McCLELLAND, MICHAEL, RAHMER AND YOUNG SCORE WINS FOR J&J McKENZIE, TN (May 4) - J&J Auto Racing teams scored four wins this past weekend winning races in Oklahoma, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Sean McCelland, Curt Michael, Fred Rahmer...
McCLELLAND, MICHAEL, RAHMER AND YOUNG SCORE WINS FOR J&J
McKENZIE, TN (May 4) - J&J Auto Racing teams scored four wins this past weekend winning races in Oklahoma, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Sean McCelland, Curt Michael, Fred Rahmer and Scott Young all came home first in J&J's.
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
Fred Rahmer made the most of a tough situation on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Rahmer steered the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J out to the early lead in the annual Spring Classic, but after losing his brakes on lap 10, the defending track champion had his hands full trying to maneuver through lapped traffic.
"I lost the brakes about the 10th lap," said Rahmer in victory lane. "When we came to the lapped cars I had to slow way down...it was pretty hairy. When I had to get out of the gas to run that speed without brakes, I couldn't do it...so I knew someone would be coming."
A late caution flag with two laps to go helped clear the way for Rahmer to pick up his second "Grove" win of the season.
The win was Rahmer's first career win in the Spring Classic, and he became the first repeat winner in the 410 sprint ranks at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile in 2005. He also took home a cool $6000 for his efforts, and raised his all-time win mark to 63 at the Grove.
J&J driver Keith Kauffman set quick time in the Middleswarth #7 J&J just ahead of his teammate Todd Hestor in the #7m J&J and Rahmer.
Hestor came home third in the feature event and was joined in the top five by Greg Hodnett in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J.
UNITED RACING CLUB - Big Diamond
Defending URC Champion Curt Michael won Friday night's 25-lap URC Advance Auto Parts URC Sprint Series opener at the Big Diamond Raceway aboard the Palladino #99 J&J. For Michael, it was his twenty-fourth career URC win and for car owners Pat and Cathy Palladino, it was their third consecutive year of winning the URC season opener.
Michael took advantage of drawing a front starting spot for the feature event as he and fellow J&J runner, Trevor Lewis (Kennedy/Turpin #56 J&J), raced away from the field early on. Lewis was able to build a commanding lead, but Michael began closing in on the lead. The two leaders made contact on lap 19 with Lewis ending up spinning into the infield.
Following the caution for Lewis, Michael was able to remain in control of the race during the final five laps to score the victory.
INTERSTATE RACING ASSOCIATION - Dodge County
Scott Young opened the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in fine fashion. Young raced his #3 J&J to victory worth $2300 in the sixth annual 23-lap affair in honor of Rick Schmidt's car number, 23.
"We really needed this!" stated an exuberant Young in victory lane. "It's been a long slump but now it's finally over. I grew up with Al and spent a lot of time with Rick and the whole family. Getting this win, and tonight of all nights, is just so special."
Young took the lead after an early race restart and fought off the hard-charing Scott Neitzel. The victory was Young's first career IRA triumph.
AMERICAN SPRINT CAR SERIES - SOONER REGION
Sean McClelland solidified his series point lead by capturing his third American Bank of Oklahoma American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region triumph of the season in Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Lawton Speedway driving Kurt Temple's K&N Filters/Pro Shocks/Cloud Nine #1 J&J.
"That was fun!" McClelland exclaimed in victory lane. "Tony's a good guy and a really good racer, I really like him a lot, and I knew he'd race us clean but he definitely made us work for it. Three wins in five races, wow! I'm just really excited right now."
McClelland was referring to Tony Bruce Jr., who made numerous attempts to capture his first ASCS win. McClelland raced past Bruce on lap 14 and held off several surges by Bruce to claim the win. The victory extended McClelland's ASCS Sooner Region points lead to 32 markers ahead of Danny Jennings.