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McKENZIE, Tenn. (August 23, 2017) – So, you want numbers? J&J Auto Racing has numbers for you.
Such as 18 – that’s the number of wins racing teams around the country racked up for the McKenzie, Tenn., based sprint car chassis manufacturer last week.
The number of racing series and divisions in which those teams won? That would be 17 and includes racing organizations and tracks that host 410ci, 360ci and 305ci sprint car racing events. To put the brand reach in perspective, J&J Auto Racing drivers and teams went coast-to-coast in victory lane from Pennsylvania to California.
Or, how about 12? That’s the number of states J&J Auto Racing teams won in over the past few days, including North Dakota, Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri and South Carolina.
Ten J&J Auto Racing drivers earned victory repeats last week for the brand. They included Donny Schatz, who won the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series event at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND., on Aug. 18. Derek Hagar won two United Sprint Car Series (USCS) events in Georgia on Aug. 18 – 19. Danny Holtgraver and Cody Bova won in different FAST Series divisions, 410ci and 305ci, respectively on Aug. 19. Brandon McMullen won the 360ci Division event at the Plymouth (Wis.) Dirt Track on Aug. 19, while Doug Zimmerman won the 410ci Division race at Butler (Mich.) Motor Speedway. Caleb Saiz continued his New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA) winning ways on Aug. 19, while Martin Edwards claimed his second win of the year at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas the same evening. Across the state of Texas that night, Ray Allen Kulhanek won the ASCS Gulf South Region feature event at South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., wrapped up a successful Aug. 19th for J&J Auto Racing with an American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Series feature event win at the Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo.
Seven drivers found their way to victory lane for J&J Auto Racing for the first time of the year last week, starting with Carson Macedo who won the 410ci Division event at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park on Aug. 18. Rob Chaney followed Macedo to the line to grab second place. Carl Bowser grabbed his first win of the season in the 410ci Division at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., on Aug. 18. On the same evening, Jeremy McCune won an ASCS Frontier Region feature event at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyoming, while Jesse Mack won the IMCA Western RaceSaver Sprint Series event at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway. Bob Shutt won the Ohio Thunder RaceSaver feature at Moler Raceway Park and on Aug. 19, Dan Jones drove to the Carolina Sprint Tour RaceSaver Series win at Sumter (SC) Speedway. Nick Sweigart won the PASS/IMCA RaceSaver Division feature event at Susquehanna (Pa.) Speedway on Aug. 20 to close out the weekend.
Two. It’s a small number but has big meaning. Arkansas native Hagar, went two-for-two in USCS competition last week, posting wins at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia, and Senoia (Ga.) Raceway. WoO Series driver Schatz and ASCS National Series Hafertepe, Jr., have posted double-digit win totals behind the wheel of a J&J Auto Racing entry in 2017.
Wrapping up the numbers game, nine is perhaps the most influential number of the week for J&J Auto Racing, as that’s the number of full-time staff in the McKenzie, Tenn., shop. Without the gang that puts in hundreds of hours of welding, cutting, fabricating, packaging, planning logistics, providing customer service and caring about the drivers and teams that compete under the J&J banner, the brand wouldn’t have the success that it’s come to represent.
“The group that we have in our shop in Tennessee is simply amazing,” said Jack Elam, founder and president of J&J Auto Racing. “Bonnie (Elam) and I affectionately call them our shop boys, but they’re part of our family. They don’t get to come to the track much because of the long hours they put in building our cars week in and week out. The level of safety, endurance and success that J&J Auto Racing puts into each chassis that leaves our building can be directly attributed to the team of talented fabricators that we work with every day. We can’t thank them enough for their contribution in making our brand one that we’re proud of.”
For a complete summary of J&J Auto Racing team victories for August 18 – August 23, please see below.
DATE DRIVER TRACK/STATE SERIES
8/5/17 Bob Shutt Moler Raceway Park/OH IMCA Ohio Thunder RaceSaver
8/18/17 Donny Schatz River Cities Speedway/ND WoO
8/18/17 Carl Bowser Lernerville Speedway/PA 410ci Division
8/18/17 Carson Macedo Attica Raceway Park/OH 410ci Division
8/18/17 Derek Hagar Boyd’s Speedway/GA USCS
8/18/17 Jeremy McCune Sweetwater Speedway/WY ASCS Frontier Region
8/19/17 Danny Holtgraver Mercer Speedway/PA FAST 410 Series
8/19/17 Cody Bova Mercer Speedway/PA FAST 305 Series
8/19/17 Brandon McMullen Plymouth Dirt Track/WI 360ci Division
8/19/17 Doug Zimmerman Butler Motor Speedway/MI 410ci Division
8/19/17 Caleb Saiz Sandia Speedway/NM NMMRA
8/19/17 Martin Edwards Devil’s Bowl Speedway/TX IMCA RaceSaver
8/19/17 Ray Allen Kulhanek South Texas Speedway/TX ASCS Gulf South
8/19/17 Jesse Mack Santa Maria Raceway/CA IMCA Western Racesaver
8/19/17 Derek Hagar Senoia Raceway/GA USCS
8/19/17 Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Missouri St. Fair Spwy/MO ASCS National
8/19/17 Dan Jones Sumter Speedway/SC Carolina Sprint Tour
8/20/17 Nick Sweigart Susquehanna Speedway/PA PASS/IMCA RaceSaver
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.
To see a complete list of J&J Auto Racing race winners to-date, visit http://jandjautoracing.com/About/?Page=Winners
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