J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-05-20

McKenzie, TN 0x2022 J&J Auto Racing teams scored victories in all corners of the United States last weekend as sprint car racers tried to outlast Mother Nature. Chad Hill, Travis Jacobson, Loren Langerud and Lane Whittington raced their way to ...

McKenzie, TN 0x2022 J&J Auto Racing teams scored victories in all corners of the United States last weekend as sprint car racers tried to outlast Mother Nature. Chad Hill, Travis Jacobson, Loren Langerud and Lane Whittington raced their way to victory lane driving J&J's to the winner's circle in Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota and Florida.

LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY

The "Pizza Man" Chad Hill delivered his first 2004 St. Barnabas Health System Sprint feature event last Friday at Lernerville Speedway. Hill drove the race of his life in his #44 J&J and became the first person to beat Ed Lynch Jr at the track in 2004.

"The track was bad fast," said Hill following the win. "Ed is our Steve Kinser. When you've beaten him, you've beaten the best!"

Hill drew the pole position and his brother-in-law and mentor, Lynch Jr, started his #2L J&J sprinter eleventh. Hill took command from the get go and when the caution flew on lap four, Lynch had made it into third place. Following a red flag stoppage on lap ten, Lynch was riding in second and spent the final nine laps of the race trying to get by for the lead. Several timely caution flags kept Hill out of heavy traffic and allowed Hill to earn his third career sprint car win, and second at Lernerville.

"When you start up front, you should finish up front," Hill said. "Ed Lynch Sr. taught me that a long time ago. (The cautions) definitely helped me. It's better to be running second in lapped traffic because you can take advantage of the leader's mistakes and I made about three of them."

Lynch came home second giving J&J a one-two sweep. Scott Bonnell came home seventh driving his #3 J&J.

RED RIVER VALLEY SPEEDWAY

Loren Langerud continued his dominance of Red River Valley Speeedway in West Fargo, ND last Friday night. Langerud won his third consecutive feature event on the half-mile dirt oval driving his #56 J&J to victory after starting sixth. Langerud made his way to the front on a rough racing surface taking the lead with three laps remaining.

CAJUN SPRINTERS ASSOCIATION

With the threat of rain all day, the clouds broke and the stars came out for a great night of Cajun Sprinters Association racing at Southern Raceway in Milton, Florida last Saturday night. A pair of J&J's shared the front row as Lane Whittington started his #9 J&J on the pole with Rusty Sanford starting the Gatwood Motorsports #12 J&J on the outside. Lincoln Gatwood started the Gatwood & Sons #38 J&J third. Whittington took the lead at the start and mechanical problems forced Sanford to the pit area on lap two. Whittington fought off several challenges to claim the victory. Cassidy LeJeune finished fourth in his #5 J&J and David Kountz came home fifth driving the #12k J&J giving J&J three top five finishers.

SKAGIT SPEEDWAY

Travis Jacobson won Saturday's Budweiser 360 A-Main Event at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA. Jacobson held second early in the race chasing pole-sitter Nick Engberg until lap 14, when Jacobson raced his #22 J&J into the lead as the leaders dealt with lapped traffic. Barry Martinez drove his #66 J&J into contention dueling Engberg for third. A late red bunched the field, but Jacobson was not to be denied and he went on to claim the win. Martinez came home third.

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