Kauffman And Hawley Win Races As America Moves Forward McKENZIE, TN - A return to normalcy was what some people of America needed following last week's tragedies. J&J Auto Racing competitors Keith Kauffman and Jimmy Hawley have been very ...
Kauffman And Hawley Win Races As America Moves Forward
McKENZIE, TN - A return to normalcy was what some people of America needed following last week's tragedies. J&J Auto Racing competitors Keith Kauffman and Jimmy Hawley have been very successful during the 2001 season and with limited racing action across the country that continued last weekend in Pennsylvania.
Williams Grove Speedway
It's not always the first winner that gets the prize and on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, Keith Kauffman saved his best for last and claimed the final leg of the Jack Gunn Memorial Triple 20's for his second victory of the season and 46th of his career at the famed half-mile oval in Central Pennsylvania.
Kauffman was aboard the Middleswarth #7 J&J and took the lead from polesitter, Fred Rahmer, who piloted the #77 Hamilton Motorsports J&J, on the 12th lap. Once he took the lead, the veteran showed his skills in lapped traffic and won the $5000 prize money by a comfortable margin. Rahmer finished second as he continues to chase Lance Dewease, driver of the Harz #88 J&J, in the Williams Grove Speedway points chase. The season championship event will be held next Friday.
Jimmy Hawley closed out the year in fine fashion by capturing his sixth Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car win in a row in the 40-lap fifth annual Chuck Marsh Memorial. Hawley's eighth win of the season was worth $5,000. "Doc (Crawford-car owner) is donating everything to Red Cross to try and help out the victims," said Hawley, who drove the Mihalchak Motorsports #CIII J&J. "I think that's a great gesture on his part. It's been a tough week. I want to dedicate this to all the people that had problems in New York City and Washington. God Bless America that we're here. I want to thank everyone for a great year. I had a lot of fun racing here."
Hawley made the winning move going three-wide to the outside of early leader Rob Eyler and the lapped car of Bob Lime off turn four on lap four. During the next 30 laps, Hawley had to deal with World of Outlaws regular, Tim Shaffer, who was in town following the cancellation of the World of Outlaws event in Texas.
Shaffer was all over Hawley, but contact with a lapped car pushed him off the track. That would be the last threat Hawley would see as the last eight laps went nonstop for his 18th overall win of the season and 29th of his career at Mercer.
Other J&J winners included:
Mike Linder from Fremont, OH took his first career SOD checkers by lapping all but second place during the Sprints On Dirt Season Championship at Hartford Speedway Park.
URC rookie driver Jeff Busby of Bridgeville, DE won the twenty lap URC BAR'S Leaks Sprint Series feature event last Saturday night at the Grandview Speedway.
Rick Wilson won the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) event Ohsweken Speedway on Friday night driving the #27 J&J