BAYTOWN, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer just missed hitting a grand slam in front of his hometown fans during this past weekend's Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions at Houston Raceway Park. Meyer, from...
BAYTOWN, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster driver Jay Meyer just missed hitting a grand slam in front of his hometown fans during this past weekend's Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions at Houston Raceway Park.
Meyer, from just down the road in Freeport, Texas, qualified No. 1 with a near career best elapsed time of a 5.416 at 256.16 miles per hour, and made it all the way to the finals before meeting up with second generation racer Gary Ormsby Jr. In the quickest side-by-side race of the weekend, Ormsby edged Meyer with a 5.410 at 261.12 mph to Meyer's 5.469 at 257.28.
"All weekend, we were fighting a bad set of tires," said Meyer. "We looked all night Saturday night to figure out why the car was moving around so bad, and I woke up an hour early Sunday morning because of the time change. After thinking for that hour, I decided to check the roll out on the tires, and sure enough, they were off. It had blown through the clutch so bad in the first round against Fuentes, we were afraid to put new tires on, so we just put some older ones we had back on. From then on, the car was really good."
"The points race with [Rick] Santos was over with, so we were able to experiment with a few things to get a run on next year. So, even though we runner-uped, it still was a good weekend, the hometown fans were great. We also had a good weekend for our new sponsor Sounds and Signals, and they have decided to come back on board for Dallas next week. Tuning consultant Tom Conway, and my crew did great this weekend, we just came up a little short."
After his strong showing in Houston, Meyer looks close his season with a win during next weekend's resumption of the O'Reilly Nationals at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas.
"We have been having clutch problems this weekend," Meyer said. "We're gonna put some different parts in the clutch to see if we can get the clutch flatter so it can lock up. We really are making a lot more horsepower now because we are pushing the engine to see how far we can go. We have the race to experiment with for next year, and that's what we are going to do."