Jason Meyers Looks Forward to Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway During the first seven months of the World of Outlaws season, Jason Meyers could count on one hand the number of times he made it home to Clovis, California. The last three...
Jason Meyers Looks Forward to Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway
During the first seven months of the World of Outlaws season, Jason Meyers could count on one hand the number of times he made it home to Clovis, California. The last three weeks have been just the opposite, as he has racked up countless frequent flier miles, returning home after each race, to be with his wife Robyn as she was preparing for the birth of the couple's first child, a baby daughter. Delaney Paige Meyers was born on September 24, with Jason by Robyn's side at the hospital.
This weekend, Jason and his family will have a short drive from their home to the track, as the World of Outlaws will compete in the inaugural Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, which is a scant 55 miles from Clovis. A number of family members that only get to see him race a couple of times each season will be in attendance on Saturday, October 13, as will Robyn and Delaney.
"We're always excited to head to Tulare," said Meyers, driver of the Primerica Financial Maxim. "It's a great race track and it's close to home. It gives our family and everybody an opportunity to come out and see us race. I let one get away from me there in the spring, so we'll try to make up for it this weekend."
Meyers ran strong at Thunderbowl Raceway in February, during a two-night event for the World of Outlaws. On the opening night, he was second fastest of the 42 cars that turned a lap in time trials. A third-place finish in the first heat earned him a spot in the Crane Cams Dash, where he finished eighth. In the 35-lap A-Feature, he worked his way from the eighth starting spot to finish fourth. On the following night, he was fourth quickest in time trials, finished second in the fourth heat, and won the Crane Cams Dash. In the 40-lap A-Feature he finished a very solid fifth.
The high-banked 1/3-mile always provides plenty of side-by-side racing and is always one of the most thrilling tracks on the schedule for fans to see an event at.
"It's a momentum track," Meyers noted. "The place is usually pretty good and has a couple of grooves. You have to get your momentum up and get on the cushion to get some speed. We've had a lot of success there and I am really looking forward to going back."
While he was balancing racing with the frequent trips back to the West Coast prior to the birth of his daughter, Meyers knew that everything at home was in good hands, as his wife was well prepared for the big day. He looks forward to the off-season and getting to spend plenty of time at home with Robyn and Delaney.
"I have a wife that is absolutely wonderful and has been taking care of things," smiled the always affable driver. "It hasn't been a whole lot different for me other than it has been a really neat experience. I know she (Robyn) has not gotten a lot of sleep lately, but we are having fun with it. It's been great getting to spend time the family."
In the first race after his daughter was born, Meyers finished fifth at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York, after a cross-country flight to arrive at the track. Once he put his helmet on and strapped into his race car, he was focused on the task at hand, which is winning races.
"You have to block that out," said Meyers, when describing what it's like to race and now be a father. "You are here to do your job and that is to race the car. It is no different than any other day. It changes your life a little bit, but as far as driving a race car we are still focused on what we are doing here."
With five point paying events remaining on the 2007 schedule for the World of Outlaws, Meyers is entrenched in a tight battle with four other drivers all seeking the third position in the championship points. He heads into the Dave Helm Memorial in the fifth spot, just 44 points out of the fourth position and 72 markers out of third. He has won four A-Feature events this season and has 44 Top-10 finishes, with 31 of those being in the Top-Five.
"We need to keep clicking off Top-Fives," explained Meyers. "We need to click off Top-Five finishes and have some luck go our way. Hopefully we can move up in the points. Our goal would be to get to third which is no easy task, but I think we are capable of it. That will be our big quest for the last five races."
With a solid field of cars expected for the inaugural Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night, Meyers is quick to point out how vital time trials will be in setting the stage for the rest of the evening. This season, he has set fast time on five occasions in time trials, along with earning eight wins in the Crane Cams Dash to earn the same number of pole positions.
"There are a lot of good cars out there that run well and qualify well," he said. "With this format, it's difficult to race with. Sometimes the local cars can get in there and spoil your night."
On Saturday, October 13 at Thunderbowl Raceway, reserved tickets for the Dave Helm Memorial in the bleachers are $40, with reserved tickets in the grandstands $45. For tickets call 559-688-0909 to charge by phone and pick-up the tickets at will-call. There is a seating chart available at: www.tularethunderbowl.com.