JASON MEYERS FINISHES 2ND AT 2008 KNOXVILLE NATIONALS CLOVIS, Calif. (August 8, 2008) - The Elite Racing Team had been preapring for this weekend all season long...and it showed. Jason Meyers and the Elite Racing Team rolled out of the trailer...
JASON MEYERS FINISHES 2ND AT 2008 KNOXVILLE NATIONALS
CLOVIS, Calif. (August 8, 2008) - The Elite Racing Team had been preapring for this weekend all season long...and it showed. Jason Meyers and the Elite Racing Team rolled out of the trailer ready to race on Thursday, more determined than ever to ensure they would be on the stage when the checkered flag flew on Saturday evening during the live Speed Channel broadcast.
During his Thursday night qualifier session, Meyers set Quick Time, being the only driver on Thursday night to break the 14-second barrier. On the first lap of his heat race, Meyers excitingly passed four cars before going on to finish second. In the A-main Meyers charged to the front from the drop of the green flag. On lap 14, Meyers slip 3rd place Billy Alley and leader Joey Saldana in turns 1 and 2 to take the lead only to have the yellow flag wave as they exited turn 2. On the restart, Meyers charged back around Billy Alley to take the 2nd spot and set his sights on leader Joey Saldana. "Joey got away from me a little bit on the restart and I knew that 2nd would be good enough to be high points for the weekend. I wanted to win the race, but I also knew I had to be smart and not push the issue," said Meyers. Jason would go on to finish 2nd and emerge from the two qualification nights as "high-points," which locked him into the A-Scramble event on Friday evening.
After a seventh-place finish in the A-Scramble, Meyers was tied for first in points with veteran Danny Lasoski, with the tie-breaker being Scramble finishing position, giving Lasoski the pole position for Saturday evening's A-Main event, televised live on Speed Channel.
In Saturday's 30-lap A-Main event, Meyers jumped out to an early lead and was in lapped traffic by lap seven, building his lead with every car he put a lap down, turning laps almost a half-second faster than the second place car of Donny Schatz. Making the decision not to pull to the infield after an expired motor, another competitor forced the flagman to throw the caution flag, bunching up the field. In addition, according to Knoxville Raceway rules, all lapped cars are moved to the rear of the field, bunching the leaders together to race for position. Typically, this rule would be an advantage for Meyers, however it simply was not on Saturday night. The lack of lapped traffic allowed second place Schatz to pass Meyers after racing side by side for 3 laps following the restart. Meyers would have to settle for a second-place podium spot, after coming closer to winning the Knoxville Nationals than ever before.
"Words cannot explain how disappointing it is to be that close to winning, and not get the job done," said the native of Clovis, California. "It is unfortunate that some drivers are too selfish to simply pull off the track when they have an expired motor, but instead choose to stop the race to get a little television exposure. In the end, we simply got beat, and we will have to wait until next year. They say you have to finish second in this race before you can win it, so at leaast we have that out of the way now. I want to thank all of our sponsors who have made this possible, including ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and Tarlton and Sons, Inc. who have just recently joined the Elite Racing Team."
UP NEXT FOR ELITE RACING:
Jason Meyers and the Elite Racing Team travel full-time on the World of Outlaws (WoO) circuit, stopping off next at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND on Tuesday before heading to the Gillette Thunder Speedway in Gillette, Wyoming for the first time ever.