RACE REPORT: Meyers Wins in Australia

Concord, NC — Since Jason Meyers arrived in Australia, to compete at Parramatta City Raceway (PCR) he has not finished outside of the Top-eight, despite battling illness for the first two races. Also in that time, he has improved on his previous finish in each of the four contests.

In his first event he finished eighth, followed up by a fourth-place effort in the $50,000 to-win Classic last weekend. The native of Clovis, California, was the runner-up this past Wednesday night, and on Saturday night earned his first win at PCR with another star studded field on hand.

Meyers, who will contend for the World of Outlaws title this season, battled with reigning World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz and Kerry Madsen for the win.

Meyers, who has 14 career World of Outlaws A-Feature victories, started on the outside of the front row and shot around polesitter Adrian Maher for the lead on the second lap of the 30-lap event. 

Schatz, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, who has won five races at PCR over the last three weeks, including last weekend’s $50,000 Bevelite Glass Sprintcar International, started fourth on Saturday night and quickly worked his way into the runner-up spot as he shadowed Meyers.

Meyers continued to lead as the pair entered lapped traffic. A couple of cautions cleared the track, with Kerry Madsen entering the mix for the lead as well. Meyers began to pull away after a mid-race restart, but again heavy lapped traffic allowed Schatz and Madsen to close in.

When the checkered was waved, it was Meyers, taking the win. Madsen slipped around Schatz to earn the runner-up position. Just behind the trio was 20-time World of Outlaws Champion Steve Kinser in fourth.

Chad Hillier, who will be a contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award with the World of Outlaws this season, came home 12th, to record his best finish at PCR.

Joey Saldana, who won at PCR on Wednesday driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, saw his night come to an end on the eighth lap as he suffered rear end damage to his machine.

Schatz turned the second fastest lap in time trials of the 66 cars that clocked in, with Kinser seventh, Saldana 11, Meyers 15th, and Hillier 18th.

In preliminary action, Hillier turned in an impressive run in the second heat, taking the win, with Meyers third, Schatz fourth, and Kinser fifth, while Saldana finished second in the third heat. 

Meyers won the second dash over Schatz, with Kinser fourth and Saldana seventh. Hillier came home seventh in the first dash.

Meyers, Schatz, Kinser, Hillier, and Saldana will be in action next at Parramatta City Raceway on January 18-20 for three straight nights of racing. They will be joined by fellow World of Outlaws drivers: Becca Anderson, Tim Kaeding, Danny Lasoski, Jason Sides, Jason Soldwold, and Sammy Swindell.

The 2007 World of Outlaws season opens on February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park with the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented By Mopar Speedshop.

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