Duel at Dodge City: Meyers fights his way to two top-five finishes Dodge City, Kansas is infamous in American culture for its history as a violent frontier town in the Old West. Today there may not be showdowns in the street, but this weekend ...
Duel at Dodge City: Meyers fights his way to two top-five finishes
Dodge City, Kansas is infamous in American culture for its history as a violent frontier town in the Old West. Today there may not be showdowns in the street, but this weekend there were two at Dodge City Raceway Park. With the World of Outlaws in town, there was a face-off of epic proportions as the stars of the series confronted each other in the Boot Hill Showdown. Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing crew were up to the challenge as they faced the outlaws and walked away with two top-five finishes.
Starlight Showdown: Under the lights Meyers takes fifth
When the first duel at Dodge City took place, Meyers narrowly missed making the dash. As a result the #14 GLR Investments KPC would start the feature event in the 11th position, but over the 30-lap event Meyers would fight through the field.
On the drop of the green flag, Meyers quickly moved his way into the top-ten on Lap 1. On the second orbit of the oval, Meyers would get past Sam Hafertepe for the 9th position. Meyers quickly set his sights on Jac Haudenschild and got past him on Lap 4. After taking the 8th, position Meyers began chasing down Craig Dollansky.
On Lap 10, Meyers would get on the inside of the #7 car, but Dollansky would hold him off. Five laps later, Meyers would try once again in the low line and was able to pick up the 7th running spot. The next target Meyers was eyeing, was Schatz in the 6th position. Meyers quickly cut the two second margin between the two down to .400ths of a second. Meyers would take the 6th position in the closing laps as he first got around Paul McMahan, just after Schatz took 5th from the #91 car.
Once again Meyers found himself tracking down Schatz with just five laps left in the race. On Lap 28, Meyers would dive to the inside of Schatz to take away the 5th position. Meyers would hold on to pick up his 13th top-five finish of the season, while Sammy Swindell would take the victory.
"We got a little behind tonight," stated Meyers after the feature event. "We were a little off in qualifying and unfortunately it came back to haunt us in the heat race, when we did not make the dash. We put our heads down and went to work trying to pick up as many spots as we could in the feature. We will take what we have learned tonight and will work hard to have a better race tomorrow night."
High Noon Showdown: Meyers secures second
After the second night of racing was rained out, an old Western high noon showdown was taking shape as the race would be rescheduled for Sunday afternoon. This time Meyers would find himself in a better position as he would start third in the feature in his #14 GLR Investments KPC. Quickly a yellow flag and red flag would come out, and Meyers found himself starting on the pole after Joey Saldana, the original pole sitter, was penalized for having too many crewmembers on the track during the red flag.
When the green flag flew, Meyers would jet out into the lead with Saldana, and Lucas Wolfe in his tire tracks. Another yellow flag would fly on Lap 6, slowing the racing action. On the restart, Meyers would choose the inside line. Saldana was stalking Meyers and was able to dive to the low line on Lap 10 to take away the lead. Meyers would hold of Wolfe, until the red flag flew for a multi-car incident. Saldana would restart in the low line, but Meyers was strong up high and re-took the lead on Lap 12.
When another caution flag flew on Lap 13, Meyers would choose the low side to restart in with Saldana, Wolfe, Steve Kinser, and Jason Sides chasing him. On the restart, Meyers would keep the lead. Saldana would gain on him and the two would battle for the top spot. On Lap 21, Saldana would get to the side of Meyers, but not before the yellow flag flew yet again.
On the final restart, Meyers would move to the top groove. When the green flag was unfurled, Saldana would get the edge on Meyers and retake the lead. Saldana would pull out to over a 2 second lead, while Meyers held off Wolfe. With the final caution coming out on Lap 28, Meyers had one more shot at the win. When racing action resumed, Saldana would go high with Meyers challenging him down low. Meyers would try to chase down Saldana, but ran out of laps. Saldana would go on to win with Meyers in second, Wolfe, Steve Kinser, and Paul McMahan rounded out the top-five.
With his second place finish at Dodge City, Meyers would claim his 14th top-five and 9th podium finish this season. As a result Meyers holds on to the 2nd position in the point standings just 32 markers behind Joey Saldana
"I knew what I needed to do and made the wrong choice," said Meyers. "It's an embarrassment to give that one away on the restart there and I gave Joey (Saldana) the race back. It was a real big mistake, but there's nothing we can do about it, but learn from it now and move on. Being the leader, you were better off restarting on the bottom for sure. The bottom is where you needed to be and I made the wrong decision. We had a good car here tonight thanks to DDNI, GLR Investments, Media Tile, TriQuint, Elite Landscaping and everyone who is behind us. I wish we would have got the win for our sponsors. There are a lot of people who make this happen. Prize money alone does not pay the bills. Guy (Stockbridge) and Chris (Luck), my two partners on the team, they work hard with all these sponsors on this car to give us what we need to compete. We have to dig deep and battle back next week. All the tracks coming up are ones we do well at. We're looking forward to the up coming races, getting some good runs, and trying to get back on top of the points."
Up Next for Elite Racing.... Next up for Elite Racing is Kasey Kahne's King of Sedalia at Missouri State Fair Speedway on Wednesday, June 16. After the team will be traveling North to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota for two nights of racing on Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19.
-source: elite racing