Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer (born February 15, 1957) is a former American television commentator and NASCAR driver. He hosted the NASCAR-inspired talk show, “What’s the Deal?”, on Speed, and was co-host, with John Roberts and Kenny Wallace, of the Speed's pre-race and post-race NASCAR shows NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane.

Before retiring, Spencer had segment on Speed's NASCAR Race Hub offering commentary and answering viewer questions (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

During his days racing modifieds, he was nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" for his aggressive racing style. Spencer is one of the few drivers to have won a race in all three of NASCAR's top series: Sprint Cup, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck Series.

Jimmy Spencer followed his father, Ed Spencer, Sr. (Fast Eddie), in racing. Spencer started in Late Models in Pennsylvania. He captured his first racing win in the Late Model division at Port Royal 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 continued to run, and won the title in 1986 and 1987.

See also:

Richie Evans

On January 20, 2012 Evans was inducted into the NASCAR HOF, during which Darrell Waltrip said to the Evan's family during his acceptance speech, "You know Richie Evans I want to congratulate the Richie Evans Family, great job tonight. I watched Richie win race after race after race at Martinsville and in my world is what I call A wheel man and Richie Evans was the best wheel man I ever saw and when he raced at Martinsville."

Spencer debuted in the Busch Series in 1985, finishing 19th at North Carolina Motor Speedway in the No. 67 Pontiac for Frank Cicci Racing, which was also his Modified team. The team ran twice in 1987 with a best finish 36th, then ran the full season in 1988, finishing seventh in the point standings in the No. 34. In 1989, Spencer won his first career Busch race at Hickory Motor Speedway, then won two more races over the course of the season, finishing fifteenth in the final standings.

(Source: Wikipedia)