McKENZIE, TN - J&J Auto Racing teams continued to finish the 2003 sprint car season with success. Pete Green, Blane Heimbach, and Johnny Bridges were all victorious while Todd Hestor led a J&J podium sweep at Clinton County ...
McKENZIE, TN - J&J Auto Racing teams continued to finish the 2003 sprint car season with success. Pete Green, Blane Heimbach, and Johnny Bridges were all victorious while Todd Hestor led a J&J podium sweep at Clinton County Speedway.
There were two very good reasons for Pete Green to celebrate in victory lane at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Saturday night. First: With just two laps to go he dove under race long leader Tim Hogue to make the winning pass in the 25 lap Empire Super Sprints (ESS)/United Racing Club (URC) Challenge Series event. Second: The $3,000 victory was dedicated to Green's grandfather who passed away just one week prior making for a very emotional victory lane with family and friends.
"I was just a little pumped up tonight," said Green, driver of the Green Motorsports #4 J&J. "With the passing of my grandfather I came in here looking to get a win for him. I think as a family that we had just a little bit more reason to try and get a win tonight. Someone must have been smiling because here we are in victory lane."
Green, a regular on the URC tour, started the Challenge Series event on the pole, but he chased early leader Tim Hogue for most of the race until a late caution flag gave him the chance he needed. He made his winning move as the race restarted on lap 23 and held off Hogue to collect his third career victory.
"This is easily my biggest win so far," concluded Green. "Between dedicating the victory and also winning a Challenge Series race, this will be tough to top."
Trevor Lewis came home fifth in the Pat & Cathy Palladino #99 J&J.
Johnny Bridges won the American Outlaw Action Series title on Saturday night following his victory at County Line Raceway in Elm City, NC. Bridges had the #07 J&J, owned by Clarence Cox, running strong all night qualifying second and putting on an exciting show. Bridges exchanged first place on a couple occasions before taking command and winning his fifth AOAS feature event of the season.
Williams Grove Speedway
Blane Heimbach continued a terrific season driving the #12 J&J, owned by Jeff Creasy, on Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Heimbach started fourth in the limited 358 division of the Fall Fest and worked his way into second on lap five. He took the lead with an outside move off turn two and went on to win his second feature event of the season at "the Grove".
Clinton County Speedway
Todd Hestor won the 30-lap Pennsylvania Sprint Car Shoot-Out Sunday afternoon closing the books on the 2003 race season at the Clinton County Speedway. Hestor drove the Middleswarth #7M J&J from the pole position with 11-time Clinton County feature winner, Blane Heimbach in the Creasy #12 J&J, starting second. At the drop of the green, Hestor got the jump while Heimbach was quickly challenged by Fred Rahmer in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J.
Following the only caution of the race on lap 11, Hestor remained in control and went on to pick up the $3,000 top prize. Rahmer and Heimbach finished in second and third giving J&J a sweep of the top three. Lance Dewease came home fifth in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J.