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Bob Jenkins R.I.P.

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#1 10kDA

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Posted 12 August 2021 - 01:56

Bob Jenkins, longtime Indy 500 and NASCAR announcer, has passed. He was great in the early days of ESPN with Larry Nuber on "Speedweek" and did excellent work on the "Thursday Night Thunder" USAC midgets and sprint car events. He once said he had never not had a job announcing something, either radio, TV, or PA, for the 500 at IMS since 1979. Diametrically opposite from the Hellzapoppin style of race reporting, his reporting was always just enough and always insightful. RIP Bob.






#2 absinthedude

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Posted 12 August 2021 - 05:59

Oh no....I remember getting into NASCAR by watching late night ITV broadcasts of the Winston Cup presented by Bob Jenkins and Ned Jarrett. Calm, thoughtful, insightful.

#3 messy

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Posted 12 August 2021 - 16:14

I think he was my first introduction to NASCAR - I’m pretty sure having bought NASCAR ’98 on my PlayStation the first intro screen was him introducing the game. Knew nothing whatsoever about NASCAR.

#4 lcbulldog

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Posted 14 August 2021 - 16:43

Bob Jenkins in his own words: "A race fan who got lucky".  And so did we.  RIP

#5 Doug Nye

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Posted 14 August 2021 - 17:17

That's a lovely sentiment - one that the late Murray Walker shared...



#6 70JesperOH

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Posted 14 August 2021 - 19:56

Just realised that Bob Jenkins WAS the voice of NASCAR, when I started watching live transmission here in Europe in the 1990s.


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#7 jonpollak

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Posted 18 August 2021 - 00:13

 Diametrically opposite from the Hellzapoppin style of race reporting.


Of which no one can do properly without sounding like an absolute psycho.

When Murray left us that style went with him. Yet no one told these commentators today who can't STFU for 3 seconds.


Bob was a friend and I always learned something from him when we conversed.


He did me a huge favor by asking Donald to recall a moment from his past that had eluded the TOGA audience for many years.


Here it is,

A zoom call from the IMS Museum the day before the Harvest Grand Prix in 2020