J&J Auto Racing news week of 2001-06-11

J&J's SCORE WINS IN W00, URC, IRA, USCS AND PENNSYLVANIA McKENZIE, TN - The weather finally cooperated with the race tracks across the country and J&J Auto Racing sprint cars proved to be up to the task as their drivers won races with the WoO,...

J&J's SCORE WINS IN W00, URC, IRA, USCS AND PENNSYLVANIA

McKENZIE, TN - The weather finally cooperated with the race tracks across the country and J&J Auto Racing sprint cars proved to be up to the task as their drivers won races with the WoO, URC, IRA, USCS and in both Central and Western Pennsylvania last weekend.

WOO

Donny Schatz remained the hottest driver in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws series last weekend and he won his fourth race in the last 11 starts in his #15 J&J. Schatz won the opening night feature of the Channellock Challenge at the high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway storming from 10th to first in the 25-lap race.

"We've been running well lately, and I wanted to keep our momentum going," said Schatz, following the victory. "Jack Elam builds great racecars and Ron Shaver has a really strong motor program. The Goodyear tires have been great, too. My hat goes off to the crew. This is a tough business, but everyone just keeps working hard and making my job easy."

IRA

Donny Goeden picked up his second thirty lap Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints J&L Oil/United Expressline Shootout Series victory of the year as he outdueled Todd Hepfner on a slick Hales Corners (WI) Speedway surface to become the first repeat IRA winner this season. Ironically both of Goeden's wins have come in IRA's two appearances at the tricky third-mile Hales Corners facility. Goeden piloted the #27g Charter Pipeline J&J to the $2000 payday.

The duo of Todd Hepfner and Goeden put on tremendous battle for the lead as two raced side by side while dicing through lapped traffic until Goeden made his winning pass on the fourteenth circuit. Goeden had the lapped cars of Greg Frost and Todd Hepfner between him and Hepfner on the restart and despite Hepfner putting the two away instantly, Goeden was gone and enroute to victory taking the checker six car lengths over Hepfner.

Central PA - Port Royal & Lincoln

For the second week in a row, Keith Kauffman took the lead from his Middlesworth teammate Todd Hestor during the late stages of the race to score a popular Port Royal Speedway win. Only this time, he did it on a special night, on two accounts. While it was his 104th career speedway win, it also came in the Second Annual Pete Swarmer Memorial, which took place on his 51st birthday.

"That's a pretty good deal," said Kauffman of winning on his special day. "We're going good, this Middleswarth team gives me a good racecar and we are tough right now." On the restart, 13th starter Keith Kauffman, in the #7K J&J, made a bold low side move in turns one a two to move from ninth to third and set his sights on the leaders.

Meanwhile, Kauffman's teammate, Todd Hestor blasted into the lead in the #7m J&J. Hestor pulled away on the restart and entered the backmarkers with eight laps to go. It took until Hestor had to forsake his favored high line with six to go for Kauffman to catch the ever-improving pilot. He then took advantage of an attempt by Hestor to put Ron Rough a lap down to ride the bottom rail in turns three and four into the lead as Hestor slid up in front of Rough.

Once at the front, Kauffman drove easily to his fourth speedway win of the season, despite being bottled up in traffic momentarily with three to go. "Todd's got a fast car and does a really good job," said Kauffman. "You gotta find the spot and the right time to do it and we found it tonight."

Five J&J cars finished in the top nine (Kauffman-1st, Hestor - 3rd, Lance Dewease - 5th, Jimmy Hawley - 6th, Shawn Keen - 9th)

In only his second race back after over a year lay-off, Brian Montieth made the most of it by starting on the pole and leading all 25 laps to score the win in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Montieth was the class of the field as he drove around lapped traffic for the final 15 nonstop laps to claim the win. Ironically, the J&J car he raced use to be driven by none other than four-time defending track champion Fred Rahmer. Montieth, who led all 25 laps in his last win at Lincoln on August 7, 1999, again followed the same route to victory this night as he grabbed the lead at the outset and led the rest of the way to register the win. "We took a year off and got our finances in order...it's tough to run these things with no money," explained Montieth on his yearlong absence. "We didn't have the money to rebuild the motor halfway through the season this year so we said we'd bag half of it and try the last half."

