Drag Racing Career
circle 1988 IHRA Winternats in Darlington
Just the night before
winning the race pictured above, Animal Jim had won IHRA's first ever Quick
8 event in a final against Robbie Vandergriff. Crew Chief is Al Schmitt
and his right-hand man is Ed Fogelsonger who had put Jim in a lot of winner's
circles from 1987 to '89.
Making the Cover...
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Animal Jim received
the Roger Gustin Showmanship award in 1988. A smiling Bill Kuhlmann is
standing on his right.
Remember Jim's young
daughter Jackie from page one? Well, she's finally grown taller than
the trophies Animal Jim has won!
1989 World Series of Drag Racing - Cordova
"In 1989, I
won against Jerry Haas to cap my second UDRA World Championship in a row.
There is no doubt in my mind, Haas', or anyone else who had witnessed this
fantastic run that it was Zeke's best performance ever! I had pulled
out all stops on this final. Conditions were superb! My gal
Shirley M. had just broken a track record in my lane the run before and
left me with a beautiful surface. Even Haas said in the shutdown
as we were pulling up our chutes. "Animal, that was an awesome run!
I redlit and you still beat me by 3 bus-lengths! I can't wait to
see the numbers."
" To everyone's dismay,
however, the clocks had gotten screwed up. I was awarded the win, but there
was no E.T. or mph times for either of us. That run had to be a high
6 and over 200. "Zeke" and I were gypped out of a 6 sec./200 mph run and
an et/mph record. That just shows you that you can win and still
be disappointed!!" - A.J.
Zeke and Animal
Jim went on to win many more races after that. In May of 1990,
Rick Jones had built him a new Pro Modified Ford Probe as a sponsorship
and he started the 1990 season as one of the first Pro Mods in the business.
He still ran "Zeke" at select match races and he still does!
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