J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2002-05-29

Dewease claims 200th win with three wins in J&J. McKenzie, TN - The Memorial Day holiday weekend has plenty of motorsports tradition and Lance Dewease hit a career milestone by taking three feature wins in the Hamilton Motorsports J&J sprinter.

Dewease claims 200th win with three wins in J&J.

McKenzie, TN - The Memorial Day holiday weekend has plenty of motorsports tradition and Lance Dewease hit a career milestone by taking three feature wins in the Hamilton Motorsports J&J sprinter. Dewease scored feature wins at Williams Grove Speedway, Lincoln Speedway and Grandview Speedway. Sunday's win at Grandview was the 200th feature win for Dewease.

"I never even thought about it until this year," said Dewease, following Sunday's win at Grandview. "I guess this winter when we figured it up and I had 188, then I started thinking it could happen this year. I've been real fortunate to drive some great cars and this Hamilton Motorsports J&J."

Dewease was one of many J&J Auto Racing winners during the past weekend. Ed Lynch, Jr. won both at the New Sharon Speedway and Tri-City Speedway. Darren Stewart won the ASCS feature on Friday night at Creek County Speedway while Lewis Jenkins and Pete Butler gave J&J a one-two finish at I-30 Speedway on Saturday. Troy Preston and Jamie Smith also gave J&J a one-two finish at Mercer Raceway Park by finishing first and second in their J&J's.

Williams Grove - Dewease started the Hamilton #77 J&J 12th and took the lead from early leader Todd Gracey (Tanger #07 J&J) on lap 17 and drove off for his fourth win at Williams Grove Speedway in 2002. Fred Rahmer came on strong in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to finish second while Gracey finished fourth in the Tanger #07 J&J. Shawn Keen (Keen Performance #53 J&J) finished eighth giving J&J four of the top eight positions.

ASCS - Darren Stewart led flag to flag to win the twenty-lap ASCS sprint feature at Creek County Speedway in Kellyville, OK, driving the Wesmar powered #9 J&J. "I can't thank Terry Brown enough for giving me this ASCS 360 motor which runs good and brought us our first win," said Stewart in victory lane. "I hope Terry will be happy about it and it will be the first of more to come. Traffic was a little problem, and, racing is real tight around this place and you just got to pick and choose and take a look whenever you can. The race track was racy on the bottom, kind of got rough at first but the track crew worked it out and it became a decent night."

Two nights later, Toby Brown finished third driving the Terry Brown #61 J&J in the Jetmore Nationals at the Jetmore (KS) Motorplex. The career best finish for him on the ASCS National Tour kept Brown in fourth place in the point standings, less than 100 points out of the lead.

Lincoln - Fred Rahmer (Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J) and Lance Dewease (Hamilton #77 J&J) have had many great battles at Lincoln Speedway over the years and following the slicing and dicing at the May 16th show, it's no wonder the two have combined for so many wins at the half-mile oval. On Saturday, the scene was the same as Rahmer was leading with Dewease right behind him, but during a yellow flag the #88h J&J of Rahmer began losing air in his right rear tire. Dewease took the lead on the restart as Rahmer battled the low tire for the rest of the race. Dewease won while Rahmer finished fourth.

Sharon Speedway - Ed Lynch, Jr., of Apollo, PA scored his second victory this season in the Sunburst Environmental Sprint division driving his #2L J&J.  Mother nature stopped the event at the halfway point, with Lynch in command.   Jeff Schrum led the first nine circuits before Lynch dove low to take the lead on lap ten.  With a caution at lap thirteen, the skies opened and Lynch was declared the winner. 

I-30 Speedway - Lewis Jenkins, Jr. (#1 J&J) and Pete Butler (#29h J&J) scored a one-two finish at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Saturday night.

Mercer Raceway Park - Troy Preston (#1P J&J) won his first 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature since July 10, 1999 after an exciting duel in the closing laps with previous winner Jamie Smith (#5 J&J). "It just doesn't get any better than that," exclaimed Preston from victory lane. "I felt I was going pretty good and started backing up out of it. I had trouble in turn three hitting the line. You don't give a guy like Jamie (Smith) more than one chance or he'll have you. He did, so I had to get him back."

Grandview - Dewease made it three in a row in the Hamilton #77 J&J at Grandview Speedway after qualifying fourth and leading all 30 laps of the feature. Keith Kauffman finished second the Middleswarth #7k J&J.

Tri-City Speedway - Ed Lynch won his second feature of the weekend at Tri-City Speedway aboard his #2L J&J.

Other Notable Finishes:

World of Outlaws - The Pennzoil World of Outlaws raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway last weekend in the XM Satellite Radio Outlaw Showdown. Donny Schatz was the highest finishing J&J driver as he scored a third on Saturday in his #15 ParkerStore J&J. Daryn Pittman (#21 J&J) finished 11th and 12th in the two-night program, Craig Keel (#9 J&J) had a 19th and 21st and Jeremy Campbell (#10C J&J) finished 21st and 23rd.

On Monday, Lance Dewease (Hamilton J&J) set fast-time at Lebanon Valley Speedway. In the 25-lap feature, Dewease finished third while Schatz came home fourth and Pittman finished fifth.

Port Royal - Todd Hestor and Keith Kauffman finished second and fourth in the Middleswarth team J&J's at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night.

Knoxville Raceway - Skip Jackson finished 2nd at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night in the #21 J&J sprinter.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Donny Schatz , Daryn Pittman
Teams Williams