MEYERS RECORDS "UNHEARD OF" VICTORY IN LAS VEGAS Las Vegas is a destination that people travel to hoping that luck will be on their side. It was no different for Jason Meyers and Elite Racing as they pulled into the Dirt...
MEYERS RECORDS "UNHEARD OF" VICTORY IN LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas is a destination that people travel to hoping that luck will be on their side. It was no different for Jason Meyers and Elite Racing as they pulled into the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the World of Outlaw's Las Vegas Super Sprint Classic. Some may have wrote Meyers' night off after he qualified in the eighteenth position, but he proved that luck was in fact on his side with a breath-taking move with just two laps left in the event to take the victory.
"I don't think I have ever won a race from that far back and I don't know when the last time an Outlaws race was won from that far back," Meyers expressed in Victory Lane. "We went out and were trying to get a top-five on a night that had kind of gone backwards on us. The guys gave me one heck of a race car and there was a great track tonight. My hat's off to my team."
Friday night's win was extraordinary for not only the fashion in which Meyers won the event, but for the significance it had for his team. On Tuesday morning as the team was leaving for the event, Meyers' Crew Chief D.J. Lindsay received the news that his father-in-law Jim Boyd had passed away.
"We had a lot going in here tonight with the loss of Jim Boyd, a great friend to the team," expressed Meyers. "We're going to miss him dearly and this one is for him. We had a lot riding on tonight. D.J.'s (Lindsey, crew chief) wife asked me to go out and win this one tonight and I told her I would do my best. It means a lot and this one is for the entire Boyd family."
When the Friday night thriller began, it started with an up-hill battle. Early in the evening the team encountered a fuel cell problem which put them behind in their preparations for qualifying, but the team did not let that discourage them. They just kept working throughout the night and by the time the main event lined up both Meyers and his #14 GLR Investments KPC were ready for their climb from the back of the pack.
Meyers began the A main from the ninth row, but did not stay in the eighteenth position for long. By the time the first yellow flag of the event waved on lap-11, Meyers had methodically worked his way into the top-ten, but he did not stop there. Meyers, who was strong on restarts, took advantage of each double file restart picking up a few positions each time the race resumed. By the time the second caution happened on the 17th lap of the event, Meyers was up to sixth and closing on a top-five finish.
"The car took off really good on restarts," stated Meyers. "The tires stayed aired up and the car took off and I was able to get quite a few cars there. I don't know if I was a fan of these double file restarts, but they seem to be working out for me."
When racing action resumed, Meyers dove under Jason Sides and Joey Saldana to pick up the third position. With Donny Schatz having a sizable lead and nine laps to go, Meyers began to chase the 2008 series champion down and second place running Steve Kinser. Gaining ground in traffic Meyers changed his driving line and with 7 laps remaining he stole the runner-up spot from Kinser.
The last 2 laps of the Super Sprint Classic will be remembered as some of the most exhilarating in World of Outlaws competition. With just 5 laps to go Meyers had reeled in Schatz in traffic and was battling for the lead. Schatz was up on the cushion and Meyers had his #14 GLR Investments sprint working in the lower groove. On lap-28 Meyers made his move on the inside of turns one and two and opened up a little breathing room for himself, but not for long. On the white flag lap Kinser took the second spot and caught Meyers going into the final two turns of the race. Kinser took the lead momentarily going into turn three, but Meyers pulled to the inside in the fourth turn. As the two drag raced with the checkered flag looming in the distance, Meyers fought back and edged out Kinser to the line by just 0.237 seconds. Schatz would have to settle for the third position while Sides and Tim Kaeding would round out the top-five.
"I had to try to not get too excited and miss the bottom," said Meyers. "I made the wrong move going and taking the white flag. I shouldn't have gone across (Fred) Rahmer like that and knew I would be in trouble when I came off (turn) two and I thought it would be Donny (Schatz) not Steve (Kinser). Steve ran down in there and went across the corner. I'm lucky he didn't get his car stopped in time to hit the bottom allowing me to get back by him. My guys gave me a great race car. This is great. A great start to the season and this is where we wanted to be. I'm looking forward to this summer."
This was Meyer's first victory with the Outlaws in 2010 and his 36th career A main victory with the World of Outlaws. Meyers also picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award for his remarkable victory from the eighteenth starting spot, which also made history as the furthest anyone had started and won at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This victory also moved Meyers into the fourth position in the 2010 point standings.
Up Next for the Elite Race Team
Meyers and the Elite Race Team will be return to action on Friday, March 5 at the Groppetti Thunderbowl in Tulare, California for the first of two nights on the high-banked 1/3-mile. With this being Meyer's home track and with momentum on his side it promises to be another unforgettable race for the whole team.
"We always enjoy going to Tulare," said Meyers. "There are great people there and a great facility. There are so many people we enjoy seeing there. I've never won a World of Outlaws race at Tulare, so maybe we can get the monkey off our back this week."