J&J TEAMS TAKE SPRINT CAR WINS McKENZIE, TN (April 13) - Last weekend there were a number of sprint car races across the country and a number of them were using J&J Auto Racing sprint cars. Doug Esh, Cory Haas, Sean McCelland, Ed Lynch, Jr., ...
J&J TEAMS TAKE SPRINT CAR WINS
McKENZIE, TN (April 13) - Last weekend there were a number of sprint car races across the country and a number of them were using J&J Auto Racing sprint cars. Doug Esh, Cory Haas, Sean McCelland, Ed Lynch, Jr., Blane Heimbach, Mike Shearer, Lane Whittington and Terry Vidrine all came home first racing in a J&J.
J&J Auto Racing teams swept both the 410 and 358 sprint car divisions at the famed Lincoln Speedway in Central Pennsylvania. Doug Esh made it four straight wins for J&J Auto Racing in the 410 division at Lincoln by racing the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J to victory. He took the lead on lap eight and became the first driver to win other then Fred Rahmer.
"I saw (Rahmer) coming up on the scoreboard," said Esh after performing his famous top 'wing dance' in victory lane. "I'll tell you what, the guy just doesn't go away. I wasn't going to give it to him easy and he came from the back so I knew he had to be pretty good."
Esh raced the #30 J&J from the eighth spot and worked his way into third quickly before taking the lead on lap eight. Rahmer charged from his 17th starting position in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to finish third. Greg Hodnett made it three J&J's in the top five as he brought the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J home fifth. Eric Stambaugh raced from 20th to finish eighth in the #4 Swope Racing J&J.
In the 358 division, two-time Lincoln track champion, Cory Haas pulled to within one win of Doug Esh at the top of the all-time Lincoln win list by claiming his tenth career checkered in the 20-lap sprint feature in Mike Barshinger's #39 J&J. Hass took advantage of his front row starting position leading the first ten laps. Haas was only slowed once in the race on an 11th-lap restart when he hit some "loose stuff" and he dropped back into second. Two laps later he regained the lead and led the rest of the way.
Sean McCelland made it two wins in a row in the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Sooner Region on Saturday night by dominating the field aboard Kurt Temple's K&N Filters/Pro Shocks/Cloud Nine No. 1 J&J.
McCelland, who won his first ASCS feature in last week's ASCS opener at Tulsa Speedway, earned the pole position for the feature at Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, TX, by racing from sixth to win his heat race. The race was all McCelland as he had established more than a half straightaway lead by the time lapped traffic became a factor on the ninth round. A caution erased the leaders cushion with eight laps to go, but McCelland wasn't going to be denied and he went on to claim the win.
"We had one handed to us last week so I really wanted to win this one outright and we smoked 'em," said McCelland. "This track is so fast, I just love this place, it's a great track to race on."
Defending Lernerville Speedway champion, Ed Lynch Jr., won his fifth consecutive opening night feature in his #2L Indy Racing/Howard Concrete J&J. Lynch started fifth and chased down early leader, Jack Sodeman, catching him on lap 13. The two worked traffic with Lynch finally taking the lead before a caution on lap 16. The open track following the restart paved the way for Lynch to score win number 75 at Lernerville.
"Sometimes it is better to be racing second when you are in lapped traffic," said Lynch following the win. "I like getting the monkey off my back early in the year."
Blane Heimbach made a late-race pass to earn the opening night victory at Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night. Heimbach raced the Jeff Creasy-owned #12 J&J past race leader TJ Stutts following a late restart and surged on to win the feature event and give himself an early birthday present.
Heimbach turned 23 on Monday and Saturday's win was his ninth career feature win at Selinsgrove Speedway.
MERCER RACEWAY PARK
Mike Shearer made opening night at Mercer Raceway Park a memorable one as he outlasted fellow J&J runner Ed Lynch and Rod George in the 20-lap feature event.
"They (Lynch and George) were on mind," said Shearer following the win. "I just concentrated on being smooth and not beating myself. I'm getting more experienced and comfortable (racing in lapped traffic) and you just have to learn timing- that's the biggest thing."
Shearer had the Billy Shearer-owned #25 Alternative Power Sources/Young's Towing J&J in contention early and he took the lead on lap five. Lynch raced his way into second and found Shearer's bumper, but couldn't make his way past Shearer.
CAJUN SPRINTERS ASSOCIATION
Lane Whittington proved to be too strong in the CAJUN Sprinters Association event at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, MS, on Saturday night. Whittington raced the #9 J&J to victory ahead of fellow J&J runners, Shane Morgan #01 J&J (second), Robert Casada in the K9 J&J (third) and Lincoln Gatwood in the #38 Briggs & Stratton J&J (fourth).
Terry Vidrine claimed his fourth career O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car feature in dramatic fashion on Saturday night. Vidrine, in his #68 J&J, passed Brad Stokes as they raced down the front stretch on the final lap to take the win at Deep South Speedway. The victory also placed Terry Vidrine at the top of the 2005 O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Cars Championship standings. Vidrine was joined by J&J runners Harold Henderson (third), David Kountz (fourth) and Seavy Clemmons (sixth).