McKENZIE, TN – Five-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz carried the J&J Auto Racing torch in Sprint car action this past week. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 J&J won all three WoO races in Canada to increase his win total to 12 and boost his lead in the championship standings. Lee Jacobs, Caleb Griffith, Joe Ramaker, Tyler Bear, Tommy Barber, Doug Hammakter, Brooke Tatnell and Ray Allen Kuhlhanek and Ryan Ruhl were also victorious recently in J&J’s.
The Fargo, N.D. racer came into last week’s action with three straight podium finishes and kicked off the Outlaws tour of eastern Canada by racing from fifth to first in the 35-lap main event at Autodromme Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec. It was his first career win at the facility and he followed that with his second consecutive victory at the quarter-mile dirt oval in Cornwall, Ontario. Schatz won the Outlaws debut at the track in 2012 and backed it up by racing from third to first in the 40-lap A-Feature. On Tuesday night, Schatz completed the hat rick by dominating the night at Ohsweken Speedway. He set fast time, won the opening heat, finished second in the dash and led the final 9 laps to pick up his 12th victory of the season.
Joe Ramaker continued J&J’s dominance at Billings Motor Speedway in ASCS Frontier action Saturday. The driver of the No. 98 Ostrich powered J&J raced from the sixth starting position and drove to the lead in the first three laps. He drove away for the win and was followed by the Dave Hoiness in the No. 27 J&J to give J&J a one-two sweep. The win by Ramaker also continued J&J’s winning streak at the track with Jeff Swindell (No. 94 J&J) picking up a win at the track earlier in 2014.
Lee Jacobs made his move at just the right time on Friday at Lernerville Speedway. Jacobs, driver of the No. 81 J&J, started eighth and spent the first 20 laps trying to track down pole sitter Carl Bowser (No. 10 J&J). On lap 23, he used a slide job to grab the top spot and would lead the rest of the way to pick up his second victory at Lernerville in 2014. Bowser was second to give J&J a one-two sweep.
Caleb Griffith will remember Friday’s feature event at Attica Raceway Park. The driver of the No. 40DD Al David Carpet/McDonald’s Restaurants/JLH General Contractor/Shelluke’s Bar/Crown Battery/Fremont Fence/B&L Plumbing/Griff’s Engines/Donny Atkinson/Erlin Trader/Bethesda Care Center/Ballville EZ Shop backed J&J used a last lap pass of race leader Greg Wilson to earn his first win at the track.
“The Lord really blessed us tonight,” admitted the winner. “We doused two mag boxes with power steering fluid and found some plugged nozzle lines. It was an uphill battle since we unloaded tonight. My guys are some of the oldest in the pits but no one works harder.”
Doug Hammaker became a two-time winner in the month of July on Friday night racing the No. 66 J&J to victory at historic Williams Grove Speedway. His first win of the month came at Lincoln Speedway on July 5.
Brooke Tatnell drove Duane Nelson’s No. 14 J&J to victory once again in UMSS Winged Sprint Cars at St. Croix Valley Raceway. Tatnell started second and raced his way into the lead en route to his win.
Tommy Barber picked up a couple of wins in the last few weeks racing his No. 75 J&J to victory at I-90 Speedway on July 12 and then scored the victory at Rock Rapids Speedway on Friday.
Ryan Ruhl took down the competition in the Sprints on Dirt series event last weekend at Hartford Speedway. Ruhl wheeled his No. 16 J&J to his second victory of the season.
Tyler Bear joined the J&J victory parade by racing to a win last Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. Bear drove the No. 25 J&J from the sixth starting position in the 305 main event and took the lead on lap 13. He would lead the final seven laps of the main to take the win.
RAY ALLEN KULHANEK
Ray Allen Kulhanek made the most of racing at Bronco Raceway Park last Saturday. The driver of the No. 21T J&J dominated through the night winning his heat and then charged from fifth to the lead during the opening two laps of the main event en route to his second feature victory of the season.
“We went to try a couple of different things on the car,” he said. “We went out with a different brand of torsion bars to try something a little different to pick up more speed than what we’ve had. We stuck with the basics that I like to run most of the night, but made a couple of small adjustments. Everything just clicked really well on the car.”
CAJUN SPRINTERS ASSOCIATION
Marshall Yelverton became J&J’s first champion of the 2014 last weekend in Jackson, Mississippi. He clinched the Cajun Sprinters Association championship in Bumpy’s #21 J&J sponsored by J&J, R.E. Enterprises, Crow Enterprises, NAPA, Butlerbuilt.