J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-06-24

Dewease, Rahmer Double Up While Lynch, Mckisson, Miller, and Stauffer Take J&J's to Victory Lane McKENZIE, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams proved to be a tough combination during last Father's Day weekend. Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer won a pair of...

Dewease, Rahmer Double Up While Lynch, Mckisson, Miller, and Stauffer Take J&J's to Victory Lane

McKENZIE, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams proved to be a tough combination during last Father's Day weekend. Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer won a pair of feature events while Ed Lynch, Andy McKisson, Mike Miller and Willie Stauffer also won driving J&J sprinters.

Lernerville Speedway

The "Apollo Rocket" Ed Lynch Jr. triumphed in another thrilling sprint car feature at Lernerville Speedway. Lynch started his #2L J&J twelfth and used lapped traffic to weave his way through the field and stalk leader Rod George. He got up on the cushion and passed George on lap 15 for the lead. With two laps to go, a caution flag was thrown and setup a chance for the runner-up. On the restart, George surged ahead, passing the flagman first on lap 19, but as the two rounded turn four for the checkered flag Lynch nipped George at the line to claim the victory.

"Old Rod was pretty good, but his American Racer Tires are good on restarts, and my Hoosiers work better in the long run. That's why we chose a harder compound," said Lynch. "I think that this was his feature to win tonight, but being second helps sometimes when you're picking off your opponents. There were multi-groves on the track and whenever you are able to use the whole track--that's a race!" Lynch now has five 1st place and one second at the track.

Williams Grove Speedway

Fred Rahmer became the leading feature winner in central Pennsylvania this season by winning Friday night's second Twin 20s feature at Williams Grove Speedway.

With the top six from race one inverted, Rahmer was the polesitter in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J and jumped into the lead right from the start.

Lance Dewease, who started the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J ninth, moved into second and chased Rahmer to the checkered flag but fell a few car lengths short of Rahmer, who moved to within one win of Dewease for the all-time record at the Grove. It was his 56th career at the track. Rahmer also moved into the top spot in the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass point standings.

"Starting on the pole, you don't get to move around the race track," said Rahmer. "I saw Lance's number on the board and I knew he started back so he was good. We were good enough to get it done and that's all that really matters."

Lincoln Speedway

Fred Rahmer added to his 2004 winning streak at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night. Rahmer drove the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to his fourth straight win and his seventh checkered flag of the season in the 25-lap 410 sprint car feature. He came from his ninth starting spot to second by the end of the fourth lap and was catching Brian Leppo for the race lead in lapped traffic on the tenth circuit.

"He had the outside row and that was the hot set-up tonight," said Rahmer on Leppo's quick start. "We were all waiting for the big crash...we were lucky. He can definitely drive the car around here fast, but he doesn't have as much time here as I do."

Lance Dewease raced the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J into second with two laps to go. Rahmer cruised to a .94-second $2,500 win over Dewease, his 129th at Lincoln and fifth win in the last six Lincoln features.

"We've been good all year and very fortunate. All the support we get from Miller Brothers and Material Handling Systems...so many people, it's incredible. W e have such a good group of people. Nobody ever complains. These Don Ott Engines are really running good, so we'll just see if we can keep on winning."

"It's hard to make it a five-race win streak...it sort of works against you, the odds" said Rahmer on going after five wins in-a-row in next week's Pennsylvania Speedweek Opener at Lincoln Speedway. "We got some good momentum...they told me Lance was pretty good on the bottom, and I felt pretty good down there, but it was easier to run around the top. We'll see next week. The whole deal is to come and win. We'll just keep coming and do the best we can."

Lawrenceburg Speedway

Mike Miller won his second sprint car feature event at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday night in his #82 J&J.

Flomaton Speedway

Willie Stauffer led a brigade of J&J Auto Racing teams in Saturday's Southern Outlaw Sprint Cars event at Flomaton Speedway in Flomaton, AL. Stauffer came home first in his #31 J&J ahead of Shane Morgan #01 J&J, Terry Vidrine #68 J&J, and David Kountz #12 J&J.

Susquehanna Speedway Park

Lance Dewease finished a solid weekend of action last Sunday night by dominating the 25-lap sprint car feature at Susquehanna Speedway Park in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. Dewease became the first three-time winner this season at SSP, while earning his sixth overall victory this season.

Dewease took advantage of a great starting spot Sunday night and was never challenged in taking the win in front of another large Sunday night crowd.

"We had a good starting spot tonight, so we took advantage of it," said Dewease, who also won on June 16 at Port Royal Speedway. "We haven't been able to take advantage of them lately."

After Australian driver Peter Attard led the first two laps, Dewease blasted from his sixth spot into the lead on lap three and checked out from the field.

"I knew the guys behind me weren't messing around coming to the front," he said. "I didn't know how big of a lead I had but you can't slow up with these guys. They are always coming."

In an interesting twist, Dewease won features at SSP on both Mother's and Father's Day.

"My parents support me 100 percent and they have backed me for a long time so it's nice to be able to win on their special days," he added.

Fred Rahmer started 11th and came home in the third spot driving the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J.

Tri-City Speedway

Andy McKisson scored his first career feature win at Tri-City Speedway in the 20-lap Super Sprint feature on Sunday night. He drove his #0 Don L. Graham Jr. Logging & Wood Hauling J&J into the lead on the second circuit, maintained a strong pace and held on to the popular win. It was a satisfying victory for McKisson, who spun out of the lead two weeks ago handing a win to Ed Lynch Jr.

"We've been trying to win here a long time," said McKisson. "There are so many people I'd like to thank that I'd be up here for an hour and a half. People tell me to drive the track and not the other cars, and that's what I did tonight."

-j&jar-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Mike Miller
Teams Williams