ELKT Points Race #1
With spring break, we made it a 3 day weekend at ELKT to get
ready for racing on Sunday. We arrived at the track for practice
on Friday and, thanks to everyone at Margay, we took delivery
of our new '06 Margay chassis at the track that same afternoon....
We now have 2 - '06 Margays to work with for the season in both
Yamaha and HPV Jr. Sportsman classes....
Jeff Jr. had lots of track time Friday and Saturday and was
running competitive times for early in the season and adjusting
to new equipment. We were really looking forward to racing on
Sunday but just after the drivers meeting, it started to sprinkle.
The sprinkle turned to a steady drizzle and racing was canceled.
Nevertheless, Jeff Jr. still had some fun and took the time
to test the new '06 with the hpv engine in the rain. Regional
and National races run regardless the weather so it was time
Next weekend, we'll be at New Castle, Indiana for the first
regional (Great Lakes Sprint Series) race of the year.
Thank to everyone for their support - last week to get raffle
tickets for turn 3 Indy 500 tickets! And special thanks to Adam
Lawrence who made the 3 day weekend trip to help us get 2 karts
ready to start the season...
On a personal note, our engine builder for our 4-cycle program,
Sherm Kimple (Michigan Muscle), had an accident at home and
is in the hospital with serious 3rd degree burns. We wish him
a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers go out for him........
Saturday, April 29, Jeff Myers Jr. won his first WKA Regional
race IN THE RAIN at New Castle, Indiana - which is located just
outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. For those who remember Danny
Sullivan's "spin and win" in the Indy 500 in the mid
'80's, Jeff had a similar ride on the rain-slicked track. Jeff
was right on the tail of the 1st place kart when he locked the
brakes, did a 360^ spin, and re-gained control losing little
ground..... not giving up and having a fast Margay kart, he
moved past the top 2 karts over the next laps and held on for
an emotional win on his Dad's 45th birthday!
With the win, Jeff now leads the regional points chase in the
Yamaha Jr. Sportsman class of the Great Lakes Sprint Series.
Sunday, Jeff finished 5th in the HPV Jr. Sportsman class.
After a big WKA regional win - it was time for Jeff Jr. to back
it up at the club racing level at ELKT....... J2 Racing was
at East Lansing last weekend for points race #2......
Results were good for both HPV and Yamaha Jr. Sportsman classes!....
2 heat race wins, 2 poles, a feature 2nd and a feature win!....
Jeff Jr. won the Yamaha Jr. Sportsman class going away and was
clicking off some very impressive lap times for early in the
season! In the HPV class, after starting on pole, Jeff led for
most of the race but finished 2nd to Kyle Noonan who got his
first feature win - (way to go guys!).... Another great weekend
Thanks to everyone for the support/help.... It takes a total
team effort to win. Special thanks to Adam Lawrence who drove
up after work Saturday to help in the pits.
After a rainout last weekend at ELKT, Jeff Myers Jr. came back
to East Lansing Sunday, May 21, to score his 3rd consecutive
win of the season in the Yamaha Jr. Sportsman class.... It wasn't
easy, but Jeff held off Dalton Prime to score his 2nd win of
the season at ELKT and 3rd in 3 races dating back to the WKA
regional's at New Castle, Indiana!
Overall, Jeff had 1 heat race win, 1 pole, a feature win and
led 8 of 10 laps in the HPV Jr. Sportsman class all with Margay
chassis.... The kid is on a roll!
