PETERSEN MEDIA: Following the King of the West/NARC Series up to the 50th Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway, Joel Myers Jr and his team endured a pair of rain out on ‘The Road to Dirt Cup’, but once they arrived to Skagit Speedway they raced very well as Myers Jr finished 12th in Saturday’s finale and was the race’s Hard Charger.
“I had a blast at Dirt Cup, and really have to thank all of my sponsors who made the trip possible,” Joel Myers Jr said. “Willie, Cody, Dawson, and Carson, worked so hard and we really had a good car each time we hit the track, unfortunately we had a couple instances of a bad luck.”
After turning in an extremely strong showing last Monday night during the Dirt Cup’s Tune Up event, Joel Myers had a very strong run that saw him earn a fourth-place finish aboard the All About Fire Protection/Hi-Plain Building Division/Dirt Dudes backed No. 46jr machine.
With one night under his belt, Myers Jr and team took Tuesday and Wednesday to go through and make sure they were ready to go for the grueling three-day event.
When Thursday rolled around, Myers Jr got his 2022 Dirt Cup kicked off by timing in 17th fastest of the 42 driver that took a trip around Skagit Speedway.
With points the theme of the weekend, Myers Jr garnered a third-place finish in heat race competition and after all four heats were ran and points were tabulated, he was locked into the feature event and found himself on the pole based on the 16-car inversion.
Leading the field to green alongside Tim Kaeding, the youngster from Sebastopol, CA slipped back to second but kept Kaeding in his sights as they worked around the 1/3-mile oval in Washington. A yellow led to a restart and a monster wheelie from Jr saw DJ Netto overtake him for the runner up position before a caution a few laps later set up another restart.
Getting back by Netto to regain second, Myers Jr would begin to track down Kaeding, until he clipped a hole in turn three on the 13th lap and got his machine upside down.
Though able to walk away from the incident, Myers Jr and company were forced to pull a back up car down for Friday’s show.
A very slick racing surface in Friday time trials and a late pill draw led to Myers Jr timing in 36th fastest and missing the heat race inversion.
Taking the green flag from ninth, Myers Jr would get an opening and shoot a gap as he was able to work his way up to fourth and then third before a caution flag was needed with one lap complete.
Making up a ton of points in just one lap, Myers Jr continued to run in third until a mechanical issue forced him to slow in turns three and four and brought his heat race to an early end.
Able to make repairs in his pit area, the 16-year-old driver was mired deep in the ‘B’ as he lined up in the 16th starting position. In a fast-paced semi, Myers Jr put together another strong charge from the back, but it wasn’t enough to race into the ‘A’ as he capped his night off with a ninth-place finish.
Sitting 26th in points, ‘Jr’ went into Saturday’s feature locked into the eighth starting position of the ‘B’ with six transfer positions into Saturday’s feature up for grabs.
As the race came to life, Myers Jr wasted no time working his way forward. Getting into fifth on the third lap, Jr took over third on the fifth lap. Settling into third, Jr continued to scope out the Skagit Speedway as he continued to hone in on Tanner Carrick and Max Mittry who ran ahead of him.
Hanging on to third, Jr would safely punch his ticket into the feature event as he was slated to take the green flag from the 21st starting position.
Returning to the track for the feature event, Myers Jr was patient in the early goings of the 50-lapper as he hung around 20th until working up into 17th on the 13th lap.
With the race hitting the halfway point, Jr was up into 15th and getting stronger as the laps clicked off. Getting up to 14thjust before the scheduled stop, Jr would fall back to 16th when the race roared back to life.
As laps clicked down, Jr continued to fight for track position as he raced back up to 13th, before taking the 12th position on the 46th lap, where he ultimately went on to finish.
By way of his charge from 21st to 12th, Myers Jr also took home some bonus money as the Dirt Cup’s Hard Charger.
“It was a lot of work to get this team ready to go for such a busy week, and I really have to thank everyone to stepped in and made it all possible,” Joel Myers Jr said. “I had so much fun, we ran really well, and it has me excited for this weekend.”
Joel Myers Jr Racing would like to thank All About Fire Protection, Hi-Plains Building Division, PitStopUSA, DirtDudes, System 1 Ignition, Weld, Smith Ti, Y2K Gaming, Shark Racing Engines, Lucas Oil, Vaider, L Delo Designs, Walker Performance Filtration, ShopRico.Com, Tiner Hirst Enterprise, Kaeding Performance, Triple X Race Co., and Ogio, for their continued support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 30, Wins-0, Top-5’s- 7, Top-10’s-11
ON TAP: Myers Jr is slated to take part in Placerville Speedway’s 4th of July Extravaganza event on Monday night.
STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with ‘Jr’ by following him on Twitter @Racing46Jr, Instagram @Racing46jr, or by ‘Liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/JoelMyersJr.
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