Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 1 - March 7, 2010 OLYMPIANS 'IN AWE' AT AMS: Elana Meyers is the one wearing the Olympic medal around her neck, but she was the awestruck one Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "I'm in awe right now," Meyers ...
Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 1 - March 7, 2010
OLYMPIANS 'IN AWE' AT AMS: Elana Meyers is the one wearing the Olympic medal around her neck, but she was the awestruck one Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"I'm in awe right now," Meyers said. "These drivers are amazing, and they go so fast. I have a whole new respect for it."
Of course, Meyers knows a wee bit about speed: she's the brakeman for the two-man bronze-medal winning bobsled team at last month's Olympic games in Vancouver.
Meyers, a Douglasville (Ga.) native, has spent the weekend at her hometown track, along with teammate Erin Pac and Steven Holcomb and Steve Mesler, two of the U.S. gold-medal winning four-man bobsled team
As part of her introduction to the Speedway, Meyers took a pace car ride around the track Friday at about 70 mph, and although that's about 20 mph slower than she hurtles herself down the ice on a bobsled, Meyers said the ride took her breath away.
"I can't imagine going 200 mph," Meyers said. "It felt like we were on the edge at 70."
Meyers and her U.S. teammates came to Atlanta in part to support Geoff Bodine, founder of Bo-Dyn Bobsleds, the company that produced the medal-winning bobsleds. Bodine competed in Saturday's E-Z-GO 200, finishing 26th.
For Bodine, still the AMS track qualifying record holder, even though the bobsleds are much slower, they're much more on the edge.
"I've crashed in a bobsled and hit my head," Bodine said. "I've had a lot of crashes out here on the track, and never did it feel that way. There's no soft ice. It hurt."
Still, that's done nothing to dampen the enthusiasm from this group of thrill-seekers, who are all ready to jump in a race car.
"I'm ready -- put me in," Pac said. "I think I could do it."
WINTER FLURRY CHAMPS: Atlanta Motor Speedway buzzed with racing action Saturday afternoon following the E-Z-GO 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, hosting a full slate of Legends, Bandolero and Roadster races.
Race winners Saturday were Skip Nichols (Masters), Matt Snider (Young Guns), Jake Armstrong (Semi-Pro), Ed Clark (Masters), Evan Swilling (Pro), Alex Coffey (Bandits) and Mason Massey (Young Lions).
Saturday's races wrapped up the Winter Flurry series, which crowned both an Atlanta Motor Speedway and Georgia champion. AMS Winter Flurry champions include AMS President Ed Clark (Roadsters and Masters), Kason Plott (Bandits), Jarrett Smithley (Outlaws), Jake Armstrong (Semi-Pro), Justin Thomas (Young Lions), Anderson Bowen (Young Guns) and Donald McIntosh (Pro)
Other notable finishes from Saturday's star-studded Roadster race include a second place finish from Bill Elliott development driver Casey Roderick, third from Joe Gibbs development driver Max Gresham and fourth from NASCAR legend Bill Elliott.