USCS: J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2002-07-22

J&J's slam competition with wins throughout the weekend. McKENZIE, TN - Just like the heat of summer, J&J Auto Racing teams are shining during the warmest part of the racing season. J&J teams won races on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights...

J&J's slam competition with wins throughout the weekend.

McKENZIE, TN - Just like the heat of summer, J&J Auto Racing teams are shining during the warmest part of the racing season. J&J teams won races on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights last week to continue the successful 2002 racing campaign. Lance Dewease, Daryn Pittman, Jamie Smith, Fred Rahmer, Todd Hestor, Terry Gray, and Loren Langerud were first in their respective races piloting J&J sprinters.

Port Royal - Thursday

Lance Dewease kicked off the winning weekend for J&J by claiming the special 25-lap race at Port Royal Speedway. Dewease started the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J on the pole and led every lap to earn the convincing victory. Fellow J&J runner's Fred Rahmer (Joe Harz Racing's #88h J&J) and Keith Kauffman (Middleswarth #7 J&J) chased Dewease to the flagstand giving J&J a podium sweep.

"It's been awhile since we've been in victory lane here", said Hamilton, following the victory. "Lance has won 14 races on 7 different tracks this se ason and I commend him highly."

Pennzoil World of Outlaws - Eldora Speedway - Friday

Daryn Pittman won his second consecutive Pennzoil World of Outlaws feature on Friday night at Eldora Speedway. Pittman took the #21 Sher-Don Motorsports J&J to victory lane at "the Big E" for the first time in his career. After starting on the outside of the front row, Pittman dropped to third. He worked his way back to the front by passing leader Shane Stewart on lap 17. He led the final 13 laps to claim his fourth WoO win of the season.

"Man, I can't believe it!" Pittman yelled to the capacity crowd. "It just feels great to finally win a race at Eldora. This J&J car is great from the start of the race until the finish. My guys Joe Gaerte, Bob Curtis, and Billy (McTighe) have been working really hard, and I'm just glad I can make it pay off for them."

Lernerville Speedway - Friday

Jamie Smith and Ed Lynch, Jr. had an epic battle at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night. Smith drove the # 5 GBG J&J from the front row while Lynch steered his #2L Indy Racing J&J from seventh and was on Smith's bumper by lap four. Five yellow flags kept the tandem out of lapped traffic and Lynch wasn't able to get by Smith, who won his third feature of the season at the half-mile oval.

"It was kind of a funny race," said Smith following the win. "I don't think I passed more that one lapped car tonight. Every time we came up to lapped traffic the yellow came out. When I was in the open I was going good."

Mercer Raceway Park - Saturday

Jamie Smith made it two in row by winning on Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park. The victory was just as close as Friday's win as he had Jimmy Hawley right behind him during the final few laps. Smith held on in his # 5 GBG J&J just ahead of Hawley's #25 J&J.

"I kept looking at the scoreboard and seeing the #25 car (Hawley) moving up," said Smith following his second win of the season at Mercer. "He definitely tried to put a move on me there at the end. We got a good starting spot on the pole last night at Lernerville and here tonight. We've been going real good, hopefully we can keep it up."

Lincoln Speedway - Saturday

Fred Rahmer continued to shine at Lincoln Speedway as the five-time defending track champion found a way to hold off not one, but two challengers to claim the Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr., Memorial Race on Saturday night. Rahmer took the lead in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J with a pass following a restart on lap 18. The final seven laps were action packed as Rahmer had to hold off Cris Eash and Steve Siegel.

"You know, Donnie Ott's engines, for a lot of years, have won me a lot of races," Rahmer said, following the victory. "I appreciate everything there. Penske shocks have helped us out and Hoosier tires have been really good. We had a J&J car up there at Port Royal (on Thursday) that I can't wait to bring here because it was really a good one."

The win capped a memorable race in memory of former car owner Glenn Gohn Sr. and his son and former driver Daryl. The Gohn family added money throughout the purse, including an extra $575 to Rahmer's first-place prize to total $3,075 for his victory, which came after the family conducted a pre-race car show in the east parking lot and collected dozens of prizes presented to the fans.

"I sure as heck wish it wasn't a memorial race. I'll tell you, Daryl was a hell of a good racer and a heck of a nice guy," Rahmer said about the younger Gohn, killed in a racing accident in 1988 at Williams Grove Speedway. "I'm very proud to win in his honor."

Port Royal Speedway - Saturday

Todd Hestor was the first Middleswarth Potato Chips J&J car across the finish line on Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. Hestor and his teammate, Keith Kauffman, finished first and second in the Middleswarth J&J's but car owner Dave Middleswarth wasn't able to see his cars finished first and second. Hestor started tenth and was up to fourth by lap two and he took second on lap eight. After a restart, Hestor took the lead and held off 15th starting Kauffman for the win.

"It was a good night for us", said Hestor, following the victory. "Keith had to start back in field. We weren't real good in the heat race. We tried to get it right for the feature. The guys work hard on the car every night."

USCS - Saturday

Defending United Sprint Car Series champion, Terry Gray came out on top in a "classic" USCS duel in Saturday night's 38 lap USCS 'Asphalt Outlaw Thunder" main event at Hardeeville Motor Speedway. Gray won driving his #10 Wendy's of Lexington J&J sprinter after starting seventh and by the 12th lap was in a spirited duel with Kenny Adams. The two champions raced side by side thru lapped traffic putting on an unbelievable show and exchanged the lead several times until Gray who appeared to have more right rear tire left took the lead for good on lap 28. After the race was halted for an accident on lap 38, mother nature came and gave the victory to Gray, which was his sixth USCS asphalt series win in nine events in 2002.

WISSOTA - Saturday

Loren Langerud won his seventh feature event of the season in WISSOTA action at Viking Speedway in Alexandria,MN

Jeff Leebrick won at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday night driving his JL Motorsports #94 J&J and finished second at Greenbush Raceway Park, Greenbush MN on Saturday Night.

Bart Schneiderman won Saturday's 360 Sprint Feature at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA in his #2 "The Bartman" J&J.

Other Notable J&J performances:

King's Royal - Saturday

Donny Schatz steered his #15 ParkerStore J&J past 17 cars in Saturday's 19th annual King's Royal at Eldora Speedway. He started 21st and finished fourth in the 40-lap feature that paid $50,000 to win, and on Friday night, he came from 20th to seventh. Daryn Pittman finished sixth in the #21 Sher-Don Motorsports J&J.

Mike Ward finished second in his #88 J&J at Benton Missouri's Auto Tire & Racepark.

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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Daryn Pittman , Shane Stewart , Kenny Adams
Teams Williams