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J2 Racing - Jeff Myers Racing
November 13, 2012
It was the season for Jeff Myers Jr. to return to the place where he started, Toledo Speedway. 10 years ago, a 5 yr. old kart racer took to the 1/4 mile oval at Toledo Speedway for the very first time. In 2012, Jeff Jr., now 15 years old, returned to Toledo Speedway, but this time, racing a full-size stock car. Still not old enough to drive, he wheeled his car at speeds over 100 mph on one of the fastest half mile ovals in the country. Friday night at the ARCA Toledo Speedway/Flat Rock Speedway banquet, Jeff Jr. was awarded ARCA Sportsman Rookie of the Year and was recognized by ARCA with a Special Achievement Award by becoming the first 15 year old to compete in the weekly ARCA racing on the ½ mile at Toledo. Not bad for a high school Freshman.
After starting off in karting locally, Jeff Jr. and the family traveled the country seeking the highest level competition in karting and racing at places like MRP in South Bend; Indiana; Daytona Speedway; Charlotte Motor Speedway; and Road America, Wisconsin. In 2012, ARCA opened up the rules to permit qualified racers, age 15, a chance to compete on the high speed oval at Toledo. Jeff jumped at the opportunity to return home. After interviews with Toledo Speedway officials, private testing and meetings with ARCA, he was approved to race! However, there were restrictions, the biggest came to be known as "the rookie rule." Jeff would be required to start at the rear of the field, no matter where he qualified, until such time that officials approved.
The team had originally planned on running only the first 4 races in 2012 - then evaluate the remainder of the season on a race to race basis. Jeff Jr. showed some speed by qualifying well in the upper half of the field, but still had to start last to gain experience. Despite some rookie mistakes and being handicapped by starting last, Jr. was able place 10th with a pair of 7ths in his first 4 races. The team was encouraged and pressed forward to complete the remainder of the season with the Rookie of the Year award as a goal.
Mid-season races were a struggle with a couple of mechanical failures. With help from fellow racers Paul and Mike Young, repairs were made and Jeff didn't miss a race the rest of the year. The "rookie rule" was finally lifted the last 2 races of the season. Jeff Jr. finished in the top 10 of the season points standings, 9th, top rookie.
Jeff Jr.: "I have to thank all of the local racers who helped me get here this year, Dave Arnold, Mike Young, Norm Lewallen. I learned a ton this year and can't wait to come back next season and do it again."
Father Jeff Myers Sr.: "That was the toughest racing season that Jr. has experienced and will provide a foundation for the future. As a team, we learned what to do, and what not to do. We're looking forward to 2013."
In 2013, Jeff Jr. will compete again at Toledo Speedway in the ARCA Sportsman series. He is actively pursuing sponsorship for 2013. Racing is not exactly on High School sports curriculum and Jeff Jr. is looking for all the help he can get. Long range goals are to go to college and someday compete with the ARCA Touring series.
Jeff Jr. would like to thank all of his friends, family and fans who've supported him and have come out to see him race at Toledo Speedway over the past year. Special thanks go out to all of his sponsors who've helped to keep him in the drivers seat: Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub, Debra Reiner Family Dentistry, Temperance Sunoco, Advanced Accounting, Bedfordsports.com, Lambertville Hardware, Race Against Drugs (RAD) Race Team, Dr. Al, Scott Bross, Dave Miller, the Lawrence Family and all of the guys on the team who've volunteered their time to keep Jr. moving forward. THANK YOU ALL for helping to keep Jeff Jr. in the drivers seat. He absolutely could not do this without your support.
November 5, 2012
Friends and Family,
It's been a few weeks since our last newsletter... quick update on what's been going on with the Team...
Plans are well underway for 2013 Racing Season. Jeff Jr. will compete in the ARCA Sportsman Series at Toledo Speedway in 2013 and has already been hard at work on the car, getting it ready for winter. The engine's been pulled and is ready for yearly maintenance/rebuild. The engine will return to the same builder, TICO, that gave the Scott Bross motor good power over the past year. We're looking forward to the trip next weekend to drop the motor off... I know Scott is excited to see that we're returning to TICO...
Meanwhile, Team assignments for next year are being confirmed. Dave Miller will stay on-board as race-day tuner, crew chief and spotter. We're hoping to see more of Scott Bross in 2013 as his time permits - he's got a Late Model under construction in his shop that is starting to take shape. Many people don't know it, but if it weren't for Scott, Jeff would not have raced in 2012 - Scott owns most of the equipment including the safety equipment Jeff Jr. wore to race. We really hope to have Jeff in his own clothes next year and are looking forward to see Scott racing in his Late Model.
The biggest news is that Jeff has been helping/partnering with a front-running team ARCA Sportsman Team that has extensive racing experience, Glass City Motorsports - Mike and Paul Young. Mike, 23 yrs. old with 7 years of stock car experience, will serve as a driver mentor for Jeff Jr. Paul, with 25 years of racing experience himself, will assist in chassis and car preparation. Mike is actively racing in the ARCA Sportsman series and is an awesome young talent having finished in the top 5 in the ARCA Sportsman class for the past 2 years. Mike competed regularly in the ARCA Truck Series and has a few starts in the ARCA Touring Series. At 23, he's got a great future ahead. Jeff Jr. spent a lot of time this summer working in the Young's race shop to help out. I know I'm excited that Jr. has another good role model racing in the same series at Toledo Speedway.... We've been really fortunate to have so many good people around Jeff as he continues to learn. Look to see more news/announcements/results from Mike Young creep into our reports.
Meanwhile, we're actively working on sponsorship for 2013. We've got an awesome core group of local associate sponsors, all from Bedford Twp., that we hope will serve as a foundation for future years. I've talked to many of you who receive this newsletter. We'll be talking to many more in the upcoming months as we put our program together for 2013. We're also looking for that corporate support, a primary sponsor that can keep Jeff Jr in the sport well into his college years. Look for some early announcements in the upcoming weeks. New sponsor leads? Do you know people who'd like to get involved in racing? Do you just want to help out in the garage or in the pits? Please let drop me a note!
The Toledo Speedway / Flat Rock Speedway banquet is less than 1 week away! Jeff Jr. is the favorite to receive the 2012 ARCA Sportsman Rookie of the Year award. Jeff was top rookie in the season points standings - 9th - and raced in the top 10 all season long despite starting last due to his young age....The team is looking forward to a fun evening out with all of the local racers. It also gives everyone a chance to talk about racing away from the track. Looking back - 2012 was what I'd call a learning year.... Jeff learned to drive a full size car on the 1/2 mile oval.... The team learned what to do and what NOT to do..... 2013 will be interesting!
If you haven't seen it yet on FB, check this out! It's not every day you see your son in die-cast! Want one? Drop me a note - will make a great Christmas present...
Last, anyone need a good used trailer?? In case you didn't know, our Interstate 1 kart trailer is up for sale! Good condition, priced to sell, $2500.... Also - am considering selling our Class 'C' Camper in case someone is in the market. Didn't use it last year - just may be time to sell it!
SAVE THE DATE - Daytona 500 Sponsor Appreciation Party in February, 2013!
Well - time to hit send... Thanks to all of our friends, family and sponsors for your support!
September 27, 2012