J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2003-08-26

McKenzie, TN -- Even though the season's biggest sprint car event is now in the books, J&J Auto Racing teams keep working hard and continue to have success on racetracks across the country. Lance Dewease and Ed Lynch Jr. both clinched track ...

McKenzie, TN -- Even though the season's biggest sprint car event is now in the books, J&J Auto Racing teams keep working hard and continue to have success on racetracks across the country. Lance Dewease and Ed Lynch Jr. both clinched track championships this past week while Donny Schatz, Len Thompson, Loren Langerud, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ron Kramer and Blane Heimbach were all winners using J&J Auto Racing sprint cars.


Lincoln Speedway

For the first time in his career, Lance Dewease earned the Lincoln Speedway track championship. Dewease finished third in Saturday's feature event driving the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. By finishing third, he earned enough points to claim the coveted title and by doing so, he snapped Fred Rahmer's (Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J) seven-year stranglehold on the title.

Lernerville Speedway

Ed Lynch Jr. won the St. Barnabas Health System Sprints division championship at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night. He finished second driving his #2L J&J in the feature event, and his consistency and eight feature wins at the half-mile track this year helped him earn the championship.


Rocky Mountain Speedway

Donny Schatz in the #15 ParkerStores Shaver J & J led from the drop of the green flag to the wave of the checkered flag at the World of Outlaws 30-lap A-Main at Rocky Mountain National Speedway tying his career-best WoO season wins at ten.

"This was a great run for us tonight," said Schatz. "My guys worked so hard after driving all night to get here to do a ParkerStores appearance today. The car was awesome."

"This is the game plan we have for the rest of the season, win as many races as we can by running up front every night. This late in the season, it is important to keep building for next year."

Williams Grove Speedway

Ron Kramer pulled a surprise on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway by wiring the field from the second starting spot to record the upset win. Kramer, who hasn't won at "the Grove" in 13 years drove a great race to claim car owners Clair and Jan Ritter their career first win by driving their #17B J&J into victory lane.

The first 12-laps of the sprint car main went nonstop with Kramer leading the way from the outside of the front row. Following a restart on lap 13, Kramer pulled away and until the last four laps appeared home free. However lapped traffic and excessive tire-wear from his blistering high-side pace had taken its toll on the leaders tires by the late stages.

"I was glad to see that caution," said Kramer afterward. "I was going to have to get rude in traffic had it not been for that caution. These guys have had a pretty good race car since I've been in it. I have to thank the Middleswarth guys for getting me in this seat."

Blane Heimbach helped make it a J&J sweep at the Grove as he won the 358 division feature event driving the Jeff Creasy owned #12 J&J. Heimbach chose the high-groove for the green flag and was in second place when an early red flag came out. He made a strong surge on the restart and muscled his car around the high side before moving into the lead just past the halfway point. Once in the lead, Heimbach drove away from the competition to take his first career win at the historic half-mile track.

The win was Heimbach's 14th overall of the season including four at Selinsgrove Speedway and nine at Clinton County Speedway.

Red River Valley Speedway

Loren Langerud won the season finale at Red River Valley Speedway in W. Fargo, ND. The victory came aboard his familiar #56 J&J and with the event carrying a WISSOTA sanction, Langerud was able to keep control of the points lead in the sprint car division.

Port Royal Speedway

Sometimes things are simply meant to be as evidenced by Saturday's outcome at Port Royal Speedway. The team that was formed to honor the late Pete Swarmer won the Memorial race in his honor. Lenny Thompson won the 25 lap Aumiller& Associate/Pete Swarmer Memorial driving the Doc and Debbie Crawford-owned #CIII J&J. Thompson started sixth and worked his way into lead on lap 11. Once in front, Thompson's only serious challenge came after a lap 22 yellow, which slowed the field. Keith Kauffman's Middleswarth Potato Chips #7 J&J had just came to life at this point in the race and he moved to second place when the yellow came out. The three-lap shoot out between J&J drivers never happened as Kauffman blew a rear tire on the restart. Thompson drove off for his first win of the season at the Port.

"This car was so good tonight," said Thompson of the J&J sprinter. "My crew has been great. We got Dennis Kohler fresh off the Outlaw circuit and he's helped me a lot. We've got some big races still coming up and winning always helps. Hopefully, we'll have more wins before the season is over."

An emotional Dr. John Crawford explained to fans that "The CIII team exists because of Pete Swarmer. My wife Debbie came to watch her uncle Pete race. What we do is because of Pete. If there hadn't been a Pete Swarmer, there wouldn't be a CIII race team."

Sharon Speedway

Ed Lynch, Jr. won his fifth feature of the season at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. This victory, which came while driving the #2L J&J, also makes Lynch the all-time sprint feature winner at Sharon Speedway with a total of 31, overtaking George Bischoff's record of 30 which had been in place since 1989. Craig Keel had a solid showing in the #9 Pearl J&J racing from 12th starting position to finish third.

Riverside Speedway

Fifteen year-old Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took home the sprint car feature victory at Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, AR on Saturday night in only his seventh week behind the wheel of a sprint car. Stenhouse Jr. drove the #40R Dyno Tech powered J&J sponsored and owned by legendary owner Shorty Chambliss.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , John Crawford , Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Teams Williams