J&J Auto Racing news 2005-05-18

J&J AUTO RACING TEAMS CONTINUE TO FIND VICTORY LANE McKENZIE, TN -- From California to Pennsylvania, J&J Auto Racing teams came home victorious last week. Stephan Allard scored a pair of wins while Greg Hodnett, Fred Rahmer, Barry Martinez, Ed...


McKENZIE, TN -- From California to Pennsylvania, J&J Auto Racing teams came home victorious last week. Stephan Allard scored a pair of wins while Greg Hodnett, Fred Rahmer, Barry Martinez, Ed Lynch, Jr. Patrick Bourke and Lane Whittington all won sprint car events in J&J's.


Greg Hodnett continued his consistent early season start in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J by winning last Thursday's sprint car feature at Susquehanna Speedway Park.

Hodnett outraced the field last night to bring home his second win in five starts at the track. He also became the first repeat winner at the track this season.

"We've been pretty good here and I'm not sure why," said Hodnett, who won his second feature of the season at SSP in five starts aboard the Manheim Auto Auctions, Wirtgen sponsored J & J chassis. "We've changed some things around and seem to be getting around here the best. We'll take it."

Hodnett, who started eighth, worked his way into the third spot on the second lap and then set his sights on early leader, Blane Heimbach, who was in the #12 GOFF Racing J&J.

Heimbach held the point for two laps when Hodnett took the lead lap four. The two J&J's set the pace for the remainder of the race and came home first and second.

"It's nice to be consistent here," said Hodnett, who leads the points at SSP.

Heimbach had a career-best runner-up finish in the Jeff and Missy Creasy-owned No. 12 J&J. Heimbach is a full-time 358 Sprint car racer but is competing weekly at SSP.

"I'm really happy, that's really all I can say," said Heimbach, who is the 358 Sprint car points leader at Selinsgrove Speedway. "This 410 deal is a big learning curve and we've had some ups and downs here this year, but this is the best chance we have with running with these guys."

Fred Rahmer came home fifth in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J ahead of Doug Esh in the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J, and Jason Johnson in the Kline #22 J&J.


Veteran racer Fred Rahmer has been unstoppable at Williams Grove Speedway the past three weeks. On Friday, the driver of the Joe Harz #88h J&J took advantage of late race yellow to score his third consecutive win at the half-mile dirt oval.

Rahmer pulled the slider on Chad Layton on the restart with six laps remaining and drove to his fourth 25-lap sprint car feature win at the Grove this season. The win was his 65th career there and 10th overall on the 2005 season.

"Chad was just as good as I was but I got him on a restart," Rahmer commented after starting 15th in the field. "It's great to lead but when restarts come, you're in trouble."

"You're sort of a sitting duck in a deal like that," Rahmer said of Layton on the restart. "Whatever he did in one and two, he was going to pay for in three and four. If he'd went to the bottom, I'd had a run on him in three and four. It's just a bad position to be in."

Greg Hodnett finished third in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J ahead of Doug Esh in the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J. Jason Johnson finished sixth in the Kline #22 J&J.


Barry Martinez became the first two-time winner of the 2005 racing season at Skagit Speedway in his #66 J&J. Martinez led the first 11 laps and final 7 laps of the 25-lap race to claim his second win in two weeks.


Sean McClelland is off to a winning start in 2005 with three feature victories and he continued his hot streak with a non-sanctioned 360 sprint car victory at Tulsa Speedway on Saturday night.

McClelland started his #1 J&J in the second row and took the lead early on and held the post for the rest of the feature.


Stephen Allard scored a pair of wins last week in the Redi-Green Motorsports #1K J&J. After taking the 30-lap Golden State Series main event Wednesday night at Placerville Speedway, Allard backed that up with an exciting last lap pass to win the Friday night Feather Falls Casino 25-lap sprint car main event at Silver Dollar Speedway.

"That was awesome," said Allard following his last lap pass of Jason Statler. "He committed to the bottom and I went for it on the top."

LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY Ed Lynch, Jr. became the first repeat winner in 2005 at Lernerville Speedway in his #2L Indy Recycling/CTT/Howard Concrete/VRP J&J. Lynch led all 20 laps to win the feature as he prepped for the upcoming two-night World of Outlaws show at the track.

"That's the first time this motor has run," said Lynch following the win. "The restarts helped because I had clear track and it gave me some freedom to see how the car would react."

J&J drivers Ralph Spithaler finished third, Arnie Kent finished fourth and Mike Shearer finished seventh.


Patrick Bourke raced to victory lane in Saturday night's season-opening 25-lap feature for the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, WY.

Bourke took the lead in his #27 J&J midway through the 25-lap feature to claim the victory. Bob Schaeffer debuted a new J&J owned by Dan Barth and finished sixth.


Lane Whittington led a J&J parade to victory lane in Saturday's CAJUN Sprinters Association feature event at Queen City Speedway in Meridian, MS. Whittington led the way in his #9 J&J finishing ahead of Lincoln Gatwood in the #38 Briggs & Stratton J&J and Robert Cassada in the #K9 J&J.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Jason Statler , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland
Teams Williams