J&J Auto Racing Team Dominate Pennsylvania Sprint Action McKENZIE, TN (July 27) -- All eyes of the sprint car world were focused on the state of Pennsylvania last week at the sport's premiere series staged events at one of the historic dirt...
J&J Auto Racing Team Dominate Pennsylvania Sprint Action
McKENZIE, TN (July 27) -- All eyes of the sprint car world were focused on the state of Pennsylvania last week at the sport's premiere series staged events at one of the historic dirt tracks in America. Lance Dewease captured Lincoln Speedway's Mid Summer Championship before the Outlaws arrived and also led the J&J charge by dominating Friday's feature event.
Dewease came home second in Saturday's feature event when a broken front torsion stop derailed his chances for a sweep giving him two wins and a runnerup in three nights of racing. Several other J&J Auto Racing teams were successful during the Outlaw events and also at other tracks in the Quaker state. Ed Lynch, Jr. won a pair of feature events while Sean Michael and Jamie Smith also won in PA. J&J winners weren't limited to Pennsylvania as Loren Langerud, Bobby Clark, Stephen Allard and Michael Dupuy were also victorious aboard J&J sprint cars.
Lance Dewease took advantage of a rare front-row starting spot and ran away from the field to win the 30-lap Mid-Summer Championship at Lincoln Speedway this past Wednesday evening. The win, which was his fourth of the season and eighth overall to go along with 17 runner-up finishes came aboard the famous red #77 Hamilton Motorsports J&J.
"Starting position meant a lot tonight, but we haven't been real good here lately," said Dewease, whose win was the 26th of his career at Lincoln. "We keep working hard and we got the job done tonight."
Fred Rahmer raced the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to a fourth place finish just ahead of Eric Stambaugh who came home fifth and also was the fastest qualifier in the #4 Swope Salvage J&J.
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
Lance Dewease became the eighteenth different driver to win a World of Outlaws A-feature this season Friday night, driving the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J to victory in the thirty lap opener of the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.
The victory, Dewease's first at the speedway since May of 2003, moved the defending Williams Grove Speedway track champion into a tie with Fred Rahmer atop the historic half-mile's all-time feature win list with 58. Rahmer, who won an Outlaw preliminary feature at the Grove in May, charged from the eighteenth starting position to finish second Friday.
"It's been a long time since we won here, May of last year as a matter of fact, but we got the job done tonight," said Dewease, from victory lane. "I knew with that caution with 3 to go that it would be tough to pass me. I figured Fred (Rahmer) was running the bottom. The bottom looked pretty good down there, but I tried to stay at the top and keep my momentum up. We've been real consistent lately, we just need to get wins. I want to thank my crew for sticking with it and not giving up. I have to thank my sponsors Hank's Performance Products, Wirtgen Group, Manheim Auctions, Hoosier tire, Top Flight Wings, J&J Auto Racing and Kistler Engines."
Dewease started on the front row and never looked back while several other J&J teams had strong evenings including Fred Rahmer. Rahmer, who currently leads the point standings at Williams Grove, drove the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J from his 18th starting position to second. Kenny Jacobs finished fifth in the J&S Fabrication #22 J&J giving J&J three finishers in the top five.
The J&J Auto Racing teams proved early in the program that they would be tough by earning the top four spots in qualifying. Todd Hestor set quick-time in the Middleswarth #7m J&J and was followed by Doug Esh (#30 Leach Motorsports J&J), Kenny Jacobs (Kline #22 J&J) and Rahmer (Harz #88h J&J).
The "Apollo Rocket" Ed Lynch Jr scored his eighth 20-lap sprint victory of the season at Lernerville Speedway on Friday evening. Lynch was fifth on the start in his #2L Indy Recycling J&J and caught the strong running leader Mike Shearer on lap 13 and went on the claim the victory. The triumph raised Lynch's All Time Sprint Win total to 72.
PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY Just a handful of races with the Redi-Green Motorsports team and Chico's Stephen Allard has already returned to victory lane. The 1996 Silver Dollar Speedway champion led every lap of Saturday nights Hoosier Racing Tires Feature event at Placerville Speedway to post his first win since climbing aboard the Lee Lindgren wrenched #1k J&J.
