McKENZIE, TN - The summer is winding down, but the success of J&J Auto Racing teams continues to rise in sprint car racing action across the country. J&J had winners in the World of Outlaws GumOut Series, a record-breaking victory at Lernerville...
McKENZIE, TN - The summer is winding down, but the success of J&J Auto Racing teams continues to rise in sprint car racing action across the country. J&J had winners in the World of Outlaws GumOut Series, a record-breaking victory at Lernerville Speedway and a track championship clinched at Port Royal Speedway. Ed Lynch. Jr. won twice last weekend, while Lance Dewease, Skip Jackson, Fred Rahmer, Loren Langerud and John Pate all made stops in victory lane this past weekend.
Ed Lynch Jr raised the bar in Sprint car racing at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway winning his 56th sprint car feature to garner the All-time Sprint Record piloting his own #2L J&J. With his eighth win of the season, Lynch broke Johnny Beaber's All-time record of 55: the standard set August 21, 1987. "This is unbelievable," said Lynch in victory lane. "My two boys wanted me to do this and now we are in the history books for two very important things." Lynch took the lead on a restart midway through the race after starting 12th. Jamie Smith came home second in the #5 J&J giving J&J another one-two sweep.
"I'm glad to do this in front of the home town crowd," continued Lynch. "I hope to keep this record going and see if we can do some more "damage" when the GumOut Series shows up next week."
Lance Dewease returned the Al Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J to victory lane on Saturday night defeating the World of Outlaws Gum Out regulars in the process. Dewease started seventh and controlled the final half of the feature event to claim his second win of 2002 at the Port and 79th of his career. Keith Kauffman finished third in the Middleswarth Potato Chips #7 J&J. In the regular feature event, Dewease raced for the lead for most of the race until his front wing came off of the #77 and he eventually finished fifth. Kauffman finished strong again ending up second in the feature and by doing so, claimed his 11th track championship in Port Royal Speedway's sprint car division. Dewease and Kauffman also had top five finishes on Friday night racing with the WoO GumOut at Williams Grove Speedway as the #77 J&J came home second and the #7 J&J was fifth.
Skip Jackson claimed his 20th career feature win at legendary Knoxville Raceway aboard John Robinson's #21 J&J. Jackson took advantage of race leader Brent Antill's misfortune and took the lead on lap 17 and raced away for the win on the super fast racing surface. It was Jackson's second win of the season at the legendary half-mile oval. Other J&J teams had good runs including Ricky Logan who steered the Hulbert #3s Lucas Oil Products J&J from the last row to finish eighth just ahead of Manny Rockhold in the Gould #02 J&J.
Fred Rahmer continued to dominate Lincoln Speedway near Hanover, PA, by winning his ninth feature of the season. After contact between Rahmer, who started 12th and leader Doug Esh on a 16th-lap restart, the Joe Harz Racing #88H J&J cruised to the winner's circle.
"I'm glad to win it for Joe," said Rahmer on clinching his sixth-straight Cindy Auto Glass Super Sprint track championship for car owner Joe Harz. "He gave us good stuff. It just took us a while to get going. Tonight was the best we've had the car all year."
"I went in there and I was under him. Everybody sees it different ways. I'm friends with Doug and I sure didn't want it to happen. It was just one of them deals."
Houston Raceway Park
John Pate and the #36 Total Focus Racing team celebrated their 3rd feature win of the 2002 season at Houston Raceway Park on Saturday night. Pate's victory continued the J&J dominance on the 3/8 mile oval in Baytown with first place finishes 3 weeks in a row.
Ed Lynch, Jr. started on the outside pole and blasted into the lead in the 20-lap Super Sprint feature at Tri-City Speedway near Franklin, PA. He led every circuit and claimed his third consecutive win and fifth win of the season in his Indy Recycling J&J No. 2L. "Our team has really clicked here lately, and we've got a chance to win some big races late in the year," said Lynch after his 15th career win at Tri-City.
Other notable J&J performances:
World of Outlaws - Daryn Pittman finished second on Friday night at Skagit Speedway driving the Sher-Don Motorsports #21 J&J. Pittman made several runs at the lead, but couldn't hold the lead in the 40-lap race. Donny Schatz continued his trend for 2002 by racing his way to the front in his #15 ParkerStore J&J. After starting 12th, Schatz made his way up to finish third.