McKENZIE, TN - Prior to the 39th annual Williams Grove National Open J&J Auto Racing's Jack Elam was optimistic one of his cars would win the race. He was right as Lance Dewease claimed his second national open in dominating style leading all 40...
McKENZIE, TN - Prior to the 39th annual Williams Grove National Open J&J Auto Racing's Jack Elam was optimistic one of his cars would win the race. He was right as Lance Dewease claimed his second national open in dominating style leading all 40 laps to claim the $25,000 victory in a race car that has more than 70 shows on it.
"This is just a great way to end a great season for us at Williams Grove," said Dewease following the race. "This car has been so good, we just keep winning races. It goes to show you the quality of equipment we have. I wanted this one, because you always know that the best in the business will be here for the National Open and to win it means we're doing something right."
Dewease, who won the Williams Grove track championship by making the race, piloted Joe Harz's #88h J&J to victory on Saturday following his third place finish on Friday. He won the Channellock Dash both nights and had a large lead from the start. The victory was his seventh of the season at the historic half-mile oval and 49th of his career.
The National Open weekend also allowed other J&J teams to shine. On Friday, three J&J drivers won their heat races (Skip Jackson - #53K J&J, Lance Dewease, Todd Hestor - #7m J&J) and Dave Ely (#77e J&J) was the third fastest qualifier. On Saturday night, Donny Schatz (#15 J&J) was the fast qualifier and finished third in the Channellock Dash before chasing Dewease for 21 laps in second. He finished the National Open third.
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Terry Gray showed how he became a seven time champion winning the Georgia State Sprint Car Championships presented by the United Sprint Car Series at Silver Eagle Speedway in Augusta, GA. Gray piloted his #10 J&J with Wesmar power to his third straight USCS win following last weekends sweep in Missouri.
Empire Super Sprint (ESS) perennial champion driver Mike Woodring won the 3rd Annual Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) Canadian Sprint Car Championship at Ohsweken Speedway Saturday night.
Todd Roland closed his 2001 season with a victory at Benton, MO. Roland led all 25 laps in his #14 J&J sponsored by Muffler Auto Express and McDowell South. Roland also had a "special" crew person helping the team as country music star Tanya Tucker was there to enjoy the victory with the team.
Daryn Pittman finished second in the World of Outlaws Gumout event in his #3 Winneabago Motorsports/Gaerte Engines J&J and continues to lead series points championship.