J&J Auto Racing Teams Have Outstanding 2001 Sprint Car Seasons McKENZIE, TN - In one of the most competitive sprint car racing season's, J&J Auto Racing teams were very successful in a number of racing organizations throughout the country. Most...
J&J Auto Racing Teams Have Outstanding 2001 Sprint Car Seasons
McKENZIE, TN - In one of the most competitive sprint car racing season's, J&J Auto Racing teams were very successful in a number of racing organizations throughout the country. Most took advantage of J&J's extensive Research and Development efforts during the fall of 2000, which produced a unique car design for this season. J&J Auto Racing teams captured a number of championships across the country.
"I've always said that it takes a lot of people to have a successful product," said Elam. "I have to give a lot of credit to the people at my shop. It's a total team effort here at J&J. When the car leaves our shop, I tell the drivers, mechanics and car-owners in order to win races it's going to take a team effort to make everything work right. If a team has everything in place, they'll be able to win races. This season, we had a number of teams that worked hard together and won races."
Pennzoil World of Outlaws - J&J Auto Racing competitors Andy Hillenburg and Donny Schatz pulled their weight against the competition this year in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws series. Hillenburg and Schatz both won 10 feature events during the WoO season second only to Mark Kinser's 20. The 20 wins by Hillenburg and Schatz accounted for more than 20% of the victories while other manufacturer's split the remaining 80% between 14 competitors. Hillenburg won races early and late in the season in his #2 Luxaire J&J while Schatz, who was in his first season driving a J&J, put together a couple of dominant streaks during the season in his ParkerStores #15 J&J. Schatz also won the Kele World Challenge during the Knoxville Nationals in a J&J.
World of Outlaws Gumout Series - Daryn Pittman earned J&J Auto Racing their first WoO Gumout title in his family owned #3 Winneabago Motorsports/Gaerte Engines J&J. Pittman was the most consistent driver in the two year-old Gumout Series winning three races and scoring 11 top five finishes in the 20-race schedule. Lance Dewease also won three WoO Gumout feature events and Fred Rahmer won the season opener to give J&J seven wins in 20 Gumout races.
Williams Grove Speedway (PA) - The legendary Williams Grove Speedway celebrated another spectacular season in Central Pennsylvania, and J&J Auto Racing teams showed plenty of pop at the half-mile oval claiming 16 wins and the top three spots in the points chase. Lance Dewease claimed the championship and won seven races, including the National Open, in Joe Harz's #88h J&J ahead of Keith Kauffman (three wins) in the Middleswarth #7 J&J and Fred Rahmer (two wins) was third in Al Hamilton's #77 J&J. Donny Schatz scored three wins and Craig Keel scored one in the Pearl #9 J&J.
Lincoln Speedway (PA) - Fred Rahmer continued his dominance at Lincoln Speedway in Central Pennsylvania winning his fifth consecutive Super Sprint points championship. "Fast Freddy" won 13 races in the #77 Hamilton Motorsports J&J en route to his sixth track title. Lance Dewease won three feature events while Craig Keel and Brain Montieth each won two helping J&J score 22 wins in 28 races at the half-mile oval in the super sprint division.
Port Royal Speedway (PA) - Keith Kauffman proved he's still one of the toughest customers to get behind the wheel of a sprint car as he led a parade of J&J drivers to victory lane at Port Royal Speedway. Kauffman, who claimed the track championship, won seven races while his teammate Todd Hestor scored a pair, while Lance Dewease claimed five more as J&J drivers won 15 of the 23 "410" features.
URC - Jeff Busby was a 3-time winner and earned the Rookie of the Year in the URC sprint car series. Becca Anderson won two races and set a new track record at the Syracuse Mile. Curt Michael won $6000 for his victory at the Syracuse Mile in the Cathy and Pat Palladino #99 J&J. Rick Wilson of Joyceville, Ontario, won several races in 2001, including his first URC feature event at Rolling Wheels Speedway (NY) in the #27 J&J.
ASCS - Three J&J Auto Racing runners won feature events in the American Sprint Car Series in 2001. Mike Ward, Terry Gray and AG Rains were all triumphant in J&J sprinters.
USCS - Terry Gray earned J&J Auto Racing a championship in the United Sprint Car Series. Gray piloted his #10 J&J to 10 USCS feature wins and finished in the top five in 28 of the 31 events. This is Gray's eighth National championship in three different sprint car series and is his first USCS national championship. His other championships came in the American Sprint Car Series and National Championship Racing Series.
IRA - Donny Goeden won three IRA features piloting the #27 J&J and finished 2nd in the IRA title chase just 11 points behind winner Kim Mock.
WESTERN PA - Jimmy Hawley reclaimed the Sprint car championship at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway by winning seven races in Doc and Deb Crawford's #CIII J&J. It was his third championship as he also won in 1998 and 1999. Ed Lynch, Jr. won five features at Lernerville in his Howard Concrete #2L J&J. Hawley also had eight wins at Mercer Raceway Park, including the final six in a row, which helped the team earn the track championship.
OHIO Winners - Bryan Scott won 17 races in a row in 305 action and claimed the track championship at both Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway. John Ivy won the Fremont 410 track championship, and Mike Linder also won a SOD feature event at Fremont.
Knoxville Raceway - Manny Rockhold won a pair of features at Knoxville Raceway, while Donny Schatz claimed the Knoxvile Nationals pole position by winning the second preliminary feature race in August. Skip Jackson won his 18th career feature at Knoxville in July as he returned in the #55 J&J.
TULSA SPEEDWAY - TULSA, OK - Donnie Crawford won three 410 sprint A features on his way to a record 14th career track championship in JR Hillenburg's #1 J&J.
I-30 Speedway (AK) - Lewis Jenkins won six features in a row driving his #1 J&J. His success led to a popular bounty and $10,000-to-win purse. Jenkins didn't win the bounty event, but did go on to claim the I-30 track championship.
BUTLER MOTOR SPEEDWAY (MI) - Charlie Baker took the track championship at Butler (MI) Speedway in Larry and Cindy Fisher's #75 J&J. Baker won the final 410 feature of the season on his way to claiming his second track championship.
ST. FRANCIOS SPEEDWAY (MO) - Tim Montgomery continued to show the way at Farmington MO's St. Francois County Raceway as he claimed the track championship in his Century 21 J&J.