J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-04-27

Dewease, Bourke, Hindi, Reilly and Smith Score Wins For J&J McKenzie, TN -- From Pennsylvania to New Mexico, J&J Auto Racing sprint car teams had success on the track this past weekend. Lance Dewease and Jamie Smith won in Pennsylvania, Patrick...

Dewease, Bourke, Hindi, Reilly and Smith Score Wins For J&J

McKenzie, TN -- From Pennsylvania to New Mexico, J&J Auto Racing sprint car teams had success on the track this past weekend. Lance Dewease and Jamie Smith won in Pennsylvania, Patrick Bourke and Dion Hindi won feature races in New Mexico while Terry Reilly opened the season in South Dakota in fine style with a victory.

Lincoln Speedway

Lance Dewease won his second feature of the season at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night driving the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. Dewease raced past early leader and Lincoln Speedway points leader, Eric Stambaugh, who was aboard the #4 J&J, with four laps remaining in the 25-lap feature event. The feature race turned into a J&J showcase as the top four finishers were all driving J&J sprinters.

"It's always fun when you win," said Dewease. "(Eric) was real fast on the bottom, so there was only one other place to go and that was the top. We just kept hammering away and hammering away and finally got a run at him, got by him and used up all of the track."

Dewease started the #77 J&J ninth and worked his way to the front following Stambaugh's #4 J&J from his eighth starting spot. Stambaugh took the lead on lap 13 and built a solid lead before a caution on lap 18 enabled Dewease to close in. Three laps later, Dewease made the winning pass to claim his 24th career feature event win at Lincoln.

"All year long, we've said there's not a car here that gets off the corner like Stambaugh's does," Dewease said of Stambaugh's #4 J&J. "That thing just jumps off the corners. If he gets more laps under him, he's going to be pretty tough."

Stambaugh raced the final five circuits without brakes and was able to hold off a hard-charging Fred Rahmer, who started the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J 12th and finished third. Doug Esh, who won at Lincoln last weekend, came home fourth in the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J.

Mercer Raceway Park

Jamie Smith made a dramatic last lap pass right at the checkered flag to win his second straight 20-lap sprint car feature at Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday night.

"I tried that for 19 laps and it didn't work- I had to try something," said Smith, who drove the American Agip/NAPA Auto Parts/Alternative Power Sources-sponsored #5 J&J, when asked about his pass on the outside on the final lap. "Last week we went back to last year's setup and we've been happy ever since."

Smith stalked early leader Jack Sodeman, Jr for most of the race including having side-by-side battles on several occasions. Sodeman took the white flag with a few car lengths lead, but lapped traffic loomed ahead. Heading into turn three, Sodeman stuck on the bottom, while Smith hammered his car around the top through turns three and four. Smith cleared the lapped cars and snuck by Sodeman as they came down the homestretch to take the exciting win by less than a car-length.

"I thought that was a pretty good race," said the humble Smith following his 28th career Mercer win. "You had four fast cars right there at the front and it worked out good."

Ralph Spithaler came home fifth driving the #56 J&J.

SCOA -- Hollywood Hills

Friday

J&J drivers swept the Sprint Car Owners of Arizona events on Friday and Saturday night at Hollywood Hills Speedway.

Pat Bourke drove his #27 J&J to victory lane in the opener at Hollywood Hills as he was able to avoid numerous accidents and overcome temperatures that dipped into the 30's and wind gusts of 20 MPH. Bourke started on the front row and chased leader Mike Grady until he had problems on lap 22. After the track was cleared, the field was restarted with three laps remaining. Bourke was unchallenged for the remaining laps and took the first checkered flag of SCOA's 2004 season.

Dion Hindi made a terrific run from the back of the 24-car field to finish third in his #11 J&J.

Saturday

Albuquerque's Dion Hindi has been quoted as saying, he'd rather be lucky than good any day. Luck had no part of his clean sweep of the Sprint Car Owners of Arizona, presented by Hoosier Tires, Saturday night at Hollywood Hills Speedway in San Felipe, New Mexico.

Hindi's weekend started when he came from the rear of the field to finish third Friday night after he was sent to the rear of the field following a mid-race yellow flag incident. His run on Friday was an indication of what was to come Saturday night.

Hindi won the Sander Engineering Trophy Dash driving his #11 J&J and started on the pole in the main event. Hindi got a great start and opened up a seven-car length advantage over the remainder of the field. Hindi's blistering pace found him encountering lapped traffic on the third circuit. The only thing keeping Hindi from deviating from this quick run would have been a meeting with bad luck.

Hindi continued his charge with no looming threats from the field behind and went on to claim the win in the 25-lap race.

Huset's Speedway

Terry Reilly had an impressive debut on Sunday night driving the #69r Nichols Construction/Beaves Truck Wash J&J at Huset's Speedway. Reilly didn't draw for a heat race starting position, so he came from the rear of the field to finish second before starting the 360-feature event in fifth position. It took the Watertown, SD driver only eight laps to get the lead and once up front, he set sail to claim the feature event victory.

"What a way to start," said Reilly, following the win. "I can't thank the folks at Butlerbuilt and J&J Auto Racing for helping us get going this year. This is a super nice car and I could take it anywhere I needed to be on the track. Hopefully, the fans enjoyed the show and come on down and get one of our cool new t-shirts from Race Outfitters."

Other Strong J&J performances:

Skagit Speedway

Travis Jacobson led the early portion of the 360 feature event at Skagit Speedway on Saturday night before finishing third in his #22 J&J. Barry Martinez followed his victory last Friday night with a fourth place run in his #66 J&J.

Port Royal --

Middleswarth teammates Todd Hestor (#7h J&J) and Keith Kauffman (#7 J&J) finished fourth and fifth respectively at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night. Last week's winner, Craig Keel, was running in second place driving the #9 Pearl J&J when he had a flat left rear and suspension problems.

URC - Delaware International Speedway

Curt Michael finished a solid third in the twenty-five lap URC sprint feature on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. Michael, who pilots the Frank Davis-owned #2 J&J, won last week and leads the URC standings. Sean Michael raced the Palladino #99 J&J to a fifth place finish. Chris Coyle finished 10th in the Turpin/Kennedy #56 J&J.

Fremont Speedway

Mike Linder led the first 18 laps of Friday's 30-lap sprint car feature at Fremont Speedway. He drove his #3 J&J from the pole and ultimately finished second.

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