J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-06-30

McKENZIE, TN -- You know the summer is here when people start talking about Speedweeks. J&J Auto Racing teams have people talking about J&J sprinters as Ed Lynch, Jr. won last Friday's All-Star event, which unofficially started the All-Stars ...

McKENZIE, TN -- You know the summer is here when people start talking about Speedweeks. J&J Auto Racing teams have people talking about J&J sprinters as Ed Lynch, Jr. won last Friday's All-Star event, which unofficially started the All-Stars Speedweek, while Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer won the first two rounds of the Pennsylvania Speedweek.

Ed Lynch Jr. made a thrilling last lap pass of Dale Blaney Friday night at Lernerville Speedway to win the Haulmark All Star sprint car 35-lap Earl and David Bauman Memorial feature. Lynch drove his #2L J&J to the checkered and claimed the $6000 first place prize money - his seventh career All Star win and sixth win at Lernerville this season.

"I've been trying to win this Bauman memorial race a long time. I've been second a lot but I've never won this one before," Lynch stated. "It was slide job after slide job, we used the whole racetrack. Dale was rolling turns one and two a lot better than I was and I was better in three and four."

Lance Dewease kicked off the Pennsylvania Speedweek in fine style on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. He won the feature event from his third starting position to begin the eight nights of racing action.

Dewease drove the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J and followed polesitter Fred Rahmer in the Joe Harz Racing 388h J&J for the first 14 laps of the 30-lap Kevin Gobrecht Memorial. Dewease then passed Rahmer for the lead and went on to win the race kicking off the Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek in victory lane.

The win was Dewease's third of the season at Lincoln, his 13th career Speedweek win and it was worth $5,000 to the Hamilton Motorsports team.

"We've been pretty decent lately and have had a lot of seconds," said Dewease. "I knew we had something for him tonight so I was just biding my time early. I kept running the top to make him stay on the bottom and it definitely worked to our advantage."

"We've had 14 seconds this year, so when you finish second that much, you're going to win once in a while," said Al Hamilton, owner of the Manheim Auto Auctions, Wirtgen Group America, Hank's Performance Products No. 77 J & J Auto Racing sprinter. "He won and didn't even start on the front row."

Rahmer came home second in the #88h J&J while Eric Stambaugh finished fifth in the #4 J&J.

Fred Rahmer missed the "big one" and came out on top of a wild Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week event Sunday night at Grandview Speedway. Rahmer was able to avoid the "big one" steering the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J clear of a 14-car crash during the second lap. Rahmer then battled Chad Layton and Lucas Wolfe to earn his first Thunder victory of the season at Grandview winning the 35-lap feature.

"There was a lot of misfortune tonight and that's kind of embarrassing," said Rahmer. "But hopefully everybody enjoyed themselves and we'll do a better job the next time."

Lance Dewease wasn't able to avoid the crash, but did race the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J from the back of the field to a third place finish. Blane Heimbach finished sixth in the #12 Goff Racing J&J.

Mike Wagner made it two Calistoga Cup wins in a row for the Redi-Green Motorsports team. Wagner took advantage of his one time ride in the #1K J&J and came home victorious.

Mike Ward won Friday night's sprint car feature event at Memphis Motorsports Park in his #88 J&J.

Tim Crawley won Saturday night's feature event at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, AK. He raced the #15 J&J owned by Robert Gant to claim the win.

Royal Jones won Saturday's feature event Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, NM. After starting third and dropping back to tenth, Royal raced his J&J back to win the race. He finished second on Friday night at El Paso Speedway Park after leading the race for the first part of the race.

Other Strong J&J Auto Racing Performances:

Skip Jackson put on a show in Saturday's World of Outlaws Sprint Series NAPA Classic at Knoxville Raceway. He raced his #2 J&J past 31 cars combined in the "B" & "A" Feature. He finished third in the 40-lap WoO Marathon.

Donny Schatz was running second in the event with four laps remaining in his #15 ParkerStore J&J, but a flat right rear cost him the position. He returned to the field to finish ninth.

John Schultz scored a solid second place finish on Friday night at Knoxville Raceway. He raced the #2 J&J owned by Bart Schneiderman to his best finish of the season at Knoxville

Blane Heimbach finished second in Saturday's third annual Salem RV Center/Keller's Auto Body Firecracker 40 at Selinsgrove Speedway. Heimbach drove the #12 Goff Racing J&J from his sixth place starting position into the lead on lap 17, but couldn't hold Dave Callaman who took the lead on lap 31.

Brian Powell #115 J&J, Donnie Beaver #10 J&J, TJ Stutts #39 J&J, and Jeff Weaver #52 J&J were also in the field.

URC Points Leader Curt Michael finished sixth in the Frank Davis owned #2 J&J on Saturday night in the URC Advance Auto Parts Sprint Series feature event at the Delaware International Speedway. Sean Michael, who ranks sixth in the standings, finished seventh driving the Palladino #99 J&J.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Lucas Wolf , David Baum , Tim Crawley