Continuing to Run up Front: Meyers Looks to Add to Series Leading Win Total Pontoon Beach, IL-- June 6, 2008--Jason Meyers has one focus this year as he chases his first Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title, and that is...
Continuing to Run up Front: Meyers Looks to Add to Series Leading Win Total
Pontoon Beach, IL-- June 6, 2008--Jason Meyers has one focus this year as he chases his first Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title, and that is to win races. With wins, the points will take care of themselves. That is the approach that he and his Elite Racing team are taking, as they tackle the always grueling World of Outlaws schedule.
Meyers will look to add to his series leading five A-Feature wins as the series returns to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois on Sunday, June 8 for an event that was postponed by rain last month. He also will have two chances to add to this total at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa this weekend, prior to heading to Tri-City Speedway.
The native of Clovis, California won at Tri-City Speedway in 2005, on the former half-mile configuration of the track. Last season in his first start at the facility since it was transformed into a 3/8-mile, Meyers finished fourth. With a good baseline from last year, Meyers is excited to return to the track located just outside of St. Louis.
"Kevin and Tammy (Gundaker) have done a great job with that race track," noted Meyers, who pilots the GLR Investment KPC. "They made a great short track out of it. It's definitely a different race track now. I always liked the big half-mile, but we enjoyed racing on the short track there last year too. It's always a good race for us to get to. D.J. (Lindsey- crew chief) has a lot of family and friends that come there, as well as a lot of people we don't get to see all year long. I'm looking forward to getting back there."
Meyers enters the trio of events this weekend second in the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship standings, on the strength of 12 Top-10 finishes in 14 events. He leads the series with 11 Top-Five finishes, with five of those being the wins. He also is the only driver that has led more than 100 laps of A-Feature racing competition this season. He attributes a lot of this success to the hard work that his team put in over the winter in the shop back in California, preparing for the 2008 campaign.
"It's nice to see the hard work pay off," shared Meyers. "The hard work always goes in during the winter and it doesn't always pay off like is has this year. We're going to keep working hard all summer and try to keep it up. Hopefully we can benefit all season from the hard work these guys put in over the winter."
Meyers led the World of Outlaws championship standings for the first time in his career earlier this season and was on top of the points for a number of weeks. After suffering a flat tire last weekend while running second at Eldora Speedway after leading a majority of the race, he slipped to second in points, but is just 23 markers behind two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz.
"You try not to worry about, and not change anything that you are doing day-to-day," he explained of the point standings. "We'll just keep doing what we have been doing. We have the motto around here that we haven't accomplished anything yet. We're continuing to work hard like it's the start of the season each and every day and we have to come out of the box strong. So far that has worked and we just have to try to keep that all season."
With 14 races in the books so far this season, the World of Outlaws schedule has just begun to pick up steam, after Mother Nature interrupted the early portion of the year. With three events in three nights this weekend, followed by three races in a four day period next week, Meyers will have plenty of opportunities to add to his strong start to the season, as he chases his first series title.
"I think where you'll see the separation is when we get to the race tracks that have the strong local cars," he said. "Williams Grove (Speedway), Knoxville (Raceway) and place like that where you get those local cars that mix in. On the other nights when it is mainly World of Outlaws cars, even if you go out and win the race, the guys that you are racing for points are probably going to be in the Top-Five with you. There are not a lot of point gains there. Where the separation will be is at the tracks where the strong local cars will mix in and maybe separate you by three or four positions from your competition."
While he has had the best start to his career this season, Meyers and his team are not standing pat. With over 60 races remaining on the 2008 schedule, they look to continue to learn things about their race cars and continue to gain speed and show the consistency that they have had through the early portion of the year.
"We always keep digging for more," said the always focused driver. "We are never really satisfied with where we are at. We are very happy and very grateful to be where we are at now, but like I have said before, we are not slowing down. We are going to keep asking for more out of ourselves and our cars and motors and everything. We'll just keep pushing and keep trying to get better each day."
Meyers has one career win at Tri-City Raceway, with that coming in 2005. He has four consecutive Top-Five finishes at the track, with three of those on the former half-mile and one last year on the new 3/8-mile. He won twice last season on 3/8-mile tracks, and the event at Tri-City Speedway on Sunday, June 8 will mark the series first visit this year to a facility that size.
"It always takes a great race car and a great race team," he said of what it takes to win at Tri-City Speedway. "You have to go out and race hard. That is a great race track. It's was kind of a dogfight last time we were there and it will probably be more of the same. It reminds me a lot of Pevely, (I-55 Raceway) where you have a short track with a lot of great racing. We'll have to go down there and come out of the box strong and keep up with the race car all night and race hard all night long."
On Sunday, June 8 at Tri-City Speedway, reserved seats in the Top-Five Rows will be $32, with general admission tickets $30, with children 12-under admitted free of charge. For ticket information visit http://www.tricityspeedway.net or call 1-800-617-9077. There will also be an autograph session featuring World of Outlaws drivers at 5:15 on the midway.