J&J Auto Racing news 2003-05-29

J&J Auto Racing teams post sprint victories across the country. McKenzie, TN - The racing season has picked up steam and with all of the races over the holiday weekend, J&J Auto Racing teams were busy picking up feature event wins. With wins on...

J&J Auto Racing teams post sprint victories across the country.

McKenzie, TN - The racing season has picked up steam and with all of the races over the holiday weekend, J&J Auto Racing teams were busy picking up feature event wins. With wins on dirt and pavement, the contingent of J&J teams proved to be tough to beat all across the country.


Little 500

In the biggest sprint car race on pavement of the year, J&J Auto Racing shined as Eric Gordon drove to victory lane in a newly designed J&J Pavement Sprint Car. Gordon's #2 Pay Less / Gould Racing / J&J earned the second starting spot and led 221 of the 500 laps at Anderson Speedway. It marked the third consecutive victory for Gordon and Crew Chief Jack French and fourth in the last six.

World of Outlaws

Donny Schatz kicked off a busy week of racing action last Wednesday by winning the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at Lernerville Speedway. Schatz drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J past Greg Hodnett early in the 12th lap and beat fellow J&J runner Lance Dewease, who was driving the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J under the checkered flag by 20 car-lengths to win his second "A" Feature of the season.

"The J&J car was great tonight," said Schatz following his 15th career WoO feature win. "My guys have been working real hard. We've been struggling a little bit with some DNFs lately, but maybe this will get us back on track."

Mercer Raceway Park

Defending Mercer Raceway Park track champion Troy Preston became the first repeat winner in the 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling feature. "It was all attitude tonight," said Preston following the win. "Win or crash, I was going to the front." Preston worked his way into second on lap eight and one lap later he took the lead. Preston led the final 11 laps in the Preston America-owned #1P J&J to seal his 12th career win.

Patriot Sprint Group

Scott Bonnell was untouchable at the first Bully Hill Qualifier event for the Patriot Sprint Group at Eriez Speedway on Sunday. Bonnell took the lead from the start and won by a large margin driving his #3 J&J.

Fremont Speedway

Jeff Shepard continued to show how strong the #2 Miller J&J can be at Fremont Speedway Saturday by racing from 18th to claim the second feature of the Budweiser Shoot-Out. Shepard, who finished third in the first feature, started the 30-lap feature in row nine and worked his way forward while the field was being paced by another J&J driver, Mike Linder. It took Shepard until lap 26 to pass Linder for the lead and by doing so he claimed the $3000 first place prize.

"I did the math and figured I had to pass a car a lap," said Shepard, who also won last week's feature at Fremont. "I got racing with some of the cars back there and got a little impatient. I moved the wing back and sat up in the car and started going forward. Bob and Heath Miller gave me a great racecar and Andy Potter sure knows how to hook'em up around here. They're going to make me like this old place yet."

Northern Sprint Tour

Barry Martinez won the 2nd U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. Northern Sprint Tour event at Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, OR on Saturday night. Martinez led the final seven laps of the 30-lap race driving his #66 J&J to claim the victory.


Terry Vidrine proved he was going to be a force to be dealt with in the O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car Series by winning Saturday's SUPR feature at Baton Rouge Raceway. Vidrine drove the #68 J&J from his second row starting position into the lead at the start and went on to lead all 25 laps to take his first O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car feature of his career.

CAJUN Sprinters

Rusty Sanford and Lane Whittington led a Gatwood Motorsports sweep of the top two positions in Saturday's CAJUN Sprinters race at Thunder Valley Speedway in Glenmora, LA. Sanford took the lead on the second lap in the #24 J&J and led a spirited battled of four cars during the race's first 20 laps. Whittington spent most of the race in third before taking second on lap 21. The teammates went on to finish first and second in the 25-lap feature event. It marked the fourth consecutive CAJUN Sprinter event that one of the Gatwood Motorsports J&J's was victorious. Both Sanford and Whittington have won two events.

34 Raceway

John Schulz won the feature event on Saturday at 34 Raceway in Burlington, IA, driving the Deuce Racing #2 J&J. Schulz also won his heat race, while teammate Matt Rogerson in the Deuce Racing #22 J&J raced from eighth to third in the feature event.

Tri-City Speedway (Franklin, PA)

Ed Lynch Jr. led every lap of the non-stop 20-lap Super Sprint main at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, PA, driving his #2L Indy Recycling/Commercial Truck & Trailer J&J. The win was his 18th career feature at the Venango County half-mile oval.


Ricky Logan won the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series' speed-week closer and Memorial Day Clash at the Raceway @ Powercom Park on Monday night. Logan piloted the Gifford Motorsports/Lucas Oil #17J&J into the lead after the halfway point and led the rest of the way to claim his first feature victory of the season.

Logan also set a new track record at Echo Valley Speedway in Iowa during the weekend.



Tyler Walker qualified second and led 23 laps aboard the #35 Curb Records J&J in last Thursday's rescheduled USAC Silvercrown event at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Walker eventually finished 9th. Walker's R.E. Technologies teammate Donny Schatz finished 19th driving the ParkerStores #115.

NCRA 360's

Jake Martens ran the NCRA 360 wing and non-wing openers at Stocton KS and Wichita KS driving his family-owned J&J. At Stocton in the feature, he started 3rd and finished 3rd in the winged 360 program. In Wichita's non-wing event, Martens started 4th and was running a solid third until a bleeder came apart in the right rear causing it to go flat on lap 23.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Eric Gordon , Tyler Walker