J&J Auto Racing weekly notes 2002-05-21

Rahmer takes two while Pittman, Martinez and Rains win in J&J's. McKENZIE,TN - With the Pennzoil World of Outlaws visiting Pennsylvania last week, a number of J&J Auto Racing teams proved to be on top of their game. Before the Outlaws reached ...

Rahmer takes two while Pittman, Martinez and Rains win in J&J's.

McKENZIE,TN - With the Pennzoil World of Outlaws visiting Pennsylvania last week, a number of J&J Auto Racing teams proved to be on top of their game. Before the Outlaws reached Central PA, Fred Rahmer won the 50th Anniversary 50-lap feature in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J on Wednesday and backed that effort up with another win at Lincoln on Saturday. Daryn Pittman led a brigade of J&J teams in the World of Outlaws event at Hagerstown Speedway winning his second feature of the season, while Barry Martinez claimed the 360 feature win at Skagit Speedway in Washington.

Lincoln's 50th Anniversary Event

Fred Rahmer won his 115th career feature win at Lincoln Speedway in Joe Harz Racing's #88h J&J last Wednesday night after a spirited duel with Lance Dewease. Dewease made his final move for the lead on lap 46 in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J and finished .22 seconds behind Rahmer.

"You gotta do what you gotta do," said Rahmer commenting on the wheel-to-wheel war with Dewease in victory lane, "I knew he was getting through three and four good and we were just medium all the way around.  I saw his elbows up, so it was time for me to get mine up, too."

"We got lucky with the misfortune Keith and Donnie had.  We've still got a lot of work to do, but I guess that's what all these people come out to see. What a great crowd.  Fifty years of history, and one of the best improvements in years with that pit area in the back.  What a great group of people that own this place."

Rahmer started eighth and was running fifth when leaders Keith Kauffman, driving the Middleswarth #7 J&J, and Donnie KreitzJr., were collected by the spinning cars of Jerry Parrish and Mike Erdley on the first and second turns of lap 23.  Kauffman grabbed the lead from the outside of row one, and led every lap until the accident. Kauffman did return to finish seventh.

Hagerstown World of Outlaws

Daryn Pittman won his second WoO feature event of the season on Saturday at Hagerstown driving the #21 Sher-Don J&J. He took the lead from Tyler Walker with five laps remaining and went on to score the victory.

"That was all my crew tonight - I had the best car out there," Pittman said. "Bob Curtis, "Glenno (Ingliss) and everyone else did a fantastic job, especially Joe Gaerte. He's been helping us a bunch with our motors. It didn't matter where I was or what I did, this car was absolutely perfect, and that's what it takes to win out here. The #21 Hop & Sac J&J just got better as the race went on."

Todd Hestor was the fastest qualifier in the program driving the Middleswarth #7m J&J. Six J&J teams were in the 24-car feature field. Donny Schatz started 16th in the #15 ParkerStore J&J and finished sixth. Lance Dewease (Hamilton #77 J&J) finished 11th ahead of Keith Kauffman (Middleswarth #7 J&J), who started 20th.

Lincoln (Saturday)

The race certainly didn't have the drama of Wednesday's clash of the titans, but the results were the same as Fred Rahmer claimed his second win of the week at Lincoln Speedway. Rahmer took the lead in Joe Harz Racing's #88h on lap 21 and went on to win number 116 of his career at the half-mile oval.

"With that little bit of rain, it was pretty moist, and it was pretty easy to run around here wide open," said Rahmer. "It was just a matter of who snuck through when. We were lucky to get through...I've got to thank Miller Brothers, Mr. T's, CnB Mushrooms, and all the guys that help us out. The crew did a good job tonight, but we can still be a lot better."

Skagit Speedway

Barry Martinez and Travis Jacobson (#18 J&J) gave J&J a one-two finish in Saturday's 360 sprint car feature at Skagit Speedway. Martinez, who won his heat race, started on the outside of the front row led the entire 25-lap feature in his #66 Geological Boring, Jolly Construction, Northlake Septic Service, Alpine Recovery Services, Advanced Sprint Car J&J.

Other Notable J&J finishes:

AG Rains (#3 J&J) won at Riverside Speedway on Friday night.

Pete Butler (#29h J&J) and Lewis Jenkins, Jr. (#1 J&J) finished second and third I-30 Speedway on Saturday night in the sprint car feature event.

Rick Wilson finished second in the Southern Ontario Sprints event aboard his #27 J&J at Ohsweken Speedway.

URC driver Curt Michael was in a crash during Saturday's race at the Delaware International Speedway. Michael has a concussion and the 6th vertebrae in his back is broken and is expected to be released Tuesday morning. He's being fitted with a back brace and will be out 3-4 weeks. Cards can reach him at Rt. 1 Box 303A, Ocean View, Del. 19970


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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman