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Meyers Wins Again At The Grove

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 1 2011

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Jason Meyers dominated the night before the 49th Annual Morgan Hughes National Open on Friday night.

Meyers led all 25 circuits around the paper clip shaped half mile to score his sixth win of the season, including his second in a row at Williams Grove.

“We’ve been looking at the stat columns and the only one we were disappointed with was wins,” Meyers said of his 2011 season. “I think we could have won from any starting position but we had the dash draw go our way which put us up front and we never looked backed. Charlie Garrett, our engine builder, told me earlier today that he wouldn’t mind making it two in a row here and we did it. Shane Bowers recently lost his grandfather so we certainly want to dedicate this one to him and we know he was watching over us tonight. The entire DDNi/Media-Tile/GLR Investments/All-Star Performance team put a great car on the track and I can’t thank them enough.”

Meyers seemed to run away from the pack once the field took the green until he was chased down by rookie Logan Schuchart. The 18 year old high school student waged a fierce battle with the 2010 champion as he dived low in turn’s one and two on the 8th lap. Schuchart nearly had the lead covered until Meyers made a bold move and powered back to the top spot. Mechanical woes slowed the Schuchart’s #1S which opened the door for Greg Hodnett. Hodnett picked up a win at the Williams Grove Summer Nationals and settled for a second to kick off his National Open weekend.

“Our car was pretty good tonight,” said Hodnett.”The motor stumbled just a little bit on that late restart and we just couldn’t catch up. We’ll work on it for tomorrow night. That’s where the big money is so we want to have our car in top shape for that.”

The winningest driver in Williams Grove history, Fred Rahmer, charged past Kerry Madsen to grab third on the restart and crossed the checkered flag with the position intact.

“The car felt pretty good tonight but we need to work on it for tomorrow night’s race. That’s the big pay day” said Rahmer with a smile.

Recent winner Joey Saldana brought his #9 Red Bull Maxim home in fourth with Morgan Cup Challenge winner Jason Sides. Schuchart wound up finishing 19 th.

The Outlaws will go head to head with their heated rivals, the Pennsylvania Posse, once again as $50,000 dollars is on the line in the 49th Annual National Open on Saturday, October 1.

NOTEBOOK

WINNERS – There have been 59 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Craig Dollansky – 9 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3, River Cities Speedway on June 17 and 18, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 1, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 24, I-55 Raceway on August 6, Skagit Speedway on September 2, Clay County Fair Speedway on September 16); Steve Kinser – 9 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and 12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Lakeside Speedway on June 4, River Cities Speedway on August 19, Huset’s Speedway on August 20, Antioch Speedway on September 12, Deer Creek Speedway on September 17); Jason Meyers – 6 (Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Williams Grove Speedway on July 23, Autodrome Drummond on July 30, Castrol Raceway on August 26, Lernerville Speedway on September 24, Williams Grove Speedway on September 30); Joey Saldana – 6 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19, Eldora Speedway on May 6, Beaver Dam Raceway on July 9, Hartford Motor Speedway on September 21, Eldora Speedway on September 23); Donny Schatz – 6 (Attica Raceway Park on May 20, Princeton Speedway on June 25, Limaland Motorsports Park on July 13, Bloomington Speedway on August 5, Knoxville Raceway on August 13, Black Hills Speedway on August 23); Paul McMahan – 4 (the Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 28, Belleville Highbanks on June 3, Brockville-Ontario Speedway on July 29, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9);Sammy Swindell – 4 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30, Knoxville Raceway on June 11); Jason Sides – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2, I-96 Speedway on May 30, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 2);Tim Shaffer – 2 (Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 19); Dale Blaney – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 19); Cody Darrah – 1 (Castrol Raceway on august 27); Sam Hafertepe Jr. – 1 (Skagit Speedway on September 3); Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 22); Kraig Kinser – 1 (Cottage Grove Speedway on September 5); Kyle Larson – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 10); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13); Tony Stewart – 1 (Oshweken Speedway on July 27); Tyler Walker – 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 16.)

TIME TRIALS– Daryn Pittman was the fastest qualifier around the half mile oval with a time of 16.740 seconds and earned five championship points. Also earning points were Greg Hodnett, Jim Siegel, Joey Saldana and Paul McMahan. It marked Pittman’s first Quick Time of the season.

