J&J Auto Racing weekly report 2002-06-11

Rahmer, Smith, Jacobson and Lynch take J&J's to winner's circle. McKENZIE, TN - Fred Rahmer, Jamie Smith and Travis Jacobson all won feature events piloting J&J Auto Racing sprint cars this past weekend. Rahmer claimed his 117th win at Lincoln...

Rahmer, Smith, Jacobson and Lynch take J&J's to winner's circle.

McKENZIE, TN - Fred Rahmer, Jamie Smith and Travis Jacobson all won feature events piloting J&J Auto Racing sprint cars this past weekend. Rahmer claimed his 117th win at Lincoln Speedway in Central PA while Jamie Smith held off a surging Jimmy Hawley, also in a J&J, at Lernerville Speedway and Travis Jacobson won an open competition show at Skagit Speedway. Ed Lynch Jr. scored his second win at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night.

Lincoln Speedway-Fred Rahmer kept his Manheim Auto Auction Night record intact at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Fast Freddy grabbed the lead in the Joe Harz Racing #88 J&J from Doug Esh exiting the second turn following an 18th lap caution restart and then led the rest of the way to claim his 117th career win in the 25 lap super sprint feature.

Rahmer started 11th and entered the top five when he passed the Manheim Auction No.77 J&J of Lance Dewease in heavy lapped traffic on turn four of lap 10. One lap later a smashed front wing forced Dewease to the pits, but he did rejoin the field at the tail and eventually finished ninth. From that point on, Rahmer looked as good as he has all season. Rahmer caught Brook Weibley for third on lap 14, and then he disposed of early race leader Niki Young a lap later, and pulled onto the back bumper of Esh during the 18th-lap caution. Once he took the lead on the restart, he set sail to claim the win.

"We've been struggling and we changed the car around this week," said Rahmer following his fifth win of the season at Lincoln. "Timmy (Elwell) and the guys did a good job, and hopefully we can get back on track. We were better tonight, and we were better last night (Williams Grove). Joe (Harz) gives me good equipment, and Jeff, Rob, Nathan, and everybody, they all do a good job working on the car."

Lernerville Speedway-Jamie Smith narrowly defeated Jimmy Hawley by a half of a car length at the end of the 20-lap St. Barnabas Health System Bill Steinbach Memorial Sprint feature. Hawley made a final lap effort driving Billy Shearer's#25 J&J but he came up just short, as Jamie Smith's #5 GBG Alternative Power Resources J&J beat him to the finish line. Hawley, who made contact early in the race with Ed Lynch Jr, (#2L J&J) which resulted in Lynch crashing, chased Smith for most of the race, but simply couldn't make a move for the lead. The win was Smith's second of the season and his 14th overall at the half-mile facility.

"We got a couple of lucky breaks in the beginning of the race," said Smith following the win. "I figured Jimmy (Hawley) was putting the heat on me back there and I know traffic got really heavy and I was hoping that I was making the right moves and everything worked out! I wasn't really expecting to be here (in the winner's circle) tonight!"

Skagit Speedway - Travis Jacobson scored the feature win on Saturday at Skagit Speedway in an open competition event. Jacobson piloted his #18 J&J with a 360 motor and defeated his competitors, who were mostly using 410 engines. The crowd was on its feet, in a collective cheer when Travis Jacobson took the checkered. Barry Martinez had his J&J in the top five before he was collected in an accident on lap 22.

Sharon Speedway - Ed Lynch, Jr. took his #2L Howard Concrete J&J to victory lane at Sharon Speedway for the second time this season on Saturday night.

Other Notable J&J Performers:

USCS - Terry Gray, who won the United Sprint Car Series 30 lap main event at Columbus Speedway on June 1st from his last place starting position, scored back-to-back second place finishes in his #10 Wendy's of Lexington J&J at at Green Valley Speedway (Glencoe, Al) on Friday and Saturday night.

ASCS - Toby Brown was the top J&J runner in the ASCS Speedweek. Brown drove his family owned #61 J&J and scored a career best finish last Thursday in the 25-lap Smiley's Racing Products American Sprint Car Series Speedweek feature at Paris (TX) Motor Speedway when he came home second. Brown earned the pole position by storming from sixth to first in his heat race. In the feature, he jumped to the lead and held the post for the first 21 laps before Jason Johnson slipped past him and led the final three laps. The second place finish highlighted the Speedweek for Brown, who finished 8th in the Speedweek points. Other J&J competitors participated in the Speedweek included Darren Stewart who finished 11th, John Pate 14th, and AG Rains 15th while Terry Gray (#10 J&J) won the Speedweek Opener.

World of Outlaws - Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman continued to be consistent with their J&J's while competing with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws. On Friday night at Farmer City Raceway, Schatz finished second in his #15 ParkerStore J&J while Pittman took the #21 Tom's Snacks J&J to a 9th place finish. On Saturday at Terre Haute's Action Track, Pittman finished 5th while Schatz came home 8th.

WoO Gumout - Craig Keel and Jeremy Campbell both made the feature field in the WoO Gum Out event at Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS) on Saturday night. Keel finished seventh in his #9 Pearl J&J while a broken torsion stop caused Campbell to finish 18th in his #10c J&J.

Mercer Raceway Park - Jimmy Hawley came from 10th starting position to finish second driving the Shearer #25 J&J.

Williams Grove Speedway - Fred Rahmer finished third in Friday's feature event at Williams Grove Speedway driving the Joe Harz Racing #88 J&J while Lance Dewease finished sixth in Al Hamilton's #77 J&J. Keith Kauffman had a tough weekend starting with a crash at the Grove in the Middleswarth #7 J&J and then he also crashed while running second the following night at Port Royal Speedway. Kauffman was okay after both accidents. Kauffman's teammate, Todd Hestor, finished fifth at the Port in the #7m J&J on Saturday night.

Knoxville Raceway - Skip Jackson was the highest finishing J&J runner finishing seventh in the #21 J&J. Manny Rockhold (Gould #02 J&J) finished 12th, while David Murcott continues his education in the KIDD program and he finished 20th in the #20 J&J wrenched by Hall of Famer Bob Trostle.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Daryn Pittman
Teams Williams