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DRAG RACING WORLD SADDENED BY PASSING OF BILL "GRUMPY" JENKINS
A personal statement from Steve Burns, CEO of VP Racing Fuels on the passing of Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins:
"Bill Jenkins was a long-time friend and the first winner VP ever had in NHRA Pro Stock racing. It was back at the Gatornationals in Florida way too many years ago. Warren Johnson was the runner-up. Between the two of them, they set the national ET and MPH records for Pro Stock that weekend. Bill, along with Warren Johnson, David Reher, Buddy Morrison and Bob Glidden, were my heroes, and still are. My earliest dealings with Bill were a tremendous learning experience and he helped me develop some good fuels. In keeping with his reputation, he truly was "grumpy" and demanding, especially with me in my 20s. One night we had stayed up late at his shop in Malvern, PA. We w ent to dinner late and I was feeling a little beat down because nothing I tried that night worked and he was giving me a hard time. But as I sat across from him, I realized he was just trying to get the best out of me. He simply was not going to accept that we could not do better. After a bit I started smiling at him and said, "Bill, I know the secret.... ," which got him wondering what I was talking about. I told him, "The secret is you really ARE a nice guy . But don't worry I won't tell anyone!" The many times I saw him in the years since either at the races or back at Jenkins Competition were always enjoyable for me. Bill, I hope you and Buddy Morrison are talking about the finer points of Pro Stock engine development. Thanks for your help in my life. I will miss you."
The staff of VP Racing Fuels offers the Jenkins family, their friends and drag racing fans our deepest condolences.
Posted by VP Race Fool on 29th March, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
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