DRIVER CHANGE– Due to a shoulder injury that was sustained earlier this year when the Outlaws visited Beaver Dam (Wis.) Raceway, Bill Rose chose to step out of his #6R machine after the Outlaws event at Eldora Speedway on Friday, September 23. Ian Madsen will fill in for Rose for the rest of the season. Rose will seek surgery to correct his shoulder and will receive 75 points per race based on his medical status.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Sept. 30, 2011

A-Main – (25 Laps)

1. 14-Jason Meyers[1][$8,000]; 2. 39-Greg Hodnett[3][$4,000]; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer[4][$2,500]; 4. 9-Joey Saldana[5][$2,200]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides[9][$2,100]; 6. 92-Kerry Madsen[6][$2,000]; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell[11][$1,800]; 8. 21-Brian Montieth[7][$1,600]; 9. 11-Steve Kinser[14][$1,500]; 10. 27-Daryn Pittman[10][$1,300]; 11. 11C-Cory Haas[12][$1,200]; 12. 7-Craig Dollansky[16][$1,100]; 13. 83-Paul McMahan[13][$1,000]; 14. 1Z-Stevie Smith[21][$700]; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah[8][$600]; 16. 30C-Lance Dewease[19][$600]; 17. 15-Donny Schatz[15][$600]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich[20][$600]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart[2][$600]; 20. 35-Justin Henderson[17][$600]; 21. 6-Kraig Kinser[23][$600]; 22. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[22][$600]; 23. 69K-Donald Kreitz Jr.[24][$600]; 24. 7L-Chad Layton[18][$600]

Lap Leaders: Jason Meyers 1-25

KSE Hard Charger Award: 1Z-Stevie Smith[+7]

Qualifying -

1. 27-Daryn Pittman, 16.740; 2. 39-Greg Hodnett, 16.871; 3. 59-Jim Siegel, 16.914; 4. 9-Joey Saldana, 16.940; 5. 83-Paul McMahan, 16.944; 6. 11-Steve Kinser, 16.947; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell, 16.963; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.964; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky, 17.011; 10. 35-Justin Henderson, 17.017; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.025; 12. 7L-Chad Layton, 17.032; 13. 14-Jason Meyers, 17.038; 14. 63-Chad Kemenah, 17.043; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.050; 16. 51-Fred Rahmer, 17.063; 17. 71-Brian Leppo, 17.076; 18. 21-Brian Montieth, 17.135; 19. 92-Kerry Madsen, 17.145; 20. 11C-Cory Haas, 17.146; 21. 30C-Lance Dewease, 17.173; 22. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.190; 23. 1Z-Stevie Smith, 17.190; 24. 11E-Mike Erdley, 17.223; 25. 3-Pat Cannon, 17.229; 26. 6R-Ian Madsen, 17.233; 27. 91-Cody Darrah, 17.259; 28. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 17.277; 29. O-Rick Lafferty, 17.301; 30. 6-Kraig Kinser, 17.308; 31. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 17.320; 32. 69K-Donald Kreitz Jr., 17.327; 33. 32-Justin Barger, 17.338; 34. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.345; 35. 20S-Derek Sell, 17.350; 36. 2-Ryan Bohlke, 17.361; 37. 30-Doug Esh, 17.390; 38. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.398; 39. 93-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 17.431; 40. 87-Alan Krimes, 17.467; 41. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.524; 42. 7M-Mark Smith, 17.527; 43. 19M-Brent Marks, 17.561; 44. 16-Gerard McIntyre, 17.563; 45. 747-Davey Sammons, 17.568; 46. 15A-Adam Wilt, 17.678; 47. 21N-Andy Priest, 17.734; 48. 175-Jeff Geiges, 17.830; 49. 44-Frank Cozze, 17.885; 50. 17-Todd Shaffer, 17.915; 51. 28F-Davey Franek, 18.160; 52. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.161; 53. 13-Brandon Matus, 18.372

