February 15, 1957
Born in Berwick, Pennsylvania, USA.
Current television commentator, and a former NASCAR driver. Jimmy Spencer followed his father, Ed Spencer, Sr. (Fast Eddie), into 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 winning the 1982 and 1983 Shangri-La Speedway NASCAR Modified Division track championships at Shangri-La Speedway, Owego, New York. He then branched out to bigger events throughout the Northeast. During his days racing modifieds, he was nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" for his aggressive racing style, on his way to becoming the 1986 and 1987 NASCAR National Modified Champion.
Spencer is one of the few drivers to have won a race in all three of NASCAR's top series, Sprint Cup (2), the Nationwide Series (12), and the Camping World Truck Series (1).
When his career ended, Spencer began working full-time on SPEED. He formerly hosted the NASCAR inspired talk show, “What’s the Deal?”, along with Ray Dunlap in 2010. He is the former 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. Spencer now has a segment on SPEED's NASCAR Race Hub offering commentary and answering viewer questions on the Tuesday and Thursday. In 2010, 2011, 2012, and present, Spencer talks about the NASCAR highlights while he often feigns sobs with his gag called "The Crying Towel" for which driver gets the crying towel and the fake cigar if they complain about something that cannot be punishable. In 2012 Spencer named his "Crying Towel" segment as (Driver) Radio Sweetheart."
On November 21, 2013 on NASCAR Race Hub, Spencer said he was still not ready to announce his retirement yet, even though he hasn't raced in years.