J&J Auto racing ready for eastern WOO swing. McKENZIE, TN (MAY 13) - The 2002 sprint car season is beginning to unfold and J&J Auto Racing teams have already been very successful in Pennsylvania, where the Pennzoil World of Outlaws visit this ...
J&J Auto racing ready for eastern WOO swing.
McKENZIE, TN (MAY 13) - The 2002 sprint car season is beginning to unfold and J&J Auto Racing teams have already been very successful in Pennsylvania, where the Pennzoil World of Outlaws visit this week.
"We're pleased with how our teams have done in Pennsylvania, and we're expecting our Outlaw teams to have a good week as well," said Jack Elam, president of J&J Auto Racing. "With the success everyone in J&J's had in 2001, our expectations were high going into this season. Already winning a number of races at Williams Grove Speedway and Lernerville Speedway gives us a good feeling going into this week."
The Pennsylvania swing is arguably the toughest part of the WoO schedule, and the J&J teams that run regularly at tracks like Lernerville Speedway, site of Tuesday's WoO race, and Williams Grove Speedway, where the WoO will race on Thursday and Friday, have been standouts in the early season.
Ed LynchJr., will be looking to beat the Outlaws on Tuesday after winning three of the first five feature events driving his #2L J&J sprinter. Jamie Smith gave J&J another victory at the half-mile in Western PA on May 3rd piloting the #5 J&J. Lynch and Smith will be joined by WoO J&J runners Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman (Sher-Don #21 J&J) and Craig Keel and most likely, Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer from the Central PA contingent.
Dewease, winner of 20 races in 2001 including the historic Williams Grove National Open, has won three of the last four feature events at "the Grove" and is beginning to look dominant in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. "We've started to get things going in the right direction," said Dewease. "Our goal is to have that same kind of success this week versus the Outlaws. We know how to win and you have to be at your best every night to win here in PA, so we feel like we're ready for the challenge of the Outlaws."
Dewease has been joined in victory lane at "the Grove" by fellow J&J competitors Keith Kauffman, who has also won at Port Royal Speedway in 2002, and Cris Eash, who put Bob Weber's #18 J&J in victory lane on April 12th, the only night he raced the car.
In 2001, J&J teams won 15 feature races at Williams Grove. Dewease won seven driving the Joe Harz Racing #88h that Fred Rahmer is driving in 2002. Rahmer won two Grove features last season including a WoO Gumout event last April. Donny Schatz won three Pennzoil World of Outlaws features including two on July 26th in his #15 ParkerStore J&J. Keith Kauffman came on strong winning twice in August aboard the #7 Middleswarth Potato Chips J&J. Craig Keel also won a 2001 Williams Grove feature event driving the #9 Pearl J&J.
All five drivers will be in action this week as Dewease and Kauffman have already reached victory lane in 2002 at the Grove while Rahmer has been consistent scoring three top-four finishes. J&J had a podium sweep on March 24th when Kauffman was followed to the finish line by Dewease and Jeff Shepard, who was driving the Tanger #07 J&J. J&J teams have won five of the first nine feature events at famous half-mile oval located in Central Pennsylvania.
Todd Hestor, Shawn Keen, and Todd Gracey will also be challenging for the win at Williams Grove in J&J sprint cars giving J&J a solid field of cars to chase the checkered flags.
"The races in Pennsylvania are really great for J&J," continued Elam. "It feels good to see that many of our cars racing at one venue. We came out with new design car in 2001 and won quite a few championships. Our goal has always been to help as many racers as we can, and everyone at J&J gets excited when the Outlaws head to Pennsylvania."
In addition to the WoO races, which conclude with a one-night program in Hagerstown, MD, on Saturday, there will be an open competition race on Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway near Hanover, PA. Most of the J&J teams from the area are expected to be in competition in the event which includes a 50-lap feature. Daryn Pittman will also be in the field driving the Pennslyvania-based JMO/Gilbert Motorsports J&J.