McKENZIE, TN -- With summer officially here, J&J Auto Racing teams proved they were up to the task scoring wins over the World of Outlaws, All-Stars, and in the California Civil War Series along with several weekly programs across the country....
McKENZIE, TN -- With summer officially here, J&J Auto Racing teams proved they were up to the task scoring wins over the World of Outlaws, All-Stars, and in the California Civil War Series along with several weekly programs across the country. Daryn Pittman, Jeff Shepard, Greg Decaires, Travis Cram, Ed Lynch Jr., Jeff Schulz, Tim Montgomery came home victorious in J&J sprinters while Mike Shearer won on both Friday (his first career sprint car victory) and Saturday.
World of Outlaws
It was only a matter of time before Daryn Pittman won his first "A" Feature of the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series' 25th Anniversary Season. Pittman dominated Saturday's race at Lakeside Speedway driving the Sherdon Motorsports #21 J&J and leading all 30 laps to score the win.
"It's been a long time," said Pittman, who finished second on Friday night at Joplin 66 Raceway. "The SCN (Sprint Car Network) guys reminded me again today that last night was the first dash I've won all year, and I knew we hadn't been starting up front. But I love Joplin, and I love this place, and to get out of here with a first and a second is pretty good. The past couple of races we really have had a great race car and you need when you are racing against the best in the business."
Donny Schatz also had solid performances in his ParkerStore #15 J&J racing to third place finishes at both Lakeside Speedway and Tri-City Speedway.
Jeff Shepard won the inaugural Hooker Hood Classic at the new Delta Bowl Speedway and claimed his second Haulmark All Star sprint car victory in the past three weeks. Shepard started the Miller Rigging #2 J&J seventh and drove into the lead just after the halfway point of the 30-lap feature event. The Upperco, MD native won the race by ten car lengths and completed a solid weekend for the team as Shepard came home second in Friday night's opener.
Curt Michael was the third fastest qualifier in the J&M Motorsports #55 J&J on Friday before finishing tenth while Mike Ward also represented J&J in the field.
Mike Shearer drove the race of his life on Friday night at Lernerville Speedway and it paid off as he claimed his first career sprint car victory. Shearer drove an impeccable contest in the family owned #25 J&J to win by a straightaway.
"It's been a long time coming," said Shearer in victory lane. "The car felt pretty good tonight. I didn't realize that I had that big of a lead. Most important is my Dad, there is no way I could do it without him. He sacrifices more than anyone to do this deal and I finally got a win for him!"
Shearer took advantage of starting on the pole by taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. He meticulously worked through lapped traffic to secure the win. Prior to Friday's win, Shearer's best finish at the track was a 13th in 2003, and he never finished higher than fifth anywhere in his career.
Lernerville point leader Ed Lynch Jr. raced his #2L J&J from the rear of the field and came home third.
Mercer Raceway Park
In a story for the ages that Hollywood couldn't have scripted any better, Mike Shearer backed up his first career win at Lernerville Speedway less than 24 hours later by winning the 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature. In a career full of adversity that included taking last year off to turn the wrenches for Jimmy Hawley on his father's Sprint Car, Shearer appears to have turned the corner and has quickly become one of Western Pennsylvania's contenders after two dominating performances.
"This sport is an emotional roller coaster," described the Freeport, Pa. driver, who ended upside down last week and whose best career finish prior was an eighth in 15 starts at Mercer that spanned 1999-2001 and this season. "It seems like it's been forever. You see that happen with other guys- they win their first one and things seem to come together for you. We sure are glad to get a couple. I have to thank everyone that helps and especially my dad. No one has sacrificed more than him. I'm just thankful for all the help we get."
The victory came aboard the Maximum Tool & Die/Chevron East/Young's 24-Hour Towing/Vas Custom Exhaust/Townsend Gas & Oil/Alternative Power Sources/Wildwood Collision-sponsored, Billy Shearer-owned #25 J&J.
Proud and emotional Billy Shearer said following the race, "I knew that guy could drive a race car. It was just a matter of getting a good car underneath him and giving him the chance."
Travis Cram won his second consecutive feature event at the legendary Knoxville Raceway on Saturday in his own #92 J&J. After running second during the first half of the race, Cram raced the Don Ott powered-Jeff Woodruff tuned machine past leader Wayne Johnson and never looked back.
For Cram, it was no certainty in the front part of the 20-lap feature event as pole sitter Wayne Johnson grabbed the top spot at the drop of the green flag. Johnson roared around the half-mile oval on the high cushion with Cram in tow at a distance of fifteen car lengths. Cram was able to cut into that margin slightly as the two drivers sped wide open around this historic fairgrounds track.
Greg Decaires drove his Redi-Green Motorsports #1K J&J owned by championship car owner Gurudayal Kumar to victory lane in the inaugural Calistoga Cup on Saturday in the California Civil War series first race at the legendary half-mile track. Decaires, who qualified third, dominated the main event leading all 20 laps. With the victory, DeCaires became just the fourth driver in the history of Calistoga Speedway to win a feature race aboard a 360-powered sprint car.
St. Francois County Raceway
Timmy Montgomery picked up his third feature win of the season driving the #4 Dean Adams Auto Sales J&J at the St. Francois County Raceway Saturday night in the 25-lap sprint car feature to pick up the checkered flag.
The Deuce Motorsports team flourished during 34 Raceway's Mid Season Championship as John Schulz piloted the #2 J&J to victory and his teammate Matt Rogerson turning in a solid performance in the #22 J&J sprinter. Schulz continues to lead the standings with Rogerson just seven points behind.
Tri-City Speedway (PA)
Ed Lynch Jr. triumphed for the fourth time this season in the 20-lap Super Sprint feature at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, PA on Sunday night. Lynch took the lead on the fifth lap, and fought off former track champion Bobby Clark for his 19th career win at Tri-City aboard his Indy Recycling/Commercial Truck & Trailer J&J No. 2L J&J.
Other strong J&J performances include:
Jimmy Carter had a strong week of action finishing third last Wednesday in the Golden State Challenge event at Southern Oregon Speedway in the #26 Rudeen/Wesmar J&J. He backed that up with a run from 14th starting position to finish fifth in Skagit Speedway's Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup on Saturday.
Dion Hindi recently scored a pair of second place finishes in his family owned J&J sprint car. On June 6, he finished second in the feature event at Canyon Raceway and the following Saturday night, he came home second at Duke City Speedway in New Mexico.