Columbus: Jay Meyer - a man on a mission

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Jay Meyer will head into National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio a man on a mission: Defeat Rick Santos, and bring home two wins at this weekend's Federal Mogul All-star Race held in conjunction with...

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Jay Meyer will head into National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio a man on a mission: Defeat Rick Santos, and bring home two wins at this weekend's Federal Mogul All-star Race held in conjunction with the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit. Meyer is this year's Division 4 FMD All-star.

The Freeport, Texas native clinched an All-star birth on the heels of four straight wins in Division 4 this year, to edge out Troy Buff at the last race for a spot on the Division 4 team.

Meyer said, "It's a real honor to be a part of the All-star team, since we got a late start on it (All-star points start in the middle of the season). We will be going up against the best-of-the-best. We used to go to Columbus pretty regular back in the '80's, and back then the track was always the equalizer, it was always marginal."

"The fan support there [Columbus] is just phenomenal," Meyer added. "It's just and old race from way back. The campgrounds are just full of motorhomes, and there's a bunch of fans hollering and screaming, its just a fun race to go to."

Meyer has one win on the national level (Mac Tools Gatornationals) making a total of five wins, but trails Rick Santos in points 623 to 551. Santos and Meyer met in the semifinals at the recent Castrol Nationals in Dallas, with Santos winning and going on to win the race.

"Dallas was hot air and a good racetrack, which was hard for us to figure out. Columbus is usually a hot and greasy racetrack, which is right up our alley," Meyer explained. "As far as beating Santos, first off, there is a lot of good racecars that are going to be there, so we got to beat them first to get to him. We have to qualify well, and do like we did in Dallas, and try as hard as we possibly can to beat him."

"I don't know if you can beat that guy," Meyer added jokingly. "We'll just have to keep on trying."

For more info on the Meyer team, check out their website at www.JayMeyerRacing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rick Santos , Troy Buff