McKENZIE, TN (Aug. 12) – Sprint car racing’s most important weeks are upon us and drivers wheeling J&J Auto Racing Sprint cars have been extremely successful. Reigning All-Star Champion Tim Shaffer won five consecutive races, Chad Layton picked up a huge win at Port Royal Speedway, and Aaron Ott won the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Battle at the Grove. Danny Holtgraver, TJ Luedke, Brian Herbert, LeRoy Perfect, Billy Norfleet and Justin Carver were also winners in J&J’s recently.
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Tim Shaffer had a very good July, and August is turning out to be even better. After winning the final two All-Star Circuit of Champions races at Huset’s Speedway, he continued his winning streak in Nebraska and Kansas.
BUTLER COUNTY MOTORPLEX
Tim Shaffer didn’t take long to find the fast way around Butler County Motorplex in Rising City, Neb. He timed in third driving the Aaron Call and Janet Holbrook owned CH Motorsports No. 83 Kistler powered J&J and started second in the 30-lap main event. Early leader David Gravel in the No. 89 J&J paced the field before Shaffer took command. The two would hold those positions through the remaining laps to give J&J a one-two finish.
BELLEVILLE HIGH BANKS
Just as the case was at Bulter County the previous night, 18-year-old David Gravel led early, but it was TIm Shaffer who scored his fourth consecutive victory.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS – IRONMAN 55 OPENER
Tim Shaffer added the World of Outlaws to his victory list in 2010 by scoring the opening night feature of the Ironman 55 event at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. Shaffer started strong qualifying fourth in the field and later won the dash event to earn his second pole position with the Outlaws this season. Shaffer took the lead on lap seven and was never headed again en route to his 13th career WoO victory.
KNOXVILLE NATIONALS OPENER
Even though his win streak was snapped last Saturday night, Tim Shaffer and the CH Motorsports team came out swinging at the 50th annual Knoxville Nationals. Shaffer turned the fastest lap in qualifying and earned the most points after one night of competition.
CHAD LAYTON – PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY
Chad Layton was already having a dream season before last week’s Sue Pontius Dream Race Extreme at Port Royal Speedway. Layton, who already defeated the World of Outlaws in Dave Middleswarth’s No. 7 J&J, took the lead following a lap 30 restart and led the rest of the way to collect the $15,000 payday.
“Happy isn’t the word,” said Layton, following the win. “I couldn’t do this with out all the guys behind me. They give me all the confidence I need. This is for all the Port Royal people. This is our home and we’re not going to lay down for sure. Whatever it took. I did turn the wick up. I hit the fence pretty hard last week. After you do something like that, you feel like you can take any hit. So I ran around there wide open the last ten laps.”
KASEY KANE FOUNDATION RACE
Aaron Ott loves racing at Williams Grove Speedway and he enjoyed it even more last week when he defeated a star-studded field of cars, including NASCAR stars Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart. Ott raced the Miller Brothers sponsored No. 25 J&J to victory in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Battle at the Grove. He started sixth and worked his way into the lead midway through the 25-lap main event.
MERCER RACEWAY PARK
Young hot shoe Danny Holtgraver made a thrilling last lap pass to win last Saturday’s Sprint car feature event at Mercer Raceway Park. He drove his No. D4 J&J past Brian Ellenberger to win the 20-lap feature event.
“Oh man that was unbelievable,” said the 20-year-old driver following the win. “That was fun and that was racing right there! It couldn’t get any closer than that. To steal it on the last lap was awesome. This is the first race I haven’t won from the front row so we had to come through and pass some good cars. Just to win on the last lap is definitely the most exciting win yet!”
MIDWEST SPRINT ASSOCIATION
TJ Luedke picked up another victory recently at Plymouth Motor Speedway. He drove his No. 21t J&J to winners circle for the seventh time in 2010.
UNITED REBEL SPRINT SERIES
Brian Herbert won last Saturday night’s URSS feature event at LaCrosse, Kan.
More winners…Billy Norfleet was victorious twice recently on pavement and dirt in the same J&J Sprint car…LeRoy Perfect won again in Alaska driving his No. 27 J&J after starting last….Justin Carver debuted a brand new No. 24 J&J in style by winning the 25-lap United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour main event at North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, Ala.