JASON MEYERS WINS 2008 BRAD DOTY CLASSIC Battles Rain at King's Royal for Two Second Place Finishes Former World of Outlaws (WoO) racer Brad Doty is known to many as a hero and has gone down in the history books as one of the best to ever wheel...
JASON MEYERS WINS 2008 BRAD DOTY CLASSIC
Battles Rain at King's Royal for Two Second Place Finishes
Former World of Outlaws (WoO) racer Brad Doty is known to many as a hero and has gone down in the history books as one of the best to ever wheel a sprint car, however, since a racing accident took away his ability to walk, let alone drive a sprint car, he has been honored with an annual event in his name, the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park. As respected as Doty is, when Jason Meyers made a thrilling last-lap, last-corner pass for the win at "The Classic," he realized the importance of the event he just won.
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO HONOR A HERO? WIN HIS RACE!
Getting to know Brad Doty through his work as a color commentator for the SPEED Channel broadcasts of the WoO events, Meyers has formed a deep amount of respect for the former driver, injured in a horrific accident that ended his career and relegated him to a wheelchair. For the past 20 years, Doty has been honored with an even in his name, the Brad Doty Classic, this year promoted by Doty himself and held at the always-exciting Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio.
With an AMB i.t. qualifying lap of 11.149 seconds around the racy half-mile track, Meyers was slotted sixth at the conclusion of time trials. With a second place finish in his heat and a second place finish in the Crane Cams Dash, Meyers lined up on the outside of the front row for the forty-lap A-Main event. With a thrilling battle for the win, ending with one of his now-signature final lap, final turn slide jobs for the lead, Meyers passed "King Steve Kinser," relying on his Charlie Garrett Racing Engines Power to win the drag race with Kinser down the frontstretch to the checkered flags to win his sixth WoO A-Main event of the 2008 season.
"We needed this win more than I can put into words, especially leading into the 'Month of Money,' and I can't thank everyone who is behind this team enough - nobody has given up, all they have done is dig deeper and work harder," noted the driver of the GLR Investments, Elite Landscaping, Primerica Financial KPC Chassis. "Lapped traffic both worked for us and against us tonight, but in the end, we are where it matters - Victory Lane."
WARM-UP FOR THE CROWN -- KNIGHT BEFORE THE KING'S ROYAL
With a solid start to the King's Royal Week under his belt, Meyers and the Elite Racing Team were ready to take on the famed high-banks of Eldora Speedway for the Knight Before the King's Royal, the traditional kick-off to the WoO "Month of Money," in preparation for the $50,000 to win King's Royal on Saturday night.
With an AMB i.t. timed lap of 13.608 around the very fast half-mile, good enough for fourth in the final time trial standings, Meyers finished second in his heat race and crossed the line fourth in the Crane Cams Dash, which would give him an outside second-row starting spot for the feature event.
Solidly running fourth, Meyers put a slide job on third-place runner Rob Chaney, before Chaney spun in turn four, bringing out the caution. On lap 14, Meyers went after second place Dale Blaney for the position and set his sights on leader Joey Saldana, trying to pass him on the last lap of the race, and wasn't able to make it stick, finishing second.
"I tried to go across him without wrecking, hoping it would stick, and just didn't go hard enough, but who knows, if I would have put it in there harder, there is a very likely possibility we wouldn't have been able to load the car in the trailer - it was just Joey's night tonight," said Meyers after the race. "We are looking forward to tomorrow night (the King's Royal) and wouldn't have had the car good enough for second had DJ, Brian and Glenn not dug down as deep as they did and worked as hard as they did to give me such a good car tonight."
KING JASON HAS A NICE RING TO IT -- GOING FOR HIS FIRST KING'S ROYAL CROWN
For the first time in the twenty-five year history of the event, the King's Royal was postponed one day due to the massive downpour that hit the area on Saturday evening as the first hot lap session was pushing off.
Sunday afternoon brought sunny skies to the Rossburg, Ohio track and the teams were excited to drop the green on what is known as one of the biggest events of the season, the 25th Annual King's Royal.
Qualifying fifth with a time of 13.919 seconds, Meyers made a point to establish his presence early on with a win in the heat race and a second place finish in the Crane Cams Dash, giving him the outside front row starting spot for the 40 lap A-Main event.
Losing the second spot on the opening lap to eventual winner Daryn Pittman, Meyers settled into third place behind Pittman and leader Joey Saldana. On lap 28, Saldana blew a right rear tire, moving Meyers into second place. Knowing that his car was much better in traffic, the last thing Meyers wanted to see was another red or yellow flag. Setting up for a thrilling last couple of laps, Meyers chased Pittman down and tried to pull his last lap move on Pittman, however a lapped car held him up and he watched his friend Pittman cross under the checkered flags to earn his first ever King's Royal crown, the title that Meyers had worked so hard for.
"I'm the most disappointed in myself, and I don't feel a single ounce of disappointment for the guys (the Elite Racing Team)," said Meyers. "I knew we were better in lapped traffic, but when you don't get the cautions when you need them, there isn't much you can do about it other than put your elbows up and try to chase the leader down."
-credit: Elite Racing Team