Memorial Day Weekend Warriors: Elite Racing records two more top-ten finishes On a weekend that the country takes a moment to remember those that have fought for our freedom and our independence as a nation, Elite Racing was contending their own...
Memorial Day Weekend Warriors: Elite Racing records two more top-ten finishes
On a weekend that the country takes a moment to remember those that have fought for our freedom and our independence as a nation, Elite Racing was contending their own battle. First they clashed with the World of Outlaws at the Dirt Track at Charlotte before traveling a grueling ten hours to Tri-City Speedway in Pennsylvania for a second night of combat. Through it all Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing squad had another weekend where consistency was key.
The Dirt Track at Charlotte
After waiting an extra 24-hours because of Mother Nature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing crew were ready for action. In time trials, Meyers was able to grab two qualification points by recording the fourth quickest lap of the night. Due to his performance in the dash, Meyers claimed the 9th starting position for the feature event.
Meyers spent the early part of the race in the 10th running spot, stalking Jac Haudenschild who was running 9th. On Lap 10, the first caution flag of the event flew. On the restart though, Meyers lost two more positions to Craig Dollansky and Sam Hafertepe Jr. When the caution flag flew for a second time on Lap 15, Meyers went to the work area and his Elite Racing crew went to work making some repairs to his #14 GLR Investments KPC.
When racing action resumed, Meyers started in the 14th position. At that point Meyers began his climb methodically getting around Brian Ellenburger, Kraig Kinser, Ben Gregg, and Hafertepe Jr. within six laps. With just ten laps left in the race, Meyers was in the tenth position pursuing Haudenschild. On lap 25, Meyers was able to execute the pass and hold on to record his 17th top-ten finish of the season, while Donny Schatz went on to score the victory.
"Being in Charlotte this weekend, I keep getting asked what it is like to drive for Tony Stewart because we have the 14 on our car. I wish he would pay our bills," Meyers commented with a grin. "All kidding aside this track is big, bad and fast. It is an exciting track, but we just fell short tonight. We will get back at it tomorrow night in Pennsylvania and try to score another victory."
After a ten hour over night drive to Franklin, Pennsylvania, Meyers and his team were ready to take on Tri-City Speedway. Once again Meyers was on point in qualifying, recording the third quickest lap. As a result of his run in the dash Meyers began the feature in the fifth position. On the start, Meyers fell back to the seventh position but did not stay there long as he slid past Andy Priest for the sixth position.
Once in sixth, Meyers began chasing Lucas Wolfe for the fifth position and was able to get past the #5w on Lap 11. On the following lap, Meyers would climb to fourth with a daring move around Jac Haudenschild. At the half-way point of the main event, which ran green-to-checkered without a single caution flag, Meyers was battling Wolfe to hold on to the position. The two would trade it several times in the closing laps of the race. At the end, Meyers would try to hold off Wolfe and Schatz, but would end up taking home the sixth position and scoring his 18th top-ten finish of the season, while Jason Sides picked up the win.
"We have a great group of sponsors that support us week in and week out," stated Meyers after the race. "We had a good night going that just fell apart right at the end and I will take the blame for that. I just made a mistake and it cost us. These guys all work really hard and tonight I let them down, but I won't let that happen again. Our team has a lot of great people working together and like the old cliche goes, a good group of common people working together can achieve uncommon results. We are aiming for that extraordinary uncommon result this season. We have great people behind us in GLR Investments, Elite Landscaping, DDNI, Media Tile, Triquint Semiconductor, Allstar Performance, and Tarlton and Son. My partners in the team Chris (Luck) and Guy (Stockbridge) always help to get us what we need and I have a great group of guys who work on this car and behind the scenes. Between all of that we are looking forward to moving on to Knoxville and having a good weekend there."
Up Next for Elite Racing....
Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team will be traveling west this weekend to the Mecca of 410 sprint racing, Knoxville Raceway for the Hall of Fame Classic. The team will be battling the best in sprint racing for what promises to be an exciting three nights of racing on Thursday June 3, Friday June 4, and Saturday June 5.
-source: elite racing