J&J Auto Racing Teams Score Outlaws Feature and Central PA Opener McKENZIE, TN (February 25) - After a solid start to the 2002 racing season in Australia and Florida, J&J Auto Racing teams continued their winning ways as the Pennzoil World of ...
J&J Auto Racing Teams Score Outlaws Feature and Central PA Opener
McKENZIE, TN (February 25) - After a solid start to the 2002 racing season in Australia and Florida, J&J Auto Racing teams continued their winning ways as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws and tracks in Central Pennsylvania opened their seasons.
Daryn Pittman dominated the World of Outlaws' second race on Saturday night in Southern California, claiming his first career WoO "A" feature in the Sherdon Motorsports #21 J&J at Perris Auto Speedway. Keith Kauffman, widely regarded as one of the best sprint car drivers in the history of Central Pennsylvania racing, led the way driving the Middleswarth Potato Chips #7 J&J to victory lane in the season opener for dirt tracks in the Northeast at the "Icebreaker 30" at Lincoln Speedway.
Pittman, who qualified seventh in the field, earned the pole position by winning the first dash event. He led every lap and held off several charges from Steve Kinser. "I didn't know if I won or not," said Pittman. "I kept watching the scoreboard on the cool-down lap to see if they changed the results. I knew Steve was going to have a good run on me after I got trapped behind that lapped car going into three on the last lap. I think beating him like this is better than winning by 10 car lengths."
"My crew guys, Bob Curtis and Glenno Inglis, worked their tails off to get this team ready in a short amount of time," said Pittman. "I am extremely grateful to the Woodburns and all the manufacturers who worked to get me everything to put this team together. J&J, Gaerte, Sander, Hoosier and many others worked hard to get us here."
Kauffman, last year's Port Royal Speedway track champion, qualified third in his heat race and drew a ninth place starting position. Several cautions flags and an eighth lap fuel stop early in the feature moved Kauffman up to fifth place. He chased down race leaders Brook Weibley and Jim Nier, but looked destined to finish second with only a handful of laps remaining. A lapped car opened the door for Kauffman as he made the winning pass exiting turn four of the 28th lap. He raced away during the final two laps. Fellow J&J runners, Fred Rahmer finished third in the Joe Harz #88h J&J and Lance Dewease came home fourth in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J, giving J&J three of the top four finishers.
"We kinda' had a tough time getting going, and once we got going, they didn't want to go in front of me," said Kauffman in victory lane, "Brook was really good, too, but he jammed up behind a lapped car and I hit the corner right. In races like this, you have to search around and start up on top, then go down low. It seemed like I could keep my momentum and go a lot better on top. My team gave me a great race car today."
OTHER NOTABLE J&J PERFORMANCES -
Donny Schatz scored two top ten runs in the #15 ParkerStores/Featherlite J&J in WoO action. He raced from 15th to ninth in the WoO opener on Friday night and from 12th to fourth at Perris on Saturday.
Fred Rahmer finished fourth on Sunday afternoon in the Joe Harz's #88h J&J at Williams Grove Speedway ahead of Middleswarth teammates Kauffman (#7 J&J), who started 14th, and Todd Hestor (#7M J&J).