J&J Auto Racing Teams Take Late Season Wins McKENZIE, TN -- Many major racing organizations have finished up their 2004 schedules and this past weekend, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series concluded their season in Las Vegas with J&J Auto Racing...
J&J Auto Racing Teams Take Late Season Wins
McKENZIE, TN -- Many major racing organizations have finished up their 2004 schedules and this past weekend, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series concluded their season in Las Vegas with J&J Auto Racing driver Donny Schatz claiming the final feature event. J&J Auto Racing drivers Greg Leonard, who won the USCS Fall Brawl at East Bay, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, who won the 3rd annual Competition Cams Memphis Nationals, were also victorious this past Saturday as J&J teams won races all across the country.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
Donny Schatz capped a strong end of the season run in the #15 ParkerStore J&J with a victory in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday evening. Schatz took the lead from fellow J&J runner Daryn Pittman (#21 Hop-N-Sack J&J) on lap eight of the 30-lap feature event at the half-mile clay oval. Pittman chased Schatz through traffic closely until Schatz made a bold move coming out of turn four and passed three lapped cars to pad his advantage. Pittman could get no closer as the J&J runner's came home first and second.
""Our chassis and engine programs with Jack Elam (J&J Auto Racing) and Ronnie Shaver (Shaver Engines) are the best in the country, and anytime you can get a lethal combination like that, it's fun to go racing," said Schatz, who won eight of his final 20 starts including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, 1/3-mile Nationals and Williams Grove National Open. "We'll take the way we finished this year and go back home and get ready for 2005, and hopefully we can come back and do this every night."
Greg Leonard won his first ever O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race Saturday night, and closed the 2004 O'Reilly USCS season in spectacular fashion at East Bay Raceway Park. Leonard drove the #11 Snap On Tools/Winegardner Racing Products J&J to victory in front of a packed house. Leonard wasn't to be denied charging from seventh to win the 35-lap Fall Brawl that went green-to-checkered without a caution flag.
Leonard won the Koolbeans Trophies first 10-lap heat race and started the feature event on the inside of row four. He quickly worked his way to the front and made a big move on lap nine, passing both Johnny Gilbertson and Kenny Adams to move to the third spot. It didn't take Leonard long to find the race leader Terry Gray. On lap 13, Leonard made the right move in heavy lapped traffic to take the lead in turn two on the high side, and he immediately began to pull away. Leonard took the checkered flag almost a full straightaway advantage.
Leonard's teammate, Tom Winegardner Jr., came from the 18th starting spot to finish eighth in the #11 jr Snap On Tools J&J.
Memphis Motorsports Park
Mississippi high-school student and sprint car racer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished off his 2004 sprint car season with a bang picking up the $5,000 payday in the 3rd Annual Competition Cams Memphis Nationals in the #40 South Tire/DynoTech J&J.
Stenhouse started the feature event eighth and worked his way through the field early on and was into third by lap four. He took second place from Darren Stewart on lap six and then he set his sights on the lead. Stenhouse Jr. raced past leader Eddie Gallagher for the lead as the duo moved down the back straight on lap nine, and the seventeen year-old was only slowed down by a handful of cautions during the second half of the race. He finished the 30-lap race with a comfortable advantage to claim the win.
J&J racer Jamie McDonald scored the first sprint feature of the season at Springs Speedway in Western Springs, Auckland (New Zealand). McDonald, who just returned from a visit to the USA, won the Baypark feature race on Labour Weekend, debuting a new J&J machine sponsored by Bunce Motors Chevrolet.
The 22-year-old stepped up from the TQ midget class at the end of last season, and did a couple of weeks at sprint car school in the USA.
"My sponsor and my father thought it would a good idea to get a head start to the season," says McDonald. "I did 200 laps at a sprint car school in Texas and two race meetings with a team at Memphis. I wouldn't be standing here tonight as the winner without that experience."
Even he was surprised he'd beaten a high quality opening night field. "I really can't believe it. We just came down here [to Baypark] tonight to run the new car in."