J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-05-05

Heimbach, Michael and Reilly Race J&J's To Winner's Circle McKENZIE, TN (May 4) -- J&J Auto Racing drivers Blane Heimbach, Curt Michael and Terry Reilly continued to carry the J&J banner to victory lane by coming home first in sprint car action...

Heimbach, Michael and Reilly Race J&J's To Winner's Circle

McKENZIE, TN (May 4) -- J&J Auto Racing drivers Blane Heimbach, Curt Michael and Terry Reilly continued to carry the J&J banner to victory lane by coming home first in sprint car action this past weekend.


Blane Heimbach claimed the opening night honors for the second year in a row at the Clinton County Speedway winning the sprint car feature driving the #12 Goff Racing J&J.

Heimbach drew a front row starting position and jumped into the lead at the start. After an early red-flag, Heimbach tried to distance himself from second place runner Johnny Miller, who was being challenged by Craig Keel in the Pearl #9 J&J. Keel took the second spot by the fourth lap from Miller.

Keel was able to close in on Heimbach as the leaders began entering lapped traffic by the eighth circuit. Keel's hopes for a win ended on lap number fourteen, when something apparently broke on his car causing him to spin in turn number three.

Heimbach continued leading the way until a late red-flag bunched the field. The restart with two laps remaining, gave Alan Cole one last chance at the leader. Cole was unable to make a bid for the lead as he followed Heimbach across the stripe.


"This is the Bridgeport track I remember," said an elated Curt Michael after winning the twenty-five lap URC Advance Auto Parts Sprint feature event on Saturday night at the Bridgeport Speedway. Michael was making reference to the excellent track conditions that produced the fastest laps so far this season in URC competition. For Michael, it was not an easy win, taking the lead on lap nineteen and surviving a late race challenge from Dave Ely and the race winner's brother Sean Michael, to score his second win of the season and 20th career URC win.

Michael drove the Frank Davis owned #2 J&J to victory after racing his way to the front and holding off a spirited battle from his brother, Sean, who was driving the Palladino #99 J&J. The brothers ended the night in first and second giving J&J a top two sweep.


Terry Reilly drove the #69 Nichols Construction/Beave's Truck Wash/Butlerbuilt J & J to victory lane for the second consecutive week. This week's win came on Saturday night at the Lake County Speedway in Madison, SD. Reilly stalked early leader Brent Vonk, and with a lap and a half to go, made a bold move entering turn three sweeping around Vonk as the white flag flew and went on to capture win #2 for the year.

"The J & J car we have has worked flawlessly all year, and is fun to drive. You can really feel the changes the guys make on the car, and so far they have been the right ones. Hopefully we can build off our early momentum and keep this thing up front this year."

Reilly continued the weekend Sunday night, at Huset's speedway, starting 15th due to his high point average and charged his way up to 5th place in 18 laps in the caution free event.

Other strong J&J Auto Racing performances:

Susquehanna Speedway

Lance Dewease had to race from the back of the pack on Thursday night in the 410 Sprint Car feature at the Susquehanna Speedway Park. Dewease got caught in an opening lap accident driving the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. Eric Stambaugh raced home the #4 Swope Salvage & Recycling J&J third ahead of Fred Rahmer, who finished fourth in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J.

Williams Grove Speedway

Lance Dewease was the highest J&J finisher at Williams Grove Speedway finishing second driving the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. Fred Rahmer came home fourth in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J while Keith Kauffman finished seventh driving the Middleswarth #7 J&J.

Lincoln Speedway

Four J&J Auto Racing teams finished in the top seven at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night. Doug Esh, who started 12th led the J&J parade by finishing third driving the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J and was followed by Lance Dewease (Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J), Fred Rahmer (Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J) and Eric Stambaugh (#4 Swope Salvage & Recycling J&J).

Mercer Raceway Park

Jamie Smith had won the first two feature events at Mercer Raceway Park and almost made it three straight on Saturday in his #5g J&J. Smith battled with fellow J&J runner Gary Kriess, Jr., who drove Troy Preston's #1P J&J. for the runner-up position. Kriess led the first 15 laps while Smith raced from his eighth starting position. Both had their chances to win the race, but ended up finishing second and third respectively in the 20-lap feature event.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Johnny Miller
Teams Williams