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Jimmy Spencer
Born: February 15, 1957 Currently: SPEED TV Commentator
Hometown: Berwick, PA, United States of America Fun Fact: This Driver Has a Page on The Third Turn!
BIOGRAPHY
:Jimmy Spencer (born February 15, 1957 in Berwick, Pennsylvania) is a NASCAR race car driver and commentator.

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Biography

Jimmy Spencer is one of the few drivers to have won a race in all three of NASCAR's top series: Sprint Cup, the Nationwide Series , and the Craftsman Truck Series.

Jimmy Spencer followed his father, Ed Spencer Sr., in racing. Jimmy started in Late Models in Pennsylvania. He captured his first racing win in the Late Model division at Port Royal (Pennsylvania) Speedway in 1976. He moved to NASCAR Modifieds at Shangri-La Speedway (Owego, New York), then branched out to bigger events throughout the Northeast. In 1984, Spencer was one of the top contenders for NASCAR's National Modified Championship, at a time when all sanctioned races counted toward that title; after running over sixty races, he was second to Richie Evans in the final standings. When NASCAR changed the National Modified Championship into the smaller-schedule Winston Modified Tour (now Whelen Modified Tour) in 1985, Spencer chased it, and won the title in 1986 and 1987.

Spencer debuted in the Busch Series in 1985, driving one Rockingham race in the #67 Pontiac for Frank Cicci Racing, which was also his Modified car owner. The team ran twice in 1987, then ran the full season in 1988, finishing seventh in the point standings. Spencer won three Busch Series races in 1989 with that team. In 1989 he moved to the Winston Cup Series, driving for Buddy Baker's team in 17 of the 29 races, then ran full-time in 1990 for Rod Osterlund Racing. Except for 1992 when he ran only 12 Cup races, Spencer remained a full-time Winston Cup, then Nextel Cup, competitor until partial seasons in 2004 and 2005. He has also run partial schedules in the Busch Series each year since 1987 (except the 1988 full season).

Spencer won two Winston Cup races while driving for Junior Johnson in 1994. These two victories, both scored in July 1994, remain his only Cup wins.


Nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" since his Modified years for his aggressive driving style, Spencer is probably best known in recent years for an on-going feud with Kurt Busch, including a 2003 post-race incident at Michigan International Speedway brought on when Busch rammed Spencer's car on the track, trying to wreck him. After Busch stopped near Spencer's hauler, Spencer punched Busch who was still strapped into his cockpit. Spencer was suspended for the next week's race at Bristol. Busch won the race, but was loudly booed by the fans, many carrying "Free Jimmy Spencer" signs.

During the 2005 Craftsman Truck Series season, Jimmy Spencer had a full-time ride in the Ultra Motorsports #2 truck owned by Jim Smith. That ended with the closure of Ultra Motorsports in early January, 2006. In March 2006 Spencer was hired by BAM Racing being tabbed to race at Martinsville Speedway in place of rookie Brent Sherman. Spencer will also be an advisor for BAM and will mentor for Sherman, and could possibly appear in more races, most likely on short tracks.

Speed TV

Spencer is currently a co-host with John Roberts and Kenny Wallace on the Speed Channel's prerace and postrace NASCAR shows NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane. Spencer was recently hired to promote Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts.

Teams

A list of the teams and primary sponsors for which Jimmy Spencer has driven at the Winston/Nextel Cup level, and the years he raced for them.

NASCAR Statistics

  • Cup (Years) 17 (Starts) 476 (Wins) 2 (Top-5s) 28 (Top-10s) 80 (Poles) 3
  • Busch (Years) 20 (Starts) 212 (Wins) 12 (Top-5s) 44 (Top-10s) 93 (Poles) 3
  • Truck (Years) 3 (Starts) 31 (Wins) 1 (Top-5s) 4 (Top-10s) 11 (Poles) 1

External links

  • Official Site & Forum
  • Spencer bio at nascar.com
  • Career stats at Racing-Reference.com
  • Spencerville USA
  • A Fan Page
  • Spencer Country
  • Jimmy Spencer Statistics
  • 10 questions with Jimmy Spencer
  • NASCAR.com announcement of the Modified all-time Top 10
CAREER RESULTS
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Grand National Division Results
K & N Pro Series East Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
1987 8 of 23 1 4 5 0 15 91
1988 1 of 25 0 1 1 N/A 49 0
1991 1 of 24 0 0 0 0 56 0
1992 1 of 20 0 0 1 0 55 0
1994 1 of 20 0 0 0 0 71 0
1998 1 of 19 1 1 1 0 69 145
CAREER 13 2 6 8 0 -- 236
K & N Pro Series West Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
1993 1 of 14 0 1 1 N/A 42 0
CAREER 1 0 1 1 0 -- 0
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Modified Tour Results
Whelen Modified Tour Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
1985 25 of 29 4 9 13 3 8 296
1986 25 of 25 4 17 20 1 1 0
1987 28 of 28 6 16 21 1 1 432
1988 9 of 24 1 4 4 0 27 301
1989 2 of 26 0 0 1 0 N/A 0
1994 1 of 21 0 0 0 0 N/A 0
CAREER 90 15 46 59 5 -- 1029
Whelen Southern Modified Tour Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
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International Results
Canadian Tire Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Mexico Corona Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
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Elite Division Results
Midwest Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Northwest Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Southeast Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Southwest Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
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Defunct Touring/Regional Results
Speedway Division Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Grand American Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Grand National East Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Goody's Dash Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
North Tour Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
1985 1 of 30 0 1 1 N/A N/A
CAREER 1 0 1 1 0 -- 0
All-American Challenge Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
O'Reilly All-Star Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
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Local/Weekly Racing Results
Regional Format (1985-2004)
Season Track Region St W T5 T10 Track Standing Reg. Standing
1982 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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1985 New Egypt Speedway Northeast 19 2 10 12 5 28
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1986 Shangri-La Speedway Northeast 34 9 24 27 2 2
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1987 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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1992 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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1994 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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1995 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
1997 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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1998 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
1999 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
2000 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
2001 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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2002 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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2003 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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2004 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
2005 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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2006 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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2007 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" |
2008 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" |
2009 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" |
ARCA Results
ARCA West Mac's Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
ARCA West Late Model Challenge Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Results
ASA National Tour Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
ASA Southern Modified Race Tour Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
ASA Midwest Tour Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
ASA NorthWest Late Model Tour Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
USAR Results
USAR Pro Cup Results
Season Division1 St W T5 T10 Poles RSR1 CSR1 Laps Led
CAREER -- 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- 0
Pro All Star Series (PASS) Results
PASS North Super Late Model Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
2006 1 of 12 0 1 1 N/A 67 0
CAREER 1 0 1 1 0 -- 0
PASS South Super Late Model Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
PASS Sportsman Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Results
CRA Super Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Various/Other Sanctioning Bodies Results
Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
S.M.A.R.T. Modified Tour Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
1989 1+ of 6 1 1+ 1+ N/A N/A
1990 1+ of 8 0 1+ 1+ N/A N/A
CAREER 2 1 2 2 0 -- 0
UARA STARS Late Model Results
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
CAREER 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0

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