Three nights in Ohio: Jason Meyers takes on Limaland and Eldora As the Midwest is feeling the heat of summer, the racing schedule is heating up for Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team. Last week the team took on three marquee events in the ...
Three nights in Ohio: Jason Meyers takes on Limaland and Eldora
As the Midwest is feeling the heat of summer, the racing schedule is heating up for Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team. Last week the team took on three marquee events in the Buckeye State. The first was the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park. Then Elite Racing moved on to Eldora Speedway for the Night Before the King's Royal and the 27th running of the legendary King's Royal.
The Brad Doty Classic
On Wednesday night, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing crew were in Ohio for the 22nd running of the Brad Doty Classic. It was an evening that saw the team feel the fate of a late qualifying run, but they fought diligently the rest of the night to make the best they could of the slow start. After transferring into the feature through his heat race by racing from 10th to 3rd, Meyers started in the 24th position in the feature.
It did not take long for Meyers to begin his climb through the field in the feature. By Lap 3, he was in the 22nd position. After an early race caution, Meyers would pick up two more positions on the restart. Through a series of double file restarts, Meyers worked his way up to the 15th position by Lap 15 of the 40 lap event.
At the half-way point, Meyers was chasing Jac Haudenschild for 13th place with Joey Saldana in his tire tracks. With a long green flag run Meyers settled in behind Haudenschild, but knew the laps were winding down. On Lap 28, Meyers would dive underneath the R19 to pick up the 13th position.
With Sammy Swindell and 12th place in his sights, Meyers started pursing the 1 car in his #14 GLR Investments KPC. On Lap 31, Meyers made his move taking 12th position away from Swindell. With the remaining laps of the race, Meyers tried to track down Tim Shaffer, but ran out of laps. Meyers would go on to finish 12th and pick up the KSE Hard Charger Award, while Dale Blaney went on to take the win.
"This is a track where it is really important to get an early draw in qualifying and unfortunately we did not get that," Meyers explained. "From that point we were just trying to catch up. We are going to take the next couple of days to work on the car and make sure we are ready for the King's Royal this weekend."
The Night Before the King's Royal
Friday night would see Meyers and his team take on the heat at a dry and dusty Eldora Speedway. After the #14 car encountered some mechanical issues in qualifying, Meyers and his team worked vigorously to make up the ground they lost. Unfortunately, it was hard to do since racing turned out to be one lane on the famed ½-mile.
Meyers would end up taking a provisional to start the feature event. He would start 25th place in his #14 DDNI KPC, but did not stay there long. On the first lap of the 30 lap event, Meyer picked his way up to the 21st position. Unfortunately the red flag came out, on the restart Meyers would get an excellent start and by Lap 3 he was in the 15th position picking up ten spots from where he started.
Meyers would move up to the 14th position, but after a spirited battle with Tim Shaffer, Meyers would fall back to 15th where he would stay until the halfway point of the race. Meyers fell back to 16th position when Sammy Swindell got past him, but would come back with only a few laps remaining.
In the closing laps of the race Meyers would pick up two positions when the yellow flag came out for two single car incidents. Then on the final restart Meyers would get past both Tim Shaffer and Cale Conley to finish in the 12th position, the first car one lap down. Saldana would go on to take the victory.
"I hate that we had mechanical issues in qualifying," stated Meyers. "It just put us behind the eight ball and we had to fight back all night. Thankfully we had a provisional and were able to make our way up to 12th in the feature. Tomorrow night is the big money night, so we will regroup and come back better tomorrow."
The King's Royal
For 27 years the King's Royal has been a staple on the World of Outlaws schedule and this year Meyers would be chasing the crown for the eighth time in the past nine years. Two times in the last three years, Meyers has placed 2nd in the famed event. Meyers would make his way into the feature after finishing third in his heat race securing the 17th starting position in the feature event.
When the green flag fell on the 40-lap main event, Meyers quickly slid up to the 15th position on Lap 2 getting past Greg Wilson and Tim Shaffer. Meyers and Shaffer would battle back and forth for the 15th position, up until the first red flag of a night that was mired by cautions.
On the restart Meyers would move up to 13th and by Lap 12 he was in the 11th running position. Another red flag would come out on Lap 16 and as a result Meyers would restart in the 9th position. On the restart Meyers would move his #14 Elite Racing KPC into a race high 8th position. Unfortunately, Meyers would fall back to 12th.
Another red flag would come out on Lap 21 and would put Meyers in the 9th position for the restart. During a long green flag run Meyers would fall back a couple of positions, but tragedy would hit on Lap 36 when Meyers blew a tire in Turn 4 and spun. The flat right rear tire would end Meyer's night and relegate him to a 17th position finish. Steve Kinser would go on to win his 7th King's Royal crown.
"I hate it for my guys that we were not able to finish the race," Meyers said. "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 and have a better week in Pennsylvania than we did in Ohio."
Next week will see Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team racing three times against the famed PA Posse in the Keystone State, before moving on to New York State. The week's racing action will start on Tuesday night, July 20th as Meyers races in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway. Next will be Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on Friday July 23 and Saturday July 24. On Sunday July 25th Meyers will be back on track at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York.
Jason on the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30's:
"The fans enjoyed it last year and it's a great event. Lernerville is a great race track and we always enjoy going up there. We used to go up there a lot more and I wish we still did. We still have a couple of shows there a year and always look forward to that. With the different format, it kind of depends on what the race track does. You gear up for the first race since that's the one that pays the points and then you have to see where you finish that one to see how the second one will shape up."
Jason on the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway:
"We're still looking for that win at Williams Grove for Charlie Garrett who builds our motors. We're looking forward to hopefully getting that this trip. The Posse rivalry certainly exists among the fans, and as a driver it's certainly one of the most competitive areas that we go into. It's a tough place and a very important place to run well at and be consistent. We've run pretty good there the last few years, though we had not so good of a visit the first time this year. We're looking forward to going back and recouping that."