McKENZIE, TN – Whether it was Kaley Gharst’s final lap pass in Minnesota or Ed Lynch, Jr. taking the lead with two laps remaining in Pittsburgh, J&J drivers were up to the task last weekend. John Ivy closed out Fremont Speedway’s 305 division with a victory on Saturday as well, and Ray Allen Kulhanek recently clinched his second ASCS Gulf South championship.
Ed Lynch, Jr. earned his third triumph at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on Saturday night racing his familiar No. 2L J&J from the 12th-starting position. Lynch was in second when a caution allowed him to close the gap on fellow J&J racer, Danny Holtgraver (No. D4 J&J), who started 11th and worked his way into the lead on lap 13. On lap 20, Lynch powered into the lead and paced the field on the final two laps of the race.
Lynch and Holtgraver gave J&J another one-two finish, but were also joined by three more J&J races in the top-six. Eric Williams (No. 7 J&J) finished fourth, Pete Miller (No. 3 J&J) finished fifth and Bob Howard (No. 49 J&J) finished sixth.
UMSS – ELKO SPEEDWAY
Kaley Gharst made his debut with the UMSS a memorable one last Friday night when he earned the opening night victory of the Fall Nationals at Elko (Minn.) Speedway. Gharst started the No. 6 Scadden Construction/CNS Homes sponsored J&J 12th and brought the crowd to their feet with a final lap pass of Scott Broty, who was also driving a J&J, in the 25-lap main event.
“I saw a small opening on the bottom lane in turn one on the last lap, and I squeezed underneath Broty,” admitted Gharst, who wheeled the J&J being tuned by Brad Sparks. “There was a lot of traffic out there tonight, but it was a fun deal to race here.”
John Ivy was the feature winner in Saturday’s Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints division at Fremont Speedway. Ivy started fourth and raced into the lead on lap seven behind the wheel of the No. 94 Level Performance/Wendy’s Restaurant/Tailgator’s Bar sponsored J&J. He held off DJ Foos in the 20-lap race and ultimately collected his 31st career win at Fremont.
“We had to wait until the last race of the year to finally get a win,” said Ivy. “The cautions fell right for us tonight and my guys gave me a great car.”
ASCS – GULF SOUTH CHAMPIONS
Ray Allen Kulhanek recently clinched his second consecutive Smiley’s Racing Products ASCS Gulf South championship. Kulhanek won a pair of ASCS Gulf South races driving David Miller’s Don Ott-powered Miller’s RV Park/B&M Jr. No. 21T J&J and won the title by 65 points over Tommy Bryant.