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 1S-Logan Schuchart[2] ; 2. 51-Fred Rahmer[1] ; 3. 27-Daryn Pittman[4] ; 4. 11-Steve Kinser[3] ; 5. 30C-Lance Dewease[5] ; 6. 17B-Steve Buckwalter[9] ; 7. 6R-Ian Madsen[6] ; 8. 2-Ryan Bohlke[8] ; 9. 15A-Adam Wilt[10] ; 10. 28F-Davey Franek[11] ; 11. 69-Tim Glatfelter[7]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 39-Greg Hodnett[4] ; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell[3] ; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich[5] ; 4. 69K-Donald Kreitz Jr.[7] ; 5. 7M-Mark Smith[9] ; 6. 91-Cody Darrah[6] ; 7. 21N-Andy Priest[10] ; 8. 71-Brian Leppo[1] ; 9. 7L-Chad Layton[2] ; 10. 30-Doug Esh[8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 14-Jason Meyers[2] ; 2. 21-Brian Montieth[1] ; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3] ; 4. 1Z-Stevie Smith[5] ; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[6] ; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[8] ; 7. 59-Jim Siegel[4] ; 8. 19M-Brent Marks[9] ; 9. 32-Justin Barger[7] ; 10. 13-Brandon Matus[11] ; 11. 175-Jeff Geiges[10]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 92-Kerry Madsen[1] ; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah[2] ; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky[3] ; 4. 9-Joey Saldana[4] ; 5. O-Rick Lafferty[6] ; 6. 11E-Mike Erdley[5] ; 7. 16-Gerard McIntyre[9] ; 8. 44-Frank Cozze[10] ; 9. 75-Nicole Bower[7]

Heat 5 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 7S-Jason Sides[2] ; 2. 11C-Cory Haas[1] ; 3. 83-Paul McMahan[4] ; 4. 6-Kraig Kinser[6] ; 5. 3-Pat Cannon[5] ; 6. 20S-Derek Sell[7] ; 7. 35-Justin Henderson[3] ; 8. 87-Alan Krimes[8] ; 9. 17-Todd Shaffer[10] ; 10. 747-Davey Sammons[9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 12 starting positions of A-feature)

1. 14-Jason Meyers[1] ; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart[2] ; 3. 39-Greg Hodnett[5] ; 4. 51-Fred Rahmer[9] ; 5. 9-Joey Saldana[4] ; 6. 92-Kerry Madsen[11] ; 7. 21-Brian Montieth[10] ; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah[7] ; 9. 7S-Jason Sides[8] ; 10. 27-Daryn Pittman[6] ; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell[3] ; 12. 11C-Cory Haas[12]

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature)

1. 49-Brad Sweet[1] [-]; 2. 17B-Steve Buckwalter[3] [-]; 3. 87-Alan Krimes[2] [$125]; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre[6] [$125]; 5. 15A-Adam Wilt[8] [$125]; 6. 19M-Brent Marks[5] [$100]; 7. 44-Frank Cozze[11] [$100]; 8. 21N-Andy Priest[9] [$100]; 9. 28F-Davey Franek[13] [$100]; 10. 13-Brandon Matus[14] [$100]; 11. 747-Davey Sammons[7] [$100]; 12. 17-Todd Shaffer[12] [$100]; 13. 7M-Mark Smith[4] [$100]; 14. 12W-Troy Fraker[17] [$100]; 15. 93-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[16] [$100]; 16. 71-Brian Leppo[15] [$100]; 17. 175-Jeff Geiges[10] [$100]

B-Main – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 35-Justin Henderson[2] [-]; 2. 7L-Chad Layton[3] [-]; 3. 30C-Lance Dewease[4] [-]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[9] [-]; 5. 59-Jim Siegel[1] [$200]; 6. 3-Pat Cannon[6] [$180]; 7. 30-Doug Esh[16] [$175]; 8. 11E-Mike Erdley[5] [$160]; 9. 6R-Ian Madsen[7] [$150]; 10. O-Rick Lafferty[10] [$150]; 11. 69-Tim Glatfelter[11] [$150]; 12. 20S-Derek Sell[14] [$150]; 13. 17B-Steve Buckwalter[18] [$150]; 14. 2-Ryan Bohlke[15] [$150]; 15. 49-Brad Sweet[17] [$150]; 16. 32-Justin Barger[12] [$150]; 17. 75-Nicole Bower[13] [$150]; 18. 91-Cody Darrah[8] [$150]

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 1 2011
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