ALLSTAR: J&J Auto Racing news 2001-06-18

The drivers of J&J Auto Racing sprint cars continue to shine as the 2001 sprint car season kicks into high gear. Andy Hillenburg started the victory party last week with his World of Outlaws win at Paducah International Raceway and it was followed...

The drivers of J&J Auto Racing sprint cars continue to shine as the 2001 sprint car season kicks into high gear. Andy Hillenburg started the victory party last week with his World of Outlaws win at Paducah International Raceway and it was followed by Lance Dewease taking two from the All Star vs. NCRA Eastern Showdown on Wednesday and Thursday. Ralph Spithaler and Jimmy Hawley won in Pennsylvania over the weekend and Donny Schatz continued his winning ways with the Outlaws on Saturday night in Topeka, KS.

Hillenburg was the star last Tuesday as he started the evening by running the fastest qualifying lap in his #2 Luxaire J&J. He finished second in the Channellock Dash, and led 27 laps in the 30-lap "A" feature. It was his fourth victory of the season.

Lance Dewease won his first career feature at Bedford Speedway in 1987. Last Wednesday night at The Fabulous Bedford Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap All Star vs. NCRA Eastern Showdown opening feature, Dewease repeated that feat after a wheel banging pass of Chad Kemenah. Dewease piloted the Harz Racing #88h J&J to the lead on lap 17 by using a "classic slide job", and he led the way during the final 13 laps and fellow J&J runner Fred Rahmer came home second in Al Hamilton's #77 J&J.

On Thursday, Dewease made it two-in-a-row in the All Star sprint 30-lap All Star vs. NCRA Eastern Showdown by winning at Lincoln Speedway. His dominating performance in the Harz Racing J&J with a Don Ott engine came on American Racer tires by a full straightaway over runner-up Sean Michael and Todd Shaffer.

Ralph Spithaler won his first Triangle Gasoline Sprint Feature at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night. Spithaler won the 2nd heat race and started seventh in the 20-lap feature race. By lap four, Spithaler had his family-owned #56 J&J in second position. He passed Rod George for the lead on lap five and never looked back. Jimmy Hawley was third in Dr. Crawford's #CIII J&J.

Although, Todd Shaffer made it two in a row at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, J&J drivers showed well as Fred Rahmer (2nd - Hamilton #77 J&J), Todd Hestor (3rd - Middlesworth #7M) and Keith Kauffman (4th - Middlesworth #7) made it three of the top four in the feature event.

Jimmy Hawley put on a driving clinic coming from ninth on a wet and heavy surface to win the nonstop 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature Saturday at Mercer Raceway. "The car was pretty fast at the beginning," said Hawley, about the #CIII J&J. "I was playing it a little cautious to let everyone get strung out, but once I found where I wanted to be up top, it really stuck and worked pretty good."

Donny Schatz drove his family's #15 ParkerStores/Featherlite Coaches J&J to victory lane on Saturday night at the new O'Reilly's Auto Parts Motor Speedway at Heartland Park Topeka. With track conditions being very challenging, Schatz actually had to slow his #15 to go faster. He took the lead on lap 17 and led the final 18 laps to claim his third "A" feature of the season and fifth WoO win overall in 2001.

Todd Rowland won his first feature of the season at Auto Tire & Parts Race Park in Benton, MO. Rowland, who finished second last week in his #14r Muffler Express/McDow South J&J, took the lead from his outside front row starting position and led all 25 laps. "We've been the track champion at Benton before, but we kind quit racing for a while and it took us a while to get back to victory lane," said Rowland. "I can't say enough about the J&J car. I mean it was drive right where I was steering and felt great under me. We're excited about running it more and more this season."

-J&J

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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Donny Schatz , Chad Kemenah
Teams Williams