Meyers Geared Up for Home State Weekend Beginning Friday at Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA-- October 16, 2008--The last time that the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competed at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California...
Meyers Geared Up for Home State Weekend Beginning Friday at Ocean Speedway
Watsonville, CA-- October 16, 2008--The last time that the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competed at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California was in 2002. The last time that Jason Meyers competed at the track in his home state, prior to this year was in 2003. In preparation for the series return to the always racy ¼-mile for the first time in six seasons, he visited the track back on March 14 to get reacquainted with the tight confines and to find a solid set-up for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event on Friday, October 17.
Meyers wound up winning that night at Ocean Speedway in his return to the track, leading all 30 laps against a very strong field of cars. That night he was second fastest in time trials, and won a heat race to start on the pole position for the A-Feature. He will look to stay undefeated at the track this season when the World of Outlaws return to the track on Friday.
"It always helps to go back to tracks that you have been and have a good baseline," said Meyers. "We are looking forward to getting out there. For us, it's a big event, racing in front of some of our sponsors. We're looking forward to it and we're looking forward to running well and hopefully can win in front of our home crowd and sponsors."
Following a fifth-place finish at Hollywood Hills Speedway in New Mexico on Sunday aboard the GLR Investments KPC, Meyers returned home to Clovis, California and has been gearing up for this weekend's two home events at Ocean Speedway on Friday and Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare on Saturday. His crew led by veteran crew chief D.J. Lindsey also has had the chance to work out of their own shop for a few days.
"It kind of makes your week a little busier, with all of the sponsor appearances," Meyers pointed out of racing at his home tracks. "We put just as much pressure on ourselves any other night we go to the race track. We are here to win each and every night. It's not any different this weekend. We do have the history of having been to those tracks in the past. We were looking forward to it and hopefully have a great weekend."
Meyers visited Ocean Speedway for the first time in 1997 and finished fourth in that event. He has seven career Top-10 finishes at the ¼-mile. He has raced with the World of Outlaws twice at the track, in 2001 and again in 2002 when he earned a fourth-place finish. In his career, Meyers has 21 wins in his home state over the years and has racked up nearly 150 Top-10 finishes in California. He has won three times this year in the Golden State and all three victories have come on ¼-mile tracks, including his first career win at Ocean Speedway back in March.
"It's a really racy track when they have it right," shared Meyers when asked about Ocean Speedway. "John Prentice has taken over the race track and done an awesome job. It can be sticky sometimes and slick other times. It just depends on what they give us. It's certainly an action packed race track. You have to get your car to roll around there and stay out of trouble, especially in lapped traffic."
The race at Ocean Speedway will be the penultimate race for the World of Outlaws in the Golden State this season, with Meyers home track of Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare wrapping up the series West Coast events for 2008 on Saturday night. Meyers was victorious with the World of Outlaws at Silver Dollar Speedway on the second night of the Gold Cup Race of Champions last month in his home state and was leading the $50,000 finale before a lapped car took him out. All five of the series events this season in the Golden State will be on trademark California bullrings.
"It's definitely a different driving style there," explained the veteran driver of racing on short tracks on the West Coast. "That's one of the things you learn coming from California to the road is to change your driving style a little bit. That's where we grew up racing and cut our teeth on. We're really looking forward to going out there and getting after it."
With just five races remaining on the 2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule, Meyers finds himself 138 points behind two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz in the standings as he chases his first series title. Meyers currently leads the series in Top-Five finishes (45), as well as laps led (377) and fast time honors in qualifying (13). He has set four new track records in time trials as well this season, which tops the series. The native of Clovis, California also is tied for the series lead with six wins in the Crane Cams Dash which has earned him pole positions in A-Feature events.
The veteran driver has nine overall wins with the World of Outlaws in 2008, with eight of those being A-Feature triumphs, along with one preliminary feature win, and he has won at three of the four tracks remaining on the schedule. He enters this weekend with 26 A-Feature wins in his career with the World of Outlaws, and is just two victories short of moving into the 15th spot on the all-time win list.
"We just have to keep doing what we are doing and finishing up front," he said, when asked what it will take to win his first title. "At this point it will probably take some bad luck on Donny's (Schatz) part. All we can do is control what we can and that is running up front and winning races. We just keep trying to do that and get as many points as we can and try to track him down."
All tickets for the event at Ocean Speedway on Friday, October 17 will be $45. For ticket information call: (831) 464-1500 ext 222.