MEYERS STRIKES GOLD AGAIN, MAKING IT 2 IN A ROW For the second consecutive night, Jason Meyers and the Elite Racing team found themselves in victory lane at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon on Tuesday evening. After a wash out in...
MEYERS STRIKES GOLD AGAIN, MAKING IT 2 IN A ROW
For the second consecutive night, Jason Meyers and the Elite Racing team found themselves in victory lane at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon on Tuesday evening. After a wash out in Elma, WA the night before, the Elite Racing team was back in action on Tuesday evening, looking to continue their chase of Donny Schatz in the 2009 World of Outlaws points' championship.
The night started off well with Meyers clocking the 3rd fastest time for the evening from the 25th qualifying spot. With only 30 cars in attendance, the night's program consisted of three heat races which locked Meyers into the Dash based on his qualifying efforts. His 3rd place qualifying effort also earned him 3 more valuable championship points.
In the third heat race, Meyers raced his way from the 4th starting spot to finish 3rd on the very fast ¼ mile clay oval. The fast conditions were very exciting, but did not allow for much passing early on in the evening. Up next was the pill draw for the Crane Cams dash line up. Tonight once again saw Jason Meyers and Danny Lasoski last to draw with the 2 and 10 pill left up for grabs. Meyers was to draw first and was lucky enough to draw the 2 pill placing him on the front row outside alongside fellow Californian Tim Kaeding.
Meyers jumped to the high side of turns one and two at the start of the dash to take the lead and set sail, winning the dash by over 10 car lengths. "The track is really technical tonight and so far we have struggled to get the car balanced properly. I think we are headed in the right direction now following the dash, giving us something to work with. Now all we have to do is guess what the track will do during the 40 lap feature, and by guess I mean guess right," commented Meyers prior to Tuesday nights A main.
The front row of the A main saw Meyers and kaeding once again side by side, this time with Meyers on the inside and Kaeding on the high side. When the green flag fell, this time is what Kaeding to the high side taking the lead with Meyers in tow. The two ran nose to tail until a caution flew on lap 4 bunching the field up for the restart. On the restart, Kaeding went high and Meyers darted low in turns one and two, but could not get the drive up off of two. The leaders entered lapped traffic on lap 9 and Meyers and Kaeding went three wide as they made their way through the slower cars. On lap 12, Kaeding split two cars and put some distance on Meyers, but only one lap later, Meyers was back on his tail. The caution flew again on lap 14, forcing another restart. This time, Meyers made the bottom work in one and two and the two raced side by side down the back shoot and through turns three and four with Meyers leading at the stripe. Kaeding charged hard back to the high side one lap later in three and four and got next to Meyers, but Meyers shot off the bottom of turn four and maintained his lead.
Meyers had definitely found something on the bottom and began to stretch out his lead. The final caution fell on lap 26, and on the restart Meyers again opened up his lead to almost a straightaway advantage as he entered lapped traffic on lap 32. Meyers appeared to slow down this time as he entered traffic and Kaeding began to reel him in as the laps wound down. Time was on Meyers side though as he crossed the line 1st with a 6 car length advantage. In victory lane Meyers commented that he thought he had a tire going down and was trying to hold on and make sure he finished without the tire blowing. "I have been trying to win at this track for a long time, and to finally get it done is very exciting for our team. All the tracks on the west coast are like home to me and we have a lot of fans that have cheered for us for years out here. This win tonight is for all of our fans that have supported us for all these years," said Meyers in victory lane.
Tim Kaeding came home in 2nd with Donny Schatz mounting an impressive charge from the 20th starting spot to finish 3rd. Meyers earned a total of 153 points Tuesday night moving him to within 29 points of championship leader and 3-time defending champion Donny Schatz. "We have 11 point races left in the season and it is going to come down to the wire. We have to be on our game each and every night as the season winds down," commented Meyers.
UP NEXT FOR JASON AND THE TEAM
The Elite Racing team will be back in action tonight at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA for qualifying action for the 2009 Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is a show up point's race only for the Outlaws due to its special format, allowing Meyers to race strictly for the win this week in hopes of capturing his first Gold Cup victory. Meyers won his qualifying night in 2008 and led over half of Saturday nights A main before being collected by a spinning lapped car, ending his chances of winning. Following this weekend's event, Meyers and the Elite Racing team will head to Spencer, IA for racing action on Wednesday night and then to Spring Valley, MN for the rescheduled race at Deer Creek Speedway on Saturday September 19th.