J&J'S CONTINUE HOT STREAK, SCORE THREE MORE WINS McKENZIE, TN (March 22) -- The calendar finally says spring, but the sprint car teams using J&J Auto Racing cars have been awfully hot in the early going of the 2005 sprint car season. Three J&J...
J&J'S CONTINUE HOT STREAK, SCORE THREE MORE WINS
McKENZIE, TN (March 22) -- The calendar finally says spring, but the sprint car teams using J&J Auto Racing cars have been awfully hot in the early going of the 2005 sprint car season. Three J&J Auto Racing teams won this past weekend besting the Central Pennsylvania Posse and the World of Outlaws. Greg Hodnett won his first feature of the season on Friday night while Fred Rahmer and Donny Schatz were victorious for the second consecutive weekend on Saturday.
Greg Hodnett scored a thrilling win last Friday night driving the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J to victory lane in the season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway. Hodnett started fifth and moved into second on lap 16 of the 25-lap race. He passed Fred Rahmer (Harz Racing #88h J&J) for the lead on lap 17, but had to fight off a tough battle with Todd Shaffer during the final four laps. He made his winning move on the backstretch to score his ninth career victory at the track.
Several other J&J teams were in competition. Jason Johnson (Kline #22 J&J) finished eighth, Todd Hestor (Middlesworth #7m J&J) finished 11th, and Brent Kluge (#29K J&J) came home 13th. Rahmer led the early portion of the race but was involved an accident with Keith Kauffman (Middlesworth #7 J&J) on lap 21 when Rahmer's tire blew. Blane Heimbach won his heat race driving the Creasy #12 J&J.
Fred Rahmer made it two wins in two weeks at the famous Lincoln Speedway as he took advantage of a good pill draw to win Saturday afternoon's feature event. Rahmer started the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J on the outside of the front row and led every lap to claim his 136th career win at the track.
"We got fortunate on the pill draw", said Rahmer upon exiting his winning Joe Harz No.88H J&J sprint car in victory lane. "It really turned out to be more critical than I thought."
Traffic was the name of the game as the slick surface made passing very difficult. "You just have to jam it through," said Rahmer on navigating the heavy lapped traffic. Rahmer's Crew Chief Tim Elwell told his driver traffic was the key. "Timmy said lapped cars were going to be critical...you don't like to over extend, but you can't take a break either. You just might as well jam it through and screw yourself up than have somebody else screw you up."
Rahmer was challenged by a pair of J&J runners during the 25-lap race. Early in the feature, it was Doug Esh in the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J and during the later stages of the race Greg Hodnett had the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J in second. Rahmer was followed to the stripe by Hodnett and Esh giving J&J a one-two-three podium sweep.
Jeff Busby (#47 J&J) came home sixth and was joined in the top ten by Jim Siegel (#59 J&J) who finished ninth. Jason Johnson (#22 J&J), Brent Kluge (#29k J&J), and Eric Stambaugh (#4 J&J) were also in the field.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
Donny Schatz scored his third World of Outlaws "A" Feature of the season on Saturday night at Houston Raceway Park in Texas. Schatz raced his #15 ParkerStore J&J to the victory on the 4/10-mile dirt oval.
Schatz started on the outside of the front row and chased early leader Brandon Wimmer. He took command on lap 13 and battled sprint car legend Steve Kinser the final handful of laps to claim the win. The victory pulled Schatz into third place in the Outlaw standings.
Craig Dollansky continued his strong start in the #7 Karavan Racing J&J. He finished third on Saturday night and continues to lead the World of Outlaws point standings.