Rahmer, Dewease, and Schatz claim Outlaw victories for J&J McKENZIE, TN - The World of Outlaws had a busy weekend as their primary series the Pennzoil World of Outlaws staged three programs over the weekend in Iowa and South Dakota while the ...
Rahmer, Dewease, and Schatz claim Outlaw victories for J&J
McKENZIE, TN - The World of Outlaws had a busy weekend as their primary series the Pennzoil World of Outlaws staged three programs over the weekend in Iowa and South Dakota while the Gumout Series opened their 2001 campaign with two races in Pennsylvania. Donny Schatz drove his ParkerStores #15 J&J to victory in the Outlaws feature in Sioux Falls, SD, on Sunday after Fred Rahmer scored Friday's win at Williams Grove in Al Hamilton's #77 J&J when he out fought Lance Dewease. Dewease made it a J&J sweep in the Gumout events as he put the Joe Harz #88 J&J in victory lane at Port Royal Speedway.
Rahmer entered Friday's race at Williams Grove Speedway still looking for his first feature win of the season at the Grove. The five-time defending champion had witnessed six drivers win in the first seven races at the historic half-mile oval. He made it seven different winners in eight starts by overtaking Dewease on the 17th lap. He held off the #88 for the rest of the race to claim his 45th career feature victory at "the Grove", which tied him for career best with Donnie Kreitz.
"Last week, I left here last week feeling real good and also real disappointed, so that made me run just a little harder" Rahmer said following the win. "Lance got the lead and I thought, 'Uh-oh, here we go again."
"We were just able to get thru lapped traffic. I don't know if I was any better after the red. I'll tell you that with Lance behind me I was running as hard as I could. You can come here all year and not win a race - it's just tough. Tonight we timed bad. We were not running as good as we should have, but we got lucky in the heat, and here we stand. It's all just a matter of luck and putting the whole thing together. The guys did a good job for me tonight."
Keith Kauffman finished fourth while Shawn Keen and Dave Ely finished seventh and eighth giving J&J five of first eight finishers.
While Rahmer continued his winning ways on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, where he took the lead on the 18th lap and never looked back in the 25-lap race, Dewease looked to continue the J&J victory party in the Gumout Series at Port Royal Speedway. Greg Hodnett started the evening by setting quick time in the Apple Chevrolet #12 J&J, and Keith Kauffman and Dewease earned front row starting positions by winning their respective Dashes. After watching Kauffman take the early lead, Dewease took command and out dueled Kauffman for most of the early stages before pulling away at the end of the 30-lap race. Kauffman held on for second and his teammate, Todd Hestor finished fourth giving J&J three of the top four finishers for the second consecutive Gumout race.
Sunday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws race at Huset's Speedway proved to be another showcase for J&J Auto Racing as Donny Schatz stormed from an 11th starting position to win his first "A" Feature of the 2001 WoO season.
"What an awesome night," said Schatz after winning his sixth career WoO feature. "I didn't think I had any chance at all to win this one tonight. With the track taking rubber, I figured the best we could do was maybe a top ten. We ran around the bottom for about ten laps and got up to Mark Kinser. I knew he wasn't going to make a mistake in the rubber, so my only chance was to try something different. I tried to pass him through the middle and that didn't work. I put it up on the fence, and it started to feel pretty good. After about four laps, I got some heat in my tires and cars just started coming to me."
Schatz raced from his inside sixth row starting position to eighth in the first 12 laps and was chasing Mark Kinser and Jeff Shepard for sixth. A high move in turns one and two on the 16th lap moved him around both and two laps later he used the same line to take fifth from Brooke Tatnell. Three laps later Schatz used the cushion in turns three and four and raced by Danny Lasoski, Andy Hillenburg and Steve Kinser to move into second. In the next corner, he took the lead by passing Terry McCarl around the top. After he got by McCarl, Schatz drove the #15 J&J away from the field and won the race by a straightaway advantage.
Donnie Crawford also found victory lane this weekend in a J&J sprinter. Crawford won Saturday's Feature at Tulsa Speedway after passing Nick Smith following a lap 10 restart. After the pass, Crawford was pulled away to claim his second win of the season.