McKENZIE, TN - With the lights about to be at their brightest on the sprint car scene, J&J Auto Racing teams are prepared to show their best in sprint car racing's showcase event: The Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals. "This is the time...
McKENZIE, TN - With the lights about to be at their brightest on the sprint car scene, J&J Auto Racing teams are prepared to show their best in sprint car racing's showcase event: The Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals.
"This is the time for everybody to come out and do their best," said J&J Auto Racing Founder and President Jack Elam. "I know all of us here in the shop work very hard to provide teams with great equipment. We are all one big team here at J&J, and having strong teams, drivers, owners and crew people are what makes it all work. I am hoping for the best for all of our teams."
Momentum is high heading into the season's biggest event. Daryn Pittman won the Historical Big One on Saturday Night giving J&J another "big money" win heading into the Nationals.
Last season, J&J Auto Racing teams won big money races at Lernerville (Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup - Ed Lynch Jr.), Eldora (Historical Big One - Donny Schatz), Calistoga (Harvest Classic - Daryn Pittman), Williams Grove (The National Open - Lance Dewease) and I-30 (Short Track Nationals - Paul McMahan). In 1997, Dave Blaney's Hilton-Blaney Motorsports #10 J&J swept consecutive $100,000 paydays by winning both.
J&J Auto Racing will be led by several top competitors including last year's runner-up Donny Schatz. In the past two Nationals, Schatz has steered his #15 ParkerStores J&J to victory lane in his preliminary night feature. Last year, he started seventh and finished second. With recent wins at Williams Grove Speedway, Schatz will certainly be one to watch.
Other J&J teams to keep an eye on this week include:
Pittman will be sky-high following the biggest win of his career driving the Sherdon #21 J&J.
Lance Dewease raced the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J to victory on Monday night at the Front Row Challenge.
Sprint car legend Sammy Swindell will be teamed with Kenny Woodruff in the Roth Motorsports J&J, and both Swindell and Woodruff each have a Nationals victory under their belt.
Fred Rahmer has been having a solid year in Pennsylvania driving the Joe Harz Racing #88h. J&J Western Pennsylvania's Ed Lynch has big money win experience and always goes well at Knoxville
Former All-Star Champion, Kenny Jacobs, just recently joined Pete Grove Motorsports and will race the #70 J&J, which will be tuned by Andy Potter.
Travis Cram has been a multiple winner at Knoxville Raceway in his #92 J&J with Jeff Woodruff turning the wrenches.
Ricky Logan is another Knoxville regular that has shown well recently in the Gifford Motorsports #17g J&J.
Skip Jackson is a former Knoxville Raceway champion and will be in the JTR Motorsports #21 J&J.
Dion Hindi will be in his familiar Neon #11J J&J and just recently won a race in Arizona.
Manny Rockhold is a veteran at the Nationals and will again be driving the Gould #02 J&J.
Adam West is this year's KIDD program driver and the Nationals will serve as his final exam and Hall of Famer Bob Trostle will be the mechanic on the #20 J&J.