McKENZIE, TN -- As the racing season begins to pick up the pace, several J&J Auto Racing teams kicked it up a notch too. Lance Dewease, Ed Lynch, Jr., TJ Stutts, Lane Whittington and Terry Vidrine all scored victories for J&J this past weekend and...
McKENZIE, TN -- As the racing season begins to pick up the pace, several J&J Auto Racing teams kicked it up a notch too. Lance Dewease, Ed Lynch, Jr., TJ Stutts, Lane Whittington and Terry Vidrine all scored victories for J&J this past weekend and several other J&J competitors had strong weekends as well.
Lincoln Speedway's defending champ, Lance Dewease, came from eighth starting spot to claim his first win of the year and become the sixth different winner in as many 2004 races at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. The win was a historic one for the owners of the #77 J&J, Al and Betty Hamilton. It was the 400th win for them as owners.
"You've got to realize that there were a lot of people to help me get there, too. I've had a lot of good drivers and a lot of good mechanics. Time goes by and you change things, but we just keep going and I have a family that sticks with me. Of all the drivers and mechanics that have helped me get here, I want to thank them and I appreciate them. But the man who put me at 400 is standing here beside me, and that's Lance Dewease."
"Tonight we made up our mind that it didn't matter what the track was going to look like, we were going to take her up a good bit and try to get her going," said Dewease. "We've been slowly gaining on every race and I think we'll be pretty good from here on out."
The win was number 23 at Lincoln for Dewease and another J&J competitor, Fred Rahmer raced his way to third in the #88h J&J from his 11th starting position.
Ed Lynch Jr. was the winner of the rain-shortened 14-lap sprint car feature event at Lernerville Speedway Friday night. From the front row, Lynch quickly took charge with Ohio's Kyle Sauder in second. On lap 14, a yellow flag was thrown and the rain intensified and Mother Nature checkered. Ralph Spithaler's new red #56 J&J had a strong run to place third, just ahead of Chad Hill in his #44 J&J in fourth.
TJ Stutts started the 2004 season at Selinsgrove Speedway where he left off in 2003-in Victory Lane. The 24-year-old wired the field for the win in the 25-lap season opening event for the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass sprint cars Saturday night driving Michael Barshinger's # 39 J&J. Stutts drew the pole position and never looked back on his way to his ninth career triumph at the Snyder County track.
A capacity crowd at Southern Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS, enjoyed a caution free feature for the opener of the 2004 Cajun Sprinters Southern Thunder Tour on Friday night. Lane Whittington took the checkered first to begin the Cajun Sprinters Association 2004 season.
Whittington's Gatwood Motorsports #9 J&J was followed by his teammate Rusty Sanford in the Gatwood Motorsports #12 J&J. Lincoln Gatwood came home eight in #38 J&J.
SOUTHERN OUTLAW SPRINTERS
Terry Vidrine of Slaughter, LA, drove his #68 J&J to victory on Saturday night at Suncoast Speedway in Gulfport, MS. Vidrine and his crew chief Jeff Farmer were still building their new J&J as of 2:00 p.m. on Saturday following a tough crash the week before in a practice session. Vidrine went out and won both his heat race and the feature event.
Lane Whittington followed his Friday night victory with a third place finish in Gulfport driving the #9 Gatwood Motorsports J&J.
Other solid J&J Auto Racing performances
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
Fred Rahmer put on an amazing show the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J sprinter on Sunday afternoon at Williams Grove Speedway racing from 22nd to a runner-up finish. Blane Heimbach led 13 laps of the feature event in Jeff Creasy's #12 Goff Racing J&J before ultimately finishing third in the 25-lap feature event. Lance Dewease piloted Al Hamilton's #77 J&J to a fifth place finish.
Last week, Todd Hestor won the 25-lap feature event at the historic half-mile oval racing his #7m Middleswarth J&J to victory for the first time in 2004.
Mike Ward kicked off his 25th season of racing by racing his #88 J&J sprinter from a sixth starting spot to a second place finish in the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour event in Tunica, MS at Delta Bowl Speedway.
Eighteen year-old Sam Hafertepe, Jr. was a J&J winner driving the #15 G-H Plumbing/Cook Concrete J&J in the ASCS Gulf South Region tour event at Thunder Valley Speedway in Union Hill, LA on March 13. Hafertepe, Jr. held off ASCS veterans Gary Wright and Travis Rilat to claim the win.
Port Royal Speedway
Keith Kauffman led the first 14 laps of the 25-lap feature and ended up finishing second driving the #7 Middleswarth J&J. Kauffman's teammate, Todd Hestor, finished seventh aboard the #7m Middleswarth J&J.
World of Outlaws
Donny Schatz finished a close second on Saturday night at Houston Raceway Park driving his #15 ParkerStore J&J sprinter.