On Memorial Day weekend, J2 Racing returns to South Bend for
the 2nd race in the GLSS series where Jeff Jr. is leading the
points in the Yamaha Jr. sportsman class... Stay tuned to www.Bedfordsports.com
for the latest updates and pics..... Thanks to Silver Bullet
Racing Engines, Margay, and Carlisle Racing School for all the
& 5-28 2006
Memorial Day weekend means racing - and it's the same for kart
racing as J2 Racing visited South Bend, Indiana for the 2nd
race in the WKA regional series, the Great Lakes Sprint Series
(GLSS). Jeff was FAST all weekend and won his first WKA regional
pole in Yamaha Jr. Sportsman (11 karts) and started the heat
race on the pole.... BUT a broken throttle cable ended his run
WHILE IN THE LEAD (heartbreak!)... He'd have to start 11th in
the feature.... On the feature start, he passed 2 karts but
one rookie driver sent Jeff spinning putting him dead last again
and giving the entire field another 1 sec.... Nevertheless,
Jeff ran 6 karts down and finished 4th!!... Nice come-back after
a lot of bad luck..... Although he didn't win, Jeff certainly
caught everyone's attention and we're looking forward to returning
to South Bend for the WKA nationals in July..... Jeff continues
to lead the GLSS points in Yamaha Jr. Sportsman.
Sunday in HPV class, after being VERY fast in the morning -
fast enough for pole, Jeff could only manage 6th after the heat
index turned up..... In the first heat Jeff got up to 4th after
a GREAT start but slipped back to 6th - We still hadn't adjusted
to the track conditions.... (Dad had work to do!)... In the
feature race we started 6th again BUT Jeff was as fast as the
leaders.... We ended up 4th when the race was red flagged after
10 laps due to a wreck.... The first 4 karts were all in a row
and Jeff was poised to challenge for the podium but it wasn't
meant to be.... Jeff is 4th place in GLSS points in HPV Jr.
East Lansing. Results:
Yamaha Jr. Sportsman
Heat #1: 2nd
Heat #2: 1st
Feature: 1st (3rd in a row at ELKT!!)
HPV Jr. Sportsman
Heat #1: 1st
Heat #2: 1st
Another awesome day at ELKT for Jeff Jr. - although official
points standings haven't been posted, it appears Jeff Jr. is
leading the points in both Jr. Sportsman classes at ELKT.
J2 Racing REALLY appreciates all the kind words, interest and
support from our friends, family and competitors alike. Jeff
Jr. has really started the '06 season on fire and with some
luck and hard work, we hope our good fortune continues. We can't
do it alone and we thank all of our sponsors and supporters
for the help!
We're back in action at ELKT for the next 3 weeks before a 4th
of July break.
Michigan State Championships at East Lansing
Jeff had to work hard to stay ahead of the competition in Yamaha
Jr. Sportsman on Saturday. With the competition being close,
it makes it more difficult to pass so being on pole is everything.
Despite good finishes in the heat races, Jeff started outside
pole for the feature. At the green flag, Jeff hung it all out
and made a move on the outside in the high speed turn 1 corner
and made it stick. He got the lead and never looked back winning
his first state championship.
Yamaha Jr. Sportsman
Heat 1: 2nd
Heat 2: 1st
Sunday, in the HPV Jr. Sportsman class Dad worked hard in the
pits by making several tire and chassis adjustments. Jeff responded
well on the track to each change and won his 2nd state championship
in 2 days.
HPV Jr. Sportsman
Heat 1: 3rd
Heat 2: 1st
WKA Great Lakes Sprint Series, Points Race #3, East Lansing
Jeff returned to his home track for the 3rd race in the GLSS series
where he leads the points in Yamaha Jr. Sportsman. It was an eventful
Saturday, Jeff missed the pole for Yamaha Jr. sportsman by only
0.030 seconds to Dalton Prime putting him on the outside for the
pre-final race. At the start, Jeff fell back to 3rd as the 3rd
place kart got a good jump and Jeff had no where to go but fall
back to 3rd. The top 3 karts were all in line for 7 laps. On the
white flag lap, 2nd place Kyle Krump slipped inside to take the
lead but made contact doing so. Jeff freight-trained in and followed
Krump by Prime and moved into 2nd place. Jeff would start 2nd
in the final. The final, Jeff got a bad start but held off Dalton
Prime and slipped into 2nd place. The 3 karts were nose to tail
once again until Dalton had to pull off track with a loose bumper.
