Two-time defending World of Outlaws sprint car champion Jason Meyers will provide a regular blog as he embarks upon his Allstar Appreciate Tour, including the first 11 World of Outlaws events of the 2012 season. Here is the most recent installment of his personal analysis, which discusses his preparation for this weekend’s World of Outlaws races at his home track of Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., on March 16-17.
By Jason Meyers
As it turns out, finding a few minutes to write a blog has proved to be tougher than I anticipated. We have been busy with everything from preparing the race cars and putting sponsor hospitality together to a nice trip to Disneyland and then Yosemite today with our kids and Shane’s family. It has been great having Shane and his family out for the past couple of weeks and we have enjoyed sharing some good times together. I only wish we could have them for a couple more weeks so that we could wrap up our tour with Shane and share with them some more of the great sites that California has to offer.
This week is a big week for us with the two day show at our home track in Tulare and we are busy getting prepared. There is so much that goes into a race weekend close to home. This week will include an appearance on Wednesday, team dinner on Thursday evening, race Friday, sponsor appearance Saturday morning, and race Saturday night. We will be doing an appearance at Mathews Harley Davidson on Saturday morning from 9-11am where fans will have the opportunity to hang out with the team, purchase new JM swag, get an autograph, or just catch up with me in a relaxed environment. Mathews Harley Davidson joined the Elite Racing team in 2011 as a partner and has been a big part of making the Allstar Appreciation tour possible. In the middle of all of that will be race prep, hospitality prep, logistics, accounting, planning for next week, and maybe some sleep. Tulare as always been my favorite track in the country and I am looking forward to racing there this weekend. We had a good run at Perris last weekend after surviving Vegas and I really want to get some wins during our Allstar Appreciation tour. Shane and the guys have worked hard to pull this all together and we really want to win some races for our partners that have made the tour possible.
I must say that the fan interaction at the races has really been unbelievable. When Robyn and I made the decision to step away from the sport to raise our family we had worried what the fan response would be in addition to our team and our partners. We learned immediately that our team and our partners were 100% behind our decision, but the fan response was something that we would have to wait and see. It has been so refreshing how supportive all of our fans have been. To be honest it has been humbling to see how people respect our decision and support us 100%. There are a lot of incredible people that are involved and support the sport of sprint car racing and we have got to witness that firsthand over the past couple of months as we prepare to make our transition. I cannot express in words how grateful we are for everyone’s support and encouragement.