Two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Jason Meyers of Clovis will return to the series as a temporary replacement for injured driver Jason Johnson.
Meyers, who has 57 career Outlaws wins and series titles in 2010 and 2011, will fill in for Johnson during the Outlaws’ four upcoming races in California: Saturday and Sunday in Calistoga, April 17 at Hanford’s Kings Speedway and April 18 at Perris Auto Speedway.
Johnson suffered a fractured back during a crash at Placerville Speedway on Wednesday.
Meyers left full-time racing in 2012 to spend more time with his children.
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Ashford’s gem helps halt Fresno Pacific slide to open PacWest series
Wilson Ashford got Fresno Pacific back on the winning track, and took possession of another school career record, too, pitching seven innings of six-hit, one-run ball as the Sunbirds beat Academy of Art 8-3 in the opener of a doubleheader and the first of a four-game series Friday at FPU Diamond.
The Sunbirds (22-14, 10-12 Pacific West Conference) then rallied to complete the sweep with a 7-6 win in the nightcap. Fresno State and the Urban Knights (6-29, 4-18) play another doubleheader at noon Saturday.
Ashford (6-2). however, was the story. He struck out eight to take over the career lead in that category with 187. Matt Mazzoni, now the school’s assistant director of athletics for communications, set the mark of 180 in 2012. Ashford earlier this season became the school’s all-time victories leader, a record he improved to 26 on Friday.
Fresno Pacific was playing for the first time since a loss last Saturday capped a four-game sweep at the hands of Dixie State and extended the Sunbirds’ losing streak to six.
Travis Beck drove in the first run in the opener with a fourth-inning triple and picked up another RBI when he was hit by pitch with the bases loaded in a four-run seventh. Steven Lozier also drove in two and Nick Pate had an RBI and three runs scored.
In game 2, Preston Scott delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth. The Sunbirds scored three times in the inning after entering the frame down 6-4.
Dunnegan dominates as Reedley JC shuts out Porterville in baseball
Kyle Dunnegan pitched a four-hitter and No. 9 hitter J.D. Coleman drove in three including a pair as Reedley College batted around in a six-run bottom of the first en route to an 11-0 victory over Porterville in a Central Valley Conference game.
The Tigers (12-17, 9-8) rolled in the makeup of what was to be the series opener but was rained out Tuesday. After winning Thursday in Porterville, they go for the sweep at home at 1 p.m. today.Rory French and Xavier Salas each had two hits for the Pirates (5-23, 2-16).
The right-handed Dunnegan (4-4) struck out just one and has fanned only 28 in 651/3 innings but did not issue a walk to Porterville while lowering his ERA to 3.03. He has both of Reedley’s complete games this season.