McKenzie, Tenn. (June 1, 2016) – J&J Auto Racing teams reached down into race tracks across the nation and pulled up a six-pack as they tabbed as many victories and four top-10 finishes across five states and two countries last week as they drove the McKenzie, Tenn., based chassis manufacturer’s brand to into the winner’s circle. Derek Hagar led the group effort as he doubled up in United Sprint Car Series (USCS) Speedweek competition to kick-off a fast stretch for the series. Ryan Hunsinger, Jared Horstman, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Jared Zimbardi also triumphed using J&J Auto Racing chassis last week.
HATTIESBURG SPEEDWAY – HATTIESBURG, MS
JACKSON MOTOR SPEEDWAY – BYRAM, MS
Derek Hagar went on a terror in the first four rounds of USCS Speedweek Rounds, winning two of the four events and earning top-five finishes in two others. On Friday, May 27, Hagar kicked off the USCS Speedweek tour with a complete event sweep, winning his heat race, dash and feature events in the No. 9JR entry. Marshall Skinner in the No. 26 entry followed Hagar to the line in second place and Eric Riggins, Jr., grabbed a seventh place finish in the No. 47 entry.
Hagar carried the winning momentum into Saturday’s event at Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., where he finished third in his heat race and second in the dash en route to the victory. On Sunday, May 29, Hagar drove the No. 9JR entry to a runner-up finish at Greenville (Miss.) Speedway and closed the week with a third place finish at Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn., on Monday, May 30. Follow Hagar on Twitter @HagarDerek and online at www.DerekHagarRacing.com.
LIMALAND RACEWAY PARK – LIMA, OH
Jared Horstman grabbed his third victory of the 2016 season at Limaland Motorsports Park (LMP) in Lima, Ohio, on Friday, May 27, over the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders Series. Kicking the night off with a second place finish in the first heat race, Horstman lined up from inside the third row to start the 25-lap A-main event. Biding his time in the early laps, Horstman began his march forward on lap 8. On lap 12, Horstman threw a huge slider at the leader in the No. 17, but couldn’t make it stick. Staying with the leader for another eight laps, Horstman utilized lapped traffic as a pick on lap 20 to grab the lead. Setting the pace for the remainder of the feature event, Horstman went on the take the checkered flag. For more information regarding Horstman, visit www.Facebook.com/JaredHorstmanRacing or follow him on Twitter @JaredHorstman17.
LONE STAR SPEEDWAY – KILGORE, TX
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. picked up his second ASCS sanctioned victory of the 2016 season; topping the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region Series field at the Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas on Sunday, May 29. Hafertepe won the second heat race of the evening to grab an outside row 1 starting position. The No. 15H entry dominated the A-main event, to earn him a $3,000 payday. For more information regarding Hafertepe, visit www.Sam15.com or follow him on Twitter @SamHafertepeJr.
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY – OHSWEKEN, ONT. (CANADA)
Ryan Hunsinger won his second consecutive Crate Sprint Car feature event at Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada on Friday, May 27. After posting a heat race win, Hunsinger lined up for the A-main from the third position. Capitalizing on what could’ve been bad luck, the No. 43H entry came out of an on-track collision near the front of the field on lap 2 with an opportunity to take the lead on the ensuing restart. Fending off a late race challenge, Hunsinger pulled away for the victory and leads the Crate Sprint Car Championship standings by 13 points over a second place. Follow Hunsinger on Twitter @Ryan_Hunsinger.
ALBANY-SARATOGA SPEEDWAY – ALBANY, NY
Jared Zimbardi won his first Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) Series feature event of the 2016 season at Albany-Saratoga (Ny.) Speedway on Friday, May 27, against a stout field. Winning the third heat race of the evening, Zimbardi wasted little time in establishing himself as a contender for the trophy. When the green dropped on the A-main, Zimbardi battled for third position in the early laps of the race when a caution flag saw him line up as the leader on the restart. Utilizing the highside and consistently posting great restarts, Zimbardi was rarely challenged for the win. The No. 35 entry was also awarded the Shuttleworth’s “Seals the Deal” winner’s bonus for his efforts. Follow Zimbardi on Twitter @35TheJuice or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/35TheJuice.
Dane Lorenc also competed in the event, finishing fourth in the second heat race. Dominating the four-lap dash event in the No. 00, Lorenc went on to take the checkered flag 10th in the A-main.
ABOUT J&J AUTO RACING – McKENZIE, TN
For more than 40 years, J&J Auto Racing has been a leader in racecar chassis manufacturing. With intricate attention to detail and a willingness to provide chassis to the consumer’s specifications, J&J has taken its place as a leader in Sprint car racing innovation and safety. Founded and headed by Jack and Bonnie Elam, J&J Auto Racing is based in McKenzie, Tenn. For more information regarding J&J Auto Racing, please visit www.jandjautoracing.com or follow the brand on Twitter @JJ_Auto_Racing and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JJ-Auto-Racing-199865997589/.