J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-08-18

J&J AUTO RACING TEAMS COME HOME VICTORIOUS McKENZIE, TN -- Sprint Car Racing's premiere event, the Knoxville Nationals, took center stage last weekend and J&J Auto Racing teams made a good showing. Several J&J teams raced in other events around...


McKENZIE, TN -- Sprint Car Racing's premiere event, the Knoxville Nationals, took center stage last weekend and J&J Auto Racing teams made a good showing. Several J&J teams raced in other events around the country and came home victorious at Port Royal Speedway, Fremont Speedway, Selinsgrove Speedway, Champion Park Speedway, Black Rock Speedway and Southern Speedway.



Craig Keel won his third sprint car feature of the season at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night in his #9 Pearl Fasteners J&J. Keel took the lead on lap three and never looked back.

"It helps starting near the front but then you have to stay there too," said Keel, following the win. "The car was great tonight and I want to thank my father."


Eighteen year-old Blake Breen scored a convincing victory on Saturday night in a special Empire Super Sprints (ESS)/Patriot Sprint Group (PSG) /Black Rock Speedway sprint challenge at the Black Rock Speedway. Breen started third with his Pearl Industries, J&J and took the lead on the very first lap and dominated every lap to bring home the win.

"I saw the two cars get together and I just stood on the gas and hoped to get through." said Breen about the initial start. "We were lucky to get through and take the lead. Then I knew I just had to run as hard as I could because with all these good drivers here, that has to be your strategy."

Although Breen's a rookie on paper, on the track he took to this challenge like a seasoned veteran. Not even two early restarts on lap two and three would hinder the effort and with the final 22 laps going under the green lights, it was an all out dash to the checkered flag.

"This is just amazing, to win my first ever race just last week and now to win a challenge race with all these cars in the pits. I just can't believe it," continued Breen. "I just have to thank my family and crew, it's our first year but Bobby and I have some of the best equipment and it's help in making us fast. Hopefully there will be some more wins before the year is out."


Brian Powell drove his Ely Pork Products #115 J&J to his first career win in Saturday night's 25-lap sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Powell started fourth took the lead on lap 23 and became the 14th different 358 sprint car feature winner of the 2004 season at the track. He held off fellow J&J runner, Blane Heimbach, in the #12 Goff Racing J&J to take the victory as Heimbach came home second.


It's been a season of highs and lows for Gary Kriess, Jr. Last week, Kriess crashed with leader Jeff Banyas for his fourth straight non top 10 finish; this week it was a high as the hard charger more than doubled his career win total with his season's third win in the 20-lap Sprint Car feature at Mercer Raceway Park.

"I bided my time tonight," said Kriess, after driving Troy Preston's #1P J&J to victory. "Last week I was a little impatient and I caused a wreck I shouldn't have. I apologize for that. The pit crew put the car back together. I took my time tonight and worked the traffic. The track was really nice tonight."


Jimmy Weller III won the Green Flag division sprint car race at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. The win, which was his third in the last two weeks, came in his #23 J&J sprinter.


Mark Keegan, Mike Linder and Bobby Clarke had a J&J battle on Saturday night at Fremont Speedway. Keegan and Linder shared the front row and Keegan jumped out to the lead in his #X J&J. Linder kept close to Keegan, but had to settle for second in his #3L J&J. Clarke came home fourth in his #8 J&J wrenched by Andy Potter.


Lane Whittington was the class of the CAJUN Sprinters field at Southern Speedway in Milton, FL. Whittington raced his #9 J&J to victory ahead of fellow J&J runners Rusty Sanford (#24 J&J) who finished second, Robert Casada (#K9 J&J) fourth, and Lincoln Gatwood (#38 J&J) came home eighth.


Terry Virdrine won the O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Cars event on Saturday night as the series made their first visit to Champion Park Speedway in Doyline, LA. Terry Vidrine drove his #68 J&J to victory and was joined on the podium by J&J runner Shane Morgan, who finished third.

Other strong J&J performances:


Travis Cram, Skip Jackson, Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman all won races during the 44th annual Knoxville Nationals last week in Knoxville, IA--Kenny Jacobs started on the front row of Saturday's "A" Feature in the J&S Fabrication #22 J&J--Fred Rahmer put the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J into Saturday's "A" Feature. ...Jeff Mitrisin, Ed Lynch, Jr, Lance Dewease, Manny Rockhold, Loren Langerud, Sixteen year-old Mississippi racer Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ralph Spithaler all competed in Saturday night's feature events.


Barry Martinez finished third in Saturday night's Bob's Burgers and Brew 360 Nationals at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA. Martinez drove his #66 Advanced Toys For Trucks J&J to the podium finish. Travis Jacobson finished sixth in his J&J.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Kenny Jacobs , Jeff Mitrisin , Daryn Pittman , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Jimmy Weller III