McKenzie, TN (July 28) - With the racing spotlight on Pennsylvania last weekend, J&J Auto Racing teams proved to have just what it took last weekend including three drivers winning both on Friday and Saturday. Leading the way were Donny Schatz,...
McKenzie, TN (July 28) - With the racing spotlight on Pennsylvania last weekend, J&J Auto Racing teams proved to have just what it took last weekend including three drivers winning both on Friday and Saturday. Leading the way were Donny Schatz, who took two World of Outlaws wins at Williams Grove Speedway, Ed Lynch, who won Friday at Lernerville Speedway and Saturday night at Sharon Speedway, and Blane Heimbach won on Friday night at Clinton Co. and Selinsgrove on Saturday. Travis Cram and Mike Ward also were victorious over the weekend in J&J sprinters and J&J drivers Lane Whittington, Rusty Samford and Lincoln Gatwood swept the top three spots in the CAJUN sprinters event.
World of Outlaws
Every time the World of Outlaws head to Williams Grove Speedway they know they are in for a fight. Donny Schatz led the J&J brigade of drivers winning both Friday's event and Saturday's finale in the #15 ParkerStore J&J. Schatz started eighth in Friday's feature event and passed Jason Sides with four laps remaining to score his fifth career feature win at the famous half-mile track.
Saturday's finale of Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals was lined up on points accumulated for the first two nights. Keith Kauffman earned the most points driving the Middleswarth #7k J&J and he was followed by Schatz (second), Lance Dewease (Hamilton #77 J&J) fourth and Fred Rahmer (Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J) in fifth. In the final feature event, Schatz put on a great show exchanging the lead with Danny Lasoski on several occasions before ultimately taking the top spot on lap 25 of the 30-lap feature event. J&J's dominance at "the Grove" was clear by earning four of the top five positions: Schatz (1st), Kauffman (3rd), Rahmer (4th) and Dewease (5th).
"My car was perfect on Saturday and really good on Friday night too," said Schatz following the $20,000 victory. "Tyler (Swank, crew chief) made all the right choices. I was able to run anywhere on the track I needed to through the lapped traffic. This is a good start for us to have momentum heading back to Eldora for the Big One then on to Knoxville."
Ed Lynch Jr. continued to increase his record of wins at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night. He started his #2L CTT/Indy Recycling/Red Devil Brakes J&J 14th in the 20-lap race and found himself in fifth by lap five. He took the lead on lap 13 and checked out on the field winning by more than 10 car lengths. Scott Bonnell and Chad Hill came home second and third giving J&J a podium sweep.
"We just race the race track and keep going," said Lynch following his 17th win of the season and seventh at Lernerville. "It doesn't last forever but while it's here, we're going to keep attacking it!"
Ed Lynch Jr. continued to show his winning style at Sharon Speedway on Saturday night. He passed his brother-in-law and fellow J&J runner, Chad Hill in his #44 J&J, on lap 23 for the victory. Lynch, who drove his #2L J&J to victory, now leads the Sprint car points at Sharon by 73 markers.
Blane Heimbach continued his success on Clinton County Speedway's one-third mile high-banked clay oval winning his seventh feature event of the season driving the #12 Creasy Signs/Middleswarth Potato Chips J&J.
Blane Heimbach romped to his second win in a row and third overall in 2003 at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night's 25-lap sprint car. For Heimbach, the victory was the fourth of his career at the Snyder County track driving the #12 J&J Creasy Signs/Middleswarth Potato Chips/Beavertown Block/Salem RV Center entry.
Travis Cram and Ricky Logan scored a one-two finish for J&J on Saturday night in the 410 feature at legendary Knoxville Raceway. Cram piloted his #92 Don Ott powered J&J into the lead from his second row starting position at the drop of the green flag and led all 20 laps to score his third victory of the season at Knoxville. Logan, who began the evening by earning quick-time, drove the Gifford Motorsports #17g J&J to a career-best second place finish from his tenth starting position.
Delta Bowl Speedway
With a victory on night #1 of the Race to the Nationals already under his belt, Mike Ward stormed into Delta Bowl Speedway and captured the second round of the series. Ward started his #88 J&J on the front row and took the lead at the drop of the green. Ward was chased early by another J&J competitor AG Rains (#3 J&J) and it looked as though it would be another 1-2 finish for J&J. Disaster struck for Rains just past the race's midpoint as he was forced to spin to miss a slowing, lapped car. Ward was never headed in the feature and took the win while Rains raced from the back of the pack to come home fourth.
Lane Whittington scored his 50th career feature win on Saturday night at Queen City Speedway in Meridian, Mississippi. Whittington started outside the front row next to his Gatwood Motorsports teammate, Lincoln Gatwood, and took the lead at the start in the #12 Porter Cable J&J. Gatwood, who is having a fine rookie season driving the #38 J&J, dropped back to eighth after having a problem coming out of turn two on the first lap. Rusty Samford, who started third, chased his teammate in the #24 J&J the entire 25-lap race while Gatwood worked his way back to third.