J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-07-17

Kriess, Rahmer, Rossman, Whittington and Wilson Score Wins for J&J McKenzie, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams continued to show the way last week in sprint car action across the country. Gary Kriess, Fred Rahmer, Bruce Rossman, Lane Whittington and...

Kriess, Rahmer, Rossman, Whittington and Wilson Score Wins for J&J

McKenzie, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams continued to show the way last week in sprint car action across the country. Gary Kriess, Fred Rahmer, Bruce Rossman, Lane Whittington and Rick Wilson each scored sprint car feature victories in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars.

EVANS MILLS SPEEDWAY

Rick Wilson won his second Patriot Sprint Group feature of the season last Thursday at Evans Mills Raceway in Evans Mills, NY. Wilson raced his #42w J&J sprinter to victory, which was his fourth of the season including a pair of ESS (Empire Super Sprints) wins.

LINCOLN SPEEDWAY

Fred Rahmer drove the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to his sixth Lincoln Speedway win of 2004 on Saturday night. Rahmer, who started ninth, passed Brook Weibley on the 18th lap and cruised the rest of the way for his 128th career win at the Pigeon Hills oval.

"A year makes a big difference," said Rahmer upon exiting his Joe Harz-owned Miller Brothers/Material Handling Systems No.88H J&J in victory lane. "The guys got the car good...again, VRP Shocks have made all the difference. Don Ott Engines ran great last year. The J&J Cars haven't changed. I'm running a little bit harder. I'm more confident in the car and we're getting some breaks."

Defending track champion Lance Dewease scored a hard-fought third place finish in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J and Eric Stambaugh finished fifth in the Swope Salvage #4 J&J.

CAJUN SPRINTERS

Lane Whittington was the class of the Cajun Sprinters field on Saturday night at Southern Raceway in Milton, FL. The Denham Springs, LA driver raced his #9 J&J from the fifth row to claim the win. Whittington was joined in the top ten by a number of J&J's including: Robert Casada #K9 J&J, who finished fourth, David Kountz #12K J&J in fifth, Rusty Sanford #12 J&J in sixth, Tracy Brown #R14 J&J in seventh and Lincoln Gatwood #38 J&J in eighth.

MERCER RACEWAY PARK

For the second straight race, Gary Kriess, Jr. topped Jamie Smith to win the 25-lap Sprint Car feature at Mercer Raceway Park. "It's coming together," said Kriess following the win. "We're starting to get the car figured out for me and not Troy (Preston). The crew does a good job- Richard, Roger, Troy, the Hine boys, and all my family."

Kriess took the early advantage on the start in the Preston #1P J&J. Smith started sixth in the #5G J&J and cracked the top five on the initial lap. Kriess caught the back-markers on lap eight and dealt with traffic through lap 13 when the second and final caution was displayed. On the restart, Smith got great traction off the inside of the speedway to move into second while Kriess had a clear track until five laps to go, which allowed Smith to narrow the margin.

Kriess though was too much for Smith as his fourth career win came in the McClung Auto Body/Flynn Tire Group/Barris Supply/Jones Performance/Atwell & Perrine Excavating-sponsored, Preston America-owned, Hine Racing Equipment-powered #1P J&J. Smith added to his point lead with his third consecutive second place finish. Ralph Spithaler finished fourth in his #56 J&J giving J&J Auto Racing three of the top four finishers.

STEWART RACEWAY

Bruce Rossman won his first victory of the season on Sunday night at Stewart Raceway in Stewart, NE. Stewart won the 20-lap sprint car feature event driving his #3R Triple R Tire Ford-powered J&J. He started third, took the lead on lap five and went to score the win.

"This feels really good," said Rossman following the win. "After three weeks of motor trouble and other mechanical gremlins, my crew really worked hard and put it all together tonight. I know Keith Deseive was charging hard, but we got it done tonight."

-j&jar-

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