McKENZIE, TN - Nothing beats winning races, and Keith Kauffman proved that he's still one of the toughest racers to beat on a weekly basis. Kauffman drove his Middlesworth J&J sprinter to wins at Bedford, PA on Wednesday and concluded his week by...
McKENZIE, TN - Nothing beats winning races, and Keith Kauffman proved that he's still one of the toughest racers to beat on a weekly basis. Kauffman drove his Middlesworth J&J sprinter to wins at Bedford, PA on Wednesday and concluded his week by winning at Port Royal Speedway. Andy Hillenburg, Lance Dewease and Darren Stewart also drove J&J Auto Racing racecars to victory lane this past week.
For the second consecutive year, Keith Kauffman was the man to beat at the Fabulous Bedford Speedway during their annual mid summer show. Kauffman scored a convincing victory in the Middleswarth #7 J&J leading all 30 laps and claiming the $3,000 prize.
"I have a great team here and a great bunch of guys working on this car," stated Kauffman whose win was his seventh of the season. "We struggled a little tonight in the heat race and the dash, but the guys got the car feeling pretty good for the feature."
Andy Hillenburg, who had never won a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series feature race at Eldora Speedway before this season, won his second consecutive "A" feature Friday night at the high-banked dirt oval in dominant fashion leading all 35 laps. Hillenburg drove his #2 Luxaire J&J to victories in both his heat race and the Channellock Dash earning him the pole position. From the drop of the green, it was clear Hillenburg was the class of the field as he held the front spot throughout the race.
"This is the way Eldora Speedway's supposed to be -- up against the wall wide open," Hillenburg said. "This J&J racecar was perfect tonight, and the Ott motor and Hoosier tires did the job."
Hillenburg was joined on the podium by another J&J competitor, Donny Schatz, who finished third in the #15 ParkerStores J&J sprinter. Hillenburg's win was the 10th WoO victory this season by a J&J race car.
In Saturday's King's Royal, two J&J drivers won heat races (Hillenburg and Ed Lynch, Jr. in his #2L J&J) and another (Daryn Pittman) made the ten car Channellock Dash. Hillenburg finished the 18th annual King's Royal in third place, while Schatz finished eighth.
Lance Dewease made it three wins in a row at Lincoln Speedway for J&J Auto Racing as he won the Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial on Saturday night. Craig Keel and Fred Rahmer had won the previous two feature events and both were again in contention this week. Keel was leading with Rahmer third and Dewease fourth as the race reached the 20th lap. On the 21st circuit, Keel lost the lead because of a flat tire and Rahmer stopped with a mechanical problem. Dewease was able to get past new leader Cris Eash and drove away for his 11th victory in the Joe Harz-owned No.88H J&J.
"We've got our cars working pretty decent right now," said Dewease. "I raced against Daryl Gohn, but I never raced against his dad. This means a lot to win this race. I would like to thank the whole Gohn family for supporting this deal the way they do."
The Middleswarth Potato Chips Race Team never looked better at Port Royal Speedway. Keith Kauffman and Todd Hestor finished one-two in the 25 lap Sprint Car feature Saturday night.
Shawn Keen drove his Keen Performance #53 J&J to the lead on the third lap, while Kauffman had the #7 J&J up from 12th to second. After Keen brought out a yellow when he stopped in turn four, Kauffman took the lead and began getting pressure from his teammate, Todd Hestor, in the #7H J&J. Kauffman and Hestor were involved with in a three car battle for the lead until the 21st circuit. Hestor chased Kauffman for the final four laps, but couldn't stop the Mifflintown, PA driver from scoring his sixth win of the season at Port Royal.
Mechanical problems have plagued Darren Stewart this season. But that all came to an end Saturday as the youngster from Bixby outran Donnie Crawford and Mike Goodman to the checkered flag in the 410 Sprint feature at Tulsa Speedway. Stewart led all 20 laps in the #9 Car & Fleet/Wesmar J&J and Crawford made it a one-two J&J finish with his runnerup finish in the J.R. Hillenburg #1 J&J.
OTHER J&J WINNERS
Mike Ward won the ASCS Speedweek race in Paris, TX on Thursday, July 19.
Mike Kekich won his first career sprint car feature on Friday July 20, at Sharon Speedway in a new J&J car.
Henry Gustavus took his new J&J to victory lane on Friday at Memphis Motorsports Park over WoO Gumout Support Series competitor Jason Sides and local Eddie Gallagher. The victory was his third this season in a J&J sprint car.