A Classic Weekend: Meyers tightens points standings with second place finish at Knoxville Raceway At Knoxville Raceway there was prestige in the air as the Inaugural Hall of Fame Classic took center stage. With all the greats from the...
A Classic Weekend: Meyers tightens points standings with second place finish at Knoxville Raceway
At Knoxville Raceway there was prestige in the air as the Inaugural Hall of Fame Classic took center stage. With all the greats from the sprint car racing world who came to Knoxville Raceway this weekend for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Induction, there were not only notable racers on the track making history, but there were also racing greats and their families in the stands watching the action unfold. This weekend Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team raced and celebrated with some of the true legends of the sport. On the first night of action, the normal format was in play, but on the second night a new format challenged both drivers and teams alike, before the third night of racing action fell victim to rain.
Night 1 - The Mediacom Shootout
Jason Meyers would begin the weekend in Knoxville in his #14 GLR Investments KPC in the second position after claiming that starting spot in the dash. When the shootout began, Meyers got shuffled back to third position, but quickly retook the second spot from Sammy Swindell on Lap 3. The duo would wage quite a battle as Swindell fought back with a slide job on the bottom to retake second place, but Meyers would continue to skirmish with Swindell for the position during the early laps of the race, while Brooke Tatnell lead the pack.
With Swindell and Meyers contending for second and third, Joey Saldana caught up with the two and joined the fray. Saldana would get past both Meyers and Swindell, leaving the two to dispute the third position. On Lap 17, Meyers slid under Swindell for the final time, established himself in the third position, and started pursuing the leaders.
By the 20th lap of the 25 lap event, the top three were nose-to-tail and Meyers was on the move. First he began working on Saldana, then the two battled side-by-side for the second position. In the closing laps, Meyers would get around Saldana and set his sights on Tatnell out front. On the last lap, Meyers was able to get under Tatnell going into the first turn, but could not get enough of a run off of the second turn to take the lead. Drag racing down the backstretch, Meyers would try once again coming off of the fourth turn. At the line, Tatnell won by a slim 0.761-second margin over Meyers.
"It was a little too late. On the bottom of one and two with one lap to go we really made some time up," Meyers stated after the exciting finish. "I went in there with a shot at Brooke (Tatnell), but I just could not get enough angle going through the turns to make the pass."
As a result of tonight's finish Meyers moves back to second in the point standings just 19 points behind Saldana. This was Meyers' 12th top-five finish of the season and the 8th time that the Elite Racing squad has finished in the top-two this season.
"My guys did a great job tonight and gave me great car to drive," Meyers stated. "This DDNI, GLR, Elite Landscaping, Media Tile car has been great all year. I don't want to keep running second and third every night, but it does help us gather the points that we need. We did learn a lot for tomorrow night as well. It was a good night for us and a great tune-up for Nationals and the rest of the weekend."
Night 2 - The Hall of Fame Classic Presented by Mediacom
Special rules were in place for the second night of racing. The top-twenty cars finishing positions from night one were inverted, and Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing crew found themselves starting in the 19th position for the feature event. On the initial drop of the green flag, Meyers picked up several positions and by the time the 4th lap was completed he had climbed to the 17th position. After a fierce battle with both Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser, Meyers worked his way into the top-fifteen.
The turning point for Meyers on Friday night was a restart on Lap 23. The first time the green flag was unfurled Meyers found a gap in the line and expertly passed several cars. Unfortunately, the yellow flag was displayed a second time because of a car jumping the start. On the second restart, the other drivers had seen the line Meyers used and several drivers tried to mimic it. As a result Meyers got caught up in the shuffle and lost two positions. At the end of the 25 lap feature Meyers brought his #14 Elite Racing KPC home in the 17th position.
"On that last restart, everyone had seen the line I used on the previously so when the field saw the green flag, there was a fight for real estate," explained Meyers. "Thankfully it was not a points race and we were able to test out a few things on the car that I really think will help us out for Nationals."
Up Next for Elite Racing....
In a game of chance, on June 12 and 13 Jason Meyers and his Elite Race team will be traveling west to Dodge City, Kansas for Boot Hill Casino Night at Dodge City Raceway Park.
-source: elite racing