J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2003-10-07

McKenzie, TN - J&J Auto Racing teams continued to collect victories this past weekend. Donny Schatz, Sammy Swindell, Chip Brown, Blane Heimbach, Scott Bonnell, Mike Ward and Terry Vidrine all came home first in sprint car action. J&J teams won two...

McKenzie, TN - J&J Auto Racing teams continued to collect victories this past weekend. Donny Schatz, Sammy Swindell, Chip Brown, Blane Heimbach, Scott Bonnell, Mike Ward and Terry Vidrine all came home first in sprint car action. J&J teams won two World of Outlaws features and also wins in the Jasper Sprint Car and Southern Outlaw Sprint series. Winners in The Fall Bash II and at Memphis Motorsports Park were also using J&J sprint cars.

WORLD OF OUTLAWS

NATIONAL OPEN

Donny Schatz continued his mastery of Williams Grove Speedway winning the opening night feature of the 40th annual National Open. The win aboard his #15 Parkerstore J&J was his third consecutive victory at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile in the 25-lap sprint car feature sanctioned by the O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Outlaws. Schatz started on the pole after winning the first dash and led every lap, but his 7th career victory wasn't exactly a cakewalk. Schatz was challenged early by Greg Hodnett and chased late in the race by Keith Kauffman in the Middleswarth #7 J&J. Lance Dewease was impressive racing his way into the fourth spot driving Al Hamilton's #77 J&J. Fred Rahmer (Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J) and Sammy Swindell (Roth Motorsports #1 J&J) also finished in the top ten.

In Saturday's National Open finale, J&J's dominated the early portion of the race leading the first 32 laps. Schatz picked up where he left Friday night leading the field for the first 11 laps before Dewease seized control. Dewease led from laps 12 through 32 before ultimately finishing second, which helped Dewease and the Hamilton Motorsports team clinch the Williams Grove Speedway track championship for the second consecutive season.

BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY

Sammy Swindell drove the Roth Motorsports #1 J&J to victory lane at Bridgeport Speedway Sunday, leading all 25 laps of the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series "A" feature. The win, his fifth career "A" Feature win, was the second of the season for the three-time series champion, who recorded the first clean sweep in O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series history at Bridgeport Speedway on August 7, 1995. Swindell set a record for the facility by winning Sunday's caution-free main event in 8:25.53.

"We've run pretty good here," Swindell said. "I think I'm still undefeated here. This is just a big old track, and you just have to keep your momentum up and keep the car straight, and that's what we were able to do. I just have to thank Ray Brooks and my guys and Les and Linda Stewart for helping us out here tonight."

Jasper Sprint Cars

Chip Brown made it a J&J sweep at Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday night winning the Jasper Sprint Cars portion of the program. Brown raced his Chips Auto Service J&J into second position early and chased race leader Doug Smith for most of the 20-lap race. Brown took advantage of a mechanical problem that Smith had with two laps remaining and went on to claim his second win of the season.

CLINTON COUNTY SPEEDWAY

Blane Heimbach took the Fall Brawl II 25-lap sprint car feature event at Clinton County Speedway on Saturday night. Heimbach, who started ninth, patiently worked his way through lapped traffic and took the lead on lap nine in his #12 J&J sprinter. He went on to lead the rest of the way claiming his 11th win in 13 starts at Clinton County.

MERCER RACEWAY PARK

For the second straight year, Scott Bonnell closed out the year by winning the 25-lap 360 Sprint Car feature. Bonnell led from start to finish in his #3B J&J and was never seriously challenged for the $1,500 win. Bonnell's win came in his first 360 start since winning the $4,000 Bully Hill Nationals at New York's Black Rock Speedway three weeks prior.

"It felt pretty good out there," described the Fairview, Pa. resident. "The track was fast. They did a nice job with the track for all the rain we had- it was great. We're going to do some more of the big 360 shows next year."

MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK

Mike Ward continued his winning ways at Memphis Motorsports Park on Friday night. He drove his #88 J&J to victory after a torrid battle first with Zach Chappell and late in the race with Eddie Gallagher. Ward won the thriller over Gallagher by half a car.

SOUTHERN OUTLAW SPRINTS

Terry Vidrine led a one-two J&J finish in the Southern Outlaw Sprints feature event on Friday night at Flomaton Speedway in Flomaton, AL. Vidrine steered the #68 J&J, wrenched by Jeff Farmer, to the victory ahead of David Kountz in the Bay City Motorsports #12 J&J.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Sammy Swindell , Doug Smith
Teams Williams