J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-05-13

J&J Auto Racing Teams Find Success in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota and New Jersey McKENZIE, TN - Several J&J Auto Racing teams raced their way to victory lane last weekend in sprint car action across the country. The wins began on Thursday...

J&J Auto Racing Teams Find Success in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota and New Jersey

McKENZIE, TN - Several J&J Auto Racing teams raced their way to victory lane last weekend in sprint car action across the country. The wins began on Thursday night and continued through Sunday night and a number of drivers also had good finishes to go along with the victories over the weekend.


Lance Dewease picked up his second win at Susquehanna Speedway Park on Thursday night. Dewease raced the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J passed Jeff Shepard on lap 15 of the 25-lap feature event and went on to claim the victory. Fred Rahmer raced the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to second place finish giving J&J a one-two finish.


Loren Langerud won the WISSOTA sprint car feature event on Friday night at Red River Valley Speedway in W. Fargo, ND. Langerud started his #56 J&J sixth and stormed to his second consecutive victory at the half-mile dirt oval.

"We've been really pleased with this new J&J," said Langerud following the win. "We have won on a tacky track and one that was really dry, so we'll just keep working at it and try to win as many as we can."


"I'm just glad to be winning some races and just not looking like some kind of smack."

Those were the words of Fred Rahmer after claiming his third win of the year and the 125th win of his Lincoln career in Saturday's 25-lap 410 sprint car feature. And no one will confuse Rahmer with "some kind of smack" after notching the 299th sprint car and 398th overall win of his illustrious career.

Rahmer passed sophomore sensation Brian Leppo with four laps-to-go for the lead and pulled away to a 2.21-second victory.

"The only thing I'm worrying about is my next win," said Rahmer when asked about his pursuit of Smith's all-time 150 win mark. "We've been one of the faster cars, we just were not winning any races. I'm tired of just being one of the front cars, I want to be a winner. Last year I run around here like some kind of...I don't know what...then got the Hard Luck Award at the end of the year. That was just a boot in my ass. That's all that I needed."

Rahmer, who started 12th, moved into fourth following a seventh-lap caution restart, and then quickly disposed of Memphis driver Greg Hodnett before the seventh lap was complete to move into third. Rahmer continued his march to the front by passing Bobby Weaver for the runner-up spot just after Leppo had taken the lead on the ninth lap.

Rahmer then slowly chipped away at the lead and by the time they entered heavy lapped traffic on the 21st lap, Rahmer was right on Leppo's tail. Rahmer then made his race-winning move exiting the second turn of the 22nd lap.

Two-time Lincoln winner Doug Esh drove the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J around Leppo for second on the next-to-last lap to give J&J a one-two finish. Lance Dewease came home sixth in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J.

"I've got to thank (car owner) Joe Harz for sticking through with me last year," added Rahmer, " I'm just glad to win a race."


Ralph Spithaler, Jr. picked up his first win of 2004 in the 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature on Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park. Spithaler raced his Terry Bowser Excavating/Hampton Engineering/Advance Auto Parts-sponsored, Hine Racing Equipment-powered #56 J&J to victory after front-runners Mike Shearer and Gary Kriess, Jr. tangled racing for the lead.

"Boy I'll tell ya', I didn't expect to win this one," said Spithaler following the win. "We made some changes for the feature and were better, but it took some luck with Mike and Gary getting together."

Just as the leaders entered lapped traffic on lap 10, Shearer and Kriess made contact in turn two sending both spinning and bringing out the caution. When racing resumed, Spithaler was in second and on lap 13, Spithaler made the winning move using the outside in turn two. He survived some late caution flags to score the win, which was his third career Mercer win.

Jamie Smith was another J&J runner in the five as he drove the #5 GBK J&J sprinter to a fifth place finish.


Ed Lynch, Jr., won the first Sunburst Environmental Sprint feature of the year at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. Lynch drove his #2L J&J from a 9th place starting position taking advantage of a late restart where he the lead via the low groove on lap 21 and remained in control for the final four circuits.


Chip Brown drove his #22 J&J to seize his first win of the 2004 season defeating all competitors in the South Jersey Sprint Car Club event at Bridgeport Speedway.

