TURPEN, STARKS WIN FOR J&J AUTO RACING
McKENZIE, Tenn. (May 3, 2017) – While many parts of the country were racing the rain over the weekend, J&J Auto Racing drivers Morgan Turpen and Trey Starks were enjoying the spoils of victory lane as they drove the McKenzie, Tenn., based manufacturer closer to the half-century mark on the season. Turpen doubled up in United Sprint Car Series (USCS) action at I-75 Raceway and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Tennessee while Starks earned his first career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) victory at Bedford (PA) Speedway.
You may be familiar with the term girl power, but Turpen’s domination of the USCS Series of late has been anything but like a girl. The “Queen of the Wings,” as Turpen has been dubbed, has won the last four of five USCS Series contests in commanding fashion. While she may be a school teacher by day, Turpen’s leaving little doubt that she’s got nerves of steel behind the wheel of a Winged Sprint Car.
On Friday, April 28, Turpen drove forward from the sixth starting spot at I-75 Raceway to take the lead from car owner and teammate, Terry Gray, on lap 18. Holding off a late race challenge from fellow J&J driver, Derek Hagar, Turpen drove to her third consecutive series win. Hagar followed her to the line in second, with Gray finishing in third. On Saturday at Smoky Mountain Speedway, Turpen again was the class of the field, earning her fourth straight USCS Series triumph. Hagar, who again pushed a late race charge, finished second while Marshall Skinner rounded out the Top-five in fifth place. Gray completed the J&J Auto Racing lineup with an eighth place finish.
West Coast invader Starks, who hails from Washington State, earned not only his first ASCoC victory at Bedford Speedway on April 29, but his first Central Pennsylvania career triumph. Winning the 25-lap Roy Morral Tribute feature event in the Scott Gobrecht owned No. 44 entry, Starks won ASCoC Heat 4 and finished second in the first of two Dash events to earn a third place starting spot for the night. Taking command on lap three, Starks set sail and posted a commanding 2.2 second victory over the field.
For a complete summary of J&J Auto Racing team victories for April 28 – April 30, please see below.
DATE DRIVER TRACK/STATE SERIES
4/28 Morgan Turpen I-75 Raceway/TN USCS
4/29 Morgan Turpen Smoky Mountain Speedway/TN USCS
4/30 Trey Starks Bedford Speedway/PA ASCoC
Dan McFarland was selected as the winner of the April #WinWithJ&J Twitter photo contest this week, as J&J Auto Racing selected his tagged photo from the collection. Earlier this season, J&J Auto Racing announced a Twitter contest open to both race teams competing under the brand’s banner as well as the public. For a chance to win a free J&J Auto Racing T-shirt, entrants must follow the brand on Twitter @JJ_Auto_Racing and post an appropriate racing-related image with J&J Auto Racing’s Twitter account tagged and using the hashtag #WinWithJ&J within the post.
A winner from tagged photos will be selected monthly and announced via J&J Auto Racing’s social media pages. All those submitting photos agree to allow J&J Auto Racing usage rights with photo credit. The contest will run through December 31, 2017. Monthly winners will be selected the last day of each month and announced accordingly.
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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