THE ROAD TO CHARLOTTE: A LOOK BACK AT LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE 2010 SEASON The key to a successful race team is never being satisfied with the status quo. Each week Elite Racing pulls into the track, they are there to learn from the experience...
THE ROAD TO CHARLOTTE: A LOOK BACK AT LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE 2010 SEASON
The key to a successful race team is never being satisfied with the status quo. Each week Elite Racing pulls into the track, they are there to learn from the experience win or lose. The team then takes that knowledge and uses it to improve the #14 GLR Investments KPC the next time they set a wheel on the track. 2010 has been a banner year for Jason Meyers and Elite Racing as they have just two nights to endure to win the World of Outlaws title. Going into the last races of the season, there are a few lessons that Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team are going to have to remember a few lessons they learned over the years to make Charlotte unforgettable.
* Be consistent - Not only has Meyers put the #14 GLR Investments KPC in victory lane 10 times, he has also been consistent recording 34 top-five finishes and 54 top-ten finishes.
* Two is sometimes better than one - So far in 2010, Jason Meyers is one of only two drivers on the World of Outlaws schedule to win two races in a row.
* Know the Speed limit - A key area in which Meyers has excelled at is qualifying. With points being awarded to the top-5 qualifiers Meyers gained valuable points during qualifying this season. Meyers has led the series in qualifying points this season collecting 103 of his championship points during qualifying. In the past two seasons Meyers has led the series in bonus points collected.
* Then keep breaking the speed limit - "Hot Foot" is currently tied with fellow Californian Paul McMahan for most fast time honors. Both currently have 10 quick time awards. Meyers recorded quick time at the following tracks: Volunteer Speedway, Virginia Motor Speedway, Missouri State Fair Speedway, Husets Speedway, Ohsweken Speedway, I-55 Raceway, Nodak Speedway, Castrol Speedway, Cottage Grove Speedway, and Silver Dollar Speedway.
* Dash to the front - Meyer is tied with Steve Kinser in 2010 for the most appearances in the Crane Cams Dash.
* Show some muscle - One of the notable events that Meyers won in 2010 was the Ironman 55 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO. After 55 grueling laps around the 1/3-mile high banked oval, Meyers had the strength to hoist the first place trophy in victory lane.
* Finish what you start - Meyers and his Elite Racing team have the least number of DNFs of any World of Outlaw team this season.
* Celebrate - Meyers collected ten victories so far this season, which is a career best with the World of Outlaws. The tracks Jason has won at this season includes: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway, Volunteer Speedway, Tri-State (Okla.) Speedway, Virginia Motor Speedway, I-96 Speedway, North Central Speedway, I-55 Raceway, Castrol Raceway and Silver Dollar Speedway.
* Glitter like Gold - One of Meyer's biggest victories of the season came in the Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway. With this victory Meyers broke the streak of not having a Californian win the Gold Cup since 1989 and he also became only the third Californian in history to win the title. Meyers would take home a $50,000 payday along with the cup and most importantly add his name to the racing legends who have won the Gold Cup
* Wear the Crown Proudly - In 2010 the Bud Crown was introduced and Jason Meyers won it in July. The run for the Bud Crown was a 4 race mini-series, which highlighted races at Volunteer Speedway (two races), Missouri State Fair Speedway, and LaSalle Speedway. The California native finished first, sixth, seventh and eighth aboard the GLR Investments KPC in the four A-Feature events, as well as was being quickest in time trials in two Bud Crown races. He was among the Top-Two in qualifying in three of the races and seventh in the other, setting him apart from fellow competitors.
And last but not least.....
* Don't forget to have a sense of humor - Shortly before being broadcast in front of a nationwide audience on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, Meyers was asked while in the "hot seat" if he was nervous. Meyers who always thinks quick on his feet said, "This is nothing, after starting at the front row at Knoxville Nationals. Now that is nerve wracking."
In a little over a week, Elite Racing will return to the track on November 4 ready to qualify for World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
-source: elite racing