J&J Auto Racing weekly wrap-up 2002-05-08

Dewease, Smith double in J&J's while Lynch and Wilson score one each. McKENZIE, TN - Lance Dewease and Jamie Smith scored sprint car victories in Pennsylvania on Friday and Saturday nights in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars while Ed Lynch, Jr. won...

Dewease, Smith double in J&J's while Lynch and Wilson score one each.

McKENZIE, TN - Lance Dewease and Jamie Smith scored sprint car victories in Pennsylvania on Friday and Saturday nights in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars while Ed Lynch, Jr. won in Ohio and Rick Wilson won in Ontario.

Williams Grove Speedway - One week after winning number 50 at "the Grove", Lance Dewease made it two in row driving Al Hamilton's #77 J&J to victory lane at Williams Grove Speedway. Dewease, who started 10th, quickly worked his way to the front getting to second by lap five. From lap five to fifteen, he battled Sean Michael for the lead before taking the led late in lap fifteen. Once out front, the #77 J&J was never challenged as Dewease went on to claim the win and added to his track leading all-time victory total to 51.

Lincoln Speedway - Lance Dewease made it two wins in the weekend by winning his fourth All Star Circuit of Champions feature of the season in the 30-lap feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J.

"We go pretty good in these time trial events. Normally, the race track is a little bit slicker than (this one was) tonight, and we haven't been real great all year. But we've been working real hard. Last night's the best we've been at the Grove, and tonight's the best we've been here all year," said Dewease after scoring his 16th Lincoln career win and 18th career All-Star win. "It means a lot to win this one tonight. It's a better paying race. I like racing against the All Stars, and I also like beating them!!"

Dewease, who started fourth and took the lead on lap nine, dominated the final 20 laps, besting second-place finisher Sean Michael by 1.82 seconds at the end to claim the $5,000 top prize. The victory marked a milestone 77th Lincoln win for car owners Al and Betty Hamilton in the Pigeon Hills, matching the car number they made famous in Central Pennsylvania.

Fred Rahmer finished sixth in the Joe Harz Racing #88 J&J and Todd Gracey drove the Bill and Kay Tanger #07 J&J to a tenth place finish.

Lernerville - Jamie Smith "jetted" to his first 20-lap St. Barnabas Health System Sprint feature win since 1998. Smith, the former 1996 and '97 Track Champion, started on the pole and guided the race all circuits. Smith's 13th Lernerville win came in his GBG #5 J&J, and he was followed by J&J runners Ralph Spithaler and Ed Lynch, Jr.

Mercer - Jamie Smith backed up Friday night's first win at Lernerville in four years by capturing his first Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature win at Mercer since June 17, 2000. "It's been awhile," stated the Sewickley, Pa. driver from the victory lane. "We've had good stuff all year and have a real good team with good guys behind us. They've been working real hard. I knew it could all come together and it came together good. This was a great weekend and I think things are really starting to roll." Smith, who started his GBG #5 J&J tenth, took the lead with pass on lap 11.

New Sharon Speedway - Ed Lynch, Jr., won the first sprint car feature at the New Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) on Saturday. Lynch started his #2L J&J on the outside pole and led the entire 25-laps of the A-Main.

Southern Ontario Sprints - Ontario's Rick Wilson lived up to his nickname The Joyceville Jet Saturday when he drove from a seventh place starting position to take the victory in the Brighton Garden Market IGA sponsored Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) feature race driving his own #27 J&J.

Wilson, who fielded a second J&J car for his 17- year old son, Kyle, who was making his sprint car racing debut, had a lot to smile about following the race. Kyle, who started fifth, was challenging the SOS defending champion Warren Mahoney for second place for much of the 20-lap run.

"I am really happy tonight. I wanted to put Kyle in my second car to give him a feel for a sprint car. He really did well tonight finishing third behind Mahoney. This is he first time in a sprint car and he did a super job," said Wilson.

Other Notable J&J finishes:

Port Royal Speedway - The Middleswarth teammates finished second and third on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. Keith Kauffman finished second in the Middleswarth #7 J&J and Todd Hestor finished third in the #7m J&J.

All-Stars - In Sunday's All-Star Feature at Tri-City Speedway (Dempseytown, PA), Fred Rahmer led the J&J runners with a third place finish in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J. Lance Dewease finished seventh in the Hamilton Motorsports #77.

WoO - Daryn Pittman recorded the fastest time in qualifications during Saturday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws program at Nebraska Raceway Park before finishing ninth in the feature. In Friday's race, Donny Schatz steered the #15 ParkerStore J&J from 23rd to 8th.

WoO Gumout - Craig Keel finished fourth after starting sixth driving the #9 Pearl & Associates J&J at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL. Jeremy Campbell was also in the field with his #10 J&J.

URC - In the fourth event of the 2002 URC Advance Auto Parts Sprint Series on Saturday night at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Curt Michael finished 8th in the Pallidino #99 J&J and Jeff Busby 20th in the #47 J&J.

ASCS - Toby Brown (#61 J&J) finished 13th in Friday's feature at New Leesville 171 Speedway in Leesville, LA while Lane Wittington, who was racing for fifth place before being knocked off the track, finished 19th. On Saturday, Toby Brown (#61 J&J) finished 6th and AG Raines #3 J&J finished 15th at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, MS.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Daryn Pittman
Teams Williams