J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-09-07

McKENZIE, TN -- Fred Rahmer continued to blaze a path to victory lane last weekend running his consecutive win total to six straight before another J&J competitor, Cris Eash, finally stopped his string last Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

McKENZIE, TN -- Fred Rahmer continued to blaze a path to victory lane last weekend running his consecutive win total to six straight before another J&J competitor, Cris Eash, finally stopped his string last Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Rahmer continued his winning ways in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J picking up win number 30 on Sunday night. He was joined by several other J&J Auto Racing teams as they continued their success on dirt tracks across the America winning races in the tough Central Pennsylvania circuit, the World of Outlaws, the All-Stars and the URC.



Fred Rahmer made it six straight victories last Thursday night at Susquehanna Speedway Park. The winning streak began on August 22 when he won at SSP. Since that time, Rahmer and the Joe Harz Racing team has driven to wins at Williams Grove, Lincoln, Grandview and twice at Susquehanna.

"It's pretty unbelievable," said Rahmer following his 28th overall win this season. "We've been very fortunate but the guys do a great job on the car. I'm just glad to keep winning."

Rahmer's win was his fourth straight at SSP as he took the lead on lap 10 and held off Lance Dewease, who finished second in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J.

"I had two bad starts and didn't get many spots but the last restart, I picked up a few spots," said the driver of the Joe Harz owned # 88h J&J. "If Lance got to the front, he'd probably won but I was lucky to get it done tonight."


Cris Eash was the man to stop Fred Rahmer's win streak and it came this past Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Eash raced a "bent" J&J Auto Racing sprinter to victory continuing a J&J dominant run in Central PA, which includes six wins by Rahmer and another by Sam Schlosberg in the past two weeks.

Eash, who had crashed his #17e E & G Classics/Macri Concrete J&J last week at Lincoln Speedway, drove a terrific race to win his second feature of the season at Williams Grove.

"I'm just really happy because I came here tonight with a bent race car and I didn't figure I had much of a chance to win," said Eash. "We crashed this car at Lincoln last week, and Dad and I put it on the frame machine and straightened it as best as we could. It seems like it's bent the right way."

Rahmer finished a close second in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J and was joined in the top five by two other J&J teams, fourth place Lance Dewease in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J and Todd Hestor in the Middleswarth #7m J&J, who finished fifth.


Fred Rahmer and Lance Deweae put on another amazing show at Lincoln Speedway. Rahmer came home first in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to claim win number 29 of the season while Dewease finished second in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J.

The two battled it out during the final laps with Rahmer getting passed by Dewease early in the 29th lap, and making his winning move in the final turns to claim the win.

"I wouldn't have wanted it to be 31 laps because Lance had a harder tire and he was better at the end," said Rahmer, who earned $3,520 for his 133rd career Lincoln win. "I did what I had to do. I lifted to get in there and did a flyer back on him. He got into the fence off the curb and we got the win."

The top five included three J&J Auto Racing teams. Following Rahmer and Dewease in the top five was Cris Eash, who won Friday's feature at Williams Grove. Eash finished fifth in his #17e J&J charging from the back of the pack after being involved in early race accident.


Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease continued their battle on Sunday night at Williams Grove Speedway in the Triple 20's Jack Gunn Memorial event. Rahmer and Dewease each won a feature event to continue the J&J dominance.

In the first 20-lap feature event, Rahmer raced the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J into the lead early and never looked back to score his 30th win of the season overall. Several other J&J drivers came home in the top ten including fifth place Cris Eash (#17e J&J), Keith Kauffman came home seventh in the Middleswarth #7 J&J and was followed by Dewease (Hamilton #77 J&J), Todd Hestor (Middleswarth #7m J&J) and Doug Esh, who finished tenth in the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J.

Rahmer drew the eight pill for inversion of the second 20-lap feature. This benefited Dewease as he started eighth and led all 20 laps in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J to score his second win of the season and 59th career win at Williams Grove. J&J runners Keith Kauffman finished third, Rahmer was sixth, Eash eighth and Hestor rounded out the top ten.

J&J Auto Racing teams finished third (Rahmer), fourth (Kauffman) fifth (Dewease) and sixth (Eash) in the final 20-lap race.



Donny Schatz dominated Saturday's World of Outlaws Harvest Classic feature event leading all 25 laps in his #15 ParkerStore J&J. Schatz won by 20 car lengths and was chased by fellow J&J runner Daryn Pittman in his #21 Hop & Sac J&J.

"The racecar was awesome tonight," said Schatz following the win. "We've been really consistent this season, but haven't had the number of wins we would like. Hopefully, we've found something that will allow us to win a few more the rest of the season."

Pittman and Schatz scored top five finishes in Sunday's finale with Pittman coming home third and Schatz fifth.


Bobby Clark opened the 24th annual Sharon Nationals on Saturday night at Sharon Speedway by defeating the All-Star sprint car series competitors in his #8 J&J sprinter. The win was the Fremont, Ohio driver's first career All Star win.

"I hit the wall early on and though I hurt the right rear, but luckily it was all right," said Clark following the win. "I owe this win to my crew. Andy Potter has the car set up just right. Coming here I would have just been happy with a top five tonight. This is great after getting third here during Ohio Speedweek,"

Clark started eighth and led the final two circuits to claim the win.


Sean Michael of Allentown, PA left no doubt that he came to win the URC Advance Auto Parts Sprint Series twenty-five lap feature Saturday night at the New Egypt Speedway. Driving the Palladino/BK Leasing #99 J&J, Michael started on the pole and led every circuit to score his third win of the season and twenty-fifth career victory with the United Racing Club.

Sean's brother, Curt, finished fourth in the Frank Davis owned #2 J&J and continues to lead the URC season standings. Sean is currently in third place.


Jamie Smith showed the crowd that the he win in a Sprint Car with and without a wing. Jamie won the "Wingless" Sprint race a couple of weeks ago in the #5 GBK J&J at Andy Paden's Sportsman's Speedway and came back to pick up yet another feature win at the track on Labor Day weekend. Smith led the final four laps to claim the win and was followed by another J&J driver, Scott Bonnell to the checkered flag.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Daryn Pittman
Teams Williams