McKENZIE,TN - When the Pennzoil World of Outlaws kicked off their season last Friday at King's Speedway in Hanford, CA, the 2001 J&J Auto Racing cars performed just as advertised as Andy Hillenburg claimed the season opener leading all 30-laps in...
McKENZIE,TN - When the Pennzoil World of Outlaws kicked off their season last Friday at King's Speedway in Hanford, CA, the 2001 J&J Auto Racing cars performed just as advertised as Andy Hillenburg claimed the season opener leading all 30-laps in his #2 Luxaire J&J and Donny Schatz finished fifth in the ParkerStores #15.
"We're really happy with the way things went in California," said Jack Elam, owner of J&J Auto Racing. "We really did a lot of research and development last fall and I think it will really pay off this year. The new hood and radiator placement should really help our teams. We're looking forward to seeing how the cars perform on the big half-mile in Las Vegas. Andy ran second there in the fall and I know Donny posted some good laps in his new J&J while testing there last week."
Hillenburg's win came after he qualified 15th and won both the third heat race and Channellock Dash.
"The car was fast all night and working so well that it almost made driving easy tonight" said Hillenburg. "When I'd come up on lapped cars, I could go high or low. A lot of the credit has to go to J&J for a great car. They did their homework last fall and hopefully, this is the first of many wins this year."
Hillenburg, Schatz and Daryn Pittman are utilizing the 2001 J&J on the WoO tour. Pittman qualified fifth and was running ninth in the feature until contact with Craig Dollansky ended his night. Schatz qualified ninth and dominated the first heat race. He started seventh in the "A" Feature and finished fifth.
"The car is awesome," said Schatz, following Friday's race. "When I hot lapped it tonight, I felt like it was the best car that I ever driven on a short track. It's just going to take us a little time to work with it. Kenny (Crew Chief Ken Woodruff) is familiar with the J&J's, and we ran them at the end of last season, but we tried so many things bar splits, coil springs, etc. I think we've got a good starting point to go by and I'm really comfortable with this car and looking forward to the next race. J&J cars ran first and fifth tonight, so you can't complain about that."
- J&J Auto Racing