McKENZIE, TN (May 22) – From Pennsylvania to Texas to Australia, J&J Auto Racing teams continued winning Sprint car races this past week. Both Winged and non-winged Sprint car racers were victorious behind the wheel of a J&J. DJ Foos made it six straight wins in Ohio. Mark Dobmeier kept his perfect start going in North Dakota. Danny Holtgraver, Brandon Spithaler, Jim Morris all won in Pennsylvania while Ray Allen Kulhanek was a Texas winner. Chris Graf won in Minnesota and Daniel Pestka was a South Australia winner last week as well.
RIVER CITIES SPEEDWAY
Mark Dobmeier is making a habit of winning Sprint car races on Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. Dobmeier once again had the Dobmeier/Lunstra No. 13L J&J on a rail and headed to victory lane. It wasn’t that easy as he and fellow J&J racer Wade Nygaard (No. 9 J&J) put on a spectacular show around the quarter-mile, high-banked track.
“That was a race,” Dobmeier said. “There were cars everywhere; two wide, three wide. I was splitting cars everywhere. There were a lot of tight slide jobs, too. Overall, we kept it clean and it was good racing. The key to winning definitely was patience. There were a few spots early in the race where we could have tried to make some moves but there would have been some carnage.”
Nygaard would finish second to give J&J a one-two finish.
Defending Lernerville Track champion Danny Holtgraver took advantage of starting up front and after a lap one battle for the lead it was smooth sailing. Holtgraver drove his J&J in the lead for all 25 laps to earn his first triumph of 2012.
DJ Foos continued his strong early start to 2012 by picking up his sixth feature victory of the year behind the wheel of his Buckshot Farms, Automatic Fire Protection, Tender Turn Car Wash, Pit Stop Carryout, Schiets Motorsports, Crown Battery, JLH General Contractors, Level Performance …. No. 11 J&J. Foos was victorious at Fremont Speedway in the Credit Union 305 Sprints division for the second time this year.
“I busted my tail to win this thing,” admitted Foos, following his fifth career triumph at Fremont. “The curb was really hard to run and I was beating myself up on it but I wanted this one more than anyone here and I think I did a great job proving that. I got off the back side of turn two battling for the lead and it’s hard to pass…everyone is so close. I saw the opportunity and went for it.”
ASCS – GULF SOUTH REGION
Reigning ASCS Gulf South region champion Ray Allen Kulhanek dominated Saturday night’s race at Battleground Speedway near Highlands, Texas. Kulhanek drove David & Beverly Miller’s No. 21T J&J with Ott power from the pole and cruised to victory in the 30-lap main event. Kulhanek lap up to seventh-place in the event.
MERCER RACEWAY PARK
Brandon Spithaler led all 25 of laps of Saturday night’s Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series’ debut in the Keystone State at Mercer Raceway Park. It was just the second time Spithaler ran without a wing in the No. 22 J&J, and he led the first 22 laps before a caution slowed his pursuit of victory. The race was halted with two laps to go and Spithaler was forced to hold off a late charge to score the win.
Jim Morris won his first feature of the season in the Outlaw Sprint Warrior class at Mercer in a 2004 J&J.
Chris Graf was victorious last Sunday night at Redwood Speedway in Glencoe, Minnesota. Graf drove his No. 20G J&J to the victory.
Daniel Pestka was victorious on Saturday night in the Sprintcar Competitors of South Australia event in his No. 27 J&J.
Other solid finishes….James McFadden made his second start driving the Paul Morris Motorsport Supercheap Auto sponsored No. NQ 67 J&J at Archerfield Speedway. It was the 13th round of the KRE Sprintcar Series and McFadden qualified second. After heat races and the dash, he would start the main sixth in the 30-lap main.
“I had moved into second, but lost the position due to a mistake on my behalf and then I had to work harder to make up the positions I lost,” commented McFadden, who finished second in last month’s Queensland Title in his debut for the Paul Morris Motorsport team. “Once I had worked my way back into second, I was unable to reel in Andrew [Scheuerle] and had to settle for another second place.”