J&J Auto Racing Teams Continue Sprint Car Success McKENZIE, TN -- As the dust begins to settle on another summer, J&J Auto Racing teams continue to lead the way to victory lane in sprint car action across the country. Jamie Smith scored a pair...
J&J Auto Racing Teams Continue Sprint Car Success
McKENZIE, TN -- As the dust begins to settle on another summer, J&J Auto Racing teams continue to lead the way to victory lane in sprint car action across the country. Jamie Smith scored a pair of wins last weekend, one with a wing and one without, while Fred Rahmer, Rick Wilson, Brad Pake and Jimmy Weller also won sprint car features. Young Sam Schlosberg picked up his first career win last Saturday night as well.
Terry Hinck driving the #21h J&J sprinter clinched the Winged Outlaw Warrior(WOW) Championship last Sunday. This was Hinck's second championship of the season after previously being crowned the Missouri State Fair Speedway Champion earlier this month.
MERCER RACEWAY PARK
Jamie Smith used his experience at the Mercer Raceway Park last Saturday night. He raced the #5 GBK J&J sprinter past 16-year-old Cameron Dodson with two laps to go to win the 35-lap Chuck Marsh Memorial Mid American Sprint Car Series feature event. The win also solidified Smith's fourth track championship.
"How about that," said Smith after the win. "I think he (Dodson) got hung up there a bit as traffic wasn't cooperating with him. I was getting quicker and quicker. My tires started heating up. Things started going better and it stayed green. I kind of snuck up on him and caught him by surprise. I wanted to get in there and get the job done. I didn't want to race with him too long. I snuck in there and we split the lapped cars. That was close racing going on."
Dodson set the early pace as Smith worked his way into second by lap 13, but Dodson had built quite a lead. Smith had more than a straightaway to make up with 10 laps to go. Lap by lap Smith cut into the lead as Dodson struggled with lapped traffic. Smith made his winning move coming out of turn two and cleared the lapped traffic to seal the win.
Gary Kriess, Jr. gave J&J another top five finisher as he came home fifth in the #55 J&J and Arnie Kent finished seventh in the #15 J&J.
PATRIOT SPRINT CARS
Rick Wilson led the Patriot Sprint Group to Brockville Ontario Speedway last weekend and proved that the home track advantage does matter. Wilson raced his FX Caprara #42w J&J to victory taking the lead on lap ten and leading the final ten laps, as numerous competitors couldn't conquer the dry slick surface.
The crowd went wild when Rick Wilson finally climbed out of his car in Victory Lane after collecting his sixth PSG win of the season. "It just feels so good to win up here in the North Country," Wilson said. "I saw everybody getting afraid of running up on the high side after the spins in turn one. But they didn't know that it's different in turns three and four. There is a cushion in the middle of three and I just hit that all race long."
RIVER CITIES SPEEDWAY
Brad Pake raced his #64 J&J sprinter to victory at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND in the River Cities / Husets / Knoxville Challenge.
With sprint car champions like Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease in the field at Lincoln Speedway, young drivers have a difficult time getting the spotlight. Former late model driver, Sam Schlosberg figured the best way to get noticed was to pull off a victory at the half-mile dirt oval. That's just what the 22 year-old did in a brand new J&J last Saturday night. He raced his #70 J&J into the lead with a low move on the opening lap and led all 25 circuits to claim his first career win at Lincoln Speedway.
"I figured I'd like to get in the top five, but I'll take first instead," said Schlosberg in victory lane. "From the late models to the sprints is a big step for everyone...the crew, me...it's a new step and it's great to be here and race with these guys. I want to thank Vince Moran (car owner), too."
"Honestly, I didn't expect a win the first year. I just practiced with the best, and hope for the best every week. Finishing in the top ten here is like winning a race at Grandview,"
Rahmer was the next J&J to cross the finish line coming home in fourth aboard the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J just ahead of Kenny Jacobs in the J&S Fabrication #22 J&J. Lance Dewease came home sixth in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J and Doug Esh was eighth in the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J.
Jimmy Weller III made it four straight wins last Saturday night in Sharon Speedway's Green Flag Sprint division. Weller raced his #23 J&J past early leader Skip Daugherty and never looked back. This week, Weller will have to start the feature event from the last starting position, making his fifth consecutive victory a tall order.
Jamie Smith made his first appearance at Andy Paden's Sportsman's Speedway and took home the jackpot and the win in the Wingless Sprint Car feature. Smith started third in the #5 GBK J&J and quickly took the lead at the start of the race. He led the entire race to claim his second win of the weekend.
Arnie Kent started ninth and finished fourth in his #15 J&J.
SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY PARK
"Fast Freddie" Rahmer showed once again why he is the point leader at Susquehanna Speedway Park with a convincing victory last Sunday in the 25-lap Sprint Car feature. The win was Rahmer's fourth of the season at SSP in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J and his 22nd career win at the track.
Rahmer started 11th and passed leader Lance Dewease, in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J, on lap 16 and drove away for the win. Dewease came home second and was joined in the top four by another J&J runner, Doug Esh, who brought the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J home in fourth.