Jason Meyers ends Independence Day Weekend with fireworks While most of the nation was getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team were making some of their own fireworks on the track. In ...
Jason Meyers ends Independence Day Weekend with fireworks While most of the nation was getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team were making some of their own fireworks on the track. In racing, fireworks take on a different shape with speeds as quick as bottle rockets zooming into the sky and metal glimmering under the lights like sparklers. With each race this week, Meyers' star rose as each checkered flag flew. Then on the final night of racing action, he scored his seventh victory of the 2010 World of Outlaws season.
Meyers sits Sixth at Sedalia
This week's racing action began at Missouri State Fair Speedway with Meyers setting quick time in qualifying in his #14 GLR Investments KPC. In the dash, he secured the fifth starting position for the night's main event. When the feature began, Meyers quickly chased down Donny Schatz who was running in the fourth position.
The first caution flag flew on Lap 5 and on the restart Meyers found himself defending his fifth place running spot as Kraig Kinser was quickly pursuing him. On Lap 6, Meyers would lose the position to Kinser, but two laps later he fought back retaking the fifth position.
On Lap 15, there was a series of yellow and red flags which slowed the race. When racing action resumed with a single file restart, Wayne Johnson dove to the inside of Meyers and took away fifth place. With five laps remaining, Meyers was chasing Johnson, but with slick conditions on the track, Meyers would settle for sixth place, while Jason Sides went on to take the victory.
As a result of tonight's sixth place finish, Meyers takes the point lead for the Showdown for the Bud Crown, which is a special point championship that includes races at Bulls Gap and Sedalia. Going into the finale of the showdown at Lasalle Speedway in Illinois next week, Meyers holds a 36-point lead over Paul McMahan. The top-three finishers after Lasalle will split a $15,000 purse for the four-race mini-series.
"Tonight especially towards the end of the race, it was hard to pass with all the rubber down on the track," stated Meyers. "It was a solid run for us and put us on top of the Showdown for the Bud Crown. I am looking forward to getting to Lasalle Speedway. Thanks to the hard work from my crew and partners, we are in good shape going into the final race for the showdown."
On Thursday night at Husets Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing crew took center stage again, setting quick time for the second night in a row and earning valuable bonus points. During the dash, Meyers secured the third starting position for the feature event. When the green flag flew, Meyers lost the third position, but he quickly began working on Sammy Swindell to take back the position.
After a caution period and a red flag situation on Lap 4, Meyers resumed his battle with Swindell. During the middle part of the race, Meyers was in Swindell's tire tracks, but was unable to make the pass. In the last five laps, Swindell was able to get around Lucas Wolfe for second, so Meyers began chasing Wolfe. Meyers in his #14 DDNI KPC was able to close within a second of Wolfe, but ran out of laps. Meyers would go on to finish fourth with Sammy Swindell going on to pick up the win.
"It is a bummer when you record fast time two nights in a row and you end up with a fourth place finish," Meyers said. "The track here tonight was very narrow and unfortunately it didn't widen up enough, so passing was very difficult. So much went on during this race; this is a tight track with a lot of speed. The biggest factor tonight that kept us in the fourth position was how fast the track was. Even though, we are moving in the right direction and hopefully will do better at Brainerd Saturday night."
Going into Brainerd, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team had not seen Victory Lane in 12 events after winning 6 out of the first 19 races this season, but that all changed on Saturday night. In his second visit to North Central Speedway, Meyers recorded his seventh win of the season and his 42nd career victory.
After qualifying eighth, Meyers won the dash to secure the pole position for the night's main event. With Paul McMahan lined up beside him, Meyers took the lead going into Turn 3 on the first lap of the race. By Lap 5, Donny Schatz was in the runner-up position attempting to reel Meyers in. The first yellow flag of the night came out on Lap 6.
On the following restart, Meyers chose the inside line to start in and held on to the lead while Donny Schatz and Kraig Kinser traded the second position. For a while Kinser was able to stay in Meyers tire tracks, and as Meyers was just beginning to stretch his lead the second yellow flag of the night slowed racing action on Lap 10.
Meyers once again chose the inside line for the restart and held off Kinser. Over the next part of the race, Kinser was within a second of Meyers but was unable to make a move. Just before the leaders got into lapped traffic around Lap 17, Kinser had closed within .3 of a second. Once the two started encountering traffic, Meyers built up over a second lead. Then after Kinser got into the wall briefly, Schatz took away the second position.
On Lap 28, the third caution flag flew. When the field restarted, Meyers was once again on the bottom. Meyers and Schatz drove wheel-to-wheel for the next couple of laps with Meyers using the high line and Schatz favoring the low. Another caution on Lap 30 would slow their heated battle.
"The great thing about Donny is that he will race you as hard as can be, but he will race you clean," Meyers stated after the race. "It takes a lot of skill to do that. Anyone can run in there and run over you, but Donny races you hard and I have the upmost respect for him."
Meyers and Schatz resumed their battle when the green flag flew again with Meyers choosing the low line again for the restart.
"I was better on the top, but on the restart it is so hard to get going on the top side, because it is so far around," explained Meyers." I started on the top a few weeks ago at Dodge City and I felt like I gave the race away. I promised my guys I would never do that again."
On the restart, Schatz drove low almost taking the lead from Meyers. The pair raced side-by-side, but Schatz was not able to get the edge he needed to make the pass. With open track in front of them, Meyers and Schatz battled for the lead down to the very last lap of the event. At the checkered flag though, Meyers would take the victory by .334 of a second leading all 35 laps of the race.
"We had a little bit of a dry spell. We started great at the beginning of the season, but with going what seemed like forever without a win, my confidence was a little down. My team stayed with me though and worked very hard, and after tonight, I definitely have it back. I have to complement Donny Schatz. That is why he is the four-time champion. He raced me hard and clean, and that is what this is supposed to be about. I hope the fans enjoyed it. Thanks to DDNI, Media Tile, TriQuint, Elite Racing, GLR Investments, Chris (Luck), Guy (Stockbridge), Charlie (Garrett) and everyone at home. I have my little girl here in Victory Lane with me and life could not get any better. In addition, we want to dedicate this win to all the men and women around the world that are defending the freedoms that we enjoy here in America. We cannot thank them enough for fighting for our freedoms that were won on this weekend many years ago by those who came before us. God bless America."
The next stop for Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing crew will be Lasalle Speedway in Lasalle, Illinois where the Show Down for the Bud Crown will be decided on Thursday, July 8. On Saturday July 10, the Elite Racing team will be traveling north to Charter Raceway Park in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, before heading further north to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond Wisconsin on Sunday July 11.
-source: elite racing