J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-07-14

McKENZIE, TN - Fred Rahmer is having an awesome season as he leads not only the pack of J&J Auto Racing competitors, but also the nation in sprint car victories in 2004 with 16. Rahmer scored two more this past weekend and was joined in the feat...

McKENZIE, TN - Fred Rahmer is having an awesome season as he leads not only the pack of J&J Auto Racing competitors, but also the nation in sprint car victories in 2004 with 16. Rahmer scored two more this past weekend and was joined in the feat by Ed Lynch, Jr., who was another J&J driver to win two races this weekend. Curt Michael and Skip Jackson also came home victorious driving J&J Auto Racing sprint cars.


NEWBERRYTOWN - Fred Rahmer won last Thursday night's 25-lap sprint car feature at Susquehanna Speedway Park in dominant style racing the #88h J&J of Joe Harz Racing to victory.

Rahmer took the lead on lap three and drove off from the field to his second win of the year lapping all but the top five at the Newberrytown oval. He won by a full straightaway over Lance Dewease and Eric Stambaugh, giving J&J a podium sweep.

"Coming out here today, I kept telling myself to be smooth because it was g oing to be hard after eight days of racing," said Rahmer after his 15th overall win of the year. "I know that sounds bad, but I knew the most important race you're gonna run all year was tonight because it was the next one. Hopefully we can do good tomorrow and we'll see what happens."


Ed Lynch Jr continued to add to his record number of feature wins at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night, scoring his 71st track win at the track.

"It was the same new car as last week but a different attitude this week," said, Ed Lynch Jr. after scoring his 7th win of the season.

Although Lynch, Jr. led the distance in his #2L Indy Recycling J&J, young Kevin Schaeffer closed in on Lynch midway through the race and looked to have a shot at winning. Schaeffer prematurely surprised Lynch and showed him the nose of his car as he pulled along side him. The site must have given the Apollo, PA native the incentive he needed as the #2L bolted forward darting through lapped traffic, relegating the strong running Schaeffer to a distant second.


Fred Rahmer made another great charge on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, and passed Doug Esh on the 24th lap by executing a slider under Esh to capture his 130th career win in the Pigeon Hills.

While it appeared Esh was ready to end a dry spell aboard the Leach Brothers Motorsports #30 J&J, Fast Freddie took advantage of lapped traffic in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to extend his nation-leading 16th overall sprint car win.

"I don't waste my tires till we get to lapped cars because Doug Esh is too good a racer on an open track," Rahmer said after win number eight this season at Lincoln. "I just needed to get to the front first. I just got held up at the beginning but I was trying to take my time but not lose the race. It almost didn't work out tonight."

After starting 11th, Rahmer moved into third spot with 11 laps complete. Esh took the lead from Bobby Weaver on lap 13. Rahmer made several bids for the lead when the green replaced the yellow but Esh, of Lancaster was able to pull away. Esh's comfortable lead disappeared in traffic late in the event when Rahmer did the slider for the lead in turn four on the 24th lap.

"This is definitely not 2003 because we've turned it around," said Rahmer. "I'm able to drive hard again this year. It looks like I forgot how to drive last year and it's really hard to imagine how much fun I'm having this year."

Lance Dewease (Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J) and Eric Stambaugh (Swoops Salvage #4 J&J) and Kenny Jacobs (J&S Fabrication #22 J&J) finished fourth, sixth and seventh respectively giving J&J five of the first seven finishers.


Knoxville Raceway had its annual twin features Saturday night and Skip Jackson was the class of the field in the second 410-feature event. Skip Jackson raced his #2 J&J into second on the fifth lap and was on a rail as he quickly cut leader Jeff Mitirisin's margin down. On the ninth lap, he drove right by him and from that point on, there was no catching the native from Sydney, Australia.

