California Sprint Car Racer Jason Meyers Rides Wave of Momentum into May 23 Rite Aid Outlaw Showdown
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competitor Jason Meyers thinks he learned something last year about The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway that will help him win the Rite Aid Outlaw Showdown on Friday night, May 23.
"Even though these are dirt tracks and they are a little different each time, the shape and the basic idea, set-up wise, is the same," said the Clovis, Calif., driver. "We found something that worked well at The Dirt Track last year and we will come back with that same set-up."
Meyers won't reveal what he and the Elite Racing Team discovered about the high-speed, four-tenths-mile oval, but it helped carry the No.14 GLR Investments/Elite Landscaping Maxim to victory in one of the two World of Outlaws World Finals features here in November.
Meyers, who ended up fifth in the 2007 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series points standings, has parlayed his late-season success into a strong start to the current campaign. He won three of the first six races and was second in the championship chase when the calendar turned to May.
"We've been able to take the momentum we started in Charlotte and keep it going at other tracks," Meyers explained. "We've had a great start, but we are well aware that we have to keep digging and working hard at it every day. Our goal this year is to win the championship, which we know we can do, but there is an incredible group of cars this year and the competition is the best it's ever been."
Meyers' Elite Racing Team is guided by D.J. Lindsey, the 2007 World of Outlaws crew chief of the year, and tire specialist Brian Bloomfield.
"We wake up every day, go to the shop and continue to work on stuff," Meyers said. "And when I say ‘we,' I mean everybody from our sponsors to our team. D.J. Lindsey and Brian Bloomfield are two of the greatest guys on the tour.
"When you reach this level of sprint-car racing, it isn't one thing that will help you improve. It's lots of little things here and there,"
Meyers noted. "We pick an area of the car and work on it for a while, and once we feel we've achieved what we need to in that area, we pick another area to work on. We keep working and innovating, trying to lead the pack with new ideas and new innovations."
Meyers launched his racing career in micro-midgets and worked his way up to winged sprint cars. By the late 1990s, he was a regular with the Golden State Challenge Series and Northern Auto Racing Club in California.
Meyers began to travel in 2000 and was named rookie of the year in the World of Outlaws' junior circuit, then known as the Gumout Series. He added the Western Australia Speedweek title to his resumé in 2001 and has claimed multiple World of Outlaws feature victories in four of the past five seasons.
The Rite Aid Outlaw Showdown on Friday night, May 23, at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway is part of Coca-Cola 600 Week and gives the World of Outlaws competitors a chance to shine in front of large audience of race fans from around the world.
"We are excited about going back down there, it's a great place to race," Meyers said. "We are really happy that Charlotte Motor Speedway has stepped up and taken the lead on doing new formats and trying new ideas for the World of Outlaws.
"They do a great job with Rite Aid and getting them involved. It is a lot of fun to go down there and race because ‘Humpy" Wheeler and Roger Slack know how to put on an event. We really appreciate the opportunity to race there."
The Rite Aid Outlaw Showdown schedule includes a full slate of qualifying and preliminary events for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and culminates with a 30-lap main event paying $12,000 to the winner.
The late model stock cars of the Goodyear FASTRAK Challenge will join the sprint cars during the action-packed program when racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved seats for the Rite Aid Outlaw Showdown on Friday night, May 23, are just $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. They can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online