One to remember: 1999 Mini Gold Cup win was first for Jason Meyers Chico, CA-- March 12, 2009-- A driver always remembers their first win and usually every single detail of that entire day, both on and off the track. For Jason Meyers, that ...
One to remember: 1999 Mini Gold Cup win was first for Jason Meyers
Chico, CA-- March 12, 2009-- A driver always remembers their first win and usually every single detail of that entire day, both on and off the track. For Jason Meyers, that initial trip to Victory Lane came in his home state of California in 1999 at one of the most well know sprint car tracks in the country, Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Making that victory even more memorable at the always racy ¼-mile is that it came in the Mini Gold Cup, one of the staples on the schedule for a California driver.
Meyers, who has been competing full-time with the World of Outlaws for the last several years, has competed in the Mini Gold Cup in each of the last two seasons and is the defending winner of the traditional season opening event at the high-banked bullring. He will have the chance to compete in the two-day event again this year, as the World of Outlaws will be sanctioning the race for the first time since 1992 as they take to the track on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 for two full nights of racing with $10,000 on the line to the winner each night.
"I always enjoy going to Chico," said Meyers. "I have raced there a lot and that certainly helps because of all the laps I have at that track. It's always a racy track and they always put on a good show there. It's a neat deal that the World of Outlaws and the Padjen's were able to put together this program and let us become a part of the Mini Gold Cup once again."
For the last several years, the World of Outlaws have competed just once each season at Silver Dollar Speedway in the fall for the annual Gold Cup Race of Champions. With the addition of the Mini Gold Cup to the schedule this season, the series will pay a couple of visits to the high-banked ¼-mile.
"The only real difference in the spring is that the track is green, because there has not been any racing on it yet, whereas when we go there in the fall they have had a whole season of racing," he explained. "Though with all the rain they have had this year, who knows what it will be like."
Meyers and his Elite Racing team have had a couple of weeks to prepare for the Mini Gold Cup at their shop in Fresno, California, as the World of Outlaws are in the midst of a six race West Coast swing, with four of those races being in the Golden State. After starting the season with six consecutive nights of racing during the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida followed by a return to the half-mile at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Meyers and his crew led by veteran crew chief D.J. Lindsey are gearing up for four consecutive races on bullrings as the 2009 season shifts into gear.
"It makes it nice for the team to be close to home, especially having our own chassis program and engine program," he shared. "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."
Meyers has three Top-10 finishes in the first four races of the year with the World of Outlaws, all of which were on blazing fast half-miles aboard the GLR Investments KPC. The Mini Gold Cup will mark the first two short track races of 2009 for the World of Outlaws. Meyers was victorious a couple of times last season on ¼-mile tracks including at Silver Dollar Speedway in the opener of the Gold Cup Race of Champions, as well as at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio in the Brad Doty Classic, where he used a last lap pass of 20-time series champion Steve Kinser to snag the win.
"Things happen very quick on a quarter-mile like Chico," noted Meyers. "You have to react and be ready for everything, and you are in traffic a lot of the time."
Meyers is just 24 points out of the Top-Five in the championship standings heading into the Mini Gold Cup, as he chases his first World of Outlaws title. He finished in the Top-10 on all three nights in Florida and was just outside the Top-10 at Las Vegas, after having to go to a back-up car after a hard crash in the Crane Cams Dash spurred by a shredded right rear tire. He wound up earning the KSE Race Products Hard Charger in that event. With four current and former series champions starting the season on the road with the series and 16 drivers beginning the year on the road, the level of competition is at an all-time high.
"It's always tough out there," deadpanned Meyers. "Right now all we have to go by is three races in Florida and Las Vegas, but all of those were tough and there is a great field of cars out here this year. I look for that to not change anytime soon. You have to be on your game to run up front with these guys."
Meyers enters the Mini Gold Cup with five career wins at Silver Dollar Speedway including two in the Mini Gold Cup. He led the first 25 laps of the Gold Cup Race of Champions last year before being taken out by a lapped car. He is quick to point out a couple of keys for being successful at the always racy ¼-mile.
"It takes a good car to win and also a little luck as well," he said. "You have to put yourself in a good position to win and make sure you stay out of trouble. Like I said, everything there happens in a hurry. Making the dash is also very important there, because it's tough to start at the back and make it all the way to the front. It takes an all around good night just like at every other track."
On Friday, March 13 at Silver Dollar Speedway, tickets will be $35. For tickets call the track at 916-969-7484 and for more information visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com.
On Saturday, March 14 at Silver Dollar Speedway, tickets will be $40. For tickets call the track at 916-969-7484 and for more information visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com.
The Mini Gold Cup will be Cybercast on DIRTVision.com with live streaming video and audio for both nights of the event. To purchase the Mini Gold Cup Cybercast for only $14.99 and see some of the most exciting bullring racing anywhere on the planet visit with award winning World of Outlaws announcer Johnny Gibson calling all of the action visit www.DIRTVision.com.