"My very first win at Knoxville came on Twin Features Night," said Jackson, following his 22nd career win at Knoxville. The 1997 and 1998 track champion closed in on points leader Travis Cram, who races the #92 J&J at the historic half-mile.


Curt Michael topped a field of twenty-five sprint cars to win the twenty-five lap Advance Auto Parts URC Sprint Series feature event on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. Michael took the lead at the halfway point from Scott Pursell then ran uncontested to score his fourth win of the season in the Frank Davis-owned #2 J&J. The win was Michael's twenty-second career victory with the United Racing Club.

In the twenty-five lap feature event, Scott Pursell was the early race leader, and by lap ten, Curt Michael was in third and tracking down Kramer Williamson for the runner-up spot.

The battle for the lead tightened and on lap twelve, Michael moved into second with Williamson third and Sean Michael fourth in the Palladino #99 J&J. As t he field completed the halfway point of the race, the Michael Brothers were racing first and second with Williamson third and Brian Seidel now closing in on the front runners and racing in fourth.

Once on top, Curt Michael had a pretty easy run as Sean Michael still had to battle off the challenges of the crafty former champion Kramer Williamson.

The Michael brothers finished one-two giving J&J another one-two finish this season in URC.



The Apollo Rocket, Ed Lynch Jr., captured his second feature win of the season at Sharon on Saturday night, his first since winning the season opener on May 8th. Lynch finished second in his heat race and the luck of the re-draw started him 12th in the Sunburst Environmental Sprints Main Event.

Lynch had worked his way from 12th to 3rd in just eleven laps and took the lead off turn four on lap 13. Lapped traffic would play a part in the ensuing battle for the lead. Lynch took command on the lap 18 restart and stretched his lead over the remaining six laps to bring home his second victory of the year.


Mike Linder won the MASS (Mid American Sprint Series) show at Gas City (Indiana) on July 2, 2004. This marks Mike's first 410 sprint win.


O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Cars

Terry Vidrine led 24 3/4 laps at Jackson Motor Speedway on Saturday night in his #68 J&J, but ended up finishing second in the O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car feature event.

Vidrine started the feature from the pole position and alongside fellow J&J runner Lincoln Gatwood. Vidrine won the battle into turn one and after some crashes early the racing finally settled down and it was Vidrine in the lead followed by Gatwood

Shane Morgan continues to maintain his hold on second place in the championship battle as he recorded a third place finish in the #01 J&J and he now trails David by just 68 points. David finished outside of the top three for the first time this season but it wasn't by much as he finished fourth just behind Morgan.

Lincoln Gatwood, in his first O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car start of the season, recorded a solid fifth place finish in the #38 Gatwood Motorsports J&J.


Duel in the Dakotas - Red River Valley Speedway

Loren Langerud had a coming out party when the World of Outlaws Sprint Series opened the Seventh Annual Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway.

Langerud, who leads the Red River Valley and Wissota 360 point standings, led laps 3-23 in his #56 J&J before ultimately finishing second to Joey Saldana in the $5000-to-win preliminary feature.

In Saturday's "Duel in the Dakotas" "A" finale, local hero Donny Schatz was the man on the move racing from sixth into fourth in only 11 laps of action. Schatz seemed poised to climb higher in his #15 ParkerStore J&J, but rain ended the show 19 laps short of the scheduled 30 laps.

Cedar Lake Speedway

A pair of J&J runners put on a show charging from the back of the pack into the top five in Monday's World of Outlaws Sprint Series show at Cedar Lake Speedway in Somerset, WI.

Donny Schatz raced the #15 ParkerStore J&J from his 20th starting spot to a third place finish in the 35-lap feature event. Brooke Tatnell was in the Gifford Motorsports #17g for the first time and charged from 22nd to finish fifth.


Scott Butz #34 J&J and Loren Langerud #56 J&J finished second and third in Thursday's 20-lap sprint car feature event.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Kenny Jacobs , Brooke Tatnell , Joey Saldana
Teams Williams