J&J Auto Racing weekend recap 2002-04-15

Lynch, Eash take victories in J&J sprint cars McKENZIE, TN - Ed Lynch, Jr. and Cris Eash have won many feature races during their illustrious career's and both scored wins this past weekend in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars. Lynch drove his ...

Lynch, Eash take victories in J&J sprint cars

McKENZIE, TN - Ed Lynch, Jr. and Cris Eash have won many feature races during their illustrious career's and both scored wins this past weekend in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars.

Lynch drove his #2L J&J to the season-opening victory at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA. The win was number 50 for Lynch in his career and he trails only Johnny Beaber's all-time record of 55 wins at the famed half-mile. Lynch started 11th and was running in third place with two laps remaining when he made his winning move. The Apollo Rocket got his J&J looked down coming out of turn two to pass the two front runners and once he took the white flag in the 20-lap race he wasn't challenged for the win.

Eash made the most of his first night out in Bob Weber's West Point Motorsports #18 J&J at Williams Grove Speedway. Weber, who runs his racing operation out of Philadelphia, had never run at 410 sprint car race, but after discussions during the winter felt the time was right to change that. By the end of the evening, both were thrilled with the first night performance.

"This is some pretty darn good equipment," said Eash following his $3,000 payday in his first-ever race with his new team. "We talked on and off over the winter months and actually Bob wanted me to race the car at the Early Bird, but we already had another commitment. But I think we'll be in it permanently now."

"Cris did a great job for us tonight," said Weber in victory lane. "We'll be here weekly with him as our driver."

The victory for Eash was his 19th of his career at the Grove and tied him in all-time wins with Stevie Smith and Jan Opperman.

Eash ran second for most of the 25-lap feature event and Todd Gracey piloted the Bill and Kay Tanger #07 J&J to the lead. Lapped traffic cost Gracey a chance for victory on the 21st lap when Eash made his move while Gracey was bottled up in traffic. Eash ran off during the final three laps while Gracey faded to fifth as his car ran low on fuel.

"If it wouldn't have been for the lapped cars, he probably would be standing here tonight," Eash said of Gracey's run at the front. "He went low to try to pass a car and I could see it happening. It's a lot easier running second at that stage of the race because you can counteract what the leader is doing."

Four other J&J drivers competed the top ten, Lance Dewease (Hamilton Motorsports #77) sixth, Keith Kauffman (Middleswarth #7) seventh, Fred Rahmer (Joe Harz Racing #88h) ninth and Shawn Keen (Keen Performance #53) tenth.

Other Notable J&J Performances:

Scott Short won the KFVS 12 Winged Sprint Car feature at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark in Benton, Mo. Short drove his #8 J&J past former Indy car ace Jimmy Kite on 13th lap and dominated the remainder of the race.

Rookie Robert Casada drove his #29 Hendry Custom Cabinets J&J to victory in the Cajun Sprinters Association event at Thunder Valley Speedway in Alexandria, LA. Herman Carrier finished second in his #22 J&J giving J&J Auto Racing a one-two sweep in the event.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bob Weber
Teams Williams