McKENZIE, TN (May 2) – The final week of April provided more victories for racers driving J&J Auto Racing Sprint cars. Donny Schatz won with the World of Outlaws, and Justin McKenzie topped the CAJUN Sprinters Association field. Caleb Helm was victorious in Ohio. Justin Jacobsma was also a recent winner taking a feature event in South Dakota.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
Donny Schatz had a car strong enough to charge to the front last Wednesday night in World of Outlaws action at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway. The four-time WoO champion was patient behind the wheel of his Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 STP J&J. He started eighth and moved his way up to fourth early in the race, but decided to let the leaders battle it out with traffic for a few laps. The move paid off following a lap 13 restart when the top four cars were involved in an accident. Schatz led the final 28 laps to earn his third WoO A-Feature triumph of 2012.
CAJUN SPRINTERS ASSOCIATION
Justin McKenzie picked up his second career CAJUN Sprinters Association victory on Saturday night at Southern Raceway in Milton, Fla. McKenzie won the second heat in his Pine Belt Data Solutions sponsored No. 15 J&J and started the main event on the front row. When the race began, McKenzie wasted little time taking his J&J to the lead. The youngster would lead every lap en route to scoring the feature event triumph.
Shane Morgan finished fifth in the No. 01 J&J.
WAYNE CO. SPEEDWAY
Caleb Helm was the winner of last Saturday night’s Sprint car feature at NAPA Auto Parts Wayne Co. Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. Helm took advantage of early leader Rob Chaney’s misfortune and withstood contact from Danny Mumaw late in the race to earn his first victory of the season behind the wheel of the No. 40 J&J.
Justin Jacobsma hung in there on April 21 at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, SD. Jacobsma led 12 laps in the Hard Core Speed Shop 360 Sprint Car feature at I-90 Speedway. With just two laps remaining he was involved in a fight for the top spot, but was able to come out on top and win his first at I-90 Speedway.
Other solid J&J finishes: Danny Holtgraver and David Gravel were on the podium Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. Both youngsters were impressive at the half-mile oval.
Gravel set a new-track record for six laps in the dash aboard the DDR No. 89G Musco Fuel, P&M Transportation, JRC Transportation, Model Craft backed J&J. He led the opening lap and came home third in the race.
Holtgraver, in his first appearance at the track, qualified fourth and started the No. D4 J&J third in the 30-lap feature. He passed Gravel after the duo dueled for the first 10 laps and try to chase down the leader. He would finish second.