J&J Auto Racing teams beat mother nature to score sprint wins McKENZIE, TN -- While Mother Nature scored most of the wins in last weekend's sprint car action across the county, Ed Lynch, Jr., Jeff Shepard, Doug Esh, and Eric Stambaugh were ...
J&J Auto Racing teams beat mother nature to score sprint wins
McKENZIE, TN -- While Mother Nature scored most of the wins in last weekend's sprint car action across the county, Ed Lynch, Jr., Jeff Shepard, Doug Esh, and Eric Stambaugh were victorious driving J&J Auto Racing sprint cars.
Defending Silver Cup champion Ed Lynch Jr's proved he was ready for the upcoming battle with the World of Outlaws by winning Friday night's feature event in his #2L Commercial Truck & Trailer/ Indy Recycling/Red Devil Brakes' J&J. Lynch showed everyone the fastest way around the Sarver oval to claim his third 2003 win. Running his lucky 2002 Silver Cup winner with his engine called "Geronimo," Lynch once again reigned supreme in the 20-lap feature. Coming from twelfth Lynch used all the "sweet spots" on the track to pass leader Arnie Kent on lap seven and remain there the distance for career win #59.
"It's nice to be here," said Lynch. "You had to race the track tonight and not stay in one groove. It was a good tune-up for the Outlaws."
Jamie Smith ran a super race and finished second in the #5 J&J giving J&J Auto Racing a one-two sweep.
In just his fifth night in the Miller Rigging J&J sprint car, Jeff "The Jet" Shephard passed Dale Blaney with five laps to go to become the fifth different winner in five nights of racing at Fremont Speedway.
"Boy you can tell my crew chief Andy Potter grew up here...he knows something about this race track. It was fast and got faster as the race went on," said Shephard. "It's great to be back in victory lane in just my fifth start for Bob and Heath Miller."
Doug Esh became the eighth winner in 10 races on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, PA, passing race-long leader Jeff Busby in the #47 J&J in the third and fourth turns following a 17th lap caution restart and then racing away to a .97 second win over Lance Dewease (Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J) for his first win of 2003.
"I knew when I got into second I could probably get Jeff (Busby) and then I seen the 77 and I was a little worried. But I figured we were okay. Last year I had so much problems with lapped traffic and actually lost a lot of races in lapped traffic. I talked with Lance (Dewease) a little bit and he told me how to get around them...you got to get around them right now!"
Esh started sixth and patiently worked his way to the front and once he was there he wasn't going to be denied. Dewease, who had planned on racing with the World of Outlaws in Hagerstown until the show was called, started the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J outside of row eight and almost scored the victory. Busby held on for third and 11th-starting Fred Rahmer (Joe Harz Racing #88h) finished fourth giving J&J the top four spots in the 30-lap event.
Eric Stambaugh claimed his third straight win in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night storming from his 15th-place starting position. Stambaugh used some great moves driving his J&J early in the 20-lap feature and made his winning move through turns three and four of lap 16. It was Stambaugh's seventh career win at Lincoln, moving him into a fifth-place tie with Mike Lehman on the all-time win list.
Johnny Bridges powered by a strong running Gibson Racing Engine was first to finish in the May 21st American Outlaw Action Series event at Antioch Motor Speedway in Lenoir, NC. Bridges drove the Clarence Cox owned #07 J&J from his fourth starting position into the lead on lap seven. He led the rest of the way to claim the 25-lap feature win.