McKENZIE, TN (May 11) – The racing season continues to pick up steam and Sprint car races continue to be won by J&J Auto Racing teams. Daren Bolac, Dusty Zomer, Brooke Tatnell, Johnny Bridges and JJ Grasso were all victorious this past weekend driving J&J Auto Racing machines.
VIRGIINA SUPER SPRINTS
Daren Bolac worked his way to the front in Friday night’s Virginia Sprint Series presented by The National Guard Racesaver Sprint Series race at Dixieland Speedway. Bolac raced his J&J to a heat race win and then worked his way past early-leader Bill Rice. Bolac took advantage of a restart and went on to capture the victory.
Dusty Zomer scored his first win of 2011 at Knoxville Raceway, winning in thrilling fashion at the legendary track. Zomer raced Derek Ingalls’ No. 91 J&J just ahead of Danny Lasoski at the start-finish line to earn his sixth career triumph at Knoxville.
“We knew it would be tough with Danny up front, and he would have won if something hadn’t have gone wrong,” said Zomer. “I have to count my blessings. It’s Knoxville. Anything can happen here, even if it’s the last foot of the racetrack. It had to be close. My hat is off to my team. We’ll come out and try to do it again next week!”
Brooke Tatnell opened the Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series (UMSS) season in style by racing to victory at Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway in the Nelson Motorsports No. 14 J&J.
“I knew Jerry (Richert, Jr.) would be coming after me on the bottom following that last caution,” said Tatnell about his brother-in-law foliowing the win. “I had a strong car and was able to keep good momentum up in the corners. This is a fun track and I enjoyed racing against a strong field of UMSS drivers.”
UNITED RACING CLUB
JJ Grasso was the class of the field Saturday night in the Palladino Motorsports No. 99 BK Leasing sponsored J&J winning the United Racing Club feature event at the Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, NY. Grasso started the night by winning his heat race and after starting on the pole, led the first 10 and final 10 laps of the 25-lap race. The victory was the first of the season for the 2009 URC Champion and his seventeenth career Rislone URC Sprint Series career win on Fred’s Trailer Parts Night.
Grasso was joined in the top-seven by several J&J racers including: Josh Weller (No. 63 J&J) in third, Randy West (No. 56 J&J) in fourth, Jared Zimbardi (No. 35 J&J) in fifth and Robbie Stillwaggon (No. 89 J&J) in seventh.
Former United Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear regional Champion, Johnny Bridges, captured his first victory of the 2011 season on Saturday night at New Senoia Raceway. Bridges raced his No. 07 Roush-Yates powered J&J Auto Racing from the pole position and led every lap to score the victory. Matt Linder (No. 1x J&J) was a close second, followed by Lance Moss (No. 23 J&J) in third and Morgan Turpen (No. 80 J&J) who finished fifth. Eric Riggins, Jr. (No. 47 J&J) was sixth.
Other strong finishes for J&J racers:
Chad Layton finished second at Port Royal Speedway driving the Middleswarth No. 7 J&J. Keith Kauffman raced Gary Heckman’s No. 8H J&J to a third-place finish at Port Royal….Donny Scahtz finished second with the World of Outlaws at Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway and third at Eldora Speedway driving the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J….Mark Dobmeier finished third at Huset’s Speedway in the Lunstra/Dobmeier No. 13 J&J.