McKENZIE, TN (July 22) – The victories continue to roll in for Sprint car racers using J&J Auto Racing cars. Last week, veterans Doug Esh, Tim Shaffer and Eddie Gallagher were all triumphant while youngsters Derek Hagar, Brandon Spithaler and Andre Layfield were also victorious.
Doug Esh always seems to be in the center of the excitement and last Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway was no different. Esh piloted the Pancho Racing Products No. 93 J&J to his first victory of the season after a thrilling battle with some of the best in central Pennsylvania. Esh started sixth and had worked his way into third by lap seven. Five laps later, he was in second and set his sights on the leader. Esh was in the lead on lap 23 and surged ahead on a final restart with two to go to pick up his 23rd career win at the track.
Aaron Ott finished sixth driving his family-owned No. 25 J&J.
Derek Hagar captured his second Sprint car victory of the season on Saturday night pacing the USCS event at Dixie Speedway. Hagar was driving Jay Hancock’s No. 1a J&J for the first time and after starting second raced into the lead on lap two. Five laps into the race Hagar found himself in a battle with fellow J&J racer, Johnny Bridges. Bridges raced the No. 07 J&J into the lead on lap five, but Hagar was back on top the following lap. Hagar would lead the rest of the way and to score his fourth career USCS triumph.
Matt Linder (No. 1 J&J) raced from eighth to second, while reigning USCS champion Terry Gray (No. 10 J&J) and his teammate, Morgan Turpen (No. 80 J&J) finished third and fourth respectively.
MERCER RACEWAY PARK
Brandon Spithaler won’t soon forget the night of July 17th. The 18 year-old scored his first career 410 Sprint car on Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park. Spithaler, who drove the Frank Spithaler owned, Superior Tank & Trailer sponsored No. 22 J&J, took the lead on lap six of the 20-lap race and was forced to hold off a hard-charging Danny Holtgraver (No. D4 J&J) several times to capture the win.
Arnie Kent came home fifth in Martha Dionise’s No. 15 J&J.
Eddie Gallagher led the way in the 305 Sprint car division at Riverside International Speedway. Gallagher raced Buzz Herrington’s No. 1 J&J to victory in both his heat race and the main event.
I-77 MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX
Andre Layfield picked up his first career 410 Sprint car triumph at I-77 Raceway in Ripley, WV. Layfield bested the Ohio Valley Sprint Association Main Event driving the No. 59 J&J in his 13th career Sprint car star.
CAJUN SPRINTERS ASSOCIATION
Shane Morgan raced his No. 01 J&J to victory in the CAJUN Sprinters Association event at A-1 Raceway in Lecombe, LA. Saturday’s victory was his second of the 2010 season. Justin McKenzie (No. 15 J&J) came home second, while Hunter Phillips (No. 32 J&J) was fourth and Brandon Olsen (No. 02 J&J) was fifth.
ALL-STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS
Tim Shaffer and the CH Motorsports team continued their winning ways on Sunday night with the All-Star Circuit of Champions. Shaffer raced the No. 83x J&J to a dominating victory to earn his seventh All-Star triumph of the season. He led all 30 laps and made it six consecutive All-Star races where he finished inside the top three.
“These guys are awesome,” admitted the winner following the race.”They communicate great. We have a mixed group of guys that go on the road with us at different times and it makes it special.”
THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY
Dan Shelter was victorious last month at Thunder Mountain Speedway driving his No. 7 J&J.
Other strong finishes….Josh Schneiderman raced the Deuce Motorsports No. 49 J&J to a third place finish on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, two spots ahead of Mark Dobmeier (No. 13L J&J), who finished fifth…Alain Bergeron scored a pair of third place finishes behind the wheel of his No. 8 J&J….Donny Schatz finished second and fourth in the World of Outlaws Don Martin Memorial Twin 30’s event at Lernerville Speedway in Tony Stewart Racing’s No. 15 Armor All/STP backed J&J.