McKENZIE, TN -- With wins over the All-Stars and Northern Sprint Tour series along with victories in Tennessee and Pennsylvania, J&J Auto Racing had a strong week in sprint car action. Kenny Jacobs, Mike Ward, Blane Heimbach and Jimmy Carter all...
McKENZIE, TN -- With wins over the All-Stars and Northern Sprint Tour series along with victories in Tennessee and Pennsylvania, J&J Auto Racing had a strong week in sprint car action. Kenny Jacobs, Mike Ward, Blane Heimbach and Jimmy Carter all took home sprint car wins in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars.
Kenny Jacobs and the Pete Grove Motorsports team proved to be up to the test last Friday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway winning the Haulmark All Star sprint car 30-lap feature. Jacobs piloted the #70 J&J to his first victory since joining the team in late July. Andy Potter, who is the crew chief for the team and helped get Jacobs a third place finish in the Knoxville Nationals last month, now has three All-Stars wins this year.
Jacobs started the #70 J&J on the pole and led the first nine laps before settling in second. He chased both leaders Jason Johnson and Jeremy Campbell until lap 27 when he regained the lead. He led the final three circuits to claim his 97th career All-Star feature win.
MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK Mike Ward, the winningest sprint car driver in the history of Memphis Motorsports Park, added another victory last Friday night winning the 30-lap American Sprint Car Series "Cash-In-A-Flash Fall Nationals" feature. Ward jumped to an early lead from his front row starting position in his #88 J&J. By lap nine, he held a straight away lead with Tim Crawley challenging Ward just past the halfway point. As the two completed the twentieth lap, Crawley rode the high side to take the lead from Ward. Two circuits later Ward used lapped traffic to his advantage to reclaim the lead. Over the last few circuits, Ward pulled out to a couple of car lengths en route to the victory. CLINTON COUNTY SPEEDWAY Blane Heimbach has proven to be nearly unstoppable at the Clinton County Speedway this season. This past Friday night Heimbach powered his No. 12 Middleswarth Potato Chips/Beavertown Block Co sponsored J&J to victory lane for the tenth time this season.
"This team just does an awesome job," said Heimbach in victory lane.
Heimbach, who started eighth, only needed four laps to gain the lead position and he led the next 21 laps to score the 25-lap victory. Heimbach now will focus his attention to the upcoming $3,000 to win PA Sprint Car Shoot-out on Sunday October 12th at the Speedway.
"It will give us a true reading of where we rank, "said Heimbach. "There will be a lot of big names here that day and we're looking forward to it."
Northern Sprint Tour Jimmy Carter picked up his first Northern Sprint Tour victory of the season winning the 30-lap A-Feature event at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, OR on Friday night driving his Rudeen Motorsports #26 J&J.
"Getting that dash win was real important. It got us on the pole and we were set for a good start, which you really need, said Carter, following just his eighth Northern Sprint Tour race. "I've always admired the NST racers, the shows and the level of competition. They are great competition and hard runners. It feels great to have a win with NST."
Carter took advantage of his front row staring position and took off at the start. Even though several competitors worked into second, Carter was not to be challenged leading all 25 laps for the win.
Carter came back strong on Saturday night racing from 11th starting position to a third place finish at Cottage Grove Speedway.
Other strong J&J performances:
Donny Schatz Donny Schatz pulled double duty over the weekend racing Saturday with the World of Outlaws in New Mexico and Sunday in the USAC Silvercrown series in Tulsa. He finished third in the Outlaws race driving the ParkerStore #15 J&J from a seventh starting position.
The next day he debuted a new J&J Silvercrown sprinter. He qualified 16th and worked his way up into the top ten before spinning while attempting to pass a lapped car. He came from the rear to finish 11th, which tied his season best set on asphalt at Pikes Peak and was the first time the North Dakota native has raced in a Silver Crown feature on dirt.
"Today was a lot of fun," said Schatz. "The guys worked real hard to give me the best race car possible. The new J&J felt great and I thought we were a contender."
Kenny Jacobs followed Friday's victory with a runner-up finish at Lawrenceburg Speedway in the Pete Grove Motorsports #70 J&J in Saturday night's 50 lap Hoosier Fall Classic feature.
Keith Kauffman finished second in Sunday's 21st Annual Alexander Dealerships National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway. Kauffman, coming off two wins last week, drove the Middleswarth #7 J&J in the 30-lap race. Lance Dewease finished third in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J after leading the first 10 laps. Dewease also lowered his own one-lap track record of 16.436 to a new mark of 16.207 seconds in time trials.