McKENZIE, TN (MAY 31) Randy Martin led the contingent of J&J Auto Racing drivers last weekend by scoring a pair of Sprint car victories. Mark Dobmeier continued his dominance at River Cities Speedway while Mike Kertscher earned a thrilling IRA triumph and Derek Hagar topped a stout field of USCS competitors. Justin Whitesell picked up his first 2012 triumph at Mercer Raceway Park.
DOUBLE X SPEEDWAY
Randy Martin started the Memorial Weekend with a victory on Friday night at the quarter-mile dirt oval of Double X Speedway in California, Mo. Martin was solidly in second aboard his No. 14 Diamond Motorsports J&J when the leader had a problem in front of him. Martin steered clear and went on to pick up his second triumph of 2012.
Sunday night was a tribute to Jesse Hocket and the ASCS Speedway Motors Warrior Region Sprint cars were on the card. Martin was the man from the beginning in his No. 14 Diamond Motorsports J&J. He controlled the race and picked up his second triumph of the weekend.
RIVER CITIES SPEEDWAY
Mark Dobmeier is undefeated at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. For the fourth consecutive Friday night, Dobmeier steered the Lunstra/Dobmeier Motorsports No. 13L J&J to the front and parked it in victory lane.
Track conditions and a number of caution flags made it a challenge for Dobmeier, but he proved to be up to the task.
“It was tough with all the yellow flags out there,” said Dobmeier, who started ninth and took the lead on lap 15 of the 25-lap race. “You couldn’t get any rhythm going. Any chance I got, I made whatever I could of it. I got a lot of spots early in the race.”
USCS – CLAYHILL MOTORSPORTS
Derek Hagar grabbed the early lead in the Round Three of the USCS Sprint Speedweek at Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn. Hagar wheeled his No. 9jr J&J out front for the remainder of the race to capture his second USCS victory in the month of May.
MERCER RACEWAY PARK
Justin Whitesell continued J&J’s early-season success at Mercer Raceway Park. Whitesell wheeled the No. 17 J&J to the front and withstood a number of early cautions. The final 11 laps went green and Whitesell survived a last-lap scare with a lapped car to score the win. After which he dedicated the victory to his mother, who his currently battling breast cancer.
Mike Kertscher had started 2012 with a number of second-place finishes in IRA Sprints action, including another one last Saturday in the IRA Sprints show at Wilmot (Wisc.) Raceway. On Sunday night, the pilot of the Captain Jim’s Yacht Sales No. 80k J&J was not to be denied at 141 Speedway.
Kertscher started fast by establishing a new track record in qualifying. He raced from sixth to first in the opening heat and would start the main event fourth in his bid for a clean sweep. The race was a thriller and Kertscher used a late-race restart to take the lead and claim victory.
“I want to thank all of my sponsors, my team and my family for all of their support,” said the winner. “That was a fun race, and I am excited to have gotten our first win of the season and on top of that clean swept here. Let us all remember what Memorial Day is and thank you to our military past and present for all of your dedication and amazing efforts in making this a great country to live in.”
Other recent winners… Tommy Worley, Jr. picked up his third triumph of 2012 on May 19 racing Alan Barton’s J&J to victory at St. Francois Co. Speedway in Farmington, Mo.