J&J AUTO RACING TEAMS KEEP WINNING McKENZIE, TN (April 21) J&J Auto Racing teams were victorious across the map this past weekend including winners in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nebraska, California, Iowa, Kansas and Ohio. Hall of Famer Keith...
J&J AUTO RACING TEAMS KEEP WINNING
McKENZIE, TN (April 21) J&J Auto Racing teams were victorious across the map this past weekend including winners in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nebraska, California, Iowa, Kansas and Ohio. Hall of Famer Keith Kauffman led the way for J&J by winning at Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway, and he was joined by fellow J&J drivers Jason Johnson, Rick Ideus, Curt Michael, Ed Lynch, Stevie Smith, Chris Parkinson and Matt Rogerson who also claimed victories over the weekend.
SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY PARK
Jason Johnson took advantage of a good starting spot and captured his first win of the season last Thursday in the season-opening sprint car event at Susquehanna Speedway Park. Johnson raced from the front row in Jim and Sandy Kline's #22 J&J and held off a late race challenge from Greg Hodnett, who drove the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J to a second place finish.
"This is the toughest place in the country to race so I'm real proud to win in Pennsylvania country," said Johnson, who calls Eunice, La., home, following the win. "I have to thank Jim and Sandy Kline for giving me the opportunity to drive their car."
"I was just trying to be patient and cautious in traffic because I knew he was back there. The track was slick and I just tried to be smooth. It feels good to win so early in the season."
Joining the first and second place J&J finishers was Doug Esh, who finished fifth in the Leach Brothers #30 J&J, Blane Heimbach was sixth in the #12 GOFF Racing J&J, and Fred Rahmer finished eighth in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J.
Keith Kauffman returned to victory lane last Friday night scoring his first sprint car feature win of the season at Williams Grove Speedway. Kauffman led all 25 laps after staring the Dave Middleswarth-owned #7 J&J on the outside front row.
Kauffman's win was his 49th career at the track and came just four days after his wife Kathy celebrated her 49th birthday.
"I thought maybe we could get one for her last week but we didn't have the right luck," said Kauffman, who led 17 laps of last week's feature before a losing air pressure in his right rear tire from a hole. "Tonight it all worked out for us."
Greg Hodnett raced the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J from the tenth starting position to a third place finish.
ATTICA RACEWAY PARK - ALL-STARS
Stevie Smith picked up his first All-Star sprint car feature event on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park in night one of the Attica Spring Nationals. Smith drove the #19 RAACE Foundation J&J from the seventh starting spot and into the lead on lap 28. The New Oxford, PA driver didn't look back after taking command in the 40-lap feature and claimed the win.
The following night Smith looked like he may sweep the Coors Nationals in his #19 RAACE Foundation J&J, but while leading with five laps remaining he collided with a lapped car. Smith was able to keep his car from spinning and ultimately finished third.
Keith Kauffman made it two wins in two nights on the tough Central Pennsylvania circuit by capturing Saturday's sprint car feature at Port Royal Speedway. For the second consecutive night, Kauffman started the Middleswarth #7 J&J on the front row and led all 25 laps of the feature event. Saturday's final laps were a little more difficult as he maneuvered the car during the final stages without power steering and fought off late challengers to claim his 121st win at "the Port".
"We've got a couple front row starting spots and it's hard to give those races up," said Kauffman, who now owns 295 career sprint car wins. "That's half the battle to get up through the field with so many good cars anymore. Tonight we were able to capitalize."
Rick Ideus made the most of his front row starting position at Eagle Raceway on Saturday night. He raced to the lead on lap two in Bruce Rossman's #3r J&J and went on to lead the rest of the way to claim the 25-lap Budweiser Championship Sprint A feature.
USCS I-20 SPEEDWAY
Curt Michael scored his first career O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race win Saturday night in the 30-lap main event at I-20 Speedway in Batesburg, SC. Michael drove the Palladino #99 BK Leasing J&J from the fifth starting spot. He passed Paul Sides for the lead on lap 10, and then held off Danny Martin Jr. for the win.
Bruce Wrenn finished seventh in the #1w Stainless Fabricators J&J and was joined in the top ten by Josh Weller, who won his heat race, finished eighth in the #63 Wave Tech Associates J&J, and Johnny Bridges came home tenth in the Bridges Motorsports #07J&J.
Ed Lynch, Jr. opened the Sharon Speedway season by winning the 25-lap sprint car feature event in his #2L J&J. He chased down early leader Jody Keegan and overtook him for the top spot on lap 13. Mike Kekich finished fourth in his #5K J&J.
Stephen Allard piloting the Redi-Green Motorsports J&J chassis picked up his first win of 2005 taking the Golden State Challenge Series win at King's Speedway in Hanford, CA. Allard was the fifth fast qualifier in the # 1 J&J, but was forced to run the B Main when a broken brake line limited him to a fifth in his heat race. He started the 30-.lap feature seventh and took the lead late to score the $3500 win. The victory pulled Allard to within four points of defending champion Jason Statler in the 2005 championship duel.
Chris Parkinson raced the #74 Dan Lawson Racing/Flooring Systems/Neo Synthetics/J&J to victory on Saturday night the Midwest Sprint Car Series feature at Thunderhill Speedway in Topeka, KS. Parkinson won the MSCS championship last year and is starting off this season strong.
Matt Rogerson won Saturday nights season opening Sprint Invaders feature event at 34 Raceway in Burlington, IA, in his #45 J&J. Josh Schneiderman, who qualified for the feature when the Olson car scratched, transferring 5 from the B to the A, started in 20th place and finished 5th to receive the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award. He also received the Design 500 5th Place Finish Award in the Schneiderman #49 J&J.