Jason Meyers Earns Two Top Fives as World of Outlaws Head to Knoxville Falls to Second in WoO Point Standings CLOVIS, Calif. (June 1, 2008) - Starting to make their way west again, World of Outlaws (WoO) team, Elite Racing and driver Jason...
Jason Meyers Earns Two Top Fives as World of Outlaws Head to Knoxville
Falls to Second in WoO Point Standings
CLOVIS, Calif. (June 1, 2008) - Starting to make their way west again, World of Outlaws (WoO) team, Elite Racing and driver Jason Meyers started the week off on a good note at Rolling Wheels Raceway, spending the Memorial Day holiday battling quite possibly the toughest WoO in recent history on the beautiful 5/8 mile speedway in Elbridge, NY, before heading towards the state of Ohio for two nights of racing.
ROLLING WHEELS, A CHANCE TO EXTEND THE POINT LEAD?
Arriving at Rolling Wheels as the current WoO point leader, Meyers and the Elite Racing Team qualified fifth with a time of 17.091 seconds, as recorded by the AMB i.t. scoring system. Finishing fourth in his heat race and fourth in the Crane Cams Dash would line him up on the outside of the second row for the A-Main event.
Jumping into third on the opening circuit, it would be the 21st lap before Meyers would be able to get the GLR Investments KPC Chassis into second, which is where he would remain, following eventual winner, Steve Kinser.
"Tonight was a good night for us, although we just weren't good enough early in the event," noted the Clovis, Calif. native. "We had to come down off the cushion in three and four to get around the lapped traffic, and unfortunately, we lost some speed there, which hurt us. While we would like to be in the winner's circle tonight, Steve (Kinser) was just better than us all night long."
LOOKING TO RE-VISIT VICTORY LANE AT ATTICA RACEWAY PARK
Having won a non-WoO event at Attica Raceway Park in Attica Ohio in 2006, Meyers and the Elite Racing Team were confident they would be able to accomplish their goal of continuing to finish in the top-five in the majority of the WoO events.
Setting the tone for the evening, or so they thought, the Elite Racing Team would put a car under Meyers that he would click off a lap of 12.511 seconds, which according to the AMB i.t. scoring system, would slot him third after all forty-six drivers would take time.
Unfortunately, a fifth place finish in the heat race would keep him out of the Crane Cams Dash, which slots the first ten spots in the A-Main event, so Meyers would start eleventh.
Steadily picking off competitors in the A-Main event, Meyers would come across the line fifth, which would continue his streak of top-five finishes and maintain the WoO point lead for the Elite Racing Team.
"Our car was good and that showed because we spent most of the night in lapped traffic," said the driver, who is the first California native to lead the WoO point standings. "When you miss the (Crane Cams) Dash, it just puts you behind the eight-ball when it comes to the feature - you have to start so far back and have to work your butt off to get to the front."
ROUGH WATERS AHEAD AT ELDORA FOR THE WOO POINT LEADER
Making the short drive to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from Attica, Ohio, Meyers arrived at the high-banked half-mile hoping that he would have a better night at the speedway than when he was there in April. In April, Meyers had to change an engine after hot laps, lost a tire while leading the Crane Cams Dash, and lost a second tire during the A-Main event.
Laying down an AMB i.t. timed lap of 13.514 seconds, Meyers would qualify second and he would also finish second in his heat race, behind Eldora veteran Dean Jacobs, giving him a starting spot in the Crane Cams Dash. Starting fourth in the Dash, Meyers would quickly move into the lead spot, which would give him the pole position for the A-Main event.
Jumping out to an early lead in the A-Main, Meyers would extend his lead, running into lapped traffic fairly early in the event, being forced to search for different lines around the speedway. Briefly losing the lead to Donny Schatz, Meyers would use his Garrett's Racing Engines power to get back around Schatz to be the official lap leader. On lap 26, Meyers moved up onto the infamous cushion in turns one and two and unfortunately tagged the wall, cutting down his right rear tire and bending the front axle, losing the lead and being unable to restart in time to re-join the A-Main event, giving up the victory and the WoO point lead.
"This has to be the biggest disappointment of the 2008 season so far," said Meyers. "We haven't had very good luck here this year, but to come in, have our first DNF and lose the point lead is just disappointing. All we can do is head to Knoxville, dig deeper than we ever have, win some races and put our name back on top of the leaderboard."
UP NEXT FOR ELITE RACING:
The Elite Racing Team continues to head west, with a two-night stop in Knoxville, Iowa in preparation for the 2008 Knoxville Nationals. The Friday, June 6th event will be broadcast on SPEED on June 15 and the Saturday, June 7thy event will be broadcast on SPEED on June 21 from the famed half-mile oval. Sunday, June 8 will see the Outlaws invade the Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. for a makeup event from May 9th.
OUR SUPPORTERS: Jason Meyers and the Elite Racing team travel full-time on the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws sprint series with support from Elite Landscaping, GLR Investments, Primerica Financial, Motorsports Designs, Dave Meyers Construction, Don Carter Metal Stamping and Garrett's Racing Engines.
It's no secret that the first two races this week were better for the team than last night at Eldora, but I'm sure that the boys will dig even deeper than they have up until this point and get the point lead back at Knoxville and Tri-City this weekend.
I hope you watched (and enjoyed) the SPEED broadcast from Williams Grove Speedway. It was nice to watch it on our DVR today, since we were at Eldora yesterday when it came on television.
Make sure you stop by the t-shirt trailer, say hi to Robyn and meet little Delaney. Robyn has been hard at work, coming up with many new t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket and hat designs. Of course, our line of child and infant apparel has grown a ton and you might even see Delaney modeling some of it.
Thanks for all of your support and we hope to see you at a track soon!
Elite Racing Team