Jason Meyers Maintains Second Place During Busy Stretch for World of Outlaws Slated to Race in the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 360 Challenge Beginning at Sharon CLOVIS, Calif. (June 15, 2008) - Kicking off a six race stretch that spanned eight days...
Jason Meyers Maintains Second Place During Busy Stretch for World of
Slated to Race in the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 360 Challenge Beginning at Sharon
CLOVIS, Calif. (June 15, 2008) - Kicking off a six race stretch that spanned eight days with a two-day showdown at the Knoxville Raceway, Clovis, Calif. native Jason Meyers and the Elite Racing Team followed the World of Outlaws (WoO) to Pontoon Beach, Illinois before heading to the Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri, the Huset's Speedway in Brandon, SD, and finishing up the busy tour at the Eagle Nationals at the Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Nebraska.
MAKING UP A RAINOUT AT THE TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY IN PONTOON BEACH
After going out late for qualifying at the Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, disappointed was a good term to describe Meyers when he looked at the AMB i.t. qualifying results, showing the No. 14 KPC in nineteenth place, creating difficulty for the Elite Racing Team for the remainder of the evening.
Finishing fourth in the heat race was not good enough to give him a starting spot in the very important Crane Cams Dash. Meyers knew that he would have to put his "elbows up" in the A-Main event, as he would line up eighteenth. Putting his "elbows up" is exactly what Meyers did the minute the green flag dropped, vaulting himself into the top-ten fifteen laps in and putting the GLR Investments machine into the top-five by lap twenty-five. Finishing second was a good night for the points, however not the finish that Meyers wanted.
"The theme tonight for the Elite Racing Team was minimizing points damage after our qualifying run," noted Meyers. "We need to get our qualifying laps figured out, however we were able to try some things for the A-Main tonight that we might not otherwise have tried, and for the most part, it worked, since we were able to finish second."
PLAYING THE POINTS GAME - MEYERS RACES TO SEDALIA, MO
After struggling in qualifying during the previous event, Meyers and the Elite Racing Team went out and blistered the WoO field with a Quick Time award by setting an AMB i.t. timed lap of 16.533 seconds. Running second in the heat race, Meyers earned a spot in the ever-important Crane Cams Dash, which sets the starting lineup for the A-Main event, enabling him to run fourth in the final event of the evening.
"We just missed the setup tonight and we have taken steps to ensure that we don't make the same mistakes again the next time we come here," said the driver of the GLR Investments KPC. "To run in the top-four just isn't good enough for us if we want to bring the WoO Championship home to California for the first time."
HEADING NORTH TO SOUTH DAKOTA - A NIGHT OF EXCITEMENT
Looking forward to a Friday night showdown at the high-banked 3/8 mile Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., Meyers and the Elite Racing Team set their sights on very specific goals through the course of the WoO event, with the first goal being qualifying.
Setting a quick lap of 10.725 wasn't good enough for quick time, but was good enough for third place, which is also where he would end up in the heat race. Earning an eighth place starting spot for the A-Main event based upon his Crane Cams Dash finish.
Gaining two spots on the opening lap, Meyers would settle into a top-five spot by the fourth circuit. Waging two separate battles with current point leader Donny Schatz, the most exciting would occur over the course of the final ten laps. Battling Schatz on the final lap for the second spot, contact was made and Meyers wound up with a third place finish.
"Simply disappointing, however it was a great run for the Elite Racing Team tonight," said Meyers. "We will load up, and head to the next race and the next race after that and continue to run our races every night."
FINAL NIGHT OF A LONG RUN - WoO RETURNS TO EAGLE RACEWAY
With the event at Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Nebraska being the twentieth point-paying event for the World of Outlaws, Meyers came into the event with a series-leading sixteen top-five finishes.
Qualifying third at the high-banked 1/3 mile track, Meyers crossed the line second in his heat race, giving him a chance to snag the pole by running in the Crane Cams Dash, where he would finish third.
Battling to a third place finish in the A-Main event, Meyers earned his third Penske Power Position Award, giving him the series lead with four, as well as earning his series-leading seventeenth top-five finish of the season.
"Tonight's track was extremely technical, a good track, but it was difficult to get a serious run on anyone," said Meyers. "It was a good night for us, but we need to start making up some serious points (for the WoO championship)."
UP NEXT FOR ELITE RACING:
While the WoO are off until a two day showdown on Friday and Saturday night at the Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS, the site of one of the Elite Racing Team's victories in 2007, Meyers and the Elite Racing Team are heading to Hartford, Ohio for the first event of the three race Ollie's 360 Challenge at the Sharon Speedway. With NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Dave Blaney entered to win, Meyers will be piloting his familiar number 14 KPC. For this series of 360 cubic inch motor events, Meyers will have a Joe Gaerte-built power plant under the hood of the black GLR Investments Machine.
"We are fortunate to have the first two nights of the Ollie's 360 Challenge (Sharon Speedway on June 17 and Eldora Speedway on July 8 - during the King's Royal week) available on our schedule to run, however we will not be able to run the final night at William's Grove due to our race in Billings that same evening (on August 19th)," said Meyers. "We are definitely shooting for the $50,000 bonus to win two of the three feature events and are very excited because we truly enjoy running these 360 events."