Fox Ridge: Race report

Meyers wins as Outlaws christen Fox Ridge Speedway ARCADIA, WI (June 10) -- Californian Jason Meyers felt right at home Tuesday when the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series ran its inaugural event at Fox Ridge Speedway. The Fresno native, who ...

Meyers wins as Outlaws christen Fox Ridge Speedway

ARCADIA, WI (June 10) -- Californian Jason Meyers felt right at home Tuesday when the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series ran its inaugural event at Fox Ridge Speedway.

The Fresno native, who started driving Wisconsin-based Karavan Motorsports' #7 VMAC Maxim a week after Craig Dollansky suffered a season-ended back injury in the Infiniti Pro Series' Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 17th, led the final 11 2/3 laps to claim the $10,000 first prize.

"This is awesome," Meyers yelled to the largest crowd ever to watch a race at Fox Ridge Speedway. "It's unfortunate that I'm driving this car under these circumstances, but this is a great opportunity for me. The first thing I'm going to do is call Craig and tell him about it.

"This team's done a awesome job. D.J. (Lindsey), Bryan (Sundby) and Heath (Jacobson) gave me a great race car tonight. I wasn't sure about our tire choice, but they did what they thought was right and it was perfect. I want to thank (co-car owner) Scott Boyd for this chance -- and Madonna (Boyd) told me it was her birthday today, so happy birthday Madonna!

"We have a lot of great people associated with this team: VMAC, Karavan Trailers, Hoosier Tires and Maxim Chassis. This was a brand new Charlie Fisher motor tonight, and it ran great. Scott Boyd put this race on, and I'm just glad all these fans came out to support us. Thank you!"

Meyers exchanged the lead with pole-sitter and early leader Kraig Kinser twice during lap 18 before executing the winning pass in the low groove between the first and second corners one lap later. The victory was the second of Meyers' O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series career. He is the 13th driver to win a main event in the first 27 events of the series' 25th Anniversary Season.

Meyers, the sixth-fastest driver in the 32-car field, earned the right to start the 30-lap "A" Feature outside the second row by following Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Sides across the finish line in the Second Dash Race.

Kinser, who won the First Dash Race and started on the pole, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. The 18-year-old son of "King of the Outlaws" Steve Kinser who had never led an O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series race before, was forced to restart after Brandon Wimmer hit the back-straightaway retaining wall late in the opening lap.

Kraig drove the #11K Delco-Remy International Maxim into the lead when the race resumed, only to have "B" Feature winner Mike Kertscher spin into the wall on the front stretch before the leaders completed the opening lap. Kinser raced into the lead again when the green flag replaced the yellow.

Meyers, who passed Donny Schatz during the first lap, took second place from Sides deep in turn four the next time around. Schatz drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J past Sides for third place two laps later.

Kinser was 15 car-lengths ahead of Meyers when he entered lapped traffic during the fifth lap. Travis Whitney opened the track ahead of the leaders two laps later when he spun in the fourth corner. Three-time O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell coasted into the pit area with a broken water line during the caution and never returned to the race.

Steve Kinser took the low line through turns three and four to pass Joey Saldana for sixth place within a lap after the race resumed. The 1996 Rookie of the Year took the high line around points leader Danny Lasoski and Kinser between turns three and four the next time around, however. "The King of the Outlaws" regained fifth place with an inside move in the same spot late in the 10th lap.

Tim Shaffer took the leaders out of lapped traffic when the #83 Beef Packers Eagle spun in the fourth corner late in lap 11. Kraig Kinser controlled the ensuing restart and opened a half-straightaway advantage within four laps.

Meyers cut young Kinser's lead to four car-lengths in lapped traffic within two laps. Meyers passed Kraig deep in turn two early in the 18th lap, only to lose the position in the low groove between the third and fourth corners several seconds later.

Meyers took the low line into turn two to pass Kinser for the lead early in lap 19. Schatz used a similar move to pass Kraig for the runner-up spot four laps later, and was five car-lengths behind when Meyers took the checkered flag.

Kraig Kinser finished in third place, ahead of Sides, Steve Kinser, Lasoski, Brooke Tatnell, Saldana and Paul McMahan. Blake Feese, driving Guy Forbrook's #5 MPD Hand Controls Maxim for the first time in an O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series event, finished 10th.

Shaffer, who swept the J.D. Byrider Outlaw Nationals at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track early this season, raced into 12th place from inside the 11th row. Brian Brown passed eight cars to finish 16th.

Lasoski set Fox Ridge Speedway's single-lap record with a 13.013-second, 103.742-M.P.H. lap around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. "The Dude" leads the series with 12 fast times.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Blake Feese , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Brown , Brooke Tatnell , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan