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Jimmy Spencer

Born February 15, 1957 in Berwick, Pennsylvania, Jimmy Spencer, who earned the nickname "Mr. Excitement," made his name driving modified race cars in the 1980s and early 1990s. He initially drove Late Model stock cars and earned his first win in 1976 at Port Royal Speedway. He moved to modified stock cars shortly after primarily running at Shangi-La Speedway in Oswego, New York. In 1984, Spencer was a top championship contender for NASCAR's National Modified Championship. After racing in more than 60 modified races, Jimmy finished second behind Richie Evans in the final standings. NASCAR changed the format for the National Modified Championship in 1985 running a much smaller, organized, and regional schedule. Spencer won NASCAR's National Modified Championship, now known as the Whelen Modified Tour, in 1986 and 1987.

Spencer went on to race in the Busch Grand National Series, and ultimately the Winston Cup Series beginning in 1995. In the Cup Series Spencer won twice, accumulated 80 top 10 finishes, and had 3 poles

By Darryl Moran - originally posted to Flickr as Jimmy Spencer: NASCAR Photography By Darryl Moran, CC BY-SA 2.0,


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