J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2003-08-11

McKenzie, TN -- J&J Auto Racing has been very successful in the "Big Money" races during the past few seasons and that continued on Saturday night. Daryn Pittman led the J&J runners at Eldora Speedway winning the 11th annual Historical Big One in...

McKenzie, TN -- J&J Auto Racing has been very successful in the "Big Money" races during the past few seasons and that continued on Saturday night. Daryn Pittman led the J&J runners at Eldora Speedway winning the 11th annual Historical Big One in the Sherdon Motorsports #21 J&J. While Pittman was winning the biggest race of his career, Ed Lynch Jr., Mike Ward, Blane Heimbach, and Lane W hittington also won races over the weekend using J&J sprint cars.

HISTORICAL BIG ONE

Daryn Pittman has redeemed himself - to the tune of $100,000. The young Owasso, OK driver, who failed to make the cut into Eldora Speedway's prestigious Kings Royal three weeks ago, returned to the scene Saturday night to capture the track's largest payout of the year for winged Sprint Car racing - the Historical Big One (HBO).

"What an incredible win for everybody," said Pittman following the victory. "The racecar was terrific and to have Jack and Bonne Elam here was just an added bonus. Everyone at J&J works really hard to build what I consider the best sprint car out there. This is the reward for their hard work. My team never gave up on me this year and now we are really going strong. Now we just need to keep it going."

Pittman qualified 21st, but ended up on the poll after several fast qualifiers didn't make it through their heat races. He set a torrid early pace, but had to deal with Paul McMahan during laps 10 through 15. McMahan passed Pittman for the lead, but tangled with Eldora's famous concrete wall and was done for the event. Pittman restarted the race up front and checked out on the field. The only worry was during a lap 31 red when the crew noticed a slight leak in the right rear tire. The crew was able to patch the hole and Pittman claimed his fourth win of the season.

J&J Auto Racing teams have won the last two $100,000 Historical Big One's and four out of the last seven.

LERNERVILLE

The "Apollo Rocket" Ed Lynch Jr has won the 2003 St. Barnabas Health System Championship after winning his eighth feature at the track. From the pole position, Lynch Jr's CTT/Indy Recycling/Red Devil Brakes #2L J&J took charge with Rod George in second. George chased Lynch Jr every lap but did not have enough power to catch the hard charging Lynch who had a perfect set-up. "This is my son, Sy's birthday and this one is for him," said Lynch in victory lane. "When you start up front, you better finish up front! It's great to win another championship here and I had a great car all season!"

CLINTON COUNTY

For the eighth time this season, Blane Heimbach piloted the Middleswarth Beef Jerkey/Beavertown Block Co. #12 J&J sprinter to Victory Lane at the Clinton County Speedway. In only 2 years of competition at the 1/3 mile oval, Heimbach has 10 career feature wins at the speedway moving him to within the top five on the all-time winners list for Super Sprints.

Heimbach made his charge to the lead during the first 16 laps and took command on lap 17 of the 25-lap race. Once in front, Heimbach only had to withstand a late yellow and two-lap dash to pick up the win and by doing so, he moved to fifth on the all-time win list.

MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK

After losing last weekend's feature by a few inches, Mike Ward stormed into the Memphis Motorsports Park and conquered the Cash-In-A-Flash sprint car feature event. On the lap four, Ward made his move for the lead in his #88 J&J. He had to work his way through heavy traffic and was only slowed by a lap 14 caution flag. Once the race restarted, Ward set sail and claimed the 20-lap feature victory.

CAJUN SPRINTERS

The Gatwood Motorsports team continued to dominate the CAJUN Sprinters Association this past weekend at Hattiesburg Speedway. Lane Whittington (#12 Porter Cable J&J) and Rusty Samford (#24 J&J) finished first and second and rookie and fellow Gatwood Motorsports driver Lincoln Gatwood finished fifth driving the #38 J&J.

I-30 SPEEDWAY

Lewis Jenkins Jr. took Saturday's feature event at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, AR. Jenkins drove his familiar #1J J&J in the feature event.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Daryn Pittman , Paul McMahan