J&J Auto Racing weekly report 2002-06-03

Hestor nets two wins for J&J while Hawley takes "brand new" car to victory lane. McKENZIE, TN - Keith Kauffman might get most of the headlines for the Middleswarth Potato Chips Racing team, but Todd Hestor made everyone take notice in the ...

Hestor nets two wins for J&J while Hawley takes "brand new" car to victory lane.

McKENZIE, TN - Keith Kauffman might get most of the headlines for the Middleswarth Potato Chips Racing team, but Todd Hestor made everyone take notice in the #7m J&J by winning both on Saturday night and Sunday. Jimmy Hawley also served notice as he won Saturday's sprint car feature event at Mercer Raceway Park in a brand new J&J Auto Racing sprinter. Terry Gray, AJ Weaver and Lewis Jenkins, Jr. also were first to the finish line in J&J race cars.

Batesville (AR) Speedway - Terry Gray (#10 Wesmar Wendy's J&J) overtook race-long leader Michael Dupuy on the 23rd round and went on to win the 25-lap American Sprint Car Series Smiley's Racing Products Speedweek opener at Batesville (Ark.) Speedway Friday night.

Port Royal Speedway - Todd Hestor raced the Middleswarth #7m J&J to victory lane at Port Royal Speedway and became Port Royal's first repeat Sprint Car feature. Hestor's teammate, Keith Kauffman, came home second in the Mid dleswarth #7 J&J.

Mercer Raceway Park - Jimmy Hawley finished the 2001 season with six straight wins at Mercer Raceway Park in the Crawford #cIII J&J, but had yet to return to the winner's circle in 2002. On Saturday, he put a brand new J&J sprinter into victory lane for new owners Billy, Mindy, and Mike Shearer. Hawley shared the fourth row with fellow J&J runner,Troy Preston, and both worked their way to the top three by lap 10. On the 12th lap, Hawley made his move for the lead in third with an inside move off turn four. Hawley had just enough momentum off the top of turns one and two on lap 13 to maintain the lead.

"We built this car today," said Hawley from victory lane beside the Maximum Tool & Die/Chevron East/Young's 24-Hour Towing/Applewood Refinishing-sponsored car. "It's a new J&J. Jack and Bonnie Elam are here from Tennessee- they're the manufacturer of this car. We're back at home with this car. I think we know this thing."

Selinsgrove Speedway - In true Jan Opperman fashion, Middleburg's Todd Hestor won Sunday night's inaugural Jan Opperman Memorial for 410 sprint cars by annihilating the field. Hestor picked up the prestigious event after starting on the pole and wiring the 30-lapper for the victory. Driving the Middleswarth B- B - Q potato chips #7M J&J, Hestor's blistering pace was slowed only a trio of times. Just as the case was on Saturday night, Keith Kauffman was the closest pursuer in the Middleswarth #7 J&J. Lance Dewease finished fourth in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J and Fred Rahmer ended the night in fifth in the Joe Harz Racing #88 J&J giving J&J four of the top five finishers.

"This is just too sweet," said Hestor following the win. "To win a race like this just means more to me than I could ever tell anyone."

I-30 Speedway - Lewis Jenkins, Jr. is beginning to show the form he had in 2001, when he won seven consecutive sprint car features in the #1 J&J. Jenkins won his second straight feature in Little Rock (AR) at I-30 Speedway on Saturday night.

Houston Raceway Park - AJ Weaver drove the #55 J&J to victory in the sprint car feature at Houston Raceway Park's 3/8-mile dirt oval on Saturday night.

Other Notable J&J Performances:

Lernerville Speedway- Ed Lynch, Jr. continues to chase the all-time win record at Lernerville Speedway, and on Friday night, he came up one spot short finishing second in his #2L J&J just ahead of Jamie Smith, who also piloted a J&J.

Tri-City Speedway - Jimmy Hawley almost made it two in row, but finished second in the #25 J&J just ahead of fellow J&J driver Ed Lynch, Jr. (#2L J&J).

World of Outlaws - Daryn Pittman (#21 J&J) and Donny Schatz (#15 ParkerStore J&J) scored consecutive top five finishes in New York and Ohio last week. Pittman finished third at Rolling Wheels Raceway just ahead of Schatz, and the two finished fourth (Pittman) and fifth (Schatz) the following night at Sharon Speedway.

World of Outlaws Gumout Series - Craig Keel, who also raced with the Outlaws in New York on Thursday night, made the tow to Benton, MO, where he finished fourth in the Pearl #9 J&J. Jeremy Campbell also scored a top ten finish for J&J by ending his evening in eighth.

ASCS Speedweek - Terry Gray took the opener for J&J while other J&J teams have been also making the feature events. Toby Brown (#61 J&J) has made all three features with a 12th on Friday night at Batesville and 13th on Sunday night at Memphis Motorsports Park being his best finishes. AG Raines (#3 J&J) started on the front row in Friday's feature, but finished 15th.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Daryn Pittman