J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-08-03

J&J Auto Racing Teams Continue To Show The Way In Sprint Car Action McKENZIE, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams continue to be successful in the state of Pennsylvania and this past weekend four teams came home first in sprint car action in the Quaker...

J&J Auto Racing Teams Continue To Show The Way In Sprint Car Action

McKENZIE, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams continue to be successful in the state of Pennsylvania and this past weekend four teams came home first in sprint car action in the Quaker state. Fred Rahmer, Lance Dewease, Kenny Jacobs and youngster Jimmy Weller III all won sprint car features on Pennsylvania soil in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars. Curt Michael took his J&J over the border to win in URC action in Canada while Terry Reilly also was victorious in a J&J capturing Sunday's feature event at Huset's Speedway in South Dakota.

Port Royal Speedway

Fred Rahmer drove his way to the front and raced to his second consecutive win in last Wednesday night's 29-lap Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway.

Rahmer's 18th overall win of the season came in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J and gave him back-to-back wins in the second annual event honoring one of Pennsylvania's most colorful sprint car owners.

"To win a Bob Weikert race, it's a pretty great deal and it means a lot to me," said Rahmer after his 12th career win at the Juniata County oval. "He was probably one of the most outgoing and best-for-the-sport owners anywhere in the United States. We were very lucky to have him here in Pennsylvania because he entertained a lot of fans a lot of nights."

Rahmer, who started eighth, worked his way into fourth on lap eight. Lance Dewease drove the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J into the lead on lap 11 and Rahmer moved into second on lap 13.

Dewease did all he could over the next six laps, keeping Rahmer behind him, but Rahmer got a run off turn four on lap 22 to cut Dewease's path off and take the lead. Two laps later, Dewease stopped on the track with a broken torsion stop and ended his evening.

Keith Kauffman came home third driving the Middleswarth #7 J&J and his Middleswarth teammate, Todd Hestor, set fast time in time trials driving the #7m J&J.

Susquehanna Speedway

Two J&J standouts put on a heck of show last Thursday night at Susquehanna Speedway Park. Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer maneuvered through lapped traffic during the second half of the 25-lap sprint car feature. In the end, it was Dewease using the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J to keep Rahmer, in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J, behind him the entire distance to bring home his 10th overall win of the season.

"We got lucky on a caution or two tonight," Dewease said following his fourth win of the season at Susquehanna Speedway Park. "I was trying to make the top work to try to get around those guys and Fred was working the inside and actually got by me, but the caution worked in our favor and we got the spot back."

Dewease followed early leader Jim Siegel until he had a right rear tire deflate while the field paced under caution on lap nine. Rahmer, who started 11th, worked Dewease hard on the lap-nine restart, but Dewease kept the Hamilton Motorsports No. 77 J&J out front. There were several close calls for Dewease, but he was able to keep his composure and score the victory.

"Lapped traffic means a lot here and it got us messed up a little bit," said the driver of the Manheim Auto Auctions, Wirtgen America, Hank's Performance Products sponsored J & J chassis.. "It really kills your momentum, but it's a part of it."

Rahmer came home second while Eric Stambaugh came home fourth in the Swope Salvage #4 J&J to give J&J three of the top four finishers.

Lernerville Speedway

Eighteen year-old sprint car rookie Jimmy Weller III scored his first career sprint car win at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night. Weller raced the #23 Mac Tools/Project Management Services/J&J from his fifth place starting position and quickly jumped into the lead of the 22-lap feature event. Weller drove a strong race and had a sizable lead erased on lap 19 when a yellow slowed the action giving veteran Ed Lynch Jr. a chance in his #2L J&J. Weller didn't bobble and came home victorious in the two lap dash to the checkers.

"It has always been a goal of mine to win a race the same night as Dad and we did it tonight," said Weller. That last caution was pretty nerve wracking with him (Lynch) back there, but my crew just told me to hit my line and he'd have to do something real good."

What made it even more historical was the fact that this is the fourth father and son team to win on the same night in 37 years at Lernerville.

Lynch came home second giving J&J a one-two finish.

Williams Grove Speedway

Kenny Jacobs and the Jim and Sandy Kline-owned sprint car team are raising a lot of eyebrows in the super competitive Central Pennsylvania racing scene. Jacobs, who is the all-time leading winner with the All Star Circuit of Champions, won his second feature of the season at Williams Grove Speedway aboard the J&S Fabrication #22 J&J.

"I want to tell you that is a heck of a hot rod sitting right there," Jacobs explained of the J & S Fabrication, Hillcrest Auto Body, Susquehanna Valley Harley Davidson No. 22 J & J Chassis. "That was the fastest race car I've ever had at this race track."

Jacobs had to chase down early leader, Craig Keel, who led the field in the #9 Pearl J&J for the first 18 circuits. On lap 19, Jacobs made the race-winning pass in turn two. Once in front, Jacobs didn't seemed bother by local standouts chasing him down. He won the race ahead of fellow J&J runner's Lance Dewease, who finished third, and Fred Rahmer, who came home fourth.

"I saw the scoreboard and I knew I better not slip up," he said following his 13th career win at the Grove and third overall this season since joining the #22 team. "I just gassed 'er as hard as I could those last four laps. It was just an awesome race car."

Jacobs' sprinter is wrenched by Ray "Moon" Byers with assistance from Dave Yingst.

"Moon is just the most awesome crew chief I've ever had," Jacobs said. "He's doing a heck of a job as is the entire crew."

URC

Curt Michael raced the #2 J&J owned by Frank Davis to win Friday's URC Advance Auto Parts Sprint feature at the Granby Speedway in Quebec, Canada. It was a near effortless win as Michael started on the pole and held the top spot for the entire twenty-five lap distance of the main event. For Michael, it was his fifth win of the season and twenty-third career URC win, and the victory also extended his URC points lead.

Trevor Lewis came home third in the Turpin/Kennedy #56 J&J just ahead of Curt's brother, Sean Michael, in the Palladino #99 J&J.

Huset's Speedway

Terry Reilly became the first 3-time winner of the year at Huset's Speedway on Sunday night in the 360-division. Reilly took advantage of his front-row starting spot in the #69 Nichols Construction, Beave's Truck Wash, Butlerbuilt J & J and led all 18 laps to claim the win. The race was followed by another feature with the starting lineup inverted from the first feature finish. Reilly charged from 16th to 5th in the nonstop affair.

"I am really glad to get the month of July behind us," said Reilly. "We gave one away last week while leading and also had some inopportune crashes the past couple weeks. Hopefully, we can finish the season as strong as we started with this car and team. My guys have busted their butts all year long and our team just seems to get stronger. This J & J car has really worked great all year."

-j&jar-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Jimmy Weller III
Teams Williams