WESTERN PA

The Apollo Rocket, Ed Lynch, Jr., led a one-two J&J finish on Friday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA. Lynch, drove his Howard Concrete #2L J&J to victory lane for the third time this season winning the 20-lap Triangle Gasoline Sprint feature by edging out Jimmy Hawley in the #CIII J&J. Lynch started on the front row and led the entire race, but 12th starting Hawley needed only six laps to reach second position. A great drive by Lynch secured the victory, but it was only by three car lengths at the finish line.

URC

The C&C Landscaping PA Point Series opened at the Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night and a field of forty-nine URC sprints took part in one of the most thrilling events of the season. Fred Rahmer of Salfordsville, PA took the lead on lap eighteen then went on to score his fifth career URC feature win. Early in the feature Tim Hogue and Curt Michael exchanged the lead at least five times. Then on lap sixteen, the two cars came together in turn four with both cars spinning to a stop. The yellow was displayed and at that time, Fred Rahmer took the lead. Chris Coyle followed in second with George Suprick in third and John Eldreth fourth. With just five laps remaining, Rahmer was all alone at the front of the pack with Coyle trying to make up ground with each turn. Tim ran out and when the checker flag fell, it was Fred Rahmer taking the victory. Chris Coyle finished second

Sean Michael of Allentown, PA was the class of the field when the URC BAR's Leaks Sprint Series invaded the Grandview Speedway last Saturday night. For Michael, it was his second URC win of the season and his twenty-second career win under the URC banner. In the twenty-five lap feature,  Michael took the lead on lap nineteen from George Suprick and easily went on to take the win on C& C Landscaping Night at Grandview. And what a difference a few laps can make as Sean Michael moved into the runner-spot on lap thirteen.By lap nineteen, Sean Michael had the Cathy and Pat Palladino J&J Auto Racing sprinter at the front of the pack and wasn't challenged during the final six circuits.

USCS

Columbus, Miss. - USCS National points leader, Terry Gray won his first United Sprint Car Series main event of the young 2001 season on Columbus Speedway's fast 1/3 mile dirt oval Saturday night. Gray's efforts came over a field of 26 cars from eight states in front of a record Columbus Speedway crowd . The sprint car veteran from Bartlett, Tennessee, collected $2100 for his clean sweep of the Airflow Research "Power Dash", his heat race and the 30 lap main event in his #10 J&J sprinter. This was Gray's seventh career USCS main event win.

Gray also won the historic first ever, USCS main event held on April 24th, 1997, at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama. Gray started from the outside of the second row and dashed into the lead coming of turn two of the first lap with a daring move on the rim of the race track around front row starters, Ernie Ainsworth and Wesley Hale. He lead the balance of the event with Ainsworth too close for comfort after several cautions, but was able to put this one safely in the win column after a five lap dash at the races end following a caution that brought Ainsworth up on his tail.

Bloomington (IN)

Greg Dillion won his first sprint car feature at Bloomington Speedway as he drove his J&J to a flag-to-flag victory. Dillion won his heat race and was the class of the 39-car field.

OTHER NEWS

In what provided to be some of Bristol Dragway's most unique and exciting racing ever, Pennzoil World of Outlaws driver Danny Lasoski drove the #11 J&J Dave Blaney Outlaw Experience sprint car to the winner's circle in the Lucas Oil 'Thunder Valley Challenge' Saturday afternoon. The race pitted Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint cars against NHRA Pro Stock cars. After two rounds of racing, the fastest Sprint Car and Pro Stock car went head-to-head into the final round to battle it out for the crown. Lasoski took on Gene Wilson for the title and came through victorious, posting an elapsed time of 6.18 at 144.40 mph, beating Wilson to the line. Wilson ran an ET of 6.74 at 206.35 mph.

-J&J-

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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Dave Blaney
Teams Williams