The State of Kansas is named after the Indian tribe which used to inhabit the land, the Kansa. The tribe’s name means “people of the wind,” which is fitting with all the fast paced racing action the state saw this weekend. Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team had to race like the wind over the weekend to score two top-5 finishes. First up was the team’s first visit to the Belleville Highbanks, before the team traveled to Lakeside Speedway in the heart of Kansas City.
Low line helps Meyers tame Highbanks
The night did not start picture perfect for Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team, but the team never gave up. The night started with Meyers recording the 15thquick lap in qualifying, then he missed making the dash, so he found himself starting towards the back for the feature, but Meyers and the team worked together to score one of their best finishes of the season.
Meyers may have started in the 15th position in his #14 GLR Investments KPC, but by Lap 2 he was knocking on the door to move into the top-10. When the yellow flag paused racing action on Lap 3, he was in the 10thposition and working his way towards a top-10 run.
The racing action was disrupted again on Lap 18 and on the restart is where Meyers switched to the bottom line and methodically started picking up positions. With five laps to go the 2010 Champion was in 6th and closing in on the Top-5.
On Lap 21, Meyers made his move in the #14 DDNi KPC. With a sweeping move on the bottom, Meyers went from 6th to 3rd in a single lap. With the clock ticking, Meyers closed on second place running Craig Dollansky, but time would run out. Meyers would score his 8th top-five finish of the season and take home the KSE Hard Charger Award for picking up the most positions during the feature, while Paul McMahan went on to take the victory.
“On a couple of the restarts I saw Sammy using the bottom, but then he left it on the exit,”explained the 2010 champion. “So, then I decided to try it and really found something down there that really worked. At the beginning of the night I said I did not like this place, but it really turned out to be a beautiful track by the end of the night. The crowd was great here, and we had great weather. It was certainly one heck of a race tonight, especially with us coming from the back. My wife, Robyn flew out and met us here tonight, so it was going to be a long drive to Kansas City tonight if we would have stayed where we started. I am glad we had a good run. The Elite Racing team just kept digging all night. We went out there and qualified 15th and that is not where we wanted to be. They kept on digging and never gave up. Charlie Garrett was at home tonight on the phone helping us tune the motor and everyone just did a great job. Guy and Karlei (Stockbridge) is here and Chris (Luck) is listening at home, so thank you to all of them for helping make this possible. We had a great run and I am looking forward to coming back.”
Meyers has another good ride at Lakeside
The trip to Kansas City was a quick one, but with new confidence the Elite Racing team drove in to Lakeside Speedway on Saturday night. The California Champion went out late for qualifying, but still recorded the 11th quick lap which gave him the pole for a heat race. Meyers would go on to win the heat race and place 5th in the dash which gave him the 5th starting spot for the feature event.
With 30 laps sitting before him, Meyers started his night in 5th. The Champion fell back on the start, but beat Brad Sweet to the line to retain his starting spot. When the caution came out on Lap 2, Meyers took advantage of the restart and got by Donny Schatz to take over the 4th position.
On Lap 9, Schatz fought back and retook the 4th position. Meyers would stalk Schatz to get the position back, but the 15 proved to be too strong at this point of the race. Meyers would follow in Schatz’s tire tracks until the caution came out on Lap 21.
On the restart, Meyers fell back to 6th, but was able to regain the position when he tracked down Schatz and made the pass to move back into the 5thposition. In the closing laps, Meyers tried to track down Sammy Swindell in his #14 Allstar Performance KPC, but ran out of laps. The Champion settled for his 9th top-5 finish of the season; while Steve Kinser went on to take the victory.
Next weekend, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team will be traveling to the Mecca of Sprint Car Racing-Knoxville Raceway on Friday June 10 and Saturday June 11. Meyers is one of the few drivers to notch his first World of Outlaws win at the track in 2001. Since then, Meyers has scored 10 top-5 finishes and has an average finish of 8th at the Iowa track.