Meyers Looks for Repeat at Eldora Jason Meyers has won a number of races in his career all across the country, but two that will always stick out in his mind, both came at Eldora Speedway. The first of those was on August 8, 2003 and ...
Meyers Looks for Repeat at Eldora
Jason Meyers has won a number of races in his career all across the country, but two that will always stick out in his mind, both came at Eldora Speedway. The first of those was on August 8, 2003 and most recently he took the checkered flag at the storied half-mile on April 13 in the World of Outlaws first visit of the 2007 season to the track.
Making the win even more memorable in April was the fact that the event was the World of Outlaws return to SPEED. With the cameras rolling, Meyers took the lead with just three laps to go to earn his first A-Feature victory of the season. He has since added another win to the list at U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri, and looks for his second straight win at Eldora as the World of Outlaws return to the track on Saturday, June 2 for a $10,000-to win event.
"Eldora is one of the all-time greats," said Meyers, driver of the Primerica Financial Maxim. "To go there and win and put your name on the winner's board is important. It's important for a driver's career, as well as for a team to be on top there. We need to be running well there. Right now we are focused on each and every race, and doing the best we can."
Confidence is a big key in racing, and Meyers believes he and his team have plenty of confidence and momentum as they head back to Eldora. After completing the first East Coast swing of the season recently, that saw the series compete seven times in a 13-day period, Meyers and his team have had a few days to regroup as they headed to Ohio for a pair of races that will be capped at Eldora on Saturday night.
"Anytime we go to Eldora we are excited," said the native of Clovis, California. "After our last run we are really looking forward to going back, and trying to pick up where we left off there last time. The car is still running well and hopefully we can put it up front there again."
Meyers won his first World of Outlaws race in 2001 at Knoxville Raceway, becoming the first driver in the history of the series to accomplish that feat. Having also won at Eldora puts him in select company of drivers that have won at two of the most storied tracks in the country.
"Eldora is a place that you will always remember when you win there," he said. "It is a hard place to win, and there are a lot of guys that are good there and have had a lot of laps there. I think it is one of the toughest places in the country along with Knoxville (Raceway) to win at. A lot of the big races are there. We have not won one of the big races there and that is what we want to do next."
In April, the bottom of the track was the fast way around Eldora. After a track resurfacing and restructuring of the banking, the first World of Outlaws event in April was the first time that cars had made it on to the new track surface due to wintry weather extending well into April. A couple of events have since been held at the track, and from all indications the high side of the track is again becoming the preferred line, with the drivers racing just inches from the wall, as they have for so many years in they past.
"That place is known for getting up on the fence, and it wasn't as much fun as usual running low last time," he explained. "Running up high is what makes it difficult and I don't think it was as difficult to get around there last time on the bottom. I'd like to see us get back up on the wall. We have always done well running up there, and I certainly hope we can all race up there."
One of the highlights of the first quarter of the season for Meyers was a streak of 12 Top-10 finishes in-a-row that he racked up from the end of March until the middle of April. It is the longest such streak by a driver with the series this season. His next goal to start a streak of Top-Five finishes. He is at or near the top in many statistical categories heading into this weekend's event, including leading 63 laps on the season, as well as setting fast time on four occasions in time trials, which is tied for the series lead. He also has won a Crane Cams Dash three times to earn the same number of pole positions.
"I think everything coming together has led to our success," said Meyers. "The hardest thing to do out here is to get everything to come together at once. I have a great team that works very hard. Our sponsors, Primerica, Elite, and GLR are 100 percent behind us. Our motors from Charlie Garrett are running good. Everything is clicking right now and there is no reason why we can't keep it clicking."
With the higher paying events just around the corner, Meyers is very pleased with the direction that his team is headed. While he has won two events and recorded 15 Top-10 finishes, he is quick to point out that the team has to keep working hard day in and day out to stay at the top of their game, with 25 other teams competing full-time with the World of Outlaws, and the level of competition at an all-time high.
"The perfect situation would be to be in stride all year long, but if there is any time to be better off during the season, you want it to be this time of year," he shared. "We're excited with where we are at right now. We're certainly not done working on things. We're hoping to get even better."
On Saturday, June, 2 at Eldora Speedway, adult tickets will be $25, with senior citizen $23, children ages 12-15 will be just $12, with those 7-11 only $6, and kids 6-under will be admitted free of charge.