J&J Auto Racing news 2002-08-17

McKENZIE, TN - Fred Rahmer and Ed Lynch both returned from the Knoxville Nationals to their weekly racing programs and both took two checkered flags last weekend. Loren Langerud won twice in WISSOTA sprint car action while Jimmy Hawley, Mike Ward,...

McKENZIE, TN - Fred Rahmer and Ed Lynch both returned from the Knoxville Nationals to their weekly racing programs and both took two checkered flags last weekend. Loren Langerud won twice in WISSOTA sprint car action while Jimmy Hawley, Mike Ward, AJ Weaver, and Brian Seidel also won sprint car features running J&J sprinters.

Williams Grove Speedway - Friday

Fred Rahmer won the last time he raced at Williams Grove Speedway and after being away last week for the Knoxville Nationals, "Fast Freddy" came back on Friday to make it two in row in the Joe Harz Racing #88 J&J. Rahmer started 10th and was running second by lap six. He spent the next 12 laps battling with leader Doug Esh, but on lap 22 he dove under Esh to take the lead and the win. Lance Dewease, who started 12th, came home third in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J and the Middleswarth J&J team cars came home sixth (Todd Hestor - #7m J&J) and ninth (Keith Kauffman - #7 J&J).

Lernerville Speedway - Friday

Ed Lynch Jr moved one step closer toward setting the All-time Sprint Win record by winning the 20-lap St. Barnabas Health System Sprint feature at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night. This was his sixth win of the season plus capturing a World of Outlaws event for a total of seven, which ties the standard of 55 set by Johnny Beaber in 1987. That year Beaber also had seven wins at the track. A very humble Lynch said, "I watched Johnny drive before I started driving. I raced with him toward the end of his career and the beginning of mine, and my father raced with him and it takes a lot of pride for me to even accomplish this." Lynch continued, "We really are happy and I hope the fans realize what they have witnessed here." Lynch added, "Somebody said, "this is not as big as the last one we won here (WoO victory) but I'll tell you it is. The history here is phenomenal and generations of families get to watch this. Those younger guys here will be trying to hit my target."

Lynch won in his #2L J&J and was joined in the top five by Jamie Smith (#5 J&J), who finished third, and Jimmy Hawley (#25 J&J), who finished fifth.

WISSOTA - Tuesday & Saturday

Loren Langerud won twice last week in WISSOTA action driving his #56 J&J. The first win was on Tuesday night at Grove Creek Speedway, and his second came on Saturday night where he won both his heat and the feature at North Centeral Speedway in Brainerd, MN.

Mercer Raceway Park - Saturday

Jimmy Hawley out-dueled Ed Lynch, Jr. to capture the 30-lap $3,000 to-win "Sprint Slug-Out" on Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park. "There were a lot of good race cars here," said Hawley, who drove the Shearer family owned #25 J&J. "Look at (Ed) Lynch; he's someone to beat wherever he goes. I think running more laps here had an advantage on our part. It was a good race and I want to thank everyone for their support."

Hawley spent most of the race battling with Lynch and took the lead on lap 13. He led the final 17 laps to claim his fifth win of the year and 34th of his career at Mercer. Lynch came home second to give J&J another one-two finish.

Lincoln Speedway - Saturday

Fred Rahmer scored his 119th career win at Lincoln Speedway in Central Pennsylvania. He took over the lead on lap 24 in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J when race-leader Cris Eash was involved in a car and couldn't return to the track. Rahmer assumed command and cruised to victory and was followed by fellow J&J driver Lance Dewease in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J.

Benton, MO - Saturday

Mike Ward made it two wins in a row driving his #88 J&J in the KFVS 12 Winged Sprint car feature. Steve Short (#8 J&J) finished fourth and Todd Rowland (#14r J&J) finished sixth giving J&J three of the top six finishes at AutoTire & Parts Raceway.

URC - Saturday

Brian Seidel won the URC feature at Delaware Speedway driving the Butch Green #4 J&J. Seidel became URC's sixteenth different winner of the 2002 Advance Auto Parts Sprint Series as he took the lead on lap three and was never challenged in the twenty-five lap feature.

Houston Raceway Park - Saturday

AJ Weaver won the sprint car feature at Houston Raceway Park driving his #55 J&J. The victory was Weaver's third feature win of the season for the rookie driver from Houston, and he currently ranks fourth in the point standings at HRP.

Attica Raceway Park - Saturday

Bryan Scott of Castalia, OH backed up his 2001 Attica 305 sprint championship by claiming the title again for 2002. Scott won his fourth feature of the year in his J&J at Attica (ninth overall for the year) to clinch the title Sat. Aug. 17th.

Tri-City Speedway - Sunday

Ed Lynch Jr. swept by point leader Rod George on the 14th circuit of the 20-lap Super Sprint feature to win for the second week in row. It was Lynch's fourth win of the season and the 14th of his career in his Indy Recycling J&J No. 2L. "I ran the inside lane for the first half of the race, then I thought to myself 'What am I doing on the inside,'" said Lynch. "I switched lanes and the car flew."

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