McKENZIE, TN (July 11) – Randy Martin scored a pair of Sprint car feature wins last weekend and led a contingent of J&J Auto Racing teams that won feature races. Danny Holtgraver, JJ Grasso, Danny Wood and Tommy Worley, Jr. were all winners in J&J’s last weekend.
Randy Martin was on a mission last Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. The Missouri native started fifth in the Sprint Invaders 25-lap feature behind the wheel of his No. 14 J&J. He used the high line to work his way forward and took the lead on lap 11.
“We were actually planning on running low, but the leaders were down there early,” admitted Martin. “I was losing ground down there, so I went up top. We kind of got it blown off after three or four laps and it started coming in. Lapped traffic was tough at times. It had been a while since we had won one, so it was a good deal.”
Josh Schneiderman made it a one-two sweep for J&J as he raced the No. 49 J&J from 10th up to second.
Randy Martin made it back to back wins on consecutive nights by racing to victory at historic Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway for the first time in a few seasons. Martin spent the first seven laps racing with Larry Ball, Jr. for the lead. Following a lap eight restart, Martin powered to the lead in his No. 14 Roush-Yates Ford powered J&J.
“It’s been awhile,” said Martin. “We’ve been struggling. We came up here without expectations. I have to thank my crew and Davey Whitworth, who helped us out tonight. We’re getting the Ford better. They’re building us a new one that’s going to be different, and hopefully, we’ll have it before the Nationals.”
Dennis Moore, Jr. finished fourth in the No. D12 J&J.
MERCER RACEWAY PARK
The cushion was the place to be on Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park. Danny Holtgraver took off from his outside front row starting spot and led the way in the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars main event. Holtgraver set the pace in the No. D4 J&J around the rim, but admitted his recent experience racing with the All-Star Circuit of Champions paid off Saturday.
“Once I slowed down and started using my head, I was ten times faster.” said Holtgraver. “We’ve been running with 30 cars that could win every night; it has made me a better driver.”
Only a lap nine restart that saw Bob Felmlee sneak by briefly for the lead kept Holtgraver from leading the event wire-to-wire.
Veteran Sprint car ace Danny Wood picked up his first victory of the season on Saturday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in the Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star feature event. Wood led every lap aboard the No. 81 State Wide Service Center/D&J Land sponsored Fisher powered J&J.
JJ Grasso was the star of Saturday night’s Rislone URC Sprint feature at the Bridgeport Speedway. Grasso wheeled the Palladino Motorsports No. 99 BK Leasing sponsored Ott-powered J&J to victory in the 25-lap feature event on Fred’s Trailer Parts Night. Grasso raced into the lead on lap three and led the rest of the way to earn his third career URC triumph.
Grasso was joined on the podium by Josh Weller (No. 63 J&J), who finished third, one week after winning the URC feature event last week.
ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Tommy Worley, Jr. continued his summer success at St. Francois County Speedway in Farmington, Mo., on Saturday night. Worley raced to his fourth victory of the season driving Alan Barton’s No. 17 J&J.