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Hard Charging Weekend for Joel Myers Jr

PETERSEN MEDIA: While he didn’t quite have the finishes he was looking for during two nights of action this past weekend, Joel Myers Jr still had his elbows up as the youngster from Sebastopol, CA earned Hard Charger honors on Friday night at Ocean Speedway as he charged from 21st to 11th, and then worked his way from 23rd to 15th on Saturday night during the SCCT opener in Placerville, CA.

“Friday night our transponder wouldn’t connect with the scoring system so it kind of hampered our qualifying effort and we ended up 24th,” Myers said. “During Saturday’s SCCT opener we just missed the qualifying inversion in our group and then found ourselves in the ‘B’ Main, which meant we had another long night ahead.”

Taking part in the Ocean Speedway opener Friday night with Vertullo Motorsports, Myers would encounter transponder issues, which resulted in multiple qualifying attempts that culminated with him ultimately ending up 24th fastest.

Lining up sixth in his heat race, Myers Jr would work up to a fifth-place finish but with only the Top-4 transferring into the feature, he would be forced into the ‘B’, for one final opportunity to work his way into the feature.

Taking the green flag from the seventh starting position in the semi, Myers Jr eyed one of the six transfer spots that were available. Carving his way to a fifth-place finish, Myers Jr would successfully punch his ticket into the ‘A’, where he took the green flag from the 21st starting position.

On a tricky Ocean Speedway racing surface that offered a little bit of everything in both corners, Myers Jr would adapt well as he came alive during the second half of the feature event.

Carving his way forward, Myers Jr would earn Hard Charger honors as he worked his way to an 11th place finish.

Checking in at Placerville Speedway on Saturday night for the 2022 Sprint Car Challenge Tour season opening event, the 15-year-old would time in fifth fastest in his qualifying group, which put him in the third row of his heat race.

Finishing sixth, Myers Jr would again be forced into the ‘B’ where he would chase after only four transfer positions into the 35-lap feature on this night.

Despite having issues with a left rear shock during the closing stages of the race, Myers Jr would hang on to third as he battled hard with Steven Tiner and punched his ticket into the ‘A’.

Rolling off the starting grid from the 23rd starting position, Myers Jr would continue to pass cars as he did in the “B” as well as the A one night prior. Against a star-studded field in the feature, Myers Jr would pass eighth more cars as he capped his weekend off with a 15th place finish.

“Qualifying is so huge in a lot of these formats, and if you don’t get timed in well, you’re really in a bit of a deep hole,” Myers explained. “Happy to have ran two more nights this past weekend, and looking forward to the KWS opener on Saturday.”

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 9, Wins-0, Top-5’s- 3, Top-10’s-4

ON TAP: Myers Jr and Vertullo Motorsports will be right back at it on Friday night in Watsonville, CA before kicking their KWS season off on Saturday night in Stockton, CA.

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