Hallsville: Jay Meyer Clinches Division 4 Championship

HALLSVILLE, Tex - Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Jay Meyer clinched the 2000 Division 4 Championship with his final round appearance Saturday during the rescheduled Division 4 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Hallsville, Texas. Meyer, of...

HALLSVILLE, Tex - Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Jay Meyer clinched the 2000 Division 4 Championship with his final round appearance Saturday during the rescheduled Division 4 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Hallsville, Texas.

Meyer, of Freeport, Texas, came into eliminations as the No. 1 qualifier and met up with long time Division 4 rival Troy Buff in the final for the third time this year. The third time proved to be the charm for Buff as Meyer redlighted away a 5.747/239.48 to Buff's 5.814/237.21 to hand Buff the victory.

Before the final Meyer struggled, but ended up with win lights in both rounds. In the first round he defeated a tire smoking Gene Snow with his own on and off the throttle 5.98. In the second round he defeated good friend Lee Callaway on a huge .491 to .732 holeshot, and held on with a 5.846 to Callaway's quicker, but much later 5.842.

Meyer said, "It was a real tricky racetrack, and we had no warm-up runs. The track temp was around 150 in the second round. We came out and tried to use a very calmed down Bristol tune up and the track would absolutely not hold it. Then again, who has a tune up for 105 degree weather."

"Buff had run a .64 and .83 in the first and second round, and had lane choice going into the final. I was convinced that he was going to out run me in the final, so I took a shot at the tree, and redlighted. Ended up we finally got a handle on the track and outran him. That just happens sometimes," Meyer added.

Making it to the final round was just what Meyer needed to do to clinch the 2000 FMD Division 4 Championship, something he hasn't won since 1986.

"Even though we lost, we are still real happy about clinching the Division. Special thanks to Tom Conway, Stacy McLemore and the rest of the crew, they did a heck of a job all year."

Meyer's National Championship hopes are still alive as well. Division 4 still has one race left on it's schedule in Noble, Oklahoma, making it a virtual must win race for Meyer to keep pace with Santos.

"Its still not over yet. We still have a shot to win Noble. Champions put mistakes like this behind them, and to win the Championship, we are going to have to act like Champions, and move on to the next race."

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Drivers Troy Buff