J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-08-31

McKenzie, TN -- Fred Rahmer is having the kind of season every sprint car driver hopes to have. He won four features this past weekend and increased his victory total to 27, which leads the nation. Rahmer wasn't the only J&J driver victorious last...

McKenzie, TN -- Fred Rahmer is having the kind of season every sprint car driver hopes to have. He won four features this past weekend and increased his victory total to 27, which leads the nation. Rahmer wasn't the only J&J driver victorious last weekend as Ed Lynch, Craig Keel, Blane Heimbach, Stephen Allard and Michael Dupuy were also first to finish sprint car features racing J&J Auto Racing sprinters.


Fred Rahmer started last week's racing action from the pole position in Thursday night's York County Nationals at Susquehanna Speedway Park. The feature event was a glimpse of what was to come the next four nights as "Fast Freddie" led all 32 laps in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to capture his 24th overall win this season and collected $3,200 for the win.

"You can't win off the pole, all you can do is lose," said Rahmer following the win. "We were lucky tonight."

Rahmer had a late challenge from Lance Dewease in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J. Dewease managed to get within one car length on lap 29, but Rahmer was up to the challenge and pulled Dewease over the final three laps for the win.

"It's been a great season and I just have to thank Joe and Peggy for sticking with me after last year," continued Rahmer. "We were a little off tonight but hopefully we can come back tomorrow night and do well."

Dewease finished second and was joined in the top five by Doug Esh, who brought the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J home fifth.


Fred Rahmer made it two in a row on Friday night in the sprint car feature at Williams Grove Speedway winning his 25th of the season and 60th of his career at the legendary half-mile dirt oval.

Rahmer's break came on lap 10 when Todd Shaffer's slide across the frontstretch from a flat tire brought out a yellow.

With Rahmer holding down the fourth spot in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J in the fourth spot on the restart, front-runners Craig Keel, Len Thompson and Chad Layton all went high, leaving Rahmer's favorite bottom groove wide open. Rahmer led the next lap and went on to score the victory, his sixth win of the year at Williams Grove.

"On that restart, I thought somebody would go to the bottom. No one did and I thought, well, here's my chance," said Rahmer. "I never figured I'd be leading going into three, but it worked out good."

Keel led the first 10 laps of the event in his #9 Pearl J&J as Rahmer worked his way up from the 11th starting spot. Keel ended up finishing third and was joined in the top five by Doug Esh, who scored his second consecutive fifth place finish in the #30 J&J. Cris Eash was seventh in his #17e J&J, Lance Dewease was eighth in the Hamilton #77 J&J and Kenny Jacobs finished ninth giving J&J six of the top nine finishers.


Fast Freddie Rahmer took advantage of a front row starting spot to claim the $5,000 top prize in Lincoln's 30-lap All-Star Circuit of Champions X-1R A main Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. Rahmer's win, his 10th of the year in the Pigeon Hills and 26th of 2004 overall, added an exclamation point to his eighth Lincoln Speedway track title and seventh in the last eight years.

Rahmer's started the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J on the outside of row one for the start and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green. He led the first six laps before third-starting Lance Dewease closed on the leader. Dewease drove the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J under Rahmer for the race lead in turns three and four of lap seven and took control of the race, leading Rahmer by more than two seconds when disaster struck on lap 15.

A broken ring gear in the rearend of the #77 J&J ended Dewease's run to victory and opened the door for Rahmer to continue his weekend streak.

"It looked like Lance had us beat pretty easy tonight, but obviously they had either drive line or motor trouble," said Rahmer after his 132nd career win at Lincoln. "We were able to sneak in here...we weren't very good in the feature, I don't know why, we made some changes after the heat, and it looked like a mistake, but we still got lucky and right now is just our time."

Kenny Jacobs raced the J&S Fabrication #22 J&J owned by owners Jim and Sandy Kline to a second place finish.


Fred Rahmer completed the weekend sweep in his Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J on Sunday night winning his fourth consecutive feature at the Thunder on the Hill series show at Grandview Speedway.

Rahmer's 27th win of the season came from the third starting position as he raced past front row starters Lance Dewease and Mark Smith. Smith closed a few times on Rahmer, but the #88H J&J was too strong through traffic enabling Rahmer to complete the weekend sweep.

"Right now, everything is just going our way," said Rahmer, who has five wins in the last seven days and has won 8 of his last 10 starts. "The guys have the car set up perfect every night and right now, we're definitely having fun."

Rahmer's win also earned him the 2004 Thunder on the Hill championship.


The "Apollo Rocket" Ed Lynch, Jr. won his tenth St. Barnabas Health System Sprint feature at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night. Lynch's victory in his #2L J&J clinched his second consecutive track championship title and his third overall. The victory also raised the bar in the all-time sprint win chart to 74 victories at the half-mile dirt oval.

Lynch started Friday's feature from the twelfth position as pole sitter Chad Hill took immediate control of the 20-lap main event. On lap six Dan Shetler passed Hill, but both Hill and Lynch overtook him the next lap. The hunt was on between Lynch and his brother-in-law. Lynch made his winning pass on lap 10 and once in front, Lynch's Indy Recycling/Commercial Truck & Trailer/Red Devil #2L J&J continued to lap cars.

Rising star Jimmy Weller III raced his #23 J&J into the runner-up position giving J&J a one-two finish.


Craig Keel won Saturday's 25-lap Aumiller & Associate Sprint Car Feature at Port Royal, (PA) Speedway. Keel started his #9 Pearl J&J on the pole and led every lap. It was Keel's 4th win of the season at the Juniata Co. oval. The Weedsport, NY driver was chased the second half of the race by Todd Shaffer, but fought off every challenge to score the win.

Keith Kauffman finished sixth in the #7 Middleswarth J&J and became the 2004 track champion.


Blane Heimbach returned to victory lane on Friday Night at the Clinton County Speedway, winning the Ed Shafer Memorial for the second year in a row. Heimbach raced the #12 Goff Racing J&J to win the 30-lap event, staging a terrific battle with Johnny Miller. The two exchanged the lead several times once the race passed the mid stages, but Heimbach was able to control the final few laps to earn his 15th career Clinton County victory.


In the Pacific Sprint division, Stephen Allard of Chico earned his second win of the season driving the Redi-Green Motorsports team entry. Allard started on the outside of the second row in the 25-lap feature event aboard the Redi-Green Motorsports #1k J&J. He used the third and fourth turns to pass both leaders on the opening lap to take a lead he would never relinquish.

In the closing laps, heavy traffic allowed Allard to distance himself from the competition and he went on to score the win.

"The track was great to race on tonight," said Allard. "I know sometimes the fans think it gets a bit too dusty when its like this but from a drivers side this is the kind of track most of us love to race on. There were two grooves tonight to race in. I need to thank the Kumar's for this great team and my whole crew tonight, the car was just perfect."


Michael Dupuy claimed his second O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car victory at Baton Rouge Raceway (Baton Rouge, LA) in only his 4th race behind the wheel of the Ingram Motor Sports/ Dotted I Signs & Screenprinting/ D&S Embroidery #1B J&J sprinter. Dupuy took the lead with just three laps remaining and was followed by fellow J&J competitor Shane Morgan to the checkered flag.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Johnny Miller , Kenny Jacobs , Jimmy Weller III
Teams Williams