HODNETT AND LANGERUD RACE J&J'S TO VICTORY LANE McKENZIE, TN (April 26) - After a few early spring weekends that saw most of the country experiencing summer-like weather, Mother Nature decided to remind most dirt track racers about April ...
HODNETT AND LANGERUD RACE J&J'S TO VICTORY LANE
McKENZIE, TN (April 26) - After a few early spring weekends that saw most of the country experiencing summer-like weather, Mother Nature decided to remind most dirt track racers about April Showers.
While a good number of tracks across the country had to cancel their sprint car action, there was some racing going on and again J&J Auto Racing team were able to find victory lane.
Greg Hodnett was victorious in Pennsylvania while Loren Langerud kicked off the WISSOTA Sprint Car season in dramatic style with a last-lap pass to claim the season opener in Wisconsin.
SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY PARK
Greg Hodnett got victory number two of the season behind the wheel of the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J last Thursday night at Susquehanna Speedway Park. Hodnett started on the front and took advantage of a track that was very difficult to pass on. He beat fellow front-row starter Brian Leppo to the first turn and led all 25 laps of the feature event.
"Basically, it was a race into turn 1," Hodnett said following the win. "Track conditions made it tough to pass."
Hodnett and the Hamilton Motorsports team are still in a learning curve after joining forces during the off-season. "We're learning from each other at this point. We haven't been fast enough to win lately. Eventually, we'll get there. We're finding what we need to get to victory lane."
Fred Rahmer finished third in the feature event driving the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J. Blane Heimbach (Creasy #12 J&J), Eric Stambaugh (Swope #4 J&J) and Jason Johnson (Kline #22 J&J) finished seventh, eighth and tenth respectively.
Loren Langerud kicked off the 2005 WISSOTA Sprint car season with a victory at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI. Langerud took the early lead in his B&L #56 J&J during the feature event, but the North Dakota racer couldn't hold off Chuck Swenson's bid for the lead. Langerud patiently stalked the leader during the majority of the event and finally got his chance on the white flag lap. He made a last corner pass and got his J&J to the checkered flag first to claim the win.
Other strong J&J finishes:
Skip Jackson came home second in the opener at Knoxville Raceway driving the J&S Auto Sports Team #2 J&J and was joined in the top ten by Don Droud, Jr. (Gifford Motorsports #17g J&J), who finished sixth and Ricky Logan (VanderEcken #10v J&J), who finished seventh.
After winning two consecutive ASCS Sooner region events, Sean McCelland finished second driving his #1 J&J in Saturday night's 25-lap feature event at Oklahoma Sports Park. Natalie Sather came home eighth driving the Sather Motorsports #94 J&J.