McKENZIE, TN (July 6) – The independence Day weekend provided plenty of fireworks and a number of J&J Auto Racing teams proved to be too tough to tame on dirt tracks around the country. Mark Dobmeier won twice, while Phil Gressman and Caleb Griffith won in Ohio. Dale Howard won in Arkansas and the URC Sprint features were won by Randy West and Josh Weller. Joe Ramaker and David Hoiness each won in the Big Sky Sprints events.
RIVER CITIES SPEEDWAY
Mark Dobmeier is at home at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., and his results would prove that. Dobmeier raced the Lunstra/Dobmeier No. 13L J&J to another victory on Friday. He gave high praise to the track prep crew following his victory in the 25-lap race.
“River Cities had a great track,” admitted Dobmeier. “No. 1, it was smooth. No. 2, it got to be a racy surface at the end. It was slicked off in the middle but there was a top groove and a bottom grove. And I used up the whole track.”
BIG SKY SPRINTS – Belgrade, Montana
Smokin’ Joe Ramaker opened the fourth of July weekend by driving his No. 98 Ostrich powered J&J to his second win of the Big Sky Sprint season at Gallatin Valley Speedway in Belgrade Montana. Ramaker used the race as a tune up for the upcoming ASCS-NW Speedweek.
“With all the rain and snow it has been tough to sit through the spring and only get to race twice by the time July gets here,” said Ramaker. “This new J&J is really hooking up hard. Running second in our heat helped us judge the track tonight and by the feature we knew where would be fast. After getting by Deitz on the third lap, I knew it would be key to experiment with lines every couple laps in case the track took rubber. Once we were out front it was so easy to drive this car that I never felt rushed.”
BIG SKY SPRINTS – Atomic City, Idaho
J&J racer David Hoiness made it back-to-back wins for J&J Auto Racing in Big Sky Sprint Tour action when he drove his No. 27DD J&J to victory on Saturday.
URC – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY
The competitive Rislone URC Sprint Series continued to put on a great show last weekend as Randy West became the eighth different winner in nine events. West piloted the Fred Kennedy’s No. 56 Fred’s Trailer Parts sponsored J&J to a dominating evening as he won his heat and led all 20 laps of the main event. The win was his fourth career URC triumph and first of 2011
URC – NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
Josh Weller gave J&J consecutive wins in the Rislone URC Sprint Series on Saturday night with his victory at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. Weller won his heat driving the No. 63 J&J and led all 25 laps en route to the victory.
ATTICA RACEWAY PARK – 305
Caleb Griffith found victory lane last Friday night at Attica Raceway Park driving the No. 40 J&J. After taking the early lead, he withstood a late slide job attempt following a restart and held on to pick up the victory.
“I was terrible in one and two and real good in the three (and) four end,” admitted Griffith. “I just had to be patient. I said a little prayer on that last restart…I think the Lord was with me.”
FREMONT SPEEDWAY – 410
Phil Gressman started third in Saturday night’s 410 Sprint car feature at Fremont (Ohio) Speedway. Gressman put another one in the victory column for his late car owner De Genzman.
“My car owner is a hall-of-famer here (De Genzman) and he was my best friend,” admitted Gressman. “This is where he loved to race and this is for him and Marilyn…this is the one we wanted.”
Gressman started third in the No. 53 Ludwig Propane/Level Performance/Kear’s Speed Shop backed J&J and followed early leader Dean Jacobs (No. 97 J&J) for the first seven laps before taking the lead. He held off a late challenge from Greg Wilson, including a late restart, to pick up the win.
“I just kept getting free there at the end,” admitted Gressman. “I didn’t want to see a caution, I wanted to use the lapped cars to benefit me if I could and what do you know…a caution with two to go and here we go again.”
RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Dale Howard once again proved to be the class of the field racing the No. 47 J&J to victory in the 360 Winged Sprint car class. Howard drove Josh Howard’s No. 47 J&J to lap up to fourth place on his way to winning his third feature event of the year.
Mark Dobmeier took advantage of a front row starting spot in Sunday night’s 410 Outlaw Sprint feature event at Huset’s Speedway and raced away to victory. Dobmeier used a perfect slide job on the opening lap to take the lead in his Lunstra/Dobmeier No. 13L J&J. A few early cautions slowed his charge, but the Grand Forks, N.D., racer wasn’t to be denied as he led all 25 laps and raced to his third win at Huset’s in 2011 and 42nd overall win at the track.