J&J Auto Racing news 2001-04-10

Fred Rahmer continued his dominance at Lincoln Speedway last Saturday night while Ed Lynch, Jr. Jimmy Hawley and Donnie Crawford use late race charges to put their J&J's in Victory lane. Rahmer, who had his three-race winning streak snapped last...

Fred Rahmer continued his dominance at Lincoln Speedway last Saturday night while Ed Lynch, Jr. Jimmy Hawley and Donnie Crawford use late race charges to put their J&J's in Victory lane.

Rahmer, who had his three-race winning streak snapped last week by Lance Dewease, came back with a vengeance on Saturday night. Rahmer, who started in his usual handicapped 12th starting position, raced down Brook Weibley and took the lead on the backstretch of the 13th lap. The Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J led the final 12 circuits and Rahmer claimed his fourth win of the season.

Ed Lynch, Jr. opened the 2001 season at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway by winning the 20-lap Triangle Gasoline Sprint Cars Feature. Lynch had his #2L J&J dialed in perfectly as he soared from an eleventh place starting to claim the win after using the inside line of turn four to pass race leader Ralph Spithaler with two laps to go.

Jimmy Hawley of West Middlesex, PA, beat the rain and Jack Hewitt to win the Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Interstate Racing Association Outlaw Sprint season opener at Attica Raceway Park. Hawley passed Hewitt in the final corner of the last lap just before night-long threatening skies let loose. Hawley's win came aboard the Dr. John Crawford sponsored J&J and was worth $3,000. Hawley qualified his #CIII J&J seventh in the field and won the third heat race. He challenged Hewitt most of the race and he was able to use the bottom groove to his advantage to win the race.

Patience was a key for Donnie Crawford at Tulsa Speedway's season opener. On lap 14 Crawford put the #1 Hillenburg J&J on the cushion and drove past race leader Mike Peters. It was smooth sailing from there as Crawford, a 13-time Tulsa track champ, pulled away the remaining 6 laps for the $2,000 win and his first triumph of the 2001 campaign.

Jeff Rohrbaugh put on a terrific show last Friday night at Williams Grove as he drove the Gene Franckowiak and Larry & Jan Gilbert owned #3 J&J to second place finish, which tied a career-best finish at the Grove. Rohrbaugh finished ahead of Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease finished sixth, making it three J&J's in the top six. Dewease's sixth place effort allowed him to maintain his lead in the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass point standings.

Lane Whittington, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, continues to shine in the Cajun Sprinter Car Series as he has won his second Feature event in a row in his #9 J & J at Southern Raceway, Milton Florida. Whittington claimed his first Feature win of the season at Pike County Speedway at Magnolia, Mississippi on March 17.

Andy Hillenburg led the J&J pack on Monday night at Pike Co. Speedway in Pennzoil World of Outlaws action. Hillenburg raced his #2 Luxaire J&J to a runner-up finish, which moved him into fourth place in the overall WoO point standings.

Three J&J drivers were ranked in the top ten of the recent National 410 Sprint Car Poll. Hillenburg ranked third while Rahmer was seventh and Donny Schatz, who drives the #15 ParkerStore J&J in the WoO, ranked eighth in the Spring ballot.

-J&J-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Jack Hewitt , John Crawford
Teams Williams