McKENZIE, TN - Mother Nature may have won more races than anyone last week, but drivers behind the wheel of J&J Auto Racing sprint cars were pretty successful too. Mike Ward led the charge as he won back-to-back races in the USCS series, while...
McKENZIE, TN - Mother Nature may have won more races than anyone last week, but drivers behind the wheel of J&J Auto Racing sprint cars were pretty successful too. Mike Ward led the charge as he won back-to-back races in the USCS series, while Andy Hillenburg and Donny Schatz earned Pennzoil World of Outlaws wins and Keith Kauffman and Glenndon Forsythe claimed Central Pennsylvania wins in J&J's.
Ward piloted his #88 J&J to victory lane for the first time in the 2001 campaign on Friday at Malden (MO) Speedway's 3/8 mile clay oval. The Memphis native lead all 30 laps of the United Sprint Car Series main event and beat fellow J&J runners Terry Gray (2nd), Mike McElya (4th) and Lewis Jenkins, Jr. (6th) to the finish line. On Saturday night, he "delightedly" collected his second $2000 winners paycheck in two nights, after winning the 25-lap feature race at Garnertown Speedway near Jackson, Tennessee. Ward lead every lap before a standing room only crowd at the fast 4/10 mile clay oval.
"We've been working hard to get that first one this season," claimed Ward. "It feels good to get two back-to-back. The racecar worked really well all season for us, but tonight we got everything to come together for us. Hopefully, we can add quite a few more wins to our total this year."
Lewis Jenkins Jr. followed up his third place run with the USCS series on Friday night with a victory on Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, AK. Jenkins won his heat race and lead a parade of J&J competitors to the pay window as Glenn Passmore finished second and A.G. Rains finished third. All three of the podium finishers were in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars.
Andy Hillenburg has been trying to win at Eldora Speedway since 1987. On Sunday morning, he finally broke through at the super-fast high-banked 1/2-mile oval. Hillenburg drove his #2 Luxaire J&J from fourth place to the runner-up spot during the first 25 laps of the 35-lap race. After a late yellow, Hillenburg made his winning move past Johnny Herrera and drove off for his third Pennzoil World of Outlaws victory of the season.
"My crew did an excellent job," said Hillenburg, who won the first two races of the 2001 season. "This track is really demanding on both the driver and the equipment. Jack Elam builds a terrific car and it worked great tonight. We got off to a great start earlier this season and haven't been able to get to victory lane until now. This is a big confidence builder and our goal is to keep ourselves up front on a regular basis."
The victory marked the second time in the last three WoO races that found a J&J in victory lane. Donny Schatz finished fourth at Eldora in his ParkerStores #15 J&J, but started the week by dominating the Lebanon Valley Speedway event in W. Lebanon, NY. Schatz led the 25-lap race wire-to-wire and was chased by another J&J racer Daryn Pittman, who recorded his best finish of the season in his #3 Winnebago/Gaerte Engines J&J.
J&J's finished first and second on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway as Keith Kauffman defeated Lance Dewease and a host of other competitors in the 25-lap feature race. Kauffman, who started 12th in the Middleswarth #7K J&J, was up to second during the races middle stages and he took advantage of a turn one bobble by his teammate Todd Hestor with 11 laps to go to drive into the lead. Once at the front, Kauffman tried to hide from the field but was tracked down and hounded over the final laps by 13th starter Lance Dewease. Dewease was able to draw even with the leader with three to go but after seeing the challenger, Kauffman stepped his program up a notch to protect the win, which came by just three car lengths ahead of Fayetteville's Dewease.
Glenndon Forsythe finally shook the monkey off his back Saturday by picking up his first career super sprint win at Lincoln Speedway. Forsythe drove the Bill and Kay Tanger/Materials Handling Systems #07 J&J to the lead on the eighth lap and held off a strong cast to score the victory.
"What a deal!" said Forsythe in victory lane. "I've got to thank Bill and Kay for giving me this opportunity...we were running on a rather slim budget in my car and I gave this one a try. We got here pretty quick, maybe we'll be back soon!"
Lewis Jenkins Jr. followed up his third place run with the USCS series on Friday night with a victory on Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, AK. Jenkins won his heat race and lead a parade of J&J competitors to the pay window as Glenn Passmore finished second and A.G. Rains finished third. All three of the podium runners were in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars.