McKENZIE, TN - As the sprint car season opened in the Northeast, J&J Auto Racing continued to shine as Fred Rahmer claimed the Ice Breaker 30 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA, ahead of Lance Dewease, who piloted the Joe Harz ...
McKENZIE, TN - As the sprint car season opened in the Northeast, J&J Auto Racing continued to shine as Fred Rahmer claimed the Ice Breaker 30 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA, ahead of Lance Dewease, who piloted the Joe Harz #88 J&J to a second place finish after setting a heat race track record. In World of Outlaws action, Andy Hillenburg scored his second win in a row when he passed Donny Schatz's ParkerStore J&J with two laps remaining on Friday night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two one-two J&J finishes highlighted the weekend's sprint car action.
"This is a special victory," said Rahmer, who celebrated his 42nd birthday by winning his 100 feature at Lincoln. "I've been so fortunate over the years to have the car owners I've had. All the credit goes to Al (Hamilton) though. He's been using J&J's forever and my hat goes off to Jack Elam and his staff. They've built us a great racecar and we're hoping for a great year."
Rahmer and Hamilton's #77 team were instrumental in developing the 2001 J&J car by doing a lot of testing last fall with the new scoop and radiator placement. Of Rahmer's 100 wins at Lincoln, 56 of them have been with Hamilton in a J&J, and Hamilton has been using J&J cars since 1989.
In Las Vegas, Donny Schatz's #15 ParkerStores J&J dominated Friday's action, which was televised on TNN, until the final laps of the "A" Feature when Hillenburg slipped past Schatz for the victory.
"A tough track really puts a lot of pressure on the cars," said Hillenburg, who leads the WoO point standings. "Our J&J really handled well and didn't falter. You want to have the best equipment, and when a track is this bad you really have to be confident in your car in order to gas it and go to the front. Donny really had a fast car tonight, but second place was the position to be in when there was that much traffic. The lapped car messed him up and I took advantage of it."
Next weekend, the Outlaws will return to legendary Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, where the WoO staged their first official race in 1978. Kenny Woodruff, crew chief of the ParkerStore #15 J&J, won that race, and Hillenburg has always been strong on the half-mile oval.
Rahmer and Dewease will hope to repeat their top finishes next weekend at both Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway. Mother Nature's recent snowstorm may not allow either event to be held.
- J&J Auot Racing