Clovis sprint car driver Jason Meyers used ninth- and second-place finishes last weekend in Iowa and Minnesota to vault into the World of Outlaws season points lead as he chases his first national title.
Through 64 of 72 events, Meyers has scored 8,199 points to lead Joey Saldana by three and Steve Kinser by 48. It's the closest three-way championship battle in the Outlaws' 33-year history.
Saldana, who had been leading the points, got a win and an 11th-place finish.
The title difference could come down to qualifying points, where Meyers has dominated with 99 including seven last weekend (four for a second-fastest time in Deer Creek, Minn., and three for third-quick in Spencer, Iowa). Saldana has earned 76 qualifying points and Kinser 38.
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Meyers, driving the Fresno-based Elite Racing car, has been the most consistent of the top three, finishing in the top five 39 times this season with 10 wins.
Saldana, who drives a car co-owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kasey Kahne, has won 13 times.
The series travels to the Northeast this weekend for races Friday at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway as part of the 4-Crown Nationals and Saturday at Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway. The season ends Nov. 6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.
Meyers, 31, has finished runner-up each of the past three Outlaws seasons.
- Meyers is scheduled to be a guest on this week's Wind Tunnel talk show on the Speed television channel. Meyers is scheduled to talk with host Dave Despain about his bid to become the first from California to win an Outlaws title. The show airs Sundays from 6-7 p.m.
Swansons head to Ohio
Kingsburg brothers Kody and Tanner Swanson are scheduled to race in the U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown Series race that's part of the 4-Crown Nationals this weekend at Eldora.
Kody Swanson is coming off a victory in the last Silver Crown race, a 100-lapper Sept. 5 on the one-mile dirt track at the DuQuoin (Ill.) state fairgrounds.
That brought him into second place in the season points standings with 260, 36 behind leader Bud Kaeding of Campbell. Tanner Swanson is 12th in points.
Kody Swanson used strategy to win at DuQuoin. He qualified poorly and started 16th, moving up to 11th by the mandatory mid-race red flag for service.
USAC introduced a new rule for the race -- any driver whose team changed their car's right-rear tire was moved to the back of the field. Swanson was the highest-placed of two drivers who elected not to change the tire, so he restarted in first place.
And Swanson, who had never led a lap on dirt in his career, was never headed en route to the victory.
"First dirt win, first Silver Crown win, I couldn't be happier," Swanson said in victory lane. "I thought if I took care of my tires enough they could last the distance. Everyone else is too impatient, and I like the old traditional Silver Crown races where you learn to make it last 100 miles."
Now he switches from the flat dirt track of DuQuoin to the high-banked half-mile dirt at Eldora.