2009 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Jason Meyers Concord, NC-- January 30, 2009--Jason Meyers sole focus entering last season was to contend for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship, which he did all year long. He...
2009 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Jason Meyers
Concord, NC-- January 30, 2009--Jason Meyers sole focus entering last season was to contend for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship, which he did all year long. He led the series championship standings for the first time in his career and also won a career-high nine overall races with the series en route to a runner-up finish in the final points.
Meyers has one goal this year and that is to win the World of Outlaws championship. That quest begins at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida on February 6 in the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH. He won during the event last season and finished in the Top-Five in all five feature events he competed in.
"It's always nice to go to Florida at this time of the year," said Meyers. "We always run pretty well there and are looking to come out of the box strong, like we did last year and start the season off right."
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The California native recently took part in the annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma also make a trip to Australia over the Holiday season to compete at Parramatta City Raceway against a number of fellow World of Outlaws drivers. He picked up two Top-Five finishes in his three race stint Down Under.
"For a race car driver to be in the seat in the winter, it keeps your body and mind fresh," he noted. "You can work out in the gym, but there is nothing that is quite the same as being in the car racing. To be able to get in the car and keep the rust off in the winter, definitely helps going into the first race of the year."
A strong start in Florida last season set the tone for Meyers and his team. After finishing in the Top-Five in all three World of Outlaws events in the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, he left the Sunshine State just 10 points out of the lead in the series championship standings. One of the strongest fields in the 31-year history of the World of Outlaws will be following the tour this season and when they arrive in Florida, competitors from coast-to-coast will be waiting to do battle for the $10,000 top prize each night at the blazing fast half-mile.
"Florida is always tough, because you have the best in the county there," explained the native of Clovis, California. "You have the best of the Outlaws and the best from Pennsylvania and the rest of the country including the West Coast and the Midwest, and everyone is competing for a spot in the A-main each night. It's different as well down there with the sandy soil, which we are not used to and it lends itself to different characteristics. It's a nice facility and a fun place to race. I always enjoy the half-mile and look forward to going there again this year."
Meyers has the exact same crew in place this year that he had last year led by veteran crew chief D.J. Lindsey. The team has been busy in the shop all winter long, as they again designed and built their own KPC chassis with the help of Steve Kent. They will also utilize Charlie Garrett engines again this season.
"The crew looks absolutely phenomenal," he stated. "They have been working very hard and I have the same guys back this year. They have been working every day, including nights and weekends to get ready for the season. We're very excited about returning with the same team and hopefully keeping the streak alive. We still have to improve one position and we have worked hard over the winter with new designs and new ideas. We're really looking forward to the start of the season."
Meyers will have the chance to race in front of a number of hometown fans as well as sponsors during the early part of the 2009 season, as the World of Outlaws will spend most of the month of March in his home state of California. First up will be an event at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville for the second consecutive season, followed by the return of the Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway to the World of Outlaws schedule. Meyers won the opening night of the Gold Cup Race of Champions last season and was in command of the $50,000 finale when he was caught up by a lapped car. The first California swing of the season will wrap up with a two-night show at Meyers home track, Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.
"It makes it nice for the team to be close to home, especially having our own chassis program and engine program," said Meyers. "That helps a lot being around home the first few races of the year. We have so many new things that we have worked on over the winter and we want to see how those play out over the first few races. That gives us the chance to be back at the shop and make changes if necessary and continue to improve on those things as the start of the season takes place."
After battling with Craig Dollansky early in the season and Donny Schatz in the latter part of the year for the 2008 championship, Meyers looks for a number of other drivers to step up and be in contention this season. There are over 15 drivers committed to running with the series full-time.
"I am going to make a speculation that this is going to be the toughest field that you have ever seen on the Outlaws circuit," he shared. "I think the last couple of years have gotten very very competitive amongst many teams on the Outlaws tour. I know there are a few teams that didn't perform as well as they would have liked last season that have been working hard over the winter, as well as the teams that did perform well continue to work hard. I can see this season being very tough among the Top-Five teams and it should be very exciting for the fans."
Meyers and his team have been working hard all off-season to build on the solid 2008 season that saw them lead the series in Top-Five finishes with 48, in addition to being fastest in time trials a series-best 14 times. Meyers also led the most laps in feature racing competition last season with the World of Outlaws and was tied for the top spot in wins in the Crane Cams Dash to earn pole positions. In addition to running strong on the track, he is quick to point out that preparation and hard work at the shop over the winter will also play a key as they chase that coveted title in 2009.
"I think it will take a lot of little things," Meyers said when asked what it takes to win a championship. "I don't think there is any one area where a Top-Five team would make a change that would put them that far ahead of the competition. It's going to take many little things and I know in our team, we have taken note of many things over the winter and tried to put as many resources as we can into as many different areas as we can to make a lot of little improvements that will hopefully give the team the jump they need to be the number one team in 2009."
The 2009 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series seasons kicks off February 6-8 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida with the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH. . For more information on the event, including tickets, visit: www.dirtcarnationals.com.