Smith Named SOD Champion & Rookie Of The Year, Hafertepe & Wolfe Claim November Victories
McKENZIE, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2016) – As the days of 2016 continue to wind down, all J&J Auto Racing seems to do is win, win, win. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Lucas Wolfe drove to victories with the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Series and United Racing Club (URC) series, respectively over the weekend while Brian Smith claimed both Sprints on Dirt (SOD) series championship and rookie of the year honors for the McKenzie, Tenn., based chassis manufacturer.
Using a late race caution to his advantage, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. bounced his way around the infield berm to pick up his eighth victory of the season with the Lucas Oil ASCS National series at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 5, in the Fall Fling event preliminary. The victory aided Hafertepe in widening the lead in the ASCS National Sprint Car Series point standings, which he continues to lead heading into the final events of the season. Hafertepe’s Friday night victory was his 10th of 2016 and saw him locked into the Fall Fling finale, in which he drove the No. 15H to a second place finish.
Lucas Wolfe made the most of a rare URC series appearance on Saturday, Nov. 6, in winning the First Annual Big Track Classic feature event at Bridgeport (NJ) Speedway. Standing up against a stout 25 car field, Wolfe won the third heat race and dominated the feature event to gain the victory in the URC co-sanctioned event. The victory marked Wolfe’s third in the No. 5w for J&J Auto Racing this season.
Smith, who was competing in his first full season with the SOD series, not only claimed Rookie of the Year honors, but drove to the top of the championship standings when the final checkered flag of the 2016 fell at Fremont (Ohio) Speedway. The Ohio native scored three victories in 2016 en route to the SOD title. He was honored by the series at its annual banquet on Nov. 6.
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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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