Tri-City - Meyers spotlight

Meyers Looks to Repeat at Tri-City Speedway Jason Meyers is not a rookie by any means, but on Friday, May 4 when the World of Outlaws return to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, he will feel like one, as it will be his first time ...

Meyers Looks to Repeat at Tri-City Speedway

Jason Meyers is not a rookie by any means, but on Friday, May 4 when the World of Outlaws return to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, he will feel like one, as it will be his first time seeing the recently reconfigured 3/8-mile track, along with the rest of his fellow competitors.

Meyers has always enjoyed racing at Tri-City Speedway, and has had a good amount of success at the facility. He won in the World of Outlaws last visit to the track just outside of St. Louis in 2005, when it was a spacious half-mile.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the changes they have made," said Meyers, driver of the Primerica Financial Maxim. "I always liked the track the way it was. Kevin Gundaker has been around racing a long time, and I am sure he has done a great job with the track. I'm looking forward to getting down there and seeing what it is all about, and hopefully some of that Granite City luck will be with us from the last time we were there."

Meyers has become very accustomed to visiting new tracks over the years and that is how he will approach this weekend's event at Tri-City. The track has received rave reviews in its first two weeks of competition. The event on Friday, May 4 will mark the first time that sprint cars will take to the reconfigured surface, as they look to break the current track record of 14.244 seconds set last weekend by reigning UMP Late Model National Champion Randy Korte.

"You have to go out and look at the track first and foremost," explained Meyers of how he will approach the reconfigured surface. "It's hard to even go out and ride the track on a scooter. When you sit in that race car and roll around there that is when you know what the track is like. Like any new track, you try to compare it to a place that you have been. You have to start with a good gear set-up and go from there. From what I hear it's real wide and it's real racy. I'm looking forward to it."

Beginning this weekend with the event at Tri-City followed by the series first visit to Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas since 1981, the World of Outlaws will begin a stretch of 13 races in four weeks. Meyers is ready for the schedule to pick up, and if it was up to him, he would race every single night of the week.

"The first part of the season is always tough only racing on the weekends," commented Meyers. "Here in May, we will get going and I think everyone gets better and gets into a better rhythm when you start racing more. We're looking forward to racing more, sitting around during the week is getting old. I know the crew is anxious to get going."

Over the last month, Meyers has been one of the most consistent drivers with the World of Outlaws. He earned his first A-Feature win of the season on April 13 at Eldora Speedway, in an event that can be seen on SPEED on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern. During the month of April, he finished in the Top-Eight in every race, including four straight finishes of fourth or better. He has set fast time in qualifying three times this year, including in the last two consecutive events. In addition to this, he has won two dashes to earn the pole position twice in A-Feature events.

"It's good for our sponsors when we run strong," he said. "Primerica, GLR Investments, Elite Landscaping and everyone that is behind us expects us to come out here and win races. We haven't been doing that, but as of late we have been stepping up our program. Everybody involved on this team has been giving their all to turn that around and it's starting to pay off. It's far from a streak though, it's a long season and we have a long way to go."

After enduring some bad luck to start the season off, Meyers and his team got the ball rolling when the series returned to his home state of California. He ran very strong at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, a track he knows very well. He earned Top-Five finishes in both A-Feature events that were contested at the high-banked 1/3-mile. After some strong runs in the Deep South, he carried that momentum back to the Midwest and when the series rolled into Eldora Speedway, which had received a completely new surface in the off-season, Meyers was at the top of his game.

"The first win of the year definitely takes some pressure off," he said. "Like anything once you do it once you become confident that you can do it again. We got the first one out of the way and now we just have to keep on digging and get some more."

Meyers is ready for the schedule to pick up, and he is confident that he has one of the strong teams in the pit area working on his car, led by veteran crew chief D.J. Lindsey. The team worked endlessly in the off-season to make sure all the pieces were in place as they embarked on the always grueling nine-plus month World of Outlaws schedule that will see the them compete nearly 90 times this season.

"Running well all season starts in the shop, with a good team, and the guys that prepare the equipment," explained the native of Clovis, California. "When you get to the middle of the summer that is when the preparation shows up, and you see who prepared through the winter and who didn't. My guys do a great job and I am really happy with them. I think we will be prepared and that will show in the middle of the summer. We work really hard to be good in the summer."

A strong month of April vaulted Meyers into the sixth spot in the championship standings. Along with his win, he has racked up nine Top-10 finishes with seven of those being in the Top-Five. He is just 43 points out of the fifth position, as he continues to chase his first series title.

"You have to always pay a little bit of attention to the points, and I don't think it's too early to do that," commented Meyers. "By the end of May usually who is up at the front is who winds up at the front at the end of the year. It's important every day, but right now we are worried about winning races. We are trying our best to win races, and if you are winning races then the points will take care of themselves."

On Friday, May 4 at Tri-City Speedway, reserved tickets in the Top-Five rows will be $32. General admission tickets will be $30. Children ages 12-under will be admitted free of charge.

-credit: woo

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