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P.J. Chesson

PJ Chesson from Far Hills, New Jersey is shown with the HammerDown! at Calistoga Speedway. (John's Racing Photos)

Best of 2002: P.J. Chesson's Donuts - After winning the prelim at Fargo, ND on a Nationally taped World of Outlaws telecast, P.J. Chesson did a series of donut 360's on the West Fargo front chute that defied belief. He then raced out of his cockpit and climbed the fence like spiderman. It was the best victory celebration of the year.

Knoxville 2002: ...P.J. Chesson is also coming west. P.J. agreed to wear a microphone all Friday night for the Speed Channel taping of the Knoxville races. Chesson, the donut-king, is nonstop comedy.

Chesson Thrills Home Fans at New Egypt By Richard Day NEW EGYPT, NJ (July 29) – P.J. Chesson couldn’t have written a better script for his first Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature victory. The 23-year-old driver from Far Hills, NJ, started on the pole and led all 30 laps to the delight of his home fans Monday at New Egypt Speedway. "This is great!" Chesson yelled to the partisan crowd after turning doughnuts and climbing the fence on the front straightaway. "This is New Jersey. This is my home. These are my fans. We own this place! My guys – Matt Anderson and Scott Vogelsong – work really hard and they gave me a great car tonight. When the car’s as good as it was tonight, it’s pretty easy to drive – even I can win a race. I’m just glad to get a win here with my family here, and all of my friends. It doesn’t get any better. Now we’ll go to Eldora and try to win another Big One." (read the whole deal)

PJ Chesson Wins First Outlaws Feature as 'Dude' Blows Tire By Richard Day WEST FARGO, ND (July 5) - P.J. Chesson was never so happy to see a flat tire as he was Friday at Red River Valley Speedway with 1 1/3 laps remaining in the Duel in the Dakotas Second Preliminary Feature. Danny Lasoski was racing through turn three on his way to the white flag when the right rear tire on the #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle lost air pressure, sending him into the retaining wall. Chesson led the field to the green flag as the race resumed and held off Steve Kinser by four car-lengths to claim the first victory of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career. Chesson steered his family's #76 Automotive Service Centers Eagle into a series of 360-degree spins in victory lane, then climbed the front-straightaway fence to a standing ovation from the capacity crowd a la two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves. The action was taped by Speed Channel and will be aired July 18th, starting at 11 p.m. Eastern Time. (more)