Jeff was right on the leaders tail the entire race but couldn't
find a way to cleanly get by and Krump took the win with Jeff
Jeff continues to lead the points, but with 2 races to go, anything
Yamaha Jr Sportsman
Sunday, in HPV Jr. Sportsman, we weren't as strong as we had hoped.
Friday we had fast times in practice but lost our setup and could
only manage to qualify 5th. In the prefinal, Jeff had problems
at the start but once he got going, worked his way up to 4th where
he finished. The problems continued in the final as Jeff slipped
back to 7th on the start. He worked his way back up to 5th but
the 6th place kart made a great pass and Jeff ran out of laps.
It was a disappointing finish at our home track but Jeff said
he still had fun battling with Michael Fortner for 5th place.
HPV Jr. Sportsman
Although we are off from racing over the holiday weekend, there
is more exciting news in the works over the next 2 weeks.
We return to action at East Lansing on July 9 which will be a
tune-up for our first national race when we return to South Bend,
It's been an extremely hectic few weeks for J2 Racing. Although
we had a 2 week break, in the time off, we added an associate
sponsor, G.B. Warnke and Associates, AND we were interviewed
by the local media, Bedford Now. Then it was back to club racing
at East Lansing where Jeff Jr. finished 2nd in Yamaha Jr. Sportsman
and then saved it all for a daring last lap, last corner pass
to take the win in HPV Jr. Sportsman. Jeff remains the points
leader in both classes.
This past weekend, we made the trek back to South Bend, Indiana
for the WKA Grand National Manufacturer's Cup Race. This was
Jeff Jr.'s first taste of a 2 cycle National race. He joined
a field of nearly 600 karts with some of the most famous names
in motorsports racing including a former Indy Car racer, the
sons of a few Indy Car racers and the best kart racers in the
entire country. In Jeff Jr.'s classes alone, there were 40 entries
in Yamaha Jr. Sportsman and 26 entries in HPV Jr. Sportsman.
The kids that Jeff Jr. competed against are the best in the
country coming from as far away as California. Here's how he
Friday was a practice day and just plain miserable as rained
washed out most of the practice. With a clear forecast for the
weekend, not too many racers were willing to go out in the wet.
We did get a few sessions in late in the day but not as much
as we would've liked. But, since we were on pole here in May,
we remained optimistic for Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday was in Jeff's strongest class, Yamaha Jr. Sportsman.
Unfortunately for us, the track conditions were very different
from May and we found ourselves struggling to find speed - this
wasn't going to be an easy day for us. Jeff qualified 25th out
of 40. The top 24 automatically qualify for the 30 kart field.
Jeff would have to race his way into the field by finishing
in one of the 6 remaining transfer spots. Jeff started on pole
for the 8 lap consi race - led the first few laps but slipped
back to 3rd where he finished - we still made the race and would
start 28th in the pre-final. We continued to make set-up progress
and finished 21st which is where Jeff would make his start.
In the 20 lap final, Jeff Sr. made set-up changes and Jeff Jr.
drove a smart race, got up to 15th at one point but finished
16th placing him solidly in the top 20 in the country! We had
hoped for better - maybe too much - but came away feeling good.
Sunday was HPV Jr. Sportsman and now that we had a handle on
the hot track conditions, again we were optimistic. The morning
warm-up Jeff was as quick as he'd ever been but in qualifying
could only manage 22nd. In the pre-final, Jeff made contact
with a kart that was spinning ahead of him and bent the front
spindle - the race was red flagged but there was that could
be done about it - Jeff still managed to turn some quick laps
but the kart handled so poorly he spun and finished in the back.
The final wasn't much better. Although Jeff Sr. got the kart
back together - the heat index made carb adjustments difficult
and the engine seemed off. Jeff Jr. indicated the kart still
didn't handle the best and he struggled to a 21st finishing
Overall, we hoped for a better result in Yamaha but know that
we'll need to be better prepared. Still, placing 16th out of
a 40 kart field is nothing to complain about. All in all, it
was good learning experience - and something to build upon should
we decide to race on a national level again.
