J&J Auto Racing weekly news 2005-05-11

RAHMER'S THREE WINS HIGHLIGHT J&J VICTORY PARADE McKENZIE, TN - J&J Auto Racing teams have started to warm up in sprint car action across the country. Fred Rahmer continued his winning ways taking three straight in Pennsylvania, while Mike Ward...


McKENZIE, TN - J&J Auto Racing teams have started to warm up in sprint car action across the country. Fred Rahmer continued his winning ways taking three straight in Pennsylvania, while Mike Ward won two feature events and a host of other J&J runners coming home first.


Fred Rahmer won his seventh sprint car feature of the season and first at Susquehanna Speedway Park last Thursday night. Rahmer led all 25 laps in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J.

"We started up front and a car of this caliber should win starting fourth," said Rahmer following the win.

Rahmer was joined in the top five by four other J&J competitors as Greg Hodnett brought the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J third ahead of Eric Stambaugh in the Swope Racing #4 J&J and Jason Johnson in the Kline #22 J&J.


Fred Rahmer continued his dominance of the Pennsylvania sprint car circuit last Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Rahmer won for the second consecutive week at "the Grove" by racing the Joe Harz Racing #88h Miller Brothers Chevrolet, Materials Handling, Media Camping Center- J&J past early leader Jeff Shepard and into the lead on lap 18 and won his 64th career feature at Williams Grove.

"We knew Jeff would be tough off the front tonight and we were just lucky to get him in lapped traffic," Rahmer said after starting 12th in the 25-lap race. "He was just unfortunate to be the guy leading when we came to that pack of lapped traffic."

Rahmer had to fend off Shepard following a late restart and his game plan played out just as he expected.

"You knew he's gonna try and do a flyer on you into one, then you know he's gonna be junk coming off two," Rahmer said. "You have to try to beat him to the center of one and two and just do whatever it takes to beat the guy to the center of that corner and screw up his line. I figured I could roll around the top and just gas 'er."

Jason Johnson came home third in the Kline #22 J&J and Greg Hodnett finished fifth in the Hamilton #77 J&J.


Fast Freddie Rahmer completed the weekend sweep on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J. The win was Rahmer's fourth consecutive and 138th of his career at Lincoln.

"It's pretty incredible," said Rahmer following the win, which leaves him only 12 wins behind all-time track winner Steve Smith Sr. "We'll just keep at it. As long as I have good owners, good sponsors and good people working on the car, we might be able to get (the most wins). I'm sure if we get it, there will only be one person who could beat me and that would be Mr. Smith."

Rahmer took the lead on lap seven restart with a move in turn three, then held a comfortable lead throughout the remainder of the event.

"We were really good early but we got a little loose at the end," Rahmer said. "We brought out a new car and it has been running really well. I'm just glad to win another race."

Jason Johnson finished second in the feature giving him three consecutive top fives in the #22 J&J owned by Jim and Sandy Kline. Doug Esh finished fifth in the #30 J&J and was joined in the top ten by Greg Hodnett, who finished seventh in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J, and Eric Stambaugh, who came home eighth in the Swope Racing #4 J&J.


Veteran sprint car racer Mike Ward proved he can win sprint car races with or without a wing in his #88 J&J. He won Friday night's non-wing Cash-in-a-Flash sprint car division at Memphis Motorsports. Robert Gant and Henry Gustavous joined Ward in the field driving J&J's.

On Saturday, Ward won the winged sprint car feature at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Northern Sprint Tour

"Smokin" Joe Ramaker scored the Northern Sprint Tour season opener in Lebanon, Oregon on April 29. The win was Ramaker's first NST feature win and he was thrilled with the accomplishment.

"Our Ostrich powered J&J was really fast right from the start, but it was a night to be cautious and we really didn't show our speed until the end because of all the difficulties of the night," said an excited Ramaker after the race.

"I can't believe it! I knew that we would have a chance to win on this circuit this year, but I honestly didn't think it would be the first night out. I can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds!"

Sprint Invaders

Matt Rogerson was victorious last Wednesday night at 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa. Rogerson took the victory over the Sprint Invaders in his #45 J&J. John Schulz came home fourth in the Deuce Racing #2 J&J and Josh Schneiderman was in the field driving the #49 J&J.

U.S. 36 Raceway

Australian native Lynton Jeffrey raced his #4au J&J to victory on Friday night at U.S. 36 Raceway in Cameron, Missouri.

Red River Valley Speedway

Loren Langerud scored his second win of the season at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND. Langerud started his #56 J&J sixth and worked his way into the lead on the second lap. He got passed on lap eight, but regained the lead one lap later and went on to score the victory.

"This new car we're running has been terrific," said Langerud following the win. "We've been on a couple of different tracks and its been consistently fast each night."

Sharon Speedway

Ed Lynch, Jr. took the checkered flag first on Saturday night in the sprint car division at Sharon Speedway driving his #2L J&J. Mike Kekich finished fifth in his #5k J&J.

Lake Ozark Speedway

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Terry Hinck gave J&J a one-two finish at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO, on Saturday night. Stenhouse raced the Fast Effects #40r J&J to victory. Stenhouse took advantage of his front row starting spot to earn the victory in the 25 lap A-Main, while Hinck mounted his charge from the 6th row to finish second in his #21H J&J Auto Racing, USA Performance Engines, Central Missouri Auto Body sprinter.

Knoxville Raceway (360)

John Schulz fulfilled a dream on Saturday night as he led all 15 laps to claim his first career "A" feature at the famed Knoxville Raceway. Schulz earned the pole position by racing the #2 Deuce Motorsports J&J to a third place finish in his heat. Schulz led from flag to flag and even a late race caution couldn't slow down the driver from West Burlington, Iowa.

The car is owned by Bart and Suzie Schneiderman is currently in fourth place in the Knoxville standings and third in the Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders point standings.

Stevie Walsh (#20 J&J) and Josh Higday (#4 J&J) were also in the feature event.

Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS)

Chris Parkinson drove the # 74 Dan Lawson Racing/Flooring Systems/Neo Synthetic/Home Depot/J&J to his third Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS) feature in a row Saturday night at Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg, MO. Parkinson raced the #74 J&J in the lead on lap 10 and won by a straightaway.

Skagit Speedway

Barry Martinez won his first feature event of the year at Skagit Speedway in Skagit, WA, on Saturday night.

Huset's Speedway (360)

Terry Reilly, aboard the #69R Nichols Construction, Beave's Truck Wash and Butlerbuilt motorsports J & J dominated the opening night feature at Huset's Speedway on Sunday night. Reilly led the event from the drop of the green racing around the cushion and lapping up to ninth place in the nonstop 18-lap race.

"Jack and everyone at J&J Auto Racing build the best car out there," said Reilly following the win. "This is the car we finished with last year, and I think it got faster over the winter. Thanks again to Jack and Bonnie at J & J, along with Jeannie and Brian Butler at Butlerbuilt motorsports. Without these great people behind us, we couldn't be out here competing the way we are."

Other strong J&J finishes:

Ricky Logan finished second in the 410 feature event at Knoxville Raceway in the #10v J&J. Skip Jackson finished sixth in the #2 J&J.

J&J was represented well in the O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car feature at Baton Rogue Raceway in Baton Rogue, LA, on Saturday night. Sixteen of the 20 cars starting the feature were J&J's including six of the top seven finishers (2nd place, Shane Morgan, 3rd place Terry Vidrine, 4th place David Kountz, 5th place Lincoln Gatwood, 6th place Seavy Clemons and 7th place Harold Henderson).


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Series Sprint
Drivers Steve Smith , Dan Lawson , Jason Johnson
Teams Williams