J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2002-10-02

Dewease collects another big money race for J&J Auto Racing. McKenzie, TN - The sprint car season is highlighted by many races each year, but the ones that seem to stand out have the most money up for grabs. J&J Auto Racing teams have thrived in...

Dewease collects another big money race for J&J Auto Racing.

McKenzie, TN - The sprint car season is highlighted by many races each year, but the ones that seem to stand out have the most money up for grabs. J&J Auto Racing teams have thrived in those events in 2002 and that continued on Saturday night when Lance Dewease won the Cleveland Brothers National Open at Williams Grove Speedway to earn the $30,000 prize.

This season there were five winged sprint car races that paid $30,000 or more to win and only one chassis manufacturer won more than one and that was J&J Auto Racing. Dewease joined Ed Lynch Jr. , who took home $35,000 by winning the Don Martin Memorial race at Lernerville Speedway in his #2L J&J, and Donny Schatz, who dominated the 10th annual $100,000-to-win Historical Big One at Eldora Speedway in his #15 ParkerStore J&J, as a big money winner for J&J this year.

National Open - Lance Dewease capped an awesome season at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday night by winning the 40th annual Cleveland Brothers National Open from his 13th starting position. Dewease won his sixth feature of the season at the Grove and 19th overall by coming on late in the 40-lap feature race driving the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. The victory, which was the second consecutive National Open for Dewease and third of his career, helped clinch the 2002 Williams Grove track championship for the #77 team. It gives Dewease four track championships and Al Hamilton seven. The victory also earned Hamilton the all-time record for wins at Williams Grove with 82 and his fourth National Open crown. The win was number 55 for Dewease at the famous half-mile dirt track in Central Pennsylvania, which is an all-time record.

Other Notable J&J Performances:

Lewis Jenkins Jr. led all 30 laps to claim the sprint car feature at the Southwest Arkansas Speedway. He drove his #1 Team Affiliated J&J from the pole position to dominate the event. Jenkins has already locked himself into the upcoming Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, AR.

J&J Auto Racing had a one-two-three finish in Saturday's Cajun Sprinters feature event at Southern Speedway in Milton, FL. Rusty Sanford finished first in his #24 J&J ahead of Tim Guildry in the #2 J&J and Lane Whittington, who was driving a team car to Sanford, the #12 J&J.

Curt Michael scored a second place finish in Saturday's URC program at Bridgeport Speedway in Bridgeport NJ. Michael was driving the Palladino #99 J&J and was closing on the leader late in the race, but ran out of laps in his bid for victory.

Bryan Scott wrapped up the his 2002 season by winning the first annual 305 Fall Nationals at Ohio's K-C Raceway on Sept. 21. Scott, of Castalia, OH won 11 features for the year and track championships at Attica Raceway Park (for the second consecutive year) and Fremont Speedway (for the third straight year) in the 305 Sprint division.

Toby Brown closed out the month of September in good fashion by grabbing two top five finishes over the weekend in Beaumont, Texas on the United Expre ssline ASCS National Tour. In Friday's race he started fourth and finished fifth driving the #61 ABF Truck Rebuilders J&J. On Saturday, he started 19th and found himself in seventh place after only three laps. Brown had his second fifth place finish of the weekend and a well deserved sixth KSE Hard Charger award of the season.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz
Teams Williams