Gumout: J&J auto racing news 2001-07-31

McKENZIE, TN - With a full slate of sprint car action this past week, J&J Auto Racing sprint car teams continue to produce victories. Donny Schatz won two Pennzoil World of Outlaws features in the same night at legendary Williams Grove Speedway...

McKENZIE, TN - With a full slate of sprint car action this past week, J&J Auto Racing sprint car teams continue to produce victories. Donny Schatz won two Pennzoil World of Outlaws features in the same night at legendary Williams Grove Speedway last Thursday, while Daryn Pittman won consecutive World of Outlaws Gumout feature races. Becca Anderson and Brian Seidel made it two for two for J&J cars in URC action in Canada, while Keith Kauffman continued his dominance at Port Royal Speedway, Jimmy Hawley won at Mercer Raceway, Brian Montieth scored a win at Lincoln Speedway, and Ed Lynch, Jr. won at Tri-City Speedway.

WORLD OF OUTLAWS

In his first full season in a J&J sprinter, Donny Schatz continues to shine in the World of Outlaws. On Thursday, he continued to show how strong the #15 ParkerStores J&J can be by winning both a 25-lap preliminary feature and following that up with a 30-lap make-up feature win. Schatz led the final 10 laps of the preliminary feature before leading all 30 in the second race.

"This is a great feeling," said Schatz following his seventh WoO win of the season. "Kenny Woodruff and the Anderson brothers have been doing a great job giving me a great car. Jack Elam has built us some great sprint cars, and we just hope we can keep winning."

Schatz finished the weekend by finishing second on Friday night at Williams Grove and second on Saturday at Hagerstown Speedway.

GUMOUT SERIES

Daryn Pittman decided to chase the World of Outlaws Gumout series with his young team so that they could learn how to win races. This past weekend the learning experience paid off as he drove the #3 Winneabago Motorsports J&J to his first career Gumout "A" Feature victory on Friday night at Hartford Speedway in Hartford, MI, and then backed that effort up by winning the Freedom 40 at K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, OH, taking home the $10,000 first prize.

"It feels really good to win races," said Pittman, who started eighth on Saturday. "My guys have been working hard and hanging in there with me all season. We wanted to race this series and gain experience. Our goal is to win the championship and we knew that in order to win it that we'd need to win races too. I hope we can keep this momentum going back with the Pennzoil series at Eldora and the Nationals."

The two victories allowed Pittman to increase his Gumout points lead to 20 points.

URC

Becca Anderson of Houston, DE won the twenty-five lap URC BAR's Leaks Sprint Series feature event Friday night at the Granby (CANADA) Speedway. Anderson, driving the Bill Turpin J&J sprinter scored her first win of the season and seventh career victory with URC. Anderson took the lead on the fourth lap and held off a strong charge from Kramer Williamson in the Palladino #99 J&J to capture the victory.

On Saturday night, Brian Seidel of Allentown, PA added his name to the list of different URC feature winners in 2001, after winning the URC BAR's Leaks Sprint Series feature event at Drummondville Speedway in Quebec, Canada. Driving the JMO Motorsports J&J sprinter, Brian Seidel became the thirteenth different URC feature winner in fourteen events to date. Seidel took command from start and held on through several caution flags and was awarded the winner after the 23rd lap yellow flag forced officials to end the race two l aps short of the finish because of a curfew.

CENTRAL PA

Port Royal Speedway

For the seventh time this season, Keith Kauffman drove the #7 Middleswarth's Potato Chip J&J to victory lane at Port Royal Speedway. Kauffman caught race-leader Kevin Schaeffer on lap ten and never looked back as he claimed the $2500 for winning the 25-lap race.

"These guys work their butts off everyday," said Kauffman about his crew. "Luck also plays a part, any thing can happen. We were starting to get a flat tire and luckily we made it. I hope ours(luck) keeps going."

Lincoln Speedway

Brian Montieth has a plan, and so far it seems to be working quite well. After sitting out the first half of the season waiting for the money to race, Montieth has again proven that the low-buck racer can win. Montieth survived a mid-race scare while battling for second with Cris Eash, took the top spot on the 14th lap, and raced away to his second win of the season in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

"This car really works," said a happy Montieth upon exiting his Bill and Brian Montieth-owned Precision Hydraulics No.12B J&J in victory lane. "I can't complain too much."

"I run Friday night with my steel motor (at Williams grove) and hopefully I can make the show so I can make a little bit of money ($200 steel block bonus) so I can run here on Saturday night," said Montieth on his interesting racing schedule. "Money is a big factor in how I run this year."

WESTERN PA

Mercer Raceway

Jimmy Hawley continued his winning ways in Dr. Crawford's #CIII J&J on Saturday night at Mercer Raceway. Hawley, who has recently won four straight features at Lernerville Speedway, won his third race of the season at Mercer and it was his 24th career win at the facility.

"We definitely had it going better by the end of the night," said the relieved West Middlesex, Pa. racer. "This is a brand new J&J car,and it feels good to get a win in it right out of the box."

Tri-City Speedway

After having motor problems late in the 1200 lb. Nationals at Knoxville (IA) Raceway, Ed Lynch Jr. and his team made the 700 mile tow to Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, PA to see if they could determine the problem. It only took him eight laps to go from his 11th starting spot to the lead and from there he checked out to record his third victory of the season at Tri-City.

"I'm a little tired," smiled Lynch next to his Howard Concrete J&J 2L in victory lane. "We wanted to check the motor because it started to run flat at Knoxville. It started to do it late in the race tonight too. We'll have to check it out before this weekend's race at Eldora Speedway (in Ohio)."

-JJAR

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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Daryn Pittman , Becca Anderson
Teams Williams