J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-07-20

McKENZIE, TN - J&J Auto Racing teams proved to be too tough this past weekend at both Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway. At both tracks, the 410 and 358 feature events were won by J&J Auto Racing teams. J&J teams also won feature...

McKENZIE, TN - J&J Auto Racing teams proved to be too tough this past weekend at both Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway. At both tracks, the 410 and 358 feature events were won by J&J Auto Racing teams. J&J teams also won feature events last weekend in Pennsylvania at Susquehanna Speedway Park and Port Royal Speedway. Sixteen year-old Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Lane Whittington also won feature events for J&J.

Susquehanna Speedway Park

Eric Stambaugh collected his first career 410 win last Thursday at Susquehanna Speedway Park. Stambaugh started the Swope Salvage #4 J&J fifth and was leading the race when rain haulted the action with six laps to go. Race officials declared the race complete with 19 laps in the books giving Stambaugh the win ahead of Fred Rahmer in the #88h J&J.

Williams Grove Speedway


Fred Rahmer won Friday's sprint car feature at Williams Grove Speedway driving the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J. He started seventh in the 25-lap main and Kenny Jacobs set the early pace in the J & S Fabrication #22 J&J. Rahmer moved into second on lap three and remained there until lap 11 when Jacobs had trouble.

Disaster struck leader Jacobs in the third turn when the lapped car of Steve Miller spun right in the path of Jacobs. Jacobs flipped as Rahmer drove by. He went on to lead the remaining laps and claimed the win.

"I had a good run on Kenny, and he chose to go to the top, which was the fastest, and I was lucky enough to be on the bottom when that deal happened," said Rahmer, after becoming the all-time leading sprint car winner at Williams Grove with 58 career wins. "It's just our turn right now. We've got the car good, but we're very fortunate as well."

Todd Hestor gave J&J two finishers in the top four as he raced the #7m Middleswarth J&J to a fourth place finish.


Blane Heimbach won his second 358 sprint car feature event at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night. He drove the #12 Goff Racing J&J owned by Jeff and Missy Creasy to victory by turning in a strong performance in the 20-lap race.

Heimbach started 10th and was on the move early taking the second spot on the fifth lap. He took the lead on lap eight and then pulled away in the Goff Racing, Beavertown Block and Salem RV No. 12 J & J.

"I can't even begin to describe how bad of a year we've been having with motors, crashes and all kinds of stuff," said Heimbach. "It's just been an incredibly tough year, and I really hope this gets us turned around."

TJ Stutts came home third driving Mike Barshinger's J&J, giving J&J two of the top three finishers.

Lincoln Speedway


There was some irony involved with Kenny Jacobs winning the Gohn Memorial at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night. The yellow #22 J&J of Jacobs matched the color and number of Glenn Gohn and Daryl Gohn.

Jacobs drove the #22 J&J owned by Jim and Sandy Kline to victory inSaturday's 25-lap Glenn Gohn-Daryl Gohn Memorial at Lincoln Speedway.

"Every race I win in Pennsylvania is like winning an Outlaw race, because nobody else can come in here and beat them," said Jacobs, the all time leading winner on the All Star Circuit of Champions. "Whenever I get the opportunity to win here, I feel like I've done something really good in my career. I mean, these guys know the race tracks, they all have the best motors, the best race cars and they all have super owners. But they don't have one better than I have in Jim and Sandy Kline."

Jacobs was the first of four J&J runners to finish in the top six. Fred Rahmer raced the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to a runner-up finish, Jeff Busby came home fourth in the #47 J&J and Lance Dewease finished sixth in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J.


Eric Stambaugh came from 14th starting spot to claim the win in his first race of the year in the 358 sprint division. In doing so, he became the seventh different winner in as many races in that class at Lincoln this year.

Stambaugh took over the lead on the final lap in his #4 J&J to collect the win.

Port Royal Speedway

Craig Keel drove his #9 Pearl J&J to victory on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. The Weedsport, NY driver also won his heat race to complete the evening sweep.

Keith Kauffman came home fourth in the Middleswarth #7 J&J.

Riverside Speedway (ASCS Speedweek)

As the American Sprint Car Series contested its 400th National Tour feature event since its inception in 1992, it was 16-year-old Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., claiming his first career series victory in the 12th Annual COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek finale in Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Riverside Speedway.

Stenhouse drove the Shorty Chambliss owned Dynotech-powered South Tire No. 40r J&J into the lead after early leader Travis Rilat crashed on lap 16. Last year's National 360 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year then fought off Eddie Gallagher the rest of the way to score the victory.

"Man, that was fun," the young Stenhouse commented in victory lane. "I knew Gallagher was on me, he made me work for it. It's just awesome to get this win."

Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Natalie Sather set the pace early in her #94s J&J for the first seven laps while seventh starter Stenhouse began to make his move to the front trying to catch Rilat. After the lap 16 red flag, Stenhouse held off several challenges to score the victory.

CAJUN Sprinters

Lane Whittington again denied all onslaughts for his Bounty and was victorious as he took the 1st North-South Challenge between the Cajun Sprints and USA Sprints on Saturday at Southern Raceway in Milton, FL. Whittington took advantage of his second row starting position and took the lead early in the race driving his Tim's Racing Engines # 9 J&J. Once in front, Whittington was not to be denied as he went on to claim the win.

Several other J&J team were in the field including: Tracy Brown (#R14 J&J)who finished third, Sixth place finisher Robert Casada (#K9 J&J) and Lincoln Gatwood (#38 J&J) who came home seventh.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Travis Rilat , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Steve Miller
Teams Williams