Meyers Geared Up to Welcome the World of Outlaws Sprint Series to Bakersfield Colorado Springs, CO -- February 22, 2005 -- For the first time since 1995, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series will invade Bakersfield Speedway. It will mark the ...
Meyers Geared Up to Welcome the World of Outlaws Sprint Series to Bakersfield
Colorado Springs, CO -- February 22, 2005 -- For the first time since 1995, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series will invade Bakersfield Speedway.
It will mark the culmination of hours, weeks and months of preparation by Mean 15 racer Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team, who are promoting the event on Feb. 26, one night after the series races in Tulare, Calif.
Meyers, a native of Clovis, Calif., will no doubt be busy Saturday night. Jason and car owner Guy Stockbridge are eager to impress the home crowd with not only a victory for themselves but also an event that thrills the fans. With the high level of competition in the series there's no doubt the crowd will be buzzing, and with Meyers coming off a solid opening to the season in Florida--sixth- and third-place finishes--don't be surprised to see him in Victory Lane at the end of the night, either.
"Bakersfield is an awesome place to race," said Meyers, who turned 26 in January. "It's a short track, one-third mile with a wall all the way around it. We're working real hard to get the track right. If you get it slick up the to curb it's some of the most exciting racing you'll ever see. It definitely happens fast at Bakersfield."
The Bakersfield pits will be open to all pre-sale ticket holders from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the fans to meet the drivers and crews of the world's best sprint car teams.
With nearly 100 races on a schedule that features tracks from coast to coast, racing in front of the home crowd doesn't happen too often, so Meyers is aiming to make the most of it.
"It's always kind of fun to have a big cheering section," he said. "There's always a lot pressure when you race at home because everybody's expecting you to win. You might have won the race before you went home, but it doesn't mean you're going to win the one at home. Bakersfield and Tulare have both been very good tracks to me in my career and I'm looking forward to it."
Meyers knows winning will not be an easy task with the group of drivers assembled to follow the World of Outlaws Sprint Series circuit in 2005. From champions Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski to rookies Shane Stewart and Brandon Wimmer, the fields have become increasingly competitive.
"I think what you're seeing in sprint car racing right now is that some of us young guys that have been trying for the past four or five years to get out there are beginning to get a little more stable, and I use that word lightly because it's a very tough series to stay competitive with," Meyers said.
Meyers believes DIRT MotorSports is taking the series in the right direction, and now is the time to jump on board.
"You've seen guys take that chance," he said. "You've seen our team pop up, you see Darryn Pittman with a brand new team in 2005, Shane Stewart with a new team for 2005. So the competition right now is tougher than it has ever been. Look at how many different winners there were last year. I think only one or two drivers that followed the tour didn't win a race, and they very well could have won but things just didn't go their way. I would venture to say in 2005 I bet we'll see 25 different main event winners, which is just phenomenal."
Meyers earned four main event victories in 2004 and had a preliminary night win, as well. In a relatively short time on a national stage, he has found success quickly. He made the most of an opportunity to replace Craig Dollansky at Karavan Motorsports in 2003 after Dollansky was injured in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Meyers used the Karavan horsepower to post five victories, including a double-feature sweep at Grays Harbor Raceway Park. He also holds the distinction of being the first driver in series history to record his first "A" Feature victory at the historic Knoxville Raceway when he won there on July 16, 2001.
Meyers' success has not come all at once, though. He has climbed a ladder into the series, learning something new on rungs that included racing on tracks in California before venturing out with the old Gumout Series and eventually into the World of Outlaws Sprint Series.
"It just takes time, there's no replacement for experience," Meyers said. "Money, talent, all of that's great, but there is no replacement for experience. There's no way to overcome what it takes to get experience. Coming up through the years, racing on the Gumout tour and getting to run the Outlaws tour for a year and then at the same time not being able to go back out there in 2002 made me really hungry for it. Honestly, at one point I decided this wasn't what I was going to do anymore. With getting the opportunity to drive for Karavan Motorsports when Dollansky was injured kind of showed me this is still what I wanted to do. It gave me the desire to go back out there and prove to everybody that I can do this."
Meyers certainly has proved he belongs with the Outlaws. Saturday night, he'll prove he knows how to host a party, too.
For ticket information on the race Friday night at Tulare, call (559) 688-0909 or go to www.thunderbowlraceway.com. For information on Saturday night's event at Bakersfield, call (800) 801-ELITE or go to www.eliteracing.net.