When most people need to work out, they head to the nearest gym. When racers want to get fit, they go to the track. In the racing world, every revolution of a track is like a rep with a dumbbell. As the 51st running of the Knoxville Nationals approaches, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team have been getting stronger with every trip to the track, like a bodybuilder with every bicep curl.
Stretching to prevent injuries – Meyers will be competing in his 11th Knoxville Nationals this year. His first attempt to make Nationals was in 2000. Although he did not make it to the feature in his first attempt, Meyers did place fifth in the C-main. Since then Meyers has competed in every Nationals, except for in 2002 when he only ran in the preliminary night. Warming up on a bike – This year Meyers will be competing in three different races during Nationals week. On Friday night August 12th the 2010 World of Outlaws Champion will be competing in both the Race of Champions and the World Challenge, before taking on the main event on Saturday night August 13th. Running on the treadmill – At Knoxville you have to run with the best. Meyer’s claimed his best Knoxville Nationals finish in 2008 when he finished second to Donny Schatz. Meyers, who started alongside pole-sitter Danny Lasoski on the front row, quickly charged to the lead and set a blistering pace on the high side of the historic half-mile oval leading the first 25 laps of the race. After a caution flag, Meyers drove to the top of the track in Turns 1 and 2 with Schatz looking at the bottom. Schatz then went to the top and raced past Meyers coming off of Turn 4 with five laps to go. Meyers would fight back, but have to settle for the runner-up position. Climbing on the Stairmaster – Sometimes just stepping up on the podium can be a workout. Even though Meyers has yet to win a Knoxville Nationals title, he has three career wins at the famed racetrack. His first came in 2001 in World of Outlaws competition. Then in 2003, Meyers returned to win an All Star race in Knoxville. Meyer’s last win on the famous half-mile came in 2006 in a weekly race at the track. Meyers placed 2nd and 14th at the two World of Outlaws races held at Knoxville this June. Bench Presses – In 8 A-main starts in the Knoxville Nationals Meyers has 7 top-10 finishes. In those 7 races Meyers averaged a 6th place finish, finishing in the top-5 four times. Last year, Meyers finished 24th after a couple of flat tires ended his night early. Working out with a Partner – This will be the 7th year that Jason Meyers and Allstar Performance have teamed up for Knoxville Nationals. The partnership began after his first visit to the Lane Automotive facility in 2004. Following the visit, Meyers decided to run an Allstar decal on his car that evening in an effort to show the team’s appreciation for the hospitality and support that they had been showed by the Lane Group. Since that evening, the two have worked side-by-side. Cooling Down – Off the track Meyers will also be busy during Nationals. During the week the 2010 World of Outlaws Champion will be a guest judge for the Knoxville Nationals Queen Contest. He will also be doing numerous appearances and autograph signings. To keep fans up to date Meyers will be using his Twitter account. To join the 2010 Champion’s Twitter add @JasonMeyers14 to your follow list. And for updates on racing action throughout the week of Nationals check out the Elite Racing Twitter @EliteRacing.