Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No Apologies Coming from Mr. Excitement

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No Apologies Coming from Mr. Excitement

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The talk in the garