J&J Auto Racing Teams Continue Winning Sprint Car Feature Events McKenzie, TN (June 8) -- As the calendar turns to June, sprint car racing across the country continues to heat up. Several tracks had Mother Nature come home victorious, but...
J&J Auto Racing Teams Continue Winning Sprint Car Feature Events
McKenzie, TN (June 8) -- As the calendar turns to June, sprint car racing across the country continues to heat up. Several tracks had Mother Nature come home victorious, but several J&J Auto Racing teams were victorious. J&J Auto Racing teams won races versus the World of Outlaws, CAJUN Sprinters, Southern Outlaw Sprinters, two Sprints On Dirt wins, and at Selinsgrove, Lernerville, Red River Valley, Huset's and Tri-City Speedway.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
Donny Schatz scored his first World of Outlaws "A" Feature of 2004 last Wednesday night at Rolling Wheels Speedway in Elbridge, NY. Schatz scored a thrilling victory in his #15 ParkerStore J&J passing 18-time WoO champion Steve Kinser with less than two laps remaining to take the win.
"My ParkerStore team really deserved this win tonight," said Schatz after driving his #15 ParkerStore J&J to victory lane. "They've been working so hard and to get a win really is big. This feels good. I was starting to wonder if we were going to a win race or not."
Schatz was the second fastest qualifier in the field of 30 cars at the big, dirt half-mile oval located east of Syracuse. He finished fifth in the second heat race and came home third in the second dash event earning him the sixth starting position in the 25-lap feature event.
At the drop of the green in the feature, Schatz was on the move from his sixth starting position. He followed fellow outside row starters Paul McMahan and Danny Lasoski as the three ambushed the inside row. McMahan took the lead with Lasoski in second and Schatz followed polesitter Steve Kinser during the race's early stages. Kinser chased down Lasoski and McMahan to take the lead following the races midpoint and Schatz chased him. With less than five laps remaining, he had closed in on Kinser's tail tank. The two worked lapped traffic and even dared to go three wide with a lapped car down the frontstretch battling for the lead. Schatz was able to clear lapped traffic heading out of turn two and beat "the King" back to the white flag. He made the final lap without hesitation and came home victorious.
CAJUN SPRINTERS Lane Whittington was the star on Friday night in the CAJUN Sprinters event at Southern Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS. Whittington raced his #9 J&J past early leader Lincoln Gatwood, in the #38 J&J, prior to lap ten and went on to score the victory. Gatwood came home second giving J&J a one-two finish in the event.
CAJUN SPRINTERS Loren Langerud won for the seventh time this season in his #56 B&L Racing J&J Friday night. Langerud took the lead XXXXXX and went on the capture the win at Red River Valley Speedway.
SOUTHERN OUTLAW SPRINTERS
Shane Morgan drove his #01 J&J to victory on Saturday night in the Southern Outlaw Sprinters event at Southern Mississippi Speedway in Gulfport, MS. Lane Whittington came home third in his #9 J&J and Tracy Brown finished fourth in the #R14 J&J.
SPRINTS ON DIRT
IONIA RACEWAY PARK
Tim Norman played a patient game Friday night at Ionia Raceway Park as he moved from his twelfth starting position into the lead as the white flag flew on his way to capturing the 20 lap Sprints On Dirt feature event.
"I have been waiting for the schedule to get us to the big half miles" stated Norman following post race inspection. "We have been changing things on the car weekly to try to find what this Joe Gearte owned J&J likes - I think that we might be getting close."
Norman started his charge from the sixth row in the #3g J&J and by lap six was running in fifth position. At the half-way point, Norman was in third. A few laps later the final caution period came on lap fifteen, and Norman began to make his move to the front when the race restarted. He got into the runner up spot and then set his sights on the leader. As the leaders exited turn two with the white flag in the air, Norman pulled along side J.R. Stewart and into the lead. He won the race back to the finish line and claimed the victory.
Tim Norman has the distinction of becoming the first two time winner on the Sprints On Dirt 25th Anniversary Tour. He completed the sweep at Butler Battlegrounds by taking his heat race and leading flag to flag in the 25-lap "A" Main presented by TOTAL Seal Saturday night
Norman started the #3g J&J on the pole and had a comfortable lead when the race reached lap 13. He was able to work through traffic masterfully and scored the victory. The win completed a perfect weekend in the Joe Gaerte owned J&J.
The "King of the Hill" in Friday night's Lernerville Speedway sprint car feature was Chad Hill driving his #44 J&J. Hill started on the pole and led the entire race, but it was not an easy win for him. Hill cut the right rear tire on lap seven and managed to hold off a couple of challengers to capture his second win of the season at Lernerville.
"The right rear tire is the heart and soul of the race car," said Hill. "This is pretty cool. I saw (Dan)Shetler on the bottom of the track late in the race. He is as fast as it gets; he's a heck of a driver."
"Ed Lynch Jr is the best driver in the area," commented Hill on Lynch, who had his #2L J&J at the Sharon WoO event. " When he's not here, everyone gets a little crazy, because everyone wants to win so badly."
His car owner Joe Harz called Fred Rahmer a rocket man as he climbed from his steaming hot #88h J&J sprint car in victory lane at Selinsgrove Speedway Sunday night following the Jan Opperman Memorial.
Early in the race, Greg Hodnett was the leader and he held the post until a caution flag came out five laps into the race. Second place runner Mark Smith and Rahmer, who was in third, found the higher groove to their liking following the caution.
With seven to go Rahmer began coming on, wrestling second from Smith and going after the leader.
Rahmer executed his winning pass deep in the first and second turns with five to go before driving away to his 51st career Selinsgorve Speedway win.
"I'll tell you, anytime anyone can mention my name with the likes of Jan Opperman, I'm honored," said Rahmer of his laurels honoring the Indianapolis 500 competitor. "Not that my name should be but this is an honor to be connected with someone of his stature."
Rahmer collected $3,000 for his sixth overall win of the season.
"I had by far the best race car I've ever had here tonight," said Rahmer of his Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J. "I've won 50 times here and never felt like this. After the first ten laps, I could run her around the bottom wide open and I was holding on scared to death, I'll tell you that."
Terry Reilly became the first two-time winner of the year at Huset's Speedway Sunday night in the 360 division. Lining up his Nichols Construction, Beaves Truck wash, Butlerbuilt sponsored J & J in the 12th spot, Reilly went to work right away and eight laps into the 18-lap event, a red flag stopped the action. Reilly restarted 6th, and six laps later drove around Pole-sitter Randy Droeshcher to take the runner-up spot. With 4 laps to go, a final yellow set up a shoot-out between Reilly and leader Dusty Zomer. As the green flag replaced the yellow, Reilly blasted around Zomer in turns one and two and never looked back racing the #69r to his second victory of the season on the high-banked dirt oval.
"Dang these kids make it tough on an old fella," Reilly said as he climbed out of his J & J machine. "I wasn't really sure if we had anything for Zomer on the last restart. He was really getting around good on the bottom. I told myself that I was going wherever he didn't go on the restart, and it worked out awesome! I have never felt more comfortable in the car than I did tonight, and the results speak for themselves. My guys busted their tails tonight after the heat race, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it, and it really worked."
Ed Lynch Jr., scored his second win of the season at Tri-City Speedway on Sunday night taking advantage of another driver's misfortune and lapped traffic. Andy McKisson spun out of first place and Lynch took command in his #2L J&J. Lynch withstood a late charge from Jarod Larson to win his 23rd career feature at Tri-City in his #2L Indy Recycling J&J.
"We brought out our old car tonight, and this was Andy's race," said Lynch. "It looked like he cut the corner a little short in turn one, got in too hard and spun. Larson was a little racy at the end. He was on the cushion, and I saw him there. He showed me we could run it, so I went out there."
Other solid J&J Auto Racing Performances:
Knoxville Raceway point's leader Travis Cram led the first 19 3/4 laps of Saturday's 20-lap feature event. As he was coming out of turn four heading to the checkered flag, his #92 J&J sputtered as it ran out of fuel. Cram came up just short of reaching the finishline first and settled for second. Skip Jackson made a charge in his #2 J&J racing from his 13th starting position to a fourth place finish.
The big event of the weekend was the induction of this year's Hall of Fame class. Keith Kauffman, a J&J competitor, was inducted on Saturday and spent the weekend celebrating in Central Iowa with his family. "The Man from Mifflintown" was recognized for his incredible accomplishments racing sprint cars during his career. All the employees and members of the J&J Auto Racing family would like to congratulate Keith on becoming the newest member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.