When Jason Meyers arrived at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California on Friday night, he was looking to ride the momentum that both he and Elite Racing had built in Las Vegas. He was able to accomplish just that as he...
When Jason Meyers arrived at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California on Friday night, he was looking to ride the momentum that both he and Elite Racing had built in Las Vegas. He was able to accomplish just that as he recorded his second victory of the season and his first in World of Outlaws competition at his home track.
"It has been a long time coming," Meyers expressed. "We've led this race a couple of times and never got it done. We've worked so closely with Steve Faria who promotes races here over the years and he does a great job putting on races and promoting sprint cars. I've always wanted to win one here. We've won so many races here at Tulare, but never an Outlaws show. It's been a great start to the season. We got the monkey off our back tonight and to win two in a row is great."
After claiming the outside pole position during Friday night's dash, Meyers was in the perfect position to take the win. From the time the green flag flew, Meyers jumped out into the lead over pole sitter Fred Rahmer in his #14 GLR Investments KPC. Meyers quickly established a sizable lead and held on to it through several restarts and lapped traffic to pace all 35 laps of the event.
"It was too hard to get going on the bottom and the straightaway was too slick" stated Meyers. "You definitely had to use the banking and the little bit of moisture that was there to get you rolling and carry your speed down the front straightaway."
Favoring the high side, Meyers held off Joey Saldana who caught him twice in the closing laps of the race. Saldana got around Meyers once in turn one, but Meyers fought back and retook the lead exiting turn two. In the final two laps the lead duo encountered some lapped traffic, but Meyers worked it masterfully, splitting a couple of cars to pull away and take the win.
"I was starting to move around in lapped traffic to find a better line, but I couldn't find anything better and that kind of allowed those guys to catch me," Meyers explained. "I knew when Joey (Saldana) got by me that he had to be pounding the top, and that I needed to get back up there. I just had to get back up there and not move around in the lapped cars and get my timing back down. Joey is great to race with. We crossed over there about three or four times and never touched each other and put on another great race for the fans."
As Meyers celebrated his second A main victory of the season and his 37th career win, he expressed how much winning at home means to him.
"It's incredible," said Meyers with a smile. "Every sponsor I have is here tonight. All of my family is here; my fellow car owners are here. It couldn't be any better. I would like to thank all my friends, family and fans who have supported me over all the years that are in the stands tonight. We finally got a World of Outlaws race at Tulare!"
The second night of racing at Thunderbowl Raceway was a turn of fortunes as it was Meyers in his #14 GLR Investments KPC stalking Joey Saldana for the win. Meyers began the A main in the eighth position and quickly advanced through the field.
"This team worked hard all night," said Meyers. "D.J. (Lindsey- crew chief) made a few points before we went out and changed the car around a little bit and we had a much better race car. That thing was scary to drive in the dash. To have a weekend like this at home in front of all of my sponsors, family and friends is awesome."
On a restart after an early red flag, Meyers had his eye on the fourth position. During the early laps of the event, he battled Donny Schatz for the spot. By the ninth lap of the race Meyers had cleared Schatz and taken over the third position getting around Lucas Wolfe. Meyers would take over second place on lap eleven when Tim Kaeding's night ended. From then on it was Meyers trying to track down Saldana, but some timely caution flags kept the leaders out of heavy lapped traffic for most of the race.
"That may have helped, but the bottom line is that he was getting through traffic as well as we were," shared Meyers when asked if heavy lapped traffic would had helped. "We had a good race car tonight and it was good enough for second. We just couldn't get a good enough run on him. Thanks to all of the fans for coming out tonight. It was another great crowd tonight and another great point night for our team. It looks like we are going to have a great year and I am looking forward to it."
Up Next for Elite Racing....
Next weekend Meyers and the Elite Race team will be traveling to Texas for two exciting events. On Friday March 12, Meyers will be taking on Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas and on Saturday March 13 they will head to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas for the Outlaw's version of the "Texas two step."