Meyers Races to Third in the First Leg of Ollie's 360 Challenge! CLOVIS, Calif. (June 22, 2008) -- Racing the familiar GLR Investments black number 14, World of Outlaws (WoO) driver and Clovis, Calif. native Jason Meyers participated in the ...
Meyers Races to Third in the First Leg of Ollie's 360 Challenge!
CLOVIS, Calif. (June 22, 2008) -- Racing the familiar GLR Investments black number 14, World of Outlaws (WoO) driver and Clovis, Calif. native Jason Meyers participated in the celebrity-filled first leg of the Ollie's 360 Challenge at Sharon Speedway before heading to the Dodge City Raceway Park for a two night run with the WoO.
LOOKING TO CONTINUE 360 SUCCESS AT SHARON SPEEDWAY
After having much success over the last year with a 360 c.i. motor under the hood, Meyers jumped at the opportunity to run the Ollie's 360 Challenge races, beginning last week at the Sharon Speedway in Hartford Ohio. Tapping legendary 360 builder Earl Gaerte to build a powerplant for the event, Meyers arrived at the track hoping to win the big "Challenge," which was to win two of the three races in the mini-series and take home a $50,000 bonus. With the realization that the WoO schedule would prevent him from competing in the final event of the series, it wasn't a secret that he would have to win the first event in order to have a chance at the bonus.
Lining up ninth in his heat race, Meyers simply "ran out of laps" in the first event of a format that was not anything like what he is used to running every night on the WoO tour. His fourth place finish would slot him ninth in the point standings and give him the pole position for the "Four Laps of Fame" dash, which he would win. As nine was the number of the evening for the Elite Racing Team, Meyers would start ninth for the A-Main event. Moving up to sixth, Meyers made his signature turn four pass on fellow Outlaws Terry McCarl and Jason Johnson to gain the fourth position. He would pass one more car to finish third.
"We always enjoy participating in events that benefit charities, especially tonight's event benefiting the Kasey Kahne Foundation," said Meyers. "Our Gaerte engine was great tonight, but the track was just difficult to pass on and unfortunately now, we are out of the running for the bonus, however, we will be at Eldora (for the Ollie's 360 Challenge event scheduled the week of the King's Royal) and see if we can put our 360 in Victory Lane there."
NIGHT ONE OF THE BOOTHILL SHOWDOWN AT DODGE CITY
With the cameras from SPEED Channel once again rolling on the WoO, Meyers was excited to return to the site of one of his 2007 victories - Dodge City Raceway Park for the Boot Hill Showdown. The Elite Racing Team dropped a brand new Charlie Garrett powerplant into the KPC Chassis that Meyers has been so successful with so far in 2008 and qualified fifth.
A second place finish in his heat race would put Meyers solidly in the Crane Cams Dash, which determines the starting lineup for the first five rows of the $10,000 to win A-Main event. Gaining two spots on the opening circuit, Meyers was comfortable with the new banking that has been added into the track since the Outlaws were there in 2007. Racing his way into third place, Meyers simply wasn't able to get around the leaders, and would have to be content with a third place finish.
"We were very excited to get our new motor from Charlie (Garrett) and are very pleased with its performance tonight," said the Clovis, Calif. native. "The track was a little wet and I think that made it a little tougher than normal to pass, however we just couldn't get around the top two guys tonight, so we'll come back tomorrow and make it happen."
BOOT HILL SHOWDOWN NIGHT TWO - IS A RETURN TO VICTORY LANE NEXT?
Looking to improve on the first night of the Boot Hill Showdown at the Dodge City Raceway Park, Meyers laid down an AMB i.t. qualifying lap of 13.172 seconds, which would be good enough for sixth place overall in qualifying. Unfortunately, a fourth place finish in the heat, combined with his qualifying result was not good enough to give him a spot in the coveted and very important Crane Cams Dash.
Lining up eleventh for the A-Main event, Meyers would only be able to gain three spots in the 30-lap event in front of a sold out, standing-room only crowd to finish eighth.
"Tonight was just not our night and we need to get it turned around," said Meyers. "We aren't helping ourselves in points with nights like these and we have to get back in our groove and start picking up (WoO Championship) points if we want a shot at winning the title this year."
UP NEXT FOR ELITE RACING:
Heading north from Kansas, the Elite Racing Team and the World of Outlaws have a three race weekend in front of them, spanning over three nights. Kicking off at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday, June 27, the Elite Racing Team heads to the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND on Saturday, June 28 before finishing the week up at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisc. on Sunday, June 29.