Jason Meyers Records Two Top-Five Finishes with World of Outlaws at Knoxville SPEED Filming Both Nights for Two Separate Broadcasts, June 15 and June 21 CLOVIS, Calif. (June 8, 2008) - Coming off of a disappointing run at Eldora Speedway, ...
Jason Meyers Records Two Top-Five Finishes with World of Outlaws at Knoxville
SPEED Filming Both Nights for Two Separate Broadcasts, June 15 and June 21
CLOVIS, Calif. (June 8, 2008) - Coming off of a disappointing run at Eldora Speedway, Clovis, California World of Outlaws (WoO) driver Jason Meyers and the Elite Racing team headed to one of the most famous dirt tracks in all of sprint car racing, host of the Knoxville Nationals, the Knoxville Raceway for the two-night Mediacom Shootout.
MEDIACOM SHOOTOUT - NIGHT ONE
As the Elite Racing Team arrived at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, the thought occurred to them that they will be there in two short months, racing for the biggest prize in all of sprint car racing - the Knoxville Nationals Championship. Every single lap they are able to turn on the half-mile track makes them feel that much more prepared for their return in August.
Meyers was able to go out and start the night off right by setting quick time, and according to the AMB i.t. timing system, was the only Outlaw to break the fifteen second barrier, recording an official lap of 14.969 seconds. Running third in the heat race, Meyers would have a spot in the Crane Cams Dash, where he would finish seventh.
Starting seventh in the first night of the Mediacom Shootout, Meyers would lose a spot on the first lap, get that and two more back early on and then stage a great battle with veteran driver Jac Haudenshild for the fifth spot. Continuing the march forward, Meyers would eventually finish third, after passing Tony Bruce, Jr. for the third position.
"Our car was just a little too tight early on, and the track just didn't head the direction that we anticipated," noted Meyers. "We need to get ourselves back on the path we were on the first part of the season and get some more victories under our belt - if we pick up the wins, the points will take care of themselves."
MEDIACOMM SHOOTOUT - NIGHT TWO
Qualifying over seven tenths of a second slower on night two of the Mediacom Shootout at Knoxville, the Elite Racing Team knew they had a long night ahead of them if they wanted to shrink the points gap between them and the point leader.
Running third in the heat after a great battle with Joey Saldana, Meyers missed the critical Crane Cams Dash by not getting around Saldana in the event. By missing the Crane Cams Dash, Meyers would start twelfth in the second night of the two-night showdown at Knoxville.
Passing eight cars in the caution-free twenty-five lap event, Meyers crossed the line in fourth, giving him his thirteenth top-five finish of the young 2008 season.
"Fourth place isn't quite as good as we wanted to be, obviously, but to come from twelfth to fourth here at Knoxville is a good night for us," noted the Clovis, Calif. native. "We have to make it into the (Crane Cams) Dash every night from our heats though, otherwise we simply have to start too far back in the field to give ourselves a good, solid chance to win."
UP NEXT FOR ELITE RACING:
The Elite Racing Team continues to head west, with a make-up event on Sunday, June 8 at the Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. After the stop in Pontoon Beach, the WoO stops in Sedalia, Missouri at the Missouri State Fair Speedway on Wednesday, June 11th. Friday, then the Elite Racing Team will invade Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. before returning to Eagle Raceway in Nebraska on Saturday night.
JASON MEYERS IN THE MEDIA:
Both nights of the Mediacom Shootout from the Knoxville Raceway were taped by SPEED Channel The Friday, June 6th event will be broadcast on SPEED on June 15 and the Saturday, June 7th event will be broadcast on SPEED on June 21 from the famed half-mile oval.
I was looking forward to attending the event at Tri-City, however due to the extreme flooding that has invaded the Indianapolis area, I-70 was shut down west of town, which is our way to get to the St. Louis area, so we stayed home this weekend. The thoughts and prayers of Elite Racing Team are with all of the people who have been affected by the severe flooding in the state of Indiana this weekend.
Make sure you tune your TV to SPEED on 6/15 to watch all of Friday night's action from Knoxville. I'm very much looking forward to heading out to my second Knoxville Nationals this year!
Make sure you stop by the t-shirt trailer, say hi to Robyn and meet little Delaney. Robyn has been hard at work, coming up with many new t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket and hat designs. Of course, our line of child and infant apparel has grown a ton and you might even see Delaney modeling some of it.
Thanks for all of your support and we hope to see you at a track soon!
Elite Racing Team