CONCORD, N.C. — Two-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Jason Meyers will return to the series Nov. 7-9, driving the No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing sprint car as a teammate to point leader Daryn Pittman and Cody Darrah at the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Meyers will be filling in for Brad Sweet, who will be running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix Int’l Raceway.
“It’s just a one off thing. Brad has some Nationwide Series races that he has to do and I talked to David Farrow, the crew chief, at the Gold Cup and we started talking about the possibilities and then we talked to Kasey and we were able to put it together,” Meyers said by phone Wednesday afternoon. “The big concern is that we don’t interfere with what Daryn has going on. It is a pretty tight points battle and Kasey wanted to be sure that they had enough resources to run it properly. They decided they did and it is a one-off opportunity for me to come back and run.”
Meyers, who quit racing full time in March of 2012 after having won consecutive series championships, drove the Tarlton Motorsports No. 21 to victory in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at California’s Silver Dollar Speedway in early September.
It was his first time racing since June and his first World of Outlaws victory since 2012.
Sweet won the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in July in the No. 49 and Meyers is a many-time winner at the four-tenths-mile dirt track across from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Charlotte has been a great race track for me,” Meyers said. “I enjoy racing there and the KKR team has been really good there, too. The 49 car has been really fast all year. The team there does a great job and Brad does a great job. I am looking forward to it and we have talked quite a bit about what it takes to be fast there that weekend. I am loving it. I have been back in the gym the last month and a half working on getting back in shape and getting back in the car.”
Meyers also hopes he can help Pittman to earn his first World of Outlaws championship and the first for Kasey Kahne Racing.
“I’ve been friends with Daryn for a long time and I’ve been telling him all year long that if he pulled that thing off, we were going to make sure we come back and celebrate with him,” Meyers said. “It is hard to be a racer and go anywhere and not race. It’s a great opportunity to go back there and race and celebrate with Daryn if he can win the championship.”
But that doesn’t mean Meyers won’t be trying to win.
“You go there to win,” Meyers said. “I am not just coming out to get in the car and race, I am coming out to win. I know David and the KKR team want to win, too. I have some races coming up that I am going to run with Tarlton and that will give me some seat time under my belt when I get back there. I will be in shape and ready to do my part.”