Jimmy Kitchens (born April 26, 1962 in Hueytown), is a former NASCAR driver, who ran 47 times in the second-tier Busch Series. He was part of the famed Alabama Gang. He is now Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer's spotter for Richard Childress Racing.
Busch Series Career
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 was 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.
Kitchens made another start in 1998, when he piloted the #50 Washington-Irving Motorsports Chevy at Pikes Peak. Kitchens finised the race 32nd after his carburetor broke.
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.
Craftsman Truck Series Career
Kitchens only made one career start in this series in 2000. Qualifying the #42 Rick McCray Chevy in 25th, Kitchens drove to the front and led three laps. However, he was involved in a large crash involving Geoffrey Bodine, and finished 28th.
- Jimmy Kitchens. (April 1, 2008). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 27, 2008.
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