LYNCH SCORES TWO WINS FOR J&J AUTO RACING McKenzie, TN - Last year in late July, Ed Lynch Jr. won the biggest race of his career, the 11th annual Don Martin Silver Cup. This past weekend, he continued to prepare for this year's Silver Cup, which...
LYNCH SCORES TWO WINS FOR J&J AUTO RACING
McKenzie, TN - Last year in late July, Ed Lynch Jr. won the biggest race of his career, the 11th annual Don Martin Silver Cup. This past weekend, he continued to prepare for this year's Silver Cup, which takes place next week, by winning twice in Western Pennsylvania. Several other J&J teams found victory lane over the weekend including Lance Dewease, Jamie Smith, Trevor Lewis, Bruce Rossman and Blane Heimbach.
Ed Lynch Jr raised the record for sprint car victories at Lernerville Speedway to 63 wins on Friday night. He debuted a new #2L J&J was built identical to the car that won the WoO Silver Cup in 2002.
Fellow J&J competitor Scott Bonnell directed the race for the first six circuits. Bonnell's #3 J&J kept the lead until he and Rod George came together in turn four. Bonnell couldn't continue following the damage. When the race restarted, George was at the point until lap 14, when Lynch's in his CTT/Indy Recycling/Red Devil Brakes #2L J&J found the low side of the track to his liking raced past George. Once in front, Lynch kept control in his new racecar to claim his sixth win of the season at Lernerville.
Blane Heimbach received cheers from the fans after capturing his sixth Super Sprint Car victory at the Clinton County Speedway on Friday night. "The car was awesome tonight," said Heimbach in victory lane about his #12 J&J. "Jeff and Missy Creasy provide the equipment that allows us to win, and hopefully we'll just keep winning."
It took Heimbach three laps to capture the lead and once in front he never looked back winning the 25-lap race by a straightaway to claim his sixth of the season.
The third time was the charm for Lance Dewease in the All-Star Circuit of Champions thriller at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Dewease, who leads the points at Lincoln, ended a long dry spell by diving under Greg Hodnett for the race lead entering turn one of lap 24, and drove away for the $5,000-to-win event. Twice before, the Al and Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction/Hank's Performance Products #77 J&J had taken the lead, but both times the pass was negated by caution flags.
"The 12 car has been making us look bad the last month," said Dewease following the win. "I kept telling 'em (the team), 'We just need to work hard at it, and we'll get it.' We were pretty good tonight...I passed him two different times and the cautions took it away from us, but we made sure that last one stuck."
Dewease, who started sixth, made his presence felt on lap 11 when he took over the runner-up spot and began challenging Hodnett. The first of three lead changes happened on lap 23. Two caution flags nullified passes for the lead made by Dewease, but finally Dewease put the #77 J&J up front for good. Dewease was also the fastest qualifier in the All-Stars program.
Jamie Smith became the first Sprint Car driver to score three wins on the season at Mercer Raceway Park by capturing the 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature event in a near flawless performance for his milestone 25th career win. "I don't know how close anyone was to me out there, but it sure was comfortable and that's usually a pretty good sign," said Smith following the win in his #5G G.B.G. Inc. J&J. "When it's going your way- it's going your way. We've been running real well here the last few weeks. I just hope we can keep it up."
Smith started the feature eighth and worked his way into second on lap four. He made the winning move on lap seven and survived a few late caution flags to take the victory.
Trevor Lewis led all twenty-five laps in the URC Advance Auto Parts Sprint Series feature event last Saturday night at the Bridgeport Speedway. For Lewis, it was his second win of the season and fifth career victory under the URC banner. Lewis had the #99 Palladino J&J in control the entire distance, but may have had to fend off fellow J&J runner Chris Coyle (Turpin/Kennedy #3 J&J). Lewis was battling lap traffic while Coyle was racing for second with Bill Brian, but the two made contact on lap 21 ending the run for Coyle. Following the yellow, Lewis seized control and drove away for the comfortable win.
Bruce Rossman in the #3 Triple R Tire, Ford powered J&J won the A-main at Winner Speedway in Winner, SD, becoming the track's first repeat winner of the season.
TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY (PA)
Ed Lynch Jr. drove a solid race at Tri-City Speedway Sunday night passing Brent Matus on the 14th lap of the 20-lap Super Sprint feature and cruising to his fifth win of the season in his Indy Equipment/Commercial Truck & Trailer J&J No. 2L. The win was also Lynch's 20th career win at Tri-City, the most by any driver since the track reopened in 1996. It also provided some added momentum for his efforts in the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway this coming weekend. "Brent ran a good line tonight, but the outside lane was the place to be," said Lynch in victory lane. "The top worked a lot better for me. It's always good to win especially heading into a big week. We want to do well at Eldora and come back home and defend our Silver Cup crown too."
Other strong J&J Auto Racing performances:
World of Outlaws
Daryn Pittman finished second in Saturday's World of Outlaws feature event at I-55 Raceway near St. Louis. Pittman steered the Sherdon Motorsports #21 J&J from his fourth place starting position into a battle with leader Joey Saldana early in the 40-lap race and then chased eventual winner Tyler Walker.
Lance Dewease led a trio of J&J competitors in the top six on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway in the All-Star feature event. Dewease finished second driving the Hamilton #77 J&J ahead of Keith Kauffman (Middleswarth #7 J&J) who finished third. Fred Rahmer came home sixth in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J.
Three J&J Auto Racing teams charged through the field at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night. Ricky Logan raced the #17g J&J from 21st to eighth, Travis Cram steered the #92 J&J from 16th into ninth, and Skip Jackson piloted the JTR Motorsports #21 J&J from 19th to finish 11th.