McKenzie, TN (August 5) -- Usually there is a point during a season when drivers get on a roll. Several J&J Auto Racing teams have found their form including two in the World of Outlaws series -- Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman. Veterans Keith ...
McKenzie, TN (August 5) -- Usually there is a point during a season when drivers get on a roll. Several J&J Auto Racing teams have found their form including two in the World of Outlaws series -- Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman. Veterans Keith Kauffman, Troy Preston, Randy Martin and Johnny Bridges also had strong showings last week by winning in J&J sprint cars while the Gatwood Motorsports team continued to dominate the CAJUN sprinters series with another one-two finish.
Just two nights after winning the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals finale at Williams Grove Speedway, Donny Schatz drove the ParkerStores #15 J&J to its third straight Outlaw triumph. As the case was at "the Grove", Schatz had to battle Danny Lasoski to win the $10,000 and his second WoO "A" main event in three tries at New Egypt Speedway.
Schatz started sixth and quickly worked his way to the back bumper of Lasoski. At the halfway flags, Schatz managed to pull even with the leader but couldn't pull off the pass. Two laps later, Schatz saw his opportunity: Lasoski was trapped low behind lapped traffic, and Schatz shot to the high side and said bye-bye. It was all Schatz at the line, scoring his fifth Outlaws event of the 2003 season.
It had been a tough stretch for Daryn Pittman recently, but last Thursday night he dominated the Freedom 40 as the largest crowd in the history of K-C Raceway experienced the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series for the first time.
Pittman, who also led every lap while winning at Lakeside Speedway June 21st driving the Sherdon Motorsports #21 J&J, won the Freedom 40 two years ago when he claimed the World of Outlaws Gumout Series championship.
"I don't know what it is about this place," Pittman said. "Joe Gaerte and all the guys back at Gaerte Engines have been working on these Mopar motors, and this is the best one we've had all year. "Bingo" (Eugene Jenkins), Glenno (Ingliss) and Joe have been working hard through what has been not so good a year. The car was perfect tonight -- we could drive it anywhere on the race track."
Pittman, the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 37-car field, started the feature on the pole and dominated the event to claim his eighth career World of Outlaws feature victory.
Powercom Raceway Park
Daryn Pittman made it two straight for J&J in World of Outlaws action taking a thrilling win on Sunday night at Powercom Raceway Park making a last lap pass to claim the win.
Pittman qualified the #21 Gaerte Engines Mopar J&J second and after battling for third most of the 35-lap race came on strong during the final three laps. Pittman took third on lap 32 and passed Steve Kinser and Jason Sides on the white flag lap. Sides wasn't through as the two made contact coming out of turn four heading to the flagstand. Pittman's J&J crossed the line first to earn him his second Outlaw win of the week.
Port Royal Speedway
Keith Kauffman has many wins during his illustrious career and Saturday's victory at Port Royal Speedway was simply another classic Kauffman win. Kauffman raced the #7 Middleswarth Potato Chips J&J through the field during the final10 laps. He brought the fans to their feet with a daring outside pass of leader Todd Shaffer in the final turn to claim his 117th career victory at the Port.
Mercer Raceway Park
Troy Preston out-dueled a late-race challenge by Jamie Smith to capture his third win in the 20-lap Sprint Car feature at Mercer Raceway Park and added some distance between himself and Arnie Kent in the championship race. "I'm having a lot of fun right now near the end of my career," admitted Preston, who drove his #1P ahead of Smith in the GBK #5g J&J. "I wasn't going to give this one to Jamie (Smith). I had to run it in there and get it over with."
It took the two J&J drivers more than half race to battle for the lead. From lap fifteen to the finish, the two raced wheel-to-wheel with Preston ultimately claiming his 13th career win in his Preston America-owned, Carlin Hine-powered, Flynn Tire Group/McClung Auto Body/Jones Performance/Chevron East/Barris Supply-sponsored #1P J&J.
"It got pretty busy there about midway through the race," explained Preston. "I lost all my tear-offs- it was driver error again. It was a physical deal. Getting in down there (turn one) kind of took my plan away from me. It took awhile for me to realize to even get out there. The car came right to me."
Randy Martin had a spirited battle with Eric Schrock in the W.O.W. sprint car feature event at Capital Speedway on Saturday night. Martin took the lead from Schrock during the mid-stages of the race, but Martin's Diamond Pet Foods #14 J&J was too strong in the closing laps. The triumph was Randy's first W.O.W. win of the year and the 17th of his career.
American Outlaw Action Series
Johnny Bridges scored the American Outlaw Action Series feature event at New 311 Speedway in Madison, NC. Bridges, who was driving the CTI Motorsports, Gibson Racing Engines #07 J&J, took the lead on lap four and raced away during the final 21 laps to claim the victory.
Last week, Gatwood Motorsports driver Lane Whittington scored his 50th career feature win in one-two-three J&J podium sweep in the Cajun sprinters. This week, Gatwood Motorsports teammate Rusty Samford took the top prize in the #24 J&J ahead of Whittington in the #12 Porter Cable J&J at Southern Raceway, Milton, Florida.