McKENZIE, TN -- It was a J&J Auto Racing sweep of the podium at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Doug Esh raced the ...
McKENZIE, TN -- It was a J&J Auto Racing sweep of the podium at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Doug Esh raced the #30 Leach Motorsports J&J to his first victory of the season by holding off fellow J&J runners Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease.
"Racing with those guys (Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease) is a dream," said Esh after doing his famous "wing dance" after winning the 25-lap sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday afternoon. "As a young driver, those guys will destroy you...emotionally and mentally. I felt like I had a flat tire when I went into one on that last lap, and I about went around. We were able to come out of that. Racing with those guys is nothing more than a dream."
Esh started the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J in sixth, but after a first lap mishap he began the race in fourth. Esh stormed to the front early chasing Fred Rahmer in his Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J. Rahmer continued to set the pace until lap nine when he got boxed in by lapped cars. Esh took advantage with a low move in turns one and two to take the lead.
Esh held a comfortable lead until lap 20 when another caution flag bunched the top three together. The final five laps were classic as both Esh and Rahmer were joined by Lance Dewease, driving the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. Esh was able to hold off numerous charges by both to claim close victory by 31-hundredths of-a-second ahead of Rahmer, the 123-time Lincoln winner, and Dewease, the defending Lincoln Speedway champion.
"Sitting in second place as a driver is always good when it comes to lapped traffic because you can see where the driver in front of you makes his mistake," continued Esh. "We were able to take advantage of that. Fred and I have a bet over who will win the most races this year. I knew I had to catch up!"
Other strong J&J Auto Racing performances:
Williams Grove Speedway
On Sunday afternoon, Fred Rahmer scored his second runner-up finish of the weekend by taking second at Williams Grove Speedway. Rahmer drove the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J from his seventh starting position to second in the 25-lap feature event. Todd Hestor (Middleswarth #7m J&J) and Lance Dewease (Hamilton #77 J&J) came home sixth and seventh respectively.
World of Outlaws
The World of Outlaws joined NASCAR in Las Vegas this past weekend. Donny Schatz came home third in Friday's 30-lap "A" feature finale after starting eighth. Schatz qualified the #15 ParkerStore J&J second fastest both nights. Erin Crocker continued her pursuit of the WoO Rookie of the Year in her #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute J&J by qualifying ninth and 15th before finishing 18th and 21st in the feature events.