Hillenburg, Kauffman, Gray And Busby Show The Way In J&J's McKENZIE, TN - As the 2001 sprint car season continues to wind down, Andy Hillenburg is hoping to finish it as strong as he started it. Hillenburg, who won the first two Pennzoil World...
Hillenburg, Kauffman, Gray And Busby Show The Way In J&J's
McKENZIE, TN - As the 2001 sprint car season continues to wind down, Andy Hillenburg is hoping to finish it as strong as he started it. Hillenburg, who won the first two Pennzoil World of Outlaws feature races this season, claimed his sixth "A" and ninth overall victory on Saturday night at the Talladega Short Track in his #2 Luxaire J&J sprinter. Keith Kauffman, who is also having a terrific season, won a spirited J&J battle with Lance Dewease at Grandview Speedway in Saturday's Thunder on the Hill event. Terry Gray claimed a USCS event in Georgia while URC Rookie Jeff Busby won at the Delaware International Speedway.
Hillenburg capped a strong weekend with Saturday's performance after finishing third on Friday. He followed one of his former crew members, Shane Stewart who won Friday's opener, to the flagstand for the start of the 30-lap "A" feature. Stewart missed the start and Hillenburg took advantage by pushing his J&J to the lead. Hillenburg spent the final 24 laps exchanging the lead with 16-time WoO champion Steve Kinser before prevailing with the win.
"I think everyone out there got their money's worth with that one," Hillenburg said in victory lane. "That was some close racing. Steve Kinser's a great driver, and he raced me clean that whole race. It was a pleasure running with him like that. I have to thank all the people that make it possible for me to race. Our car worked great tonight and we had good horsepower. Maybe we can win a few more of these final races."
Keith Kauffman came out on top of a spirited battle with Lance Dewease to win Saturday night's 25-lap sprint car portion of the 5-25's Thunder on the Hill event at Grandview Speedway (BECHTELSVILLE,PA). Kauffman's win was his 12th of the season behind the wheel of the Dave Middleswarth-owned Middleswarth Potato Chips No. 7 J&J.
Kauffman followed early leader, Lance Dewease, who was making his second start in Al Hamilton's #77 J&J, before making his first pass for the lead on lap 10. The two exchanged the lead from laps 18 to 22 before Kauffman finally took control for good. He raced away during the final two laps to claim the $3500 victory.
"We always have a lot of fun racing here, and tonight was real fun," said Kauffman. "The bottom was good, but sometimes it's hard to stay down there, so you have to keep searching around the track because you never know if you can run in one spot."
Fred Rahmer finished third in Joe Harz's #88h and completed the J&J top three sweep.
Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee, put on a show at Woodstock, Georgia's famed Dixie Speedway Saturday night with $2550 with his clean sweep of the star studded 24 car field from seven states in the United Sprint Car Series "Dixie Nationals". Gray piloted his #10 J&J with Wesmar power to claim his tenth USCS win of the year, including five-in-a-row dating back to his win at Cleveland Speedway on September 8th.
Jeff BusbyÂ was on top of his game asÂ the rookie URC driver from Bri dgeville, DE scored his third URC career win last Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. In the twenty-five lap URC BAR'S Leaks sprint feature,Â Busby took the lead from Becca Anderson on lap four then led the entire distance to score the victory. Both Busby and Anderson were driving J&J sprint cars.