Dallas: Jay Meyer, Rick Santos showdown

ENNIS, Tex - Federal Mogul Dragster front runners Rick Santos and Jay Meyer will finally square off during this weekend's Castrol Nationals presented by O'Reilly at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. Both drivers attended the ...

ENNIS, Tex - Federal Mogul Dragster front runners Rick Santos and Jay Meyer will finally square off during this weekend's Castrol Nationals presented by O'Reilly at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. Both drivers attended the Checker's-Schuck's-Kragen Nationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, where the defending World Champion Santos went on to win, while Meyer lost on a holeshot to Mike Strasburg in the first round.

Santos recently regained the points lead by winning the Division 7 meet in Sacramento, while the Division 4 race Meyer went to in Hallsville was rained out. Santos leads the points with 538 points to Meyer's 498.

Santos said, "I hope we can pick up where we left off in Sacramento. I know its probably going to be really warm there as well, so conditions will probably be similar. That's kinda Jay's track too, though. He ran good there at the beginning of the year, so it's going to be fun. We're just going to go out there and race and give it the best we got."

Both drivers have recent wins at the Motorplex. Santos won the O'Reilly Nationals there last fall, where he defeated Meyer in the first round. Meyer has the more recent win, winning the Division 4 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event there in March, where he defeated Mark Hentges in the finals, who coincidentally, beat Santos in the finals at the Division 6 race in Boise earlier this year.

Meyer is coming off four straight wins in Division 4 and a National event win at the Gatornationals in Gainsville, Florida. If Meyer wins and Santos goes out in the semifinals or earlier, then Meyer can regain the points lead.

Meyer commented, "It's going to be like a war. My gameplan has been like General Sam Houston was with Santa Anna in the Texas Revolution. I have been running from him and staying away from him until I finally got this thing to run, but it hasn't quite picked up as much as I hoped it would. I have been keeping an eye on him to see how he is running, and they are pretty tough. They definitely have the advantage coming off of three World Championships. We have had problems getting our spare motor back, so depending on if we can get it back together, that will dictate how hard we can push the car. We are not going to back down too much, though. Everyone has been talking about this all year, it's gonna be fun. We'll just go out there and roll the dice and see who wins."

Both cars have demonstrated low 5.40 potential this year with the "D" model PSI superchargers, with Santos dipping into the .30's several times with the "D". With the excellent racing surface at the Texas Motorplex, and the performance of these two cars, this could be one of the biggest FMD races of the year.

Not to be counted out is the always strong A/Fuel contingent, who will be led by Dave Hirata, who qualified No. 1 at the O'Reilly Nationals last year, and has a string of No. 1's going this year as well.

"I'm not sure how are schedule's will play out, but I am sure this will be one of a few times Jay and I will butt heads this year," Santos said.

Meyer added, "My oldest daughter Lacy is due to give birth to my first granddaughter this week, so hopefully that will give us some luck going into this weekend's race."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rick Santos , Mike Strasburg