April 26, 1962 |
Hueytown, Alabama, United States
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|47 races run over 8 years|
|Best finish||43rd (2002, 2004)|
|First race||1994 Kroger 200 (IRP)|
|Last race||2005 Aaron's 312 (Talladega)|
|Statistics current as of February 25, 2012.|
Jimmy Kitchens, born April 26, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama, is a former American NASCAR driver. He participated in both the Busch Series, as well as the Craftsman Truck Series. In 1998, he became part of the famed Alabama Gang. He was employed at Stewart Haas Racing as Ryan Newman's spotter.
Craftsman Truck Series
In 2000, Kitchens made his first and only career start in the Craftsman Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway. After qualifying his No. 42 Dodge Motorsports Chevrolet 25th on the grid, Kitchens led three laps, but was later involved in an accident, prompting him to finish 28th.
Kitchens made his series debut in 1994, driving the #82 Sports World Ford at IRP. Kitchens started 26th, but an early accident sidetracked his run to a 27th place finish. Kitchens next run at Rockingham in 1996, where he drove the #50 UAW Ford. He started 38th, but once again he got caught up in an early crash and finished 41st.
In 1999, Kitchens was hired to drive the #22 Air Jamaica Vacations Chevy in a limited schedule for Carroll Racing. Kitchens made six starts for the team. In the third race, at Nashville Speedway USA, Kitchens finished the race in 32nd, his first career race completed. Then, in the next start at Bristol, Kitchens scored a 29th, which ended up being his best finish of the season. After two more races, Kitchens was released, as the team cited that Kitchens had crashed out of half the races.
Kitchens disappeared from the Busch Series for three years, before resurfacing in 2002. Splitting his time between Moy Racing and Means Racing, Kitchens ran the most races of his career up to that point, as he made fourteen races. At Talladega, he avoided a big crash and then finished the race in 7th position, his first and only career top-10. At the next restrictor place race at Daytona, he came home with a 17th place finish. He finished 43rd in points at the end of the season.
Kitchens added a handful of starts in 2003, but only finished one race with at Chicagoland, where he finished 24th.
Kitchens made the most starts of his career in 2004 in NASCAR Busch Series, sixteen. He began the year running for Davis Motorsports. In four starts for that team, his best finish was a 33rd at Daytona. Then, Kitchens made several starts Jay Robinson Racing where he was 32nd at Talladega and 43rd at Nazareth Speedway. The other ten starts came for Moy Racing. Kitchens finished 27th three times, with the best run coming at Michigan, where he finished on the lead lap, and finished 43rd again.
Kitchens only made one start in 2005 at Talladega. Driving for Jay Robinson, Kitchens qualified the #28 Ford in 42nd place, but finished fifteenth.
- Akers, Shawn A. (December 8, 1998). "BUSCH:Billy Kitchens To Drive for Bobby Allison, Dave Carroll". Motorsport.com. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
- "Stewart-Haas Racing's Ryan Newman lands Jimmy Kitchens as spotter". SceneDaily.com. January 18, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
- "2000 Official Race Results : Daytona 250". NASCAR. February 18, 2000. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
Jimmy Kitchens driver statistics at Racing-Reference