gold. The last time that a ...
Gold Strike: Jason Meyers and Elite Racing keep the Gold Cup in California
Saturday night, there may have been more than 49 prospectors on the track, but at the end of the evening Jason Meyers was the one who struck gold. The last time that a Californian had won the Gold Cup Race of Champions was 21 years ago, but Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team broke the streak. Going into the night's main event, Meyers was on the pole in his #14 DDNI KPC and with 40 laps around Silver Dollar Speedway sitting before him, he knew all he would have to do is drive a clean race to take the 57th Gold Cup Race of Champions and he did just that.
As a result of Meyers two top-five finishes and setting quick time in the first two nights of racing action, the Californian led the point standings going into the main event. As a result Meyers would start the race from the pole position. Lined up to his outside was Jason Sides. When the Green Flag was unfurled, Sides would try to make a move to Meyers inside, but before it could be settled the Yellow Flag would come out.
On the restart, Meyers would choose the inside line and when the race resumed Meyers would take the lead on Lap 1 and never look back. "Hot Foot" quickly opened up a 2 second lead by lap 5 and was just encountering lapped traffic for the first time when racing action was slowed again on Lap 9.
As the field jumped back into action, Paul McMahan would get past Sides to take over the 2nd position. Meyers would hold on to the lead even through lapped traffic. McMahan would close several times and the duo would run nose-to-tail, but the #14 GLR Investments KPC was the dominant car.
Meyers and McMahan would put on a show at the front of the pack in traffic. There were several breaks in racing action, but on each restart Meyers would choose the inside lane and then once the Green Flag flew the two would pick up where they left off. A few times McMahan was able to nearly take the lead coming off of Turn 4, but Meyers would battle back every time beating McMahan to the line.
The race would end with a Green, White, Checkered situation and Meyers was up to the challenge. With a clear race track in front of him "Hot Foot" put the pedal to the metal leaving McMahan and Steve Kinser to decide who would finish second. At the line Meyers would cross it 0.964 of a second in front of the two. Kinser would go on to finish second with McMahan taking home the third position.
"To win the Gold Cup is absolutely awesome," said Meyers. "To be on the list of drivers that have won this prestigious race over the years is pretty incredible. Growing up out here, I won my first ever sprint car race at this race track in the Mini Gold Cup. We finally have the Gold Cup. This is amazing. I had a good car and it was taking off great on the restarts. I just got into a groove and just found a line that worked great for the car."
Meyers not only broke the streak of not having a Californian win the Gold Cup since 1989, but he also became only the 3rd Californian in history to win the title. Meyers would take home a $50,000 payday along with the cup and most importantly add his name to the racing legends who have won the Gold Cup.
"We want to bring this championship home to California," Meyers stated. "Winning this race is just the first step toward doing that. My guys Brian (Bloomfield) and Glen (Beaton) are doing a great job on the car. My three biggest fans are at home tonight, my wife Robyn, Delaney and my new daughter Presley. I have to say hi to them. Chris Luck and Guy Stockbridge my car owners, Charlie Garrett at home, everyone works so hard on this team. We are having fun out here and as a result we are winning races. Winning is fun, but we have been having fun out here win, lose or draw and that is what is turning this program around right now. There are so many people out there who make this happen and put this car on the race track: GLR Investments, Elite Landscaping, DDNI TriQuint, Tarlton and Sons. To the fans out there who have supported me for years, thank you and we are going to do our best to bring the championship home."
"This is a race we have wanted to win for a long time," said Co-Team Owner Chris Luck. "Jason (Meyers) and Guy (Stockbridge) started this team and I am so lucky they let me be a part of it. I am just so proud of our team. This has been on our list for a long time and I want to thank Brian Bloomfield, Glen Beaton, Sam Matthews, Rene North, and everyone that stands behind this team. Charlie Garrett creates great horsepower for us. I just cannot tell you how excited I am for this team to be from California and win the Gold Cup."
With just two points separating Jason Meyers and Joey Saldana in the point standings, the battle to the championship is on. The race for the title will resume Friday night September 17 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa. After one night in the Hawkeye State Meyers and his Elite Racing team will travel north to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota for a single event on Saturday night September 18.