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Rumble at River City Speedway: Jason Meyers Duels in the Dakotas River City Speedway is known for being a lightening fast, high banked 1/4-mile track with close racing. With race laps being turned at approximately eleven seconds per lap, when...

Rumble at River City Speedway: Jason Meyers Duels in the Dakotas

River City Speedway is known for being a lightening fast, high banked 1/4-mile track with close racing. With race laps being turned at approximately eleven seconds per lap, when something happens on the track, it happens in a split second. This weekend Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team would have to not only be fast on track, but fast in the work area to make it through the Duel in the Dakotas.

Night one: Meyers wrangles to hold on to a top-ten finish

When Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team entered the pit area, they were ready to rumble on night one at River City Speedway. After finishing 3rd in the dash, Meyers was ready to contend for the win. On the start, Meyers fell back to 4th after Kerry Madsen got around him, but a series of quick yellows that started on Lap 3, slowed racing action.

On the restart, Meyers got shuffled back to the 7th position, but quickly began chasing Craig Dollansky to move back into the top-6. By Lap 9, Meyers was running side-by-side with Dollansky and took away the spot. Then Meyers in his DDNI #14, quickly got under Lucas Wolfe to take the 5th position. Meyers climbed to fourth in the running order when Donny Schatz got sideways on the track.

On the restart on Lap 21, Meyers would work his way into the top-three behind Kerry Madsen and Steve Kinser. On the following restart though, Dollansky would get past Meyers sending him back to fourth position. On Lap 35, Meyers would catch Dollansky and retake the third position.

With just five laps to go, the caution flag and red flag came out for fuel. Unfortunately the leader Kerry Madsen had made contact with a lapped car leaving him with suspension damage. With the leader having suspension damage, there was a shuffle on the restart. Meyers got caught behind Madsen and fell back to 6th position. Over the remaining laps of the race, Meyers held off Donny Schatz to end the night in the 6th position.

"You have to hold on here," said Meyers. "This is a track that is physically demanding since you pretty much have to hold your breath for 40 laps. There is always so much going on. Tonight, we unfortunately got caught up by a slow car on the restart and did not have enough laps to regain the positions. I have to thank DDNI, GLR Investments, Media Tile, TriQuint, Elite Landscaping and everyone who is behind us week after week. We will just have to come back tomorrow night and work harder to get the #14 car up front."

Night two: Meyers fights back after flip

On the second night of racing action at River City Speedway, Meyers was ready to make a comeback after the end of the pervious night's race. At the beginning of the night Meyers was on track to do just that capturing the 4th starting position in the dash in his #14 GLR Investments KPC. With the green flag out, Meyers held on to the 4th position and started hunting down Kerry Madsen who was running in 3rd place.

On Lap 8, Meyers was on Madsen's bumper and dove to his inside to take the position. By the end of the lap Meyers had taken 3rd place away from Madsen. Madsen fought back in turn 3 making contact with Meyers and sending both cars tumbling off of turn 4.

With quick work from his Elite Racing crew during the red flag, Meyers rejoined the field to try to salvage what positions he could. On the restart, Meyers was in the 23rd position. Over the remaining laps of the race, Meyers was able to climb his way to 17th position and was the first car one lap down when the race ended.

"We had a really good car tonight and I hate it for my guys that we got caught up in that," stated Meyers. "I have to thank my Elite Racing crew for their quick work, which let me finish this race. I think tonight we had a good enough car to fight for the win. It's just very unfortunate that we were taken out of the race, especially that early in the event."

Up Next for Elite Racing....

Next on the World of Outlaws schedule for Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing crew is a duo of races out West. First on the schedule will be Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska on Friday night June 25 and the following night Saturday June 26 the team will be back in action at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

Michael Ross Foundation Golf Tournament golf Jason Meyers hits the links for a good cause

Before traveling North, Jason Meyers took a day off from racing to tee off for the Michael Ross Foundation. Meyers has been a part of the Michael Ross Foundation Golf Tournament since 2003 and looks forward to helping out each year. Over the years, Meyers has built partnerships on the course and it has become costmary to play 18 holes with Karl "Bub" Caldwell at his side. In return, Caldwell becomes an associate sponsor for an evening at a local track for Elite Racing. This year it will be at Missouri State Fair Speedway when the rained out event takes the green flag on June 29.

"It is a great cause and a lot of wonderful people work really hard to put this tournament on," stated Meyers. "I really enjoy taking a day away from racing and having a chance to catch up with Karl. It is not only a terrific event, but we get to help the Ross family carry on the legacy of their son Michael. It also helps a lot of children with special needs have the opportunity to go to camp."

About the Michael Ross Foundation: Tony and Kathy Ross, founders of American Compressed Steel, Inc. in Sedalia, Missouri, and daughter, Nicole Ross, established the foundation and its investment fund in memory of their son and brother, Michael Paul Ross. Michael passed away in 1990 at the age of 5 years old from a very rare genetic disease known as Tay-Sachs disease. The proceeds of the foundation go to the Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan. The camp is for handicapped children only, many with special care needs. Funding is raised to help remove the financial burdens from the children's families so that the camp visit is completely paid for, including new wheel chairs, crutches, or other medical equipment the children may need. Over the years the golf tournament and events linked to it has raised more than $1.2 million in camp donations.

-source: elite racing

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Jason Meyers , Kerry Madsen , Lucas Wolfe