Two-Time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Champion Jason Meyers proved what a great Driver he is by taking out the Night 2 A-Main at the 2012 Knoxville Nationals. Meyers lead home a very determined Tim Shaffer and Kraig Kinser.
Meyers retired from the sport back in March this year to pursue family and business interests. The opportunity to get back into racing came about after discussions with good friend and car owner Tom Tarlton. Tom readied the #21m racecar and made it available for the 410 Knoxville Nationals. Jason kept in shape since retiring and showed that he still has the racing eye, despite the 5 month layoff.
The Tarlton deal is simply for the Nationals and Jason will once again slip back to retirement after the running of the 52nd Nationals. Meyers best finish at Knoxville is 2nd in 2008 and he has returned to Knoxville in an effort to fulfil the one racing goal that has eluded him – winning the Knoxville Nationals.
Mark Dobmeier and Greg Hodnett shared the front row for the Night 2 A-Main. Row two was occupied by Jason Meyers and Kraig Kinser, then came Sammy Swindell, Stevie Smith, Brian Brown and surprise packet Australian Ian Madsen rounding out the first four rows.
Dobmeier got the jump from the get go. Stevie Smith and Sammy Swindell battled for 3rd early on until mechanical failure forced Swindell to pull in after 5 laps. Meanwhile Dobmeier extended his lead over Greg Hodnett to nearly 2 seconds.
With 7 laps down, misfortune also struck Greg Hodnett who joined the “Mechanical Gremlins” Club as his car coasted to a stop in Turn 4 and bringing on the yellows. On the restart Ian Madsen spun in Turn 2 causing Danny Lasoski to tumble over on the back straight and bring out the reds.
Jason Meyers showing great skill ran the bottom on Turns 3 and 4 on the restart to take the lead from Dobmeier. Meyers gained a break as Dobmier with 13 laps down struggled with the cushion through turns 3 and 4.
On lap 13 Dusty Zomer lost a wheel at the end of the front stretch and put his car into the wall bringing on the yellows. Mark Dobmeier, Stevie Smith and Tim Shaffer had a battle Royale for 2nd place with Shaffer inching past Dobmeier and Smith, ultimately triumphing on lap 19 – pulling a massive slide job on Dobmeier in Turns 1 and 2 to take 2nd place.
Meyers being baulked by lapped traffic looked a touch vulnerable in the last 3 laps, but then he got a small breather as the Stormin’ Shaffer was baulked himself. That was all Meyers needed with a lap to go and Meyers sailed past the flagstand to grab first from Tim Shaffer, Kraig Kinser, Stevie Smith and Lance DeWease, Mark Dobmeier, Jason Johnson, Tim Kaeding, Brian Brown and Jonny Herrera rounding out the top ten.
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In Qualifying Ian Madsen from Australia was the unlikely and very popular quick-timer with 15.491 sec. Jason Meyers who took the A-Main victory timed in at 13th position. Australian Tourists Jamie Veal and James McFadden were 29th (16.007) and 33 rd (16.024) respectively. Further back were Marty Perovich (16.463) and Domain Ramsay (16.825)
Heats were won by Tony Bruce Jr, Tyler Walker, Josh Schneiderman, Johhy Herrera, and Joey Moughton. The C-Main was cancelled as only four cars were going to compete for the four spots, so they automatically tagged the back of the B-Main.
The B-Main Was won by Tim Kaeding from Dusty Zomer, Daryn Pitman and Danny Lasoski.
The 52nd Knoxville Nationals continues Friday night and culminates in the crowing of the Champion after the 50 lap A-Main on Saturday night.