Dewease, Rahmer, Goeden And Lynch Score Victories In J&J'S McKENZIE, TN - Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer continued their battle in the tough Central Pennsylvania sprint car circuit last weekend, as Dewease won an incredible race at Williams Grove...
Dewease, Rahmer, Goeden And Lynch Score Victories In J&J'S
McKENZIE, TN - Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer continued their battle in the tough Central Pennsylvania sprint car circuit last weekend, as Dewease won an incredible race at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday with Rahmer finishing second, while Rahmer continued his dominance the following evening at Lincoln Speedway. Mother Nature played havoc with a number of tracks across the country, but Ed Lynch Jr., who was victorious at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, PA, and Danny Goeden, who claimed the IRA season opener at Hales Corners Speedway, both also were first to the finish line in their J&J's.
Friday's race between Dewease, Rahmer and Sean Michael will be remembered for quite some time. Dewease worked his way from an 11th place starting position and caught Michael and Rahmer to make it a three-car battle for the lead on the 18th circuit. The rest of the race gave each of the three a chance to lead the way as they continued to battle on the final lap when Dewease shot under Rahmer for the lead exiting turn two. The win was his fourth of the season and second at "the Grove" , becoming the first repeat winner of the season. The victory, which was his 44th career Williams Grove win, moved him into a tie with Rahmer for second-place on the all-time Williams Grove win list. Dave Ely drove the Weikert #29 J&J to a fifth place finish, helping J&J take 3 of the top five spots.
"When I first caught up to Fred (Rahmer) and Sean (Michael) I didn't know who was leading...I didn't know if somebody was out ahead of Sean," claimed Dewease, following the win. "Our car wasn't real good at the beginning, but man this J&J came on like a bandit at the end. I could run the bottom and they were struggling around the top. Our car was just working so good on the bottom. I got held up there by a lapped car and I thought Fred was going to get me back. Then he didn't stay on the bottom down in turns one and two and left it open for me and I got a run on him off the corner and got by him. We're all really pleased with the win, but we know it's a long season and you have to be at your best every time out."
Rahmer bounced back the following night by coming from his 12th starting position to win his sixth feature in seven tries this season at Lincoln Speedway. Rahmer piloted Al Hamilton's #77 J&J around Darren Eash on the 17th lap and cruised the remaining eight laps to claim his 105th feature at Lincoln.
Danny Goeden joined the J&J victory party on Saturday night also as he drove his #27G J&J to victory lane in the IRA season opener at Hales Corners Speedway in Hales Corners, WI. Goeden jumped to the lead from his outside front row starting position and led the race from green to checkered.
On Sunday, Ed Lynch, Jr. won the 20-lap Super Sprint season opener at Tri-City Speedway for the third year in a row. Lynch started his #2L Howard Concrete Pumping J&J 12th and worked his way to the front and passed Brian Ellenberger on the 17th lap to claim his eighth career win at Tri-City.
Donny Schatz and Andy Hillenburg carried the J&J torch in Pennzoil World of Outlaws action in Alabama. Hillenburg won Friday's Channellock Dash in his #2 Luxaire J&J, while Schatz raced from 8th to fourth in the 30-lap preliminary feature. Schatz had his #15 ParkerStores J&J in sixth during the early stages of Saturday's 40-lap race and Hillenburg was riding in seventh. Schatz relinquished his sixth spot on the 22nd lap when his right front tire went flat after making contact with Randy Hannagan. Hillenburg finished 6th and Schatz came home 14th.