J&J Auto Racing announces driver lineup

J&J AUTO RACING ADDS TEAMS TO CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP McKENZIE, TN (January 6) - After completing one of their most successful seasons ever in 2006, J&J Auto Racing is looking for even more success on the track in 2007. Following a season that ...

J&J AUTO RACING ADDS TEAMS TO CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP

McKENZIE, TN (January 6) - After completing one of their most successful seasons ever in 2006, J&J Auto Racing is looking for even more success on the track in 2007. Following a season that included more than a dozen championships and more than 225 sprint car feature wins, Jack Elam is pleased to announce the addition of new teams that will be utilizing J&J Auto Racing equipment in the upcoming season.

Reigning All-Star Circuit of Champions title holder, Greg Wilson, 2006 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year and Four-time All-Star Champion, Chad Kemenah, and Williams Grove track champion Fred Rahmer will be behind the wheel of J&J sprint cars next season.

"We're really thrilled to add these teams to our customer base," said Elam. "There are a lot of successful people in this business and we've always tried to align ourselves with those folks. The goal for J&J is to provide our customers with the best racing chassis and components we can so they have the kind of success they are hoping to achieve at the race track each week."

"Coming off a year where we involved with teams that won the World of Outlaws championship, Knoxville Nationals, National Open, SilverCup, Speedweek races, track championships at Williams Grove Speedway in both divisions, Lincoln Speedway in both divisions, Knoxville Raceway, Selinsgrove Speedway, Clinton Co. Speedway, Fremont Speedway and series championships with both the ASCS Sooner Region and CAJUN Sprinters Association, our goal is to help our teams repeat as champions."

Wilson will defend his All-Star championship driving his familiar No. 20 J&J owned by Verl Warnimont. The Benton Ridge, Ohio racer will begin his season in Florida and is looking forward to working with J&J.

"We are really excited about being part of the J&J family," said Wilson. "They build a really good racecar and our goal is to continue being the best we can. Jack (Elam) and his staff have been great to work with and we hope we can win them an All-Star title in 2007."

Four-time All-Star champion and 2006 WoO Rookie of the Year, Chad Kemenah, will become the third WoO regular to pilot a J&J in 2007, joining 2006 champion, Donny Schatz and Dion Hindi. Kemenah has teamed up with loyal J&J customer Pete Grove and will drive the No. 70 J&J on the rugged WoO trail. Kemenah, who hails from Findlay, OH, is excited about the change and will debut the car at Volusia Speedway Park in February, the same track he picked up his second career WoO "A" Feature win last February.

"I have known Pete for a long time," said Kemenah, who will be part of the Stage 8 family of drivers on the 2007 World of Outlaws tour. "He fields good cars and we have everything on track to come right out of the box strong in 2007. My brother Brian will again be turning the wrenches and my nephew AJ will continue being part of the team. We spent a lot of time chasing the No. 15 J&J (Donny Schatz) last year and know how good those cars are. Last week, we picked up our cars from the shop and can't wait to get to Florida so we can get behind the wheel of these cars and give it our best."

Grove has fielded J&J cars since 2003 when his car finished third in the Knoxville Nationals with Kenny Jacobs behind the wheel. Last season, he was part of the group that helped Ricky Stenhouse win three Ohio Speedweek features. The Massillon, Ohio car owner is excited about his first full-time shot at the World of Outlaws.

"This is a great opportunity for us to race with the World of Outlaws" said Grove. "We've raced against Chad a lot of years and its good to have him driving our car. I think he'll do a great job. He paid his dues out there last year and we feel like he'll up be ready to have a great year starting in Florida. As far as our relationship with J&J goes, they do a great job with their craftsmanship and reliability. They are proven winners and we've had a lot of success in the past and hope to have more this year with J&J."

Central Pennsylvania standout Fred Rahmer will continue racing a J&J sprint car in 2007, but this time will be for a new car owner. Rahmer will drive for Chad and Jenn Clemens and compete regularly at Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway. The Salfordsville, PA native will be seeking to become the winningest driver in the history of Lincoln Speedway (he trails Steve Smith by three victories, 150-147), his 10th track championship at Lincoln, his eighth Williams Grove Speedway championship and his 11th Pennsylvania Speedweek.

The newly formed team will sport new colors and display the number 51, which is a Rahmer family tradition. Fred's father began his career with this number and it was carried to Fred's modified career and early sprint URC car back in 1985. Tim Elwell will serve as the team's crew chief and they will begin their season in Florida at the 36th Annual Winter Nationals.

"We're going to put my original number back on the car and all my sponsors are going to be with us," said Rahmer. "Everything is really shaping up, and I'm honestly more excited about this year than I have been for quite a few years. Working with J&J has always been a big key for us and we're excited to continue that relationship and hopefully keep winning them races."

ON THE TRACK

Donny Schatz continues to lead the way in sprint car racing. After claiming his first World of Outlaws championship in late October, the Fargo, ND racer continues to blaze a trail in Australia. He has raced the No. 15 Pick 'N Payless J&J owned by Garry Rush Racing to five consecutive wins at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway near Sydney including Saturday night's $50,000-to-win feature event.

-credit: J&J AUTO RACING

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Series Sprint
Drivers Steve Smith , Donny Schatz , Kenny Jacobs , Greg Wil
Teams Williams