IMCA: ESS: USCS: J&J Auto Racing 2002-09-10

Dewease leads J&J charge to victory lane. McKENZIE, TN - Lance Dewease will admit that he hasn't had the type of season he hoped for, but this past weekend the Hamilton Motorsports team landed a major victory at Port Royal Speedway and were just...

Dewease leads J&J charge to victory lane.

McKENZIE, TN - Lance Dewease will admit that he hasn't had the type of season he hoped for, but this past weekend the Hamilton Motorsports team landed a major victory at Port Royal Speedway and were just one of many J&J teams to finish first.

Coming off the Labor weekend when J&J runners Fred Rahmer (Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J), Dewease, Ricky Logan (Hulbert Racing #3s J&J), Daryn Pittman (Sherdon Motorsports #21 J&J), Keith Kauffman (Middleswarth Racing #7 J&J), Lewis Jenkins (#1 J&J), Bruce Defries (Fil-Mor Express #82 J&J) and AJ Weaver (#55 J&J) all were victorious, the J&J's continued to shine this past weekend. Terry Gray, Mike Ward, Jenkins, Johnny Bridges and Russ Fletcher scored victories while Blane Heimbach clinched the 358 sprint championship at Clinton County Raceway.

Port Royal - Tuscarora 50

Lance Dewease became only the fifth driver in 35 years to claim the Tuscarora 50 three times by winning the race on Saturday night. Dewease's victory in the season's most prestigious race at the Juniata County half-mile oval was the fifth for car owner, Al Hamilton, in the 25-mile event.

Dewease put the #77 J&J in first place with a pass of early leader Fred Rahmer (#88h J&J) following a restart on lap 27. He kept the lead for the remainder of the race to claim the $10,000 payday and finished ahead of second place finisher Rahmer, who was also joined in the top five by J&J runner Keith Kauffman, who finished fifth in the Middleswarth Potato Chips #7 J&J.

"This race gets sweeter and sweeter every time I win it," said Dewease, who also won in 1994 and 2001. "You do your best to stay up front during the first half and then once we get to the midway point, you start to race for the lead, This team has been through a tough summer, but maybe this will help us end the season as strong as we hoped to be all season."

USCS -

Defending USCS national champion, Terry Gray, who recently claimed the USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour by winning six of 12 races, won Saturday's second annual USCS Tennessee State Championship piloting his #10 Wendy's of Lexington J&J at Cleveland Speedway. The win was Gray's 10th USCS feature win of the season and 15th overall.

Bully Hill Vineyards Fall Sprint Nationals

United Racing Club regular Chris Coyle led all 16 laps in the opening feature of the Bully Hill Vineyards Fall Sprint Nationals. The start of the first 16 was key for the Delaware native Coyle as he took the Bill Turpin/Fred Kennedy owned #56 J&J from it's third place start to the lead as lap one was scored. Coyle, who took second in URC points last season, had little troubles for the remainder of the event to collect the easy victory.

IMCA Nationals -

2002 Abilene Speedway Track Champion Russ Fletcher made the long tow up from Texas worthwhile when he chased down leader Clint Garner with a handful of laps left in the race and held off the South Dakotan to take the Super Nationals title last Tuesday night at the Boone Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa. Fletcher, who came from 12th win the race, was making his first appearance at the Super Nationals driving his #4t6 sprinter, which is a 1994 J&J Chassis with a homebuilt engine.

Auto Tire and Parts Racepark (Benton, MO) -

The KFVS 12 Winged Sprints put on an exciting show with Mike Ward of Memphis, TN, earning his third win on the year at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark. Ward took the lead from Daron Clayton driving his #88 J&J on lap six and kept all challengers behind him to collect the win.

I-30 Speedway -

Current I-30 Speedway point leader Lewis Jenkins, Jr., continued his mastery of Little Rock's quarter-mile oval in Saturday night's 25-lap main event, as he led wire-to-wire in his #1 J&J to notch his seventh triumph of the season. Jenkins, who started on the pole after racing from last to win his heat race, used the low line through turns three and four and rode a precariously thin cushion through turns one and two to perfection over the last half of the race to secure the victory in the Team Affiliated J&J. Even heavy lapped traffic over the final eight laps could not deter Jenkins' route to victory lane.

I-20 Speedway -

Johnny Bridges, from Cherryville NC, had a clean sweep in the American Outlaw Action Series event at I-20 Speedway on Saturday night. He drove the #07 J&J owned by Clarence Cox, powered by Gibson Racing Engines and sponsored by Control Telecom Inc. to earn fast time, his heat race win and a flag-to-flag victory in the 25-lap race.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Daryn Pittman , Daron Clayton