McKENZIE, TN (Aug. 24) – J&J Auto Racing teams scored wins across the map taking wins in Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Arkansas and Indiana this past weekend. Danny Holtgraver out-dueled a strong field at Lernerville Speedway, and Marshall Skinner was victorious at Jackson Motor Speedway. Lee Grosz scored a major victory by besting the competition in the annual Jackson Nationals. Justin Carver made it two in row in his new J&J, while Brandon Wimmer dominated the Midwest All-Star Sprint event at Bloomington Speedway.
Danny Holtgraver gave his 2010 Lernverville Speedway Ti22 Sprints championship chances a major boost last Friday night by scoring his first win at the famous half-mile dirt oval. Holtgraver started seventh in the feature event driving the No. D4 J&J. He wasted little time working his way to front and battling early leader Bob Felmlee. Numerous restarts gave Holtgraver a chance, but it wasn’t until five laps remained that he was able to secure the lead. The youngster looked like a veteran during the final laps and raced away to capture his first career win at the track.
“I’m glad we won this week after last week,” said Holtgraver, who crashed last week at Lernerville while leading. “This is awesome! I can’t believe it. We finally got our first Lernerville win!”
The victory allowed him to add points to his lead in the season-long standings, and now he has a 19-point advantage over fellow J&J racer, Ed Lynch, Jr.
Lee Grosz proved to be lucky and good in the final laps of the 32nd annual Jackson (Minn.) Nationals and claimed the victory in the No. 4j J&J. Grosz, who finished fifth in Friday night’s program, led from the pole position in the 25-lap Feature event, and he was on a mission from the get go. A late caution gave Brian Brown one last chance to take the lead from Grosz. The young racer held his line when Brown tried to dive underneath him for the lead and went on to claim the win. Just after taking the checkered flag, his left rear tire blew, but the victory was already on the board for Grosz.
Riverside International Speedway
Justin Carver made it two-for-two in his new J&J Sprint car on Saturday night at Riverside International Speedway in W. Memphis, Ark. Carver, who won the first night out in his J&J Auto Racing car, was again the man to beat. On Saturday night, he drove the No. 24 J&J to victory in the 360 Winged Sprint car division at “The Ditch.”
MASS – Bloomington Speedway
Brandon Wimmer was a winner all the way around on Saturday night in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Midwest All Star Sprint Car series event at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. Wimmer wheeled Rick Ferkel’s No. 0 J&J to a victory in the third heat, dash and 30-lap feature event. Wimmer was joined on the podium by fellow J&J racer, David Gravel, the 2010 Ohio Speedweek Champion, who raced the No. 89g J&J to a third-place finish.
Jackson Motor Speedway
Marshall Skinner was the man to beat last Saturday night in the Watson Quality Ford 30 lap 360 Outlaw Sprint Car event at Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss. Skinner drove his No. 26 A and B Equipment sponsored J&J in a heated contest for the lead with Tim Crawley. The two swapped the lead numerous times before Skinner seized control for good on lap 26 of the 30-lap main event.
Reigning USCS champion Terry Gray drove his No. 10 J&J to a third place finish just ahead of Derek Hagar, who raced the RE Technologies sponsored No. 9 Dyno-tech powered J&J. Wade Oliver gave J&J four of the top-five finishers as he raced his No. 58 GK Sales/King Racing Products J&J into fifth.
Other strong J&J finishes: Eddie Gallagher won the 305 non wing Sprint car feature at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 14. It was his sixth feature win in the division this season driving Buzz Herrington’s No. 1X J&J…Haley Arnold has been trying to win a Sprint car feature for two seasons and a couple weeks ago, she finally got that elusive first win. Arnold raced the No. 165 J&J sponsored by Mid-MO/Auto Sales, Cooper Racing/Impact Sign & Lighting Co. “I just wanna give a big thanks to all the fans and everyone who helped and supported me,” Arnold said. “I’m so excited to show them they didn’t waste their time and effort with me and I am going to keep proving that.”