There might not be a driver that is more excited for the return of the North-South Shootout to North Carolina’s Concord Speedway on Saturday, November 7 than Jason Myers.
When asked what makes Concord so much fun from a driver’s perspective, Myers could barely contain his enthusiasm.
“Have you been there? Seriously? Oh my God that place is sick!” exclaimed the North Carolina NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion. “That’s one of the most fun race tracks that I’ve ever driven in a Modified. That dogleg in the backstretch and you’re wide open, it feels like you’re going faster there than anywhere else. It feels like you’re riding a rollercoaster. It takes your stomach every lap coming through there. If you love driving race cars then Concord has to be your favorite track.”
Myers will pound the ground in his Modified at Concord on Friday and Saturday this week when the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout weekend kicks off for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds.
The Walnut Cove, North Carolina driver had a career year that saw him score seven wins at the famous Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. But Myers has never won the North-South Shootout. His best finish came at Caraway Speedway in last year’s installment of the race when he finished fourth.
“I could win every race I ran all year long and it would still be cool to win the North-South Shootout,” he said. “It’s the North-South Shootout, man. I hate to say it because everyone knows it but it lost some hype when it went to Caraway. It became another race. Now that it’s back at Concord it’s back to what it used to be as far as meaning something.”
Myers and his older brother, Burt, both have a reputation for doing anything to score a win at Bowman Gray. But how far is he willing to go at Concord to get that first Shootout win?
“It depends on the situation,” he said. “Yeah, I’ll do what it takes to win, but you don’t want to tear a man’s race car up. You don’t want to spin a guy out because if you do that at Concord he’s going to get wrecked and it’s going to be bad. I’m all for winning, but I don’t like tearing people’s race cars up.
“But if I’m running second and I’m a lot faster and he’s making it impossible for me to pass him, then yes, I’m going to get around him. But Concord is one of those tracks where you have to give or take or you’ll end up with your stuff on a rollback.”
With this being the North-South Shootout, there’s always a strong contingency of northern drivers that come down to win this race. Drivers such as Doug Coby, Matt Hirschman and Ted Christopher will all be coming down south to win this race. Myers acknowledged that there are some bragging rights on the line, but not so much for the reasons one would expect.
“There’s a ton, but really if you win the North-South Shootout, yeah you beat those guys too but you beat (George) Brunnhoelzl, and you beat Burt Myers,” explained Myers. “It doesn’t mean anymore to beat a Doug Coby than it does to beat someone like that. You know those guys are just as good as the guys up north.”
Myers also added that he doesn’t feel like Concord has to be “defended” from the Northerners either.
“It’s not really our turf,” he said. “Concord is not a race track that we run on a regular basis. It is down here, but I wouldn’t consider it really our turf. It’s just fair game at Concord. That track would be anywhere and it would be the same.
“But it is fun to bring the regional thing into it. North versus South. Hell yeah bring them on. Bring the southern guys too. I want to beat everybody.”
Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified event, are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.
Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7. The features will consist of a 125-lap race for the Pro All-Stars Series South Super Late Models, a 60-lap event for the Southeast Trucks, 75-laps for the Limited Late Models, the Mr. Rooter 50 for the SK Modifieds and the John Blewett III Memorial 125 for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds.
For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.
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