J&J'S Victorious All Across The Map As Schatz, Dewease, Keel, Gray And Wilson Win Sprint Car Races Last Week McKENZIE, TN - As the calendar reaches mid-August, sprint car teams typically find themselves seeing the end of the season in sight....
J&J'S Victorious All Across The Map As Schatz, Dewease, Keel, Gray And Wilson Win Sprint Car Races Last Week
McKENZIE, TN - As the calendar reaches mid-August, sprint car teams typically find themselves seeing the end of the season in sight. With that in mind, the mindset changes from just going to the track to claiming championships and winning as many races as possible before the season ends. Last week, J&J Auto Racing competitors won races all over the map including in Montana with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws, Mississippi in USCS action, in Pennsylvania both at Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway and in Canada with the Southern Ontario Sprints series.
Keith Kauffman has been dominant all season in the Middleswarth #7 J&J at Port Royal Speedway, and he claimed the championship on Saturday. Kauffman led the first 22 laps before he was involved in an accident with Dave Hahn. The damage ended Kauffman's run at the front and enabled Lance Dewease to add to his impressive victory total for the 2001 season in Joe Harz's #88 J&J. Kauffman's teammate Todd Hestor, who won the previous two weeks, finished third in the Middleswarth #7m J&J.
After traveling the country for years, Craig Keel has taken a liking to Central Pennsylvania. On Saturday, he won his second feature event of the season at Lincoln Speedway in the Pearl Technologies #9 J&J. "My dad and I have always done our own deal, and we got hooked up with Earl (Potroff) from Pearl Technologies," Keel said following the win. "And he gave us enough money to go play for a little while." Keel started on the outside of the front row and held off numerous challenges and was successful on a handful of restarts to claim the victory.
"You try not to do everything the same, or otherwise they'll drive on by you in the first turn," claimed Keel about the late race strategy. "I was running way up toward the top, and that pretty much leaves you wide open for a slider. So I was kind of running in the middle on the restarts and they had to stick on the bottom if they wanted to get by me.
Southern Ontario Sprints
Rick Wilson, making only his fifth start of the season in the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) VSM Abrasives 2001 Tour, wasted no time establishing his dominance at the Thorold, Ontario Merrittville Speedway. Wilson started the 20-lap event from the inside second row and by the end of the first lap of the 3/8 mile slightly banked clay oval, he was holding a solid lead in the #27 J&J sprint car.
"We made a few changes and they proved to be the right ones," said Wilson following his green-to checkered flag win. "I can't thank my crew enough. Charlie Price hit it right on tonight with the set up."