J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2003-06-17

McKENZIE, TN -- With sprint car action all across the country, J&J team shined by scoring victories in the World of Outlaws, URC, WISSOTA and several other special events. Donny Schatz, Loren Langerud, Keith Kauffman, Blaine Heimbach, Jamie...

McKENZIE, TN -- With sprint car action all across the country, J&J team shined by scoring victories in the World of Outlaws, URC, WISSOTA and several other special events. Donny Schatz, Loren Langerud, Keith Kauffman, Blaine Heimbach, Jamie Smith, Lance Dewease, Doug Esh, Travis Cram, Mike Kekich, Timmy Montgomery and Jimmy Carter all came home first driving J&J sprinters over the weekend.

World of Outlaws

Donny Schatz proved that racing at his hometown-track wasn't going to be a distraction as he had a solid weekend of action at Red River Valley Speedway in W. Fargo, ND. Schatz dominated Friday's feature event in the #15 ParkerStores J&J after racing from 10th to finish third in the Sixth annual Duel in the Dakotas opener. Schatz finished a close second in Saturday's finale.

"I owe a lot to my crew, they gave me a great car to race all weekend," Schatz said. "Friday night, they gave me a perfect race car. It would go pretty much anywhere I wanted to run on the track. The track had gotten a few rough spots in the turns as it dried out. Getting just the right suspension setup is tricky because if you soften the car up too much to try to get through the bumps, you can get too much bounce in the shocks that will cause them to bind up and ultimately make the car tighter and not turn like it should. We hit the right combination giving me the ability to run high or low to get through traffic. That is our advantage running J&J Chassis.

Fargo 360's

Loren Langerud won both Friday and Saturday night in the 360 division at Red River Valley Speedway in W. Fargo, ND driving the #56 J&J sprinter.

Williams Grove Speedway

Jason Hagenbuch set the pace early on at Williams Grove Speedway in the second of the twin 20's event on Friday night. Hagenbuch, who finished sixth in the first 20-lap feature, drove his the #17 J&J to the lead for the first nine laps until Keith Kauffman, who started second, moved in front with an inside move off turn two to lead at the half way point in the Middleswarth #7 J&J. After taking the lead, the ageless veteran was never challenged as he rode the cushion to perfection en route to his first win of the season. It was the 47th of his career at Williams Grove as he tied Kreitz for third place on the all-time sprint car winner's list.

Clinton Co. Speedway

Not many people would credit luck on Friday the 13th. But Selinsgrove's Blane Heimbach says he has lady luck on his side when racing at the Clinton County Speedway even on the superstitious day. Heimbach started the #12 J&J sprinter eighth and took the lead on lap ten and led the final 15 laps to claim his fourth victory of the season.

Mercer Raceway Park

Jamie Smith out-dueled Rod George in a thrilling battle to make it two in row in the $1,500 to-win 25-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature at Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday. Point leader Troy Preston raced out into the early lead from the pole position driving the #1P J&J, until Smith took command on lap seven. Smith steered the #5 GBC Inc. J&J flawlessly through traffic to claim the win.

Lincoln Speedway URC -

Lance Dewease dropped a 360 motor into the Al Hamilton J&J and went racing with the United Racing Club on Saturday night at the Lincoln Speedway. Dewease started twentieth in the twenty-five car starting field and at the drop of the green flag, you could see he was going to be a threat for the win. By the halfway point of the 25 lap feature, Dewease was racing in third, he moved into second on lap sixteen then took the lead from Trevor Lewis, who was piloting the Palladino #99 BK Leasing J&J, on lap twenty-two to earn his first URC win of the season and his third career win under the URC banner.

Lincoln Speedway -- 410

Lancaster's Doug Esh threaded his way through some early race crashes and held off a charging Lance Dewease to claim his second win of the season Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. Esh had to dive under the lapped car of Michael Markey to hold onto the top spot as he and a closing Dewease went through turns three and four the final time. Esh's final margin of victory was 1.26 seconds over Dewease. "We were good. I just can't say enough about the team. We had a bad crash last Friday night, and this is the same car," said Esh in victory lane after his traditional wing dance on top of the Leach family Diversified Machine/C.W. Fritz Company #30 J&J.

Knoxville Raceway 410

Travis Cram made his front row starting position pay off as he led all 20 laps of the feature event at Knoxville Raceway Saturday night in the #92 J&J sprinter. The win was Cram's first this year and his third overall at this Central Iowa racing facility. Fellow J&J runners Skip Jackson (7th) and Ricky Logan (10th) finished in the top ten.

Skagit Speedway

Jimmy Carter prepared for this week's Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway on Saturday night by claiming the 30 Open Comp A-Main feature win in his #26 Rudeen Development Wesmar J&J. Carter started on the front row and took the lead on lap nine and went on unchallenged to claim the victory.

Sharon Speedway

Mike Kekich was on the prowl on Saturday night driving the #5 J&J and won the feature event at Sharon Speedway. Kekich passed fellow J&J runner Ed Lynch Jr. on lap 11, for third, before claiming second on lap 13 just before a caution flag came out. On the restart, Kekich took command, having to hold his ground for numerous restarts for the next 6 circuits. Lynch moved into second on lap 20 and Kekich's lead began to dwindle as he worked his way through lapped traffic. Coming to the white flag, Lynch tried sliding Kekich on the inside, but Kekich wouldn't be denied and went on to take the trophy home.

St. Francois Co. Speedway

Timmy Montgomery drove the #4 Dean Adams J&J to pick up the checkered flag and the $2,000 first place check Saturday night at the St. Francois County Raceway by winning the final leg of the Missouri/Illinois Challenge.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz
Teams Williams