WINNING STREAKS CONTINUE FOR J&J TEAMS McKENZIE, TN (May 24) - A pair of J&J drivers kept winning streaks going in sprint car action last weekend. Fred Rahmer continues to sizzle in Pennsylvania while Chris Parkinson won his fifth straight...
WINNING STREAKS CONTINUE FOR J&J TEAMS
McKENZIE, TN (May 24) - A pair of J&J drivers kept winning streaks going in sprint car action last weekend. Fred Rahmer continues to sizzle in Pennsylvania while Chris Parkinson won his fifth straight feature event. J&J teams also won races in Ohio, New York and Montana.
Fred Rahmer has put together a string of victories at Williams Grove Speedway and that number became four in a row on Friday night. Rahmer took advantage of his front-row starting spot in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J after Keith Kauffman set quick time in the Middleswarth #7 J&J drew the four invert. Rahmer led flag to flag for his fourth straight win at the track.
"We set the car up like we do every week and I thought we were going to be in trouble," said Rahmer, whose win was his 66th career at the Grove. "That's why it was so important to get the lead at the start."
Kauffman finished third giving J&J two of the top three finishers.
Mike Linder is a veteran of the 305 racing series and on Friday night he added a 410 sprint car win to his resume at Attica Raceway Park. Linder jumped out to an early lead in his #3L J&J after a fierce opening lap battle with Byron Reed.
"I knew I had to get to the top before Byron. I ran him up the turn. I hope he isn't mad at me, but that was for the lead and probably the feature," said Linder beside his Beaverdam Contracting/Linder's Speed Equipment J&J sprinter.
Linder led the entire race and won the feature by staying in front of hard-charging Craig Mintz.
"My right rear started to give up on me and I knew someone had to be coming there at the end. I figured it was Byron. Mintz and Soup (Sabo, car owner) have figured out something about this place," said Linder. "It's been so long since I've been on this side of the lights. It sure feels good. I need to thank Janet Holbrook for putting this track back to the way it was when we started racing here. It's fun to race here again."
Fred Rahmer and his Joe Harz Racing sprint car team continued their torrid pace in Pennsylvania by following up Friday's win with the team's fifth victory of the season at Lincoln Speedway.
Rahmer started the #88h J&J in 11th and took advantage of some competitors misfortune. Greg Hodnett raced from the 10th starting spot and followed Rahmer across the finish line in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. Eric Stambaugh (Swope Racing #4) and Jason Johnson (Kline #22 J&J) finished fourth and fifth.
Bobby Clark raced his #8 J&J to victory on Saturday nights feature event at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, OH. Mike Linder, fresh off his Attica Raceway Park win in the #3L J&J, jumped into the early lead, but Clark found the high grove to his liking and overtook Linder on lap 17. Clark built a sizeable lead, but he had to fight off a strong challenge from John Ivy at the end of the race.
"I saw a car (Ivy) come up beside me at the end and I knew it had to be someone for the lead because no lapped cars were going that fast," said Clark beside his KOT Trucking/Fremont Fence sponsored #8 J&J. "Andy (Potter) put this car together this week. It's a brand new car and it's a lot of fun to drive."
MONTANA SPRINT TOUR
"Like A.J. Foyt says, 'If you don't scare yourself a few times, then you aren't driving hard enough,' I think this was some of the thickest traffic I have ever raced in, and I definitely scared myself a few times!" exclaimed Smokin Joe Ramaker as he emerged victorious in the Montana/Alberta Sprint Challenge which marked the Montana Sprint Tour opener in Great Falls, Montana Saturday night.
Lapping up to fifth place, Ramaker's win marked his second victory this season in four starts driving his #98 Ace Hardware J&J.
"This win means a lot because we raised some money for Brighteyes Care and Rehab through all the great people involved in our Winner's Circle program," commented Ramaker after the race. The Winner's Circle program allows businesses and individuals to get their name on the Ace-Hardware/Kronebusch Electric J&J in exchange for making a donation to Brighteyes whenever Ramaker win's a race in Montana.
Chris Parkinson drove the # 74 Dan Lawson Racing/Flooring Systems/Neo Synthetic/Home Depot/J&J to his fifth feature win in a row Saturday night at Thunderhill Speedway in Topeka, KS. Parkinson ran second in his heat and in the feature he took the lead on the third lap and won by a straight-away over Chad Meinholdt.
Trevor Lewis won Saturdayâ^a^Ùs United Racing Club (URC) Advance Auto Parts Sprint Series feature event at Orange County Speedway in Middletown, NY. Lewis jumped into the lead in the Bill Turpin/Fred Kennedy owned #56 J&J from the front row and he was in front after the halfway point when rain made the race official after lap 13.
The victory was the first for Lewis in 2005 and his ninth career URC win. He was joined in the top five by fellow J&J competitors Pete Green (#4 J&J) and Curt Michael (#99 J&J).