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October 31, 2011

Bowman: Meyers on verge of another World of Outlaws title

Clauson fashions huge weekend in Arizona

In the early 2000s when the Great Lakes Outlaw Sprint Series (GLOSS) had just broke into the winged sprint car racing scene, there were many drivers who would eventually move on and make an impact touring with the World of Outlaws as well as the All-Star Circuit of Champions.

One driver in particular has made quite an impact since moving on.

That driver is Jason Meyers and the California shoe will notch his second straight World of Outlaw Series title this weekend when the season wraps up at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in the annual running of the World Finals for the World of Outlaw Late Models, Sprints and Modifieds.

In fact, only Donny Schatz has been more successful than Meyers since 2005 when Steve Kinser picked up the last of his series-record 20 championships. Schatz then scored titles in 2006-09 before Meyers broke through last season.

In both 2008 and ’09, Meyers was very close to dethroning Schatz, however tough breaks down the stretch thwarted his championship hopes.

This year, Meyers tied with Steve Kinser and Craig Dollansky for feature wins, as the trio scored nine A-main wins apiece. What makes Meyers’ run so impressive is the manner in which he worked to earn the title.

In the early going of the long Outlaws season, Kinser and Dollansky looked to be the duo to watch as between them they had each picked up five feature wins in the first 25 events.

Those who follow the Outlaws trail realize that the season is a marathon rather than a sprint, so if a driver can keep himself towards the top five or so in points in the early going, he has positioned himself nicely for a title run.

And that was definitely the case with Meyers.

He finally broke through and found himself in Victory Lane after scoring the win at the Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8. Just two weeks later he again picked up a win, this time at the Williams Grove Speedway.

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