Jacobs tunes up for Nationals with Front Row Challenge win - By Perry Bell - Oskaloosa, IA. - August 7, 2006 - Daryn Pittman was second in the King of the Hill Challenge and then accepted the Front Row Challenge offer to give up his front row starting position for a chance at a much heftier payday. Everyone in the Monday main event raced for $5,000 to win with the exception of Pittman, who raced for a chance to win $50,000 if he could race from the back of the back and beat the field. In the history of the Front Row Challenge the $50,000 offer has been claimed just once, that was by Jac "The Wild Child" Haudenschild in 1999. The first offer to give up his pole position for the big payday was turned down by Kenny "The Mouse" Jacobs. Jacobs move to keep the pole paid off at the end of the night, shortly after 11 p.m. as he raced to the 25-lap victory, paying the Ohio pilot $5,000. Jacobs replied, "I had a heck of a nice race car." (More)
Kenny and Kim Jacobs injured in accident - By Scott Hall - Holmesville, OH (3/7/05) - All time All Star Circuit of Champions feature winner, Kenny Jacobs, and his wife, Kim, were injured in a traffic accident Saturday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Jacobs were in town on vacation during the annual Bike Week festivities and were riding their motorcycle south on A1A. Traffic was backed up as they were approaching an intersection. They were in the right lane and a car in the center lane motioned a car across from the left lane. That car crossed the center lane and ran into their motorcycle. Both were tossed off the motorcycle. Kenny has sustained broken ribs, a gash to back of head that required staples to close the wound, and a sore hip. Kim received the most serious injuries. She has a broken shoulder socket, broken upper arm, and a crushed elbow. She underwent surgery on the elbow Saturday night. Kenny has said that it was just an unfortunate accident and that they will both be OK. Cards and notes can be sent to the Jacobs at: PO Box 192, Holmesville, OH 44633.
From Positivity ...Kenny Jacobs is looking for a ride for 2004. This guy is pure class, and still a great racer. KJ was top-five at Knoxville's Nationals, and won the All-Star feature at Lawrenceburg, 09/12/03. As much as we hype the youthful drivers in this column, it should be a given that there is no substitute for experience. Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Brent Kaeding, and Keith Kauffman are but a sampling of drivers over the age of 40 that are still winning championships. Jacobs is a former horse trainer. He did the show horse circuit, and started in sprints at age 17. Now 48 years-old, Jacobs has Hall of Fame credentials with over 200 career wins including the Williams Grove National Open, the Historical Big One, the Sharon Nationals, and the Hoosier 100.
...Kenny Jacobs was superb at the Knoxville Nationals. In a J&J / Kriner combo sprinter, Jacobs finished third in a year where he received no hype at all coming into the race. Jacobs himself said the whole deal came together late with the Kriner engine sitting in the car at the last minute. Jacobs drove a great race, showing his savvy. At age 48, "KJ", remains one of sprint car racing's classiest ambassadors. Jacobs should be a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, having won the Historical Big One, The Williams Grove National Open, the Hoosier 100, and the All-Stars championship. Jacobs is the All-Star Circuit of Champions all-time career wins leader.
Kenny Jacobs Wins his first All-Star Race of 2003 - By Scott Hall - LAWRENCEBURG, IN - 09/12/03 - ...Experience prevailed over youth Friday night at the Lawrenceburg Speedway in the Haulmark All Star sprint car 30 lap feature. Veteran Kenny Jacobs prevailed when youthful Jeremy Campbell was leading and ran off the racetrack, handing the feature win to Jacobs in the Pete Grove No. 70 J&J wrenched by Andy Potter. With his seventh place finish in the feature, Chad Kemenah has all but wrapped up the 2003 All Star points title. All Kemenah has to do is sign in and receive his show-up points at the final five All Star events to clinch his second consecutive crown. His lead over Jason Johnson is currently 343 points. (read it all)
Kenny Jacobs Masters Fremont, Finally! - Sat. 6/8/02 By Brian Liskai FREMONT, Ohio (June 8) - Kenny Jacobs has more All Star Circuit of Champions feature wins of anyone. However, in 30 years of racing, he had never scored an All Star feature win at Fremont Speedway. That all changed Saturday, as Jacobs took advantage of Chad Kemenah's late-race bobble to win the non-stop 40-lap Wilhelm Auto Parts feature. (story and summary)
Ohio's Kenny Jacobs is a classy champion. (Photo by Jim Fleming)