J&J'S Top Outlaws, All-Stars and American Outlaw Action Series McKenzie, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams continued their strong 2003 season this past weekend by claiming wins over the World of Outlaws, All-Stars and American Outlaw Action series.
J&J'S Top Outlaws, All-Stars and American Outlaw Action Series
McKenzie, TN -- J&J Auto Racing teams continued their strong 2003 season this past weekend by claiming wins over the World of Outlaws, All-Stars and American Outlaw Action series. Donny Schatz dominated the World of Outlaws 1/3-mile Nationals at Eagle Raceway, Ed Lynch Jr. defeated the All-Stars at Mercer Raceway Park and Johnny Bridges won the American Outlaw Action Series event.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
Donny Schatz powered the #15 ParkerStores Shaver J & J to victory lane leading flag-to-flag in the 40-lap A-Main finale of the 1/3 Mile Short Track Nationals at Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE. Scoring his 11th win of the 2003 season, Schatz set a new single-season career win record in World of Outlaws competition.
"My guys have given me a great race car all season and we couldn't be happier about the performance we've had from these J&J's," said Schatz. "At the beginning of the season, one of the goals we set as a team was to score more wins than I had previously in my World of Outlaws career. There is great satisfaction in the accomplishment and builds confidence in everyone involved with the team. The next step is to continue our winning ways the rest of the season, head to Australia and rack up some wins there so we are in championship form when the 2004 season begins.
After finishing second in Friday's preliminary feature, Schatz won the 7-lap Dash to claim the pole for the 40-lap feature event. He took the lead at the drop of the green and was never headed.
Ed Lynch, Jr. won Saturday night's Haulmark All Star sprint car 40 lap Chuck Marsh Memorial feature at Mercer Raceway Park. Lynch found himself in the right place at the right time with three laps remaining driving his #2L J&J. He was in second place when leader Dale Blaney had to pull into the pits because of flat tire. "The Apollo Rocket" took the lead from there and went on to win the race.
"A little bit of luck while running second...that's when you have to take advantage of somebody else's bad luck," said Lynch following his sixth career All Star win and 11th victory at Mercer. "To win you've got to finish the race and we had a good racecar. It's been a good season for us and any time you can add an All-Star win that just makes everyone happy."
Lynch started on the front row and took the lead on lap six. He held the post until a lap 22 restart when he bobbled allowing Blaney to get by him. When the caution flew on lap 37, Lynch could see that Blaney had a flat tire. He restarted the race and pulled away from fellow J&J runner Kenny Jacobs in the Pete Grove Motorsports #70 J&J.
"It's pretty neat- Chuck (Marsh) worked for my dad and worked for me," explained Lynch following his 22nd overall win of 2003. "He helped us out, Dale out, and Kenny Jacobs. He was good friends with all of us. I know Chuck enjoyed this race. We were battling it out through traffic. It was a great show. I thank Vicki (Emig) for having this race here. This was a multi-groove race track out here. That's what dirt racing is all about. I hope the fans enjoyed it."
Along with the one-two J&J finish of Lynch and Jacobs, two other J&J drivers had standout performances. Scott Bonnell raced from the 24th starting spot in his #3b J&J to a solid fifth place finish for his career best All Star showing, and Erin Crocker set a new one-lap record in the #16 J&J. She became the first person in the history of the speedway to ever crack the 12-second bracket, and her lap of 12.886 shattered Kenny Jacobs' track record last year of 13.292 for the 410 Sprint Cars.
Johnny Bridges scored the first-ever American Outlaw Action Series event at Screven Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The standing room only crowd watched Bridges race the #07 J&J to his fourth win of the season in the 25 lap "A" main. Bridges also started the evening by setting a new track record during qualifications.
Other strong J&J performances:
Several J&J competitors had strong showings during the 15th Annual Manufacturers Appreciation Race on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. Fred Rahmer was the race leader during the first six laps in the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J and ultimately finished second. Doug Esh looked to be the man to beat during the races middle stages aboard the Leach Motorsports #30 J&J. Esh was working on eventual winner Cris Eash when he had to spin to avoid the car of Chris Knopp who was flipping. He rejoined the field at the tail and raced to a ninth place finish. Lance Dewease came home third in the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J while Keith Kauffman scored a sixth place finish driving the Middleswarth Potato Chips #7 J&J.