J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2004-09-15

McKENZIE, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams scored major wins on both sides of the United States last weekend. Donny Schatz dominated the Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico, CA while Trevor Lewis checked out on everyone at the Bully Hill Nationals in...

McKENZIE, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams scored major wins on both sides of the United States last weekend. Donny Schatz dominated the Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico, CA while Trevor Lewis checked out on everyone at the Bully Hill Nationals in Dundee, NY. Fred Rahmer, Shane Morgan, Blane Heimbach, Brian Kristan and Lane Whittington were also victorious in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars last weekend.


Donny Schatz and his ParkerStore team continued their California victory run at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA last weekend. Schatz dominated the 51st annual Gold Cup Race of Champions leading every lap of his qualifying night feature on Thursday and all 40 laps of Saturday's Gold Cup championship, which paid the Fargo, ND racer $25,000.

"I have to thank my crew, they've worked so hard all year long to struggle like we have," said the driver of the #15 ParkerStore J&J. "It's nice to come out here to the west coast and run good at Calistoga, and now here. Chico's one of those places that I've never run good at, but we won Thursday, and tonight was a completely different track, but the car felt good when we hot-lapped, and I thought we had a shot at this one."

"The car has been good all year and I've been beating myself up mentally, but running up front last week really built up my confidence."


It was the biggest win in the career of Trevor Lewis as the driver from Upper Black Eddy, PA dominated the 35-lap Bully Hill Vineyards 360 Sprint Nationals at the Black Rock Speedway on Saturday night. For Lewis, it was his first win of the season and seventh career URC triumph driving the Kennedy/Turpin #56 J&J.

Twenty-five sprint cars started the Bully Hill Nationals feature with Trevor Lewis immediately taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Lewis set fast time in qualifying on Friday night and continued to accumulate points through the qualifying process to earn the pole position in the championship feature event. Lewis and his #56 J&J were dialed to perfection as he immediately raced away to a big lead.

Several cautions gave the challengers chances to overtake Lewis, but he was not to be denied on this night. In the closing laps, Lewis raced away and dashed under the checker flag to pocket the $4,000.

Two other J&J Auto Racing teams had strong runs as well including Sean Michael, who finished third, in the Palladino #99 J&J and his brother, Curt Michael, finished fifth in the Frank Davis #2 J&J.


Fred Rahmer and the Joe Harz Racing team picked up win number 31 in Friday night's 25-lap "Night before the Tuscarora 50" feature at Port Royal Speedway.

Rahmer raced the Joe Harz's #88h J&J from the 13th spot in the feature, drove through the field and was in control by the midway mark of the feature.

"The car's working so good it's unbelievable," Rahmer said after the $4,000 win. "Any of the guys that run up front could drive this car like I do and win because it's just operating so good. It's just a good feeling to be sitting in it. The car is just working so good right now and for as long as I've raced I've never had a car work like this."

Rahmer passed fellow J&J driver Todd Hestor (Middleswarth #7m J&J) for the lead following a lap 12 restart. Hestor came home second and was joined in the top five by his Middleswarth teammate, Keith Kauffman, in the #7 J&J. Kauffman charged from 24th to fifth.

The following night, J&J Auto Racing teams finished fifth through eighth (Lance Dewease #77 J&J, Rahmer, Todd Hestor, Kenny Jacobs #22 J&J)


Blaine Heimbach was victorious Friday Night claiming the 358 Sprint Car Nationals at Clinton County Speedway in the #12 GOFF Racing J&J owned by Jeff Creasy.

"We were fortunate to draw a good pill on the inversion," said Heimbach. "We also caught a few breaks, especially as the cautions fell just as we were about to enter lapped traffic."

Heimbach started on the outside of the front row and following several restarts, Heimbach took control of the race. Heimbach was in lapped traffic on lap nine and fought off the challenge of several competitors to take the win.


Blaine Heimbach won his third race of the season at Selinsgrove on Saturday night, winning the August. 28th make-up feature. Heimbach raced the #12 GOFF Racing J&J to victory and then was leading the regular feature event until the 22nd lap when his car began to falter due to low fuel. He finished the race in fourth.


Shane Morgan doubled up with his second victory in as many weeks on the O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car circuit at Deep South Speedway in Loxley, Alabama. Morgan raced the #01 J&J from the fifth starting spot in Saturday's feature. He was in second on lap 10 and took the lead on lap 17.

Morgan was fourth behind Butch David and stayed there for the first ten laps and that's about the time his tires came around and the charge began. Morgan took third from David on lap 10 and then moved to second on lap 12. Morgan then set his eyes on Herrington and after tracking him for three or four laps he moved in for the lead racing past Herrington off of turn two on lap 17.

Morgan held off some late charges and came home victorious. The win was all the more important as Morgan has closed to within four points of third place finisher Butch David in the battle for the 2004 O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car Championship.

Terry Vidrine, who had fuel pick-up problems for several weeks, had a solid fourth place finish in his #68 J&J.


Lane Whittington won his 11th feature event of the season on Saturday night in the Cajun Sprinters first visit to Simpson County Motorsports Park in Mendenhall, MS. Whittington started his #9 J&J on the front row and battled Charles Graves most of the way before ultimately winning the feature event. Lincoln Gatwood and Tracey Brown finished third and fourth giving J&J three of the top four finishers.


Brian Kristan won Saturday's Al Winker Memorial at Wilmont Speedway in J&J sprinter. "We just bought this car from Ed Gifford on Monday and put it together," said Kristan. "It was the first time I have ever been in a J&J and man the car is awesome."


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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Kenny Jacobs