J&J Knoxville Nationals Friday notes

J&J's Dominate Friday Night at Knoxville Nationals J&J Auto Racing Teams Set For Sprint Car Racing's Biggest Pride KNOXVILLE, IA - Friday night's program at the 44th annual Knoxville Nationals turned out to be a showcase for drivers racing J&J...

J&J's Dominate Friday Night at Knoxville Nationals
J&J Auto Racing Teams Set For Sprint Car Racing's Biggest Pride

KNOXVILLE, IA - Friday night's program at the 44th annual Knoxville Nationals turned out to be a showcase for drivers racing J&J Auto Racing sprint cars. Travis Cram, Skip Jackson, Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman were all victorious in their respective races aboard J&J cars and Kenny Jacobs put his J&J on the front row for tonight's $125,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals "A" Feature.

"This has been a great week and it's pretty awesome that we're on the front row," said Jacobs, who finished fifth in Friday's "A" Scramble in the #22J J&S Fabrication J&J sprinter. "We finished third last year and to be right back up on the front with a chance to win is all we could ask for."

Donny Schatz roared his #15 ParkerStore J&J to victory in the 12-lap "A" Pole Scramble. By winning the race, he improved from ninth in points to sixth and will start tonight's 30-lap "A" Feature from the outside third row.

Skip Jackson was the class of the field in the "B" Scramble in his #2au J&J sprinter. He came into the event with the tenth starting position and will start Saturday's "B" Feature sixth in the 22-lap race.

Travis Cram dominated Friday's 20-lap Feature event in his #92 J&J leading the final 17 laps. The victory put Cram into the 11th starting position in the "C" Feature event.

"I really felt good in the racecar tonight," said Cram. "We've struggled for about a month, but tonight the thing was really fast. I hope this gets us going in the right direction and we can pass at least 10 cars and get into the "B" Feature."

Daryn Pittman won Friday night's Kele World Challenge in the Sherdon Motorsports #21 J&J from the tenth starting position. The Owasso, OK, driver was strong from the drop of the green and put on a dominant show racing away from the field to claim the $10,000 prize.

"To win the World Challenge is really cool," said Pittman, who was the 2002-03 Australian World Series Sprint car champion. "We've had a tough week, but the car really worked well. I could run the bottom or the top. It's great to win at Knoxville and to represent the USA."

Other J&J Auto Racing Highlights

Fred Rahmer is continuing his strong week at the Knoxville Nationals. He leads the country with victories driving the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J and will start the "A" Feature in eighth position.

Jeff Mitrisin will start the Gifford Motorsports #17g J&J in the third starting slot of the "B" Feature.

Ed Lynch, Jr. goes from the 11th position in his #2L Indy Recycling J&J in the "B" Feature.

Lance Dewease will race the Hamilton Motorsports #77 J&J from 14th in the 22-lap "B" Feature.

The C-Main will feature Daryn Pittman on the pole in his #21 Pepsi J&J, Manny Rockhold, Travis Cram and Loren Langerud.

Sixteen year-old Mississippi racer Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start from 10th in the "D" Feature.

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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Kenny Jacobs , Jeff Mitrisin , Daryn Pittman , Ricky Stenhouse Jr.