Brown began the evening by winning the first heat race event and started the 20-lap feature on the pole. He took the lead at the start and endured several caution flags and some persistent pressure. Brown was able to hold off challengers and claimed the win.


Willie Stauffer drove the #31 Ardis Racing J&J sprint car to victory in the Southern Outlaw Sprinters feature Saturday night at South Mississippi Speedway. Starting on the outside pole, Stauffer started on the outside pole and beat fellow J&J competitor, Lincoln Gatwood (#38 J&J) to take the lead down in the opening lap. Fourth place starter David Kountz (12k J&J) worked his way past Gatwood to take over second. Several cautions would keep Kountz right on Stauffer's bumper and lapped traffic gave Kountz an opening to the inside of Stauffer as he drifted a little high in three and four on lap 16. A lap 17 caution bunched the field up for a three lap shootout to the finish. Kountz made a gallant attempt on the restart but came up a little short heading in to turn one. Stauffer held on for the last three laps stretching the lead to about five car lengths at the checkered flag. Kountz maintained second with Gatwood falling to fourth at the finish. J&J Auto Racing teams came home first, second and fourth.


Bob Schaeffer won the seventh race of the 2004 USA Sprint car series season on Saturday at Thunder Cross Speedway in Okeechobee, FL. Schaffer qualified the Dan Barth-owned #22 Gateway Insurance sponsored J&J sprinter second and started the feature event third. Schaffer made it through an early accident before taking the lead on the third lap and checking out on the field. The win moves the team into second place in the 2004 U.S.A. Sprint Car Championship chase.


Ed Lynch Jr. kicked off Tri-City Speedway's 50th Anniversary Season dominating the 20-lap Super Sprint feature. He passed Jason Jacoby on the second lap through turns one and two and led the rest of the race in his #2 Indy Recycling/Commercial Truck & Trailer J&J.

"My mom told me last night that it would be a nice Mother's Day present to win tonight, so this one's for her," said Lynch, who has five overall Super Sprint wins this season and 22 career wins at Tri-City. "We tested some new stuff during February in Florida and it didn't work, so we went back to our old setups and we're back to winning races."

Chad Hill raced his #44 J&J to a third place finish in the feature event.

Other Strong J&J Auto Racing performances:

Harold Henderson led the first 18 laps of Saturday's O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Cars event at Thunder Valley Speedway in Glenmora, LA.

Henderson started his #11 J&J on the pole and jumped out to the early lead. He wasn't able to hold off Michael Herrington for the victory, but does remain on top of the 2004 O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car Championship Standings.

Terry Vidrine recorded a solid fourth place driving the #68 J&J while another J&J runner Cassidy Lejeune finished eighth.


Sixteen year-old Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had a strong weekend piloting his #40r Dynotech powered, Shorty Chambliss owned J&J. On Friday night he competed in his first career non-wing show racing with the USAC sprints at Memphis Motorsports Park. While only running a 360 c.i. motor, Ricky qualified fourth in a highly talented field. After running in the top 5 for a majority of the feature race, Ricky finished the night with an impressive 7th place finish. The following night, he raced at the historic Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, AR. With a convincing win in his heat race, he started on the pole for the feature event. Ricky would end up finishing the 20-lap feature in 2nd.

----- Todd Hestor brought the Middleswarth #7m J&J home second at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night. He finished seventh on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Hestor's Middleswarth teammate, Keith Kauffman, finished fourth on Saturday night at Port Royal in the #7 J&J.


Terry Reilly raced the Nichols Construction, Beave's Truck Wash, Butlerbuilt J & J to a second place finish Sunday Night at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, SD. From his 15th starting spot, Reilly took the #69r J&J to the cushion and began moving towards the front. He was up to 6th place when a caution waved with three laps remaining in the 18 lap main event. On the restart, Reilly jumped to the cushion again and moved from 6th to 2nd in 3 quick laps. Time ran out though, and second was as far as he could get.

"Like I said last week, this car really hooks up coming off the corners, yet we could go about anywhere we needed," said Reilly, who has two wins in three weeks of action this season. "Beave's and the guys have really given me a great car every night so far this year."


Blane Heimbach finished drove the Jeff Creasy-owned #12 Goff Racing J&J to a second place finish on Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway in the 25-lap feature event.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Teams Williams