Starks Wins World Short Track Championships, J&J To Be Honored By World Of Outlaws
McKENZIE, Tenn. (Oct. 25, 2016) – Trey Starks doesn’t hail from the south, but the Washington state native most certainly looked as if he was a born and bred southerner in his sweep of the United Sprint Car Series (USCS) portion of the World Short Track Championships at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 21 – 22. Starks set quick time in qualifying on Friday and won the first USCS heat race to place himself at the front of the mix for Saturday’s finale.
Starks won the Scramble event on Saturday to lock himself into the pole position for the 25-lap feature event. Leading the event for the duration of the feature, Starks drove to his fourth USCS triumph of the 2016 racing season driving for team owner Jeff McCall and chassis builder J&J Auto Racing. The victory was his first at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte and marked his 11th victory at as many tracks on the year. Following Starks to the line for J&J Auto Racing were Dane Lorenc in third, Lance Moss in fourth, Morgan Turpen in fifth and Jacob McLain in eighth. Starks will return to the seat for McCall in this weekend’s Bad Boy Off Road World Finals event at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte.
When the 2016 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series season concludes on Oct. 29 in Concord, NC, world renowned Sprint Car chassis builders and McKenzie, Tenn., natives, Jack and Bonnie Elam along with their iconic brand, J&J Auto Racing, will be honored for the third consecutive season as the 2016 Chassis Builder of the Year for the prestigious touring series. The manufacturer, which is based in McKenzie, Tenn., provides Sprint Car frames and components to racing teams around the world.
J&J Auto Racing’s headlining team, along with soon-to-be eight-time WoO Series champion, Donny Schatz, is none other than Sprint Car racing powerhouse Tony Stewart Racing (TSR.) Owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Tony Stewart, TSR operates from a 25,000-square-foot facility based in Brownsburg, Ind. Leading the series standings by an insurmountable 286 points, Schatz has driven to an impressive 24 WoO Series victories as of press time.
“I’m a guy that’s big on loyalty, and I’m very proud to have raced and won with J&J Auto Racing for over 16 years,” said Schatz. “To stay at the top of the game in this business, you have to have a great team. My guys at TSR, Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti are among the best in the business. I have the utmost confidence in them and I’m proud to work with them.
“I’m also proud to have J&J and Jack and Bonnie [Elam] on our team. The hours that they and the staff in Tennessee put in to help us get ahead and stay ahead speak volumes about their brand. I know when I strap into the car that I’ve got a safe chassis underneath me and the hard work and attention to detail that goes into each and every car is carried into victory lane with us.”
Schatz has been exclusive to J&J Auto Racing since 2001 and has compiled hugely impressive stats as the WoO Series heads into the season conclusion, the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals, at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte in Concord, NC, on Oct. 27 – 29. In addition to 24 victories in 2016, Schatz has posted 58 top-five finishes, 75 top-10 finishes and five pole position awards heading into the series finale later this week.
The chassis that Schatz and the TSR team have competed with this season were manufactured by J&J Auto Racing throughout the year in 2016. Schatz began the season in February with chassis and components that were delivered in late 2015 for the TSR team. J&J Auto Racing works closely with TSR and other teams throughout the season to provide new chassis, parts and technical support to Sprint Car teams in the United States and around the world.
“It’s truly a privilege to work with a first-class driver and team like Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing,” said Jack Elam. “The dedication that Donny and the TSR organization put into each and every event they compete in is simply unmatched. We’re proud that TSR has the amount of faith in J&J Auto Racing to entrust us to keep their team at the top of the sport. They give us an opportunity to grow and develop new approaches to chassis and parts and we’re proud of the successes that we’re accomplishing together.”
J&J Auto Racing has amassed an impressive portfolio in 2016, earning championships in several different national Sprint Car divisions, including the 410ci, 360ci, 305ci and 358ci classes. With clientele currently competing in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the brand continues to build to an already impressive resume’ and reputation of excellence.
“Our staff is the backbone of J&J Auto Racing,” said Elam. “The hard work that our team puts in at the shop each day equates to the amount of pride that we have when we’re able to help our customers achieve their goals. To have such a broad range of relationships with so many race teams around the world is an honor for all of us at J&J. We can’t thank the team owners, drivers, teams and sponsors that put their trust in us to deliver results enough.”
The Elam’s, along with J&J Auto Racing, will be recognized as the 2016 Chassis Builder of the Year on Oct. 30 during the WoO Series banquet at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC. For more information regarding the World Finals event, please visit http://www.worldofoutlawsworldfinals.com/. For additional information regarding the WoO Series, please visit www.woosprint.com.
About J&J Auto Racing
For more than 40 years, J&J Auto Racing has been a leader in racecar chassis manufacturing. With intricate attention to detail and a willingness to provide chassis to the consumer’s specifications, J&J has taken its place as a leader in Sprint car racing innovation and safety. Founded and headed by Jack and Bonnie Elam, J&J Auto Racing is based in McKenzie, Tenn. For more information regarding J&J Auto Racing, please visit www.jandjautoracing.com or follow the brand on Twitter @JJ_Auto_Racing and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JJAutoRacing/.
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