"I got beat on the bottom on that start so I decided to kind of give it a hell mary up top and it worked," said Allard. "After that the bottom was fast for the whole race. This is a great team to be involved with, I'm really enjoying it. The Kumar's (owners) are great people, Lee Lindgren is doing a great job setting up the car the atmosphere is just so relaxed in the pits. I hope we more of these to come." The victory was the second win for the Redi-Green Motorsports team as they repeated in the 2nd annual Calistoga Cup with Mike Wagner behind the wheel of their J&J. Wagner, a resident of Harrisonville, Pennsylvania, flew into California for a one-time seat in the Redi-Green Motorsports #1K J&J, the team who won the inaugural Calistoga Cup last season with Greg DeCaires, and he came home victorious.
Ed Lynch, Jr. won his third sprint car feature of the season at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. Lynch piloted his #2L J&J from the eighth starting position and grabbed the lead on lap eight. Lynch went on to take the win ahead of fellow J&J competitor Chad Hill in his #44 J&J. Mike Kekich finished fifth in his #5k J&J sprinter.
Sean Michael and the Pat and Kathy Palladino owned #99J&J were the talk of the town on Saturday at the Selinsgrove Speedway after winning their second feature of the season in convincing and demanding style. Michael played the waiting game early in the twenty-five lap URC Advance Auto Parts Sprint Series feature then turned on the heat to take the lead on lap seventeen from 2002 Champion Bill Brian Jr. Once on top, Michael survived two late race cautions to earn his twenty-fourth career URC victory.
Curt Michael piloted the Frank Davis #2 J&J to a sixth place finish and continues to lead the 2004 URC series point standings.
MERCER RACEWAY PARK
Jamie Smith made a final lap pass and took home the feature victory in Saturday's sprint car program at Mercer Raceway Park. Smith raced his #5g J&J from the 13th starting position and passed leader Arnie Kent with the white flag waving to capture his 30th career win at the track.
"That had to be pretty exciting the last couple laps," stated Smith following his fourth triumph of the year. "I was hanging back in third, then things worked out in the end. Arnie got off the track and I think I caught Rod by surprise."
Bobby Clark has had an up and down season, and Saturday night he finally put together a great feature run to pick up his first career 410 sprint victory at Fremont Speedway.
Clark has won 17 feature events at Fremont over the years in 360 sprint racing. His 18th career win came #8 Fremont Fence, KOT Trucking, B&L Plumbing and Jenny's Copper Penny J&J.
"We struggled early this year. We crashed a car and we were pretty down. My crew chief Andy Potter kept telling me to be patient, that we'd be alright and we just kept getting better. Finally during Speedweek (Ohio All Star Sprint Speedweek), we put together some great runs (including a second at Fremont on July 1) and I got my confidence back," said Clark. "I have to thank all the guys on my crew and my mom and dad for putting this deal together."
Clark jumped into the lead from his outside front starting spot and went on to take the 30-lap feature. Mike Linder finished second for the fourth time this season driving his #3 J&J, and took the point lead away from John Ivy.
BATON ROUGE SPEEDWAY
Michael Dupuy wheeled the Dotted i Signs/D&S Embroidery/Ingram Motorsports #B1 J&J into victory lane at Baton Rouge Raceway in just the third time out for the team. Dupuy outlasted fellow J&J racer Lane Whittington in the O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Cars event.
"We changed a mag earlier and fought it, trying to get it to run right," said Dupuy following the win. "We went out for the heat and didn't even set the car up, and it was actually good. It's real surprising when you go from fighting to get the car to run to putting it all together."
Terry Vidrine drove his #68 J&J to a heat race win and fourth place finish in the feature and Cassidy Lejeune recorded a solid sixth place finish in the #5 J&J.
Loren Langerud scored Sunday night's 410-sprint car feature event at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, SD. Langerud started his #56 J&J in the fifth spot and made a bold move at the drop of the green flag to get the lead on the first lap. He never looked back and scored his second win of the weekend following Friday night's victory at Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, ND.