With 2 races
still to go, Jeff Myers Jr. clinched 2 points championships
last Sunday at East Lansing by winning the HPV Jr. Sportsman
race and placing second in the Yamaha Jr. Sportsman race. The
track titles will add to Jeff's 4 previous championships at
nearby Palmyra Speedway. Only 9 years old, Jeff has been racing
at East Lansing for 2 1/2 years. Last year, Jeff raced in 1
class at East Lansing and finished 4th in points.
East Lansing Kart Track is well known across the country as
one of the premier facilities for kart racing hosting national
and divisional races drawing some of the most talented kart
racers in the area. In their younger days, Indy Car stars Sam
Hornish and Danica Patrick once raced at East Lansing. Jeff
will collect his winning trophies at the track banquet in January.
But the season's not over yet! With one race to go, Jeff holds
a 10 point lead in a WKA Divisional series, the Great Lakes
Sprint Series. The last GLSS race is September 23-24
Jeff, 9; Kristy 11
news! Jeff made the newspaper again. The latest edition of the
Monroe Journal has a nice story on Jeff's racing efforts along
with a couple of nice pictures. The Monroe Journal is free and
available at most newstands and Monroe County businesses - pick
up a copy while you can. Or, stop by and see me - I just picked
up a couple dozen!
story highlighted Jeff's recent success at East Lansing and
noted he is leading the points in a WKA Divisional series while
noting more information can be found at www.bedfordsports.com.
Just like the recent Bedford Now article, Jeff's name was listed
AGAIN on the front page! Headline news - gotta love it!
GLSS Grand Finale
JUST NOW HOME.... yes, it's WAY late and it was a LONG weekend.....
here's what happened....
Going into the weekend, Jeff held a 10 point lead in the GLSS
/ WKA divisionals in Yamaha Jr. Sportsman... Unfortunately,
Jeff was unable to keep the lead... Saturday, rains forced everyone
to go to rain tires... Jeff qualified 2nd and finished 2nd in
the pre-final... But, in the final, Jeff got into the lead on
the first lap, but spun after losing the lead 2 laps later...
he was able to continue on but back in 7th place... Jeff chased
down several karts and finished a VERY respectable 4th place
finish... BUT, give credit where credit is due... Randel Potter
won the race and by my unofficial math, won the points championship...
Michael Fortner finished the race 2nd and it looks like he'll
get 2nd place in points and Jeff will be 3rd.... My calculations
are all unofficial BUT it looks like the 3 racers were separated
by only 9 points!... I'll keep an eye on the website www.glsseries.com
and let everyone know when official points are tallied.... still,
a 3rd for us in divisional points is awesome!
Sunday was HPV Jr. Sportsman - new day, not our strong class
- we could just have fun!.. and what fun we had!... Under dry
track conditions, Jeff qualified 3rd... In the pre-final, rains
came and forced everyone to the rain tires - Jeff jumped to
the lead on the first turn and cruised to an easy victory....
Starting on pole for the final, the field was back to dry tires
as the sun was out..... This turned out to be a race to remember
as the lead was swapped back and forth between Jeff and Kyle
Krump several times.... For the most part, Jeff held the lead
through most of the race BUT the last 3-4 laps there was some
fantastic racing by both boys as they dueled inches apart at
AVEARGE lap speeds over 57 mph!... they saved the best for the
last lap - the lead changed hand 3 times on the white flag lap....
jeff passed kyle into 1, kyle passed jeff into 8, jeff passed
kyle for the win going into the last turn with 3rd place quickly
closing-in on both karts.... great stuff and an unexpected win
for us in HPV!!... with our recent 2nd at the last divisional
race, it appears that Jeff will finish 3rd in point in HPV Jr.
Sportsman as well... 2 podiums in a WKA series - what an great
season!.. not bad for a 9-yr-old boy who has 3 more years in
these 2 classes!.... and what a great way to close the season
with an exciting win!.....