Seeking a Repeat: Meyers Looks to Keep Momentum Going at Lebanon Valley West Lebanon, NY-- July 19, 2008--Prior to winning at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York last season, Jason Meyers had never really been very fond of the...
Seeking a Repeat: Meyers Looks to Keep Momentum Going at Lebanon Valley
West Lebanon, NY-- July 19, 2008--Prior to winning at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York last season, Jason Meyers had never really been very fond of the track, though he had run well in a couple of starts at the high-banked half-mile in upstate New York. He finished sixth in 2003 and bettered that one spot in 2004, picking up his first Top-Five at the track. His opinion of the track drastically changed last season, after he led all 25 laps of the A-Feature to earn the win, which kicked off what would be a very strong second half of the season for his team.
Meyers will have a chance to pick up another win at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sunday, July 20 as the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series make their annual stop at the high-banked half-mile as part of the second East Coast swing of the season.
"You always like them when you win," said Meyers with a smile. "We learned something up there that was real good for us. We are looking forward to going back there. It's definitely a different kind of race track and at times it can be difficult to pass on. We had a real good race car there last year hopefully we can go back up there and repeat."
After competing two nights at Williams Grove Speedway, Meyers and the rest of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make the 300-plus mile tow northeast through the mountains to Lebanon Valley. The series is in the midst of a stretch that will see them compete a total of 16 times in a 27-day period during the month of July, including a current string of six races in nine days. With the heat of the summer bearing down on the pit area, Meyers tries to conserve as much energy as he can on the day of a race.
"The biggest thing is to keep yourself cool all day and keep plenty of fluids in," explained the California native. "It's important to exert energy during the day only when you need to and otherwise stay cool. The guys do a great job and allow me to get my rest and stay out of the heat during the day so I can be ready for the main event."
Meyers is quick to credit his crew, led by crew chief D.J. Lindsey, for the countless hours they put in on the road and at the track making sure he has a fast race car each and every night. The team has won a total of six times in World of Outlaws competition this season and has racked up 28 Top-10 finishes, with 24 of those being in the Top-Five. They are second in the championship standings with well over 40 races remaining on the schedule.
"These guys are competitors and that is what they do this for," he noted of his crew. "They are winners and they are out here to win. As good as we have been running lately, that definitely helps, especially with the tough schedule. It can be your best time of the year or it can be your worst time. Right now it has been great for us and we are enjoying it. We are looking forward to getting another win."
With the strong start that Meyers has had to the 2008 season, he is excited each time he heads to the track, knowing he will have a shot at winning. He currently has 24 career A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws as he continues to chase his first series title.
"When you are running well, you don't worry about the grind," said Meyers. "When you are running well you can't wait to get to the next race track. When you are running bad you can't wait to get to the next track to figure it out as well. The grind is part of it and some years it is better than others and so far this year it has been a good one for us."
Meyers began the second East Coast swing of the season aboard the GLR Investments KPC with a third-place performance in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday night. This came after a win last week in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio and runner-up finishes in the 25th Annual Kings Royal and the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway. He extended his string of Top-Five finishes to five races on Friday night in the opener of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway. He looks to carry that momentum into the finale on Saturday night at Williams Grove, where he seeks his first win at the storied track and then over to Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sunday.
"Some of the best competition we face all year is out here," Meyers commented when asked about the East Coast swing. "Pennsylvania has always been a hot bed of sprint car racing and some of the best drivers ever have raced here. We were good last time out here and look to pick up a win."
Meyers has three finishes of sixth or better in his career at Lebanon Valley in just a handful of starts. Last season, he turned in the ninth quickest lap in time trials, and that put him on the front row of a heat race, which he won to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash, which he also won to start on the pole in the 25-lap contest. While Lebanon Valley is a half-mile where the cars carry a lot of speed, it has many unique characteristics that actually make it more of a finesse track to get around.
"Horsepower actually is not an issue there, with how slick it gets right out of the gate," explained Meyers. "The less horsepower you have there, actually may be better. That place is difficult to get around and is different from anywhere else we go. We do a lot of different things with the race car over there."
On Sunday, July 20 at Lebanon Valley Speedway, general admission tickets for adults will be $24, while general admission tickets for children will be $5. Reserved tickets will be available for $25. Tower seating and roof seating will also be available for $43. For ticket information visit: www.lebanonvalley.com.