Three ahead: Meyers in Championship form in Iowa and Minnesota "How you finish the deal is by doing the little things correctly" (Brett Favre). The countdown has begun. There are just 8 races left in the 2010 World of Outlaws season, and Jason...
Three ahead: Meyers in Championship form in Iowa and Minnesota
"How you finish the deal is by doing the little things correctly" (Brett Favre). The countdown has begun. There are just 8 races left in the 2010 World of Outlaws season, and Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team are in perfect form. This weekend with two top-ten runs and valuable qualifying points, Meyers was able to take the top spot of the point standings. Right now he holds the lead by three minuscule markers over Joey Saldana. While the point race is one of the hottest in racing, Meyers and Elite Racing are concentrating on each track before them and concentrating on making the best of each time they set a tire out on the playing field.
Speed pays off at Clay County Speedway
This season qualifying points have helped keep Elite Racing in the title chase and no where was this more apparent than at Clay County Speedway on Friday night. With a third place qualifying run, Meyers would take the point lead from Joey Saldana and hold on to it. After failing to make the dash though, "Hot Foot" would have to make up positions in the feature to stay ahead.
At the beginning of the 30-lap feature, Meyers would fall back from his 11th place starting spot to 13th. Over the early laps, the Californian would trade positions with Craig Dollansky several times for the 12th position. Over the race Meyers stood strong during several restarts and tried to make up what ground he could.
With five laps to go Meyers made a pass on Lucas Wolfe to move his way into the top-ten. With Jason Sides having issues in the closing laps, "Hot Foot" would jet past him to pick up the 9th position. With one lap to go Meyers would pick up his battle with Dollansky, but would run out of time and settle for a ninth finishing spot while Jac Haudenschild went on to record his fourth victory of the season. The finish would put Meyers five points ahead going into Saturday night.
"I try to correct myself quickly and try not to think about the points," Stated Meyers. "We are just trying to win races and put the car in front as much as we can. Then we just have to wait and see how it shakes out in early November. Right now, we have a great team behind us and great sponsors in Elite Landscaping, GLR Investments, Media Tile, and TriQuint. Brian and Glen are doing a great job at the track and with Charlie Garrett horsepower we will try to keep putting the car up front. That way points will take care of themselves."
One away at Deer Creek Speedway
It seemed like the number two would follow Meyers and his Elite Racing team throughout most of the night at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota. After being second in time trials, picking up valuable points, and then finishing second in his heat race, Meyers was ready to shine in the feature. As a result of the dash "Hot Foot" would start 5th in the main event.
Meyers would use some quick caution flags in the first three laps of the race to get to the inside of Donny Schatz and move up into the 3rd position. After a red flag on Lap 4, Meyers would fall back to 4th when Paul McMahan got to his outside on the restart. In traffic Meyers would close on his fellow Californian driver, but a yellow flag on Lap 15 would impede his progress.
Lined up fourth for restart, Meyers would soar into the second position and try to track leader Joey Saldana down in traffic. In the last 15 laps Meyers would try everything he could to get past Saldana with lapped cars all around. Meyers would get under him in turns one and two, but was not able to get enough of an edge to execute a slide job on the Hoosier.
On Lap 24, Meyers would get under Saldana in Turns 3 and 4, and lead that lap, but Saldana battled back. The two fought tooth and nail, side-by-side for the top position, but Meyers could not get enough of an edge to make the pass. With the Checkered Flag in the air Meyers would try one last time and come up 0.216 of a second short at the finish line. Saldana may have taken the win, but Meyers would keep the point lead as qualifying points bolstered him 3 markers ahead of Saldana at the end of the night.
"On the final restart I was excited when Joey (Saldana) chose the top line because I got such a good restart last time," explained Meyers. "When the leader goes, you can go. I just should have gone a little harder on him I think. I was going in there trying not to miss the rubber and not let him have a chance to get back underneath me. I knew better than that. I knew Joey would hang it out on the outside. Everybody here did a great job tonight. From 5th to 2nd was a great run for us. We had a great race track here tonight and I hope the fans enjoyed it. I am sure they saw one heck of a race there. We will come back next week and get them. We only have 8 races left and it looks like the race is going to go right down to the end. The top 3 in points are the top 3 here tonight and that is what World of Outlaw Sprint Car racing is all about. I have to thank my guys, Charlie Garrett and everyone who is working so hard. Chris (Luck), Guy (Stockbridge), and all our sponsors, we are trying to make this work. We are going to fight down right to the end and try to take this championship home to California."
The point championship for the World of Outlaws will resume when Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team travel to Eldora Speedway on Friday, September 24. The following night the team will travel back into posse country as they take on Lernerville Speedway on Saturday, September 25.
-source: elite racing