You can say Jason Meyers is sitting pretty behind the wheel of his No. 14 Elite Racing sprint car in the World of Outlaws series.
The Clovis driver is headed down the straightaway to his second straight open wheel championship.
"Mathematically, I only have to start and make the mains in the last five races," Meyers said from his home this week before departing for Ohio and Saturday's race at Fremont Speedway. "I just have to keep myself healthy."
Meyers has opened a 245-point lead on Steve Kinser, with Donny Schatz 257 points behind.
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Last year, Meyers led Schatz and Kinser by only 96 and 100 points entering the final two races at World Finals in Concord, N.C.
"I was so nervous, my shoulders were so tense that I couldn't turn my head at a stoplight," Meyers said with a laugh.
Meyers did get the last laugh when, after finishing second the previous two years, he capped his first championship season by winning those last two features.
This year has been another wild ride. He got off to one of his slowest starts on the tour and didn't take the points lead until July 8 – five months into the season – with the first of his eight victories at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
"Despite winning it all last year, we really weren't setting the world on fire the last 10 races. Then at the start this year, we got caught behind the eight ball working on a couple things that took longer than expected to fix," Meyers said. "We identified the problems in our shocks and engine program, and things began to click."
Since then, he has won at Williams Grove (Pa.), Autodrome Drummond (Quebec), Castrol Raceway (Edmonton, Alberta) and put the championship virtually out of reach by winning the past four features at Lernerville Speedway (Pa.), then for the first time at Williams Grove (twice) and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park (N.Y.).
Meyers credits his team and racing consistency for turning it around. He's second in wins to Kinser (nine) and leads the series in top-5 finishes (38) and top-10 finishes (52).
Brian Bloomfield has blossomed into a top-flight crew chief. Shane Bowers was brought aboard over the winter and Sam Mathews, although semi-retired, stuck with the team. Charlie Garrett builds the engines from his shop in Hanover, Pa.
"We all worked really hard to maintain the same level as last year," Meyers said. "We haven't gotten distracted by the media or the points battle. This group puts the team first and understands what it takes to win. ... We don't plan on slowing down."