Dewease, Lynch, Samford and Heimbach score wins for J&J McKenzie, TN -- During another busy week of racing, J&J Auto Racing teams found success on dirt tracks across the country. Lance Dewease, Ed Lynch Jr., Rusty Samford and Blaine Heimbach all...
Dewease, Lynch, Samford and Heimbach score wins for J&J
McKenzie, TN -- During another busy week of racing, J&J Auto Racing teams found success on dirt tracks across the country. Lance Dewease, Ed Lynch Jr., Rusty Samford and Blaine Heimbach all scored wins in J&J sprint cars over the weekend.
Ed Lynch Jr continued to make history by winning his 60th career sprint car feature at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night. Lynch piloted his #2L Commercial Truck & Trailer/Indy Recycling J&J from 12th starting position and took the lead on lap 17 In his last seven starts, Lynch has a remarkable record of 4 first place finishes, 3 seconds, and leads the point standings.
Pennsylvania car owner Al Hamilton was at Knoxville Raceway over the weekend with 26 family members and his red #77 J&J sprint car. He went home with a prestigious National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction plaque and an extra $3,000 after his driver, Lance Dewease, earned his first sprint car feature win at the historic dirt track.
In the 20-lap feature, Dewease, who started 11th, had claimed runner-up spot by lap eight. On the next circuit, Dewease began challenging race leader Kerry Madsen. The two racers battled side by side for the next several laps and after completing the 16th circuit, Dewease took the lead for good and went on to claim his first win at the famous Marion County half-mile dirt oval.
"This win means a lot to me and this is special for this man over here," Dewease stated as he pointed to proud car owner Al Hamilton. "Mr. Hamilton was honored today and I wanted to do everything I could to add to the day. I love racing here and hopefully when we come back in August we'll be able to continue running well."
Rusty Samford and Lane Whittington are making regular visits to victory lane driving the Gatwood Motorsports team J&J's. On Saturday, it was Samford's turn as he piloted the #24 J&J to a flag-to-flag victory in the CAJUN sprinters event at Southern Speedway in Milton, FL. Whittington started 14th and raced his way to the front on lap 20 and was battling his teammate for the win driving the #12 Gatwood Motorsports J&J. Rookie driver Lincoln Gatwood also has been driving a J&J sprinter in his first season behind the wheel of a sprint car and has been solid. On Saturday, he finished 8th in the #38J&J.
Clinton Co. Speedway
Defending Sprint Car Champion Blane Heimbach has been the man to beat lately at the Clinton County Speedway and he won his third consecutive feature event at the 1/3 mile oval. Heimbach, who benefited fro m last week's race being halted by rain, drove from the 11th position when the green flag restarted the event. Heimbach, who was involved in an accident just as the rain began to fall last week, raced his J&J sprinter into the top five by lap 17 and took the lead on lap 22. Heimbach was forced to withstand one more challenge as a final lap caution set up a one lap shootout for the win. Heimbach was up to the challenge and was pleased to win his third straight.
"Sometimes you just catch the breaks you need," said Heimbach following the race.
Other strong performances:
Paul May swept the GLOSS event at Kokomo Speedway during the Memorial Day weekend winning his heat race, the dash and feature event driving his Gaerte-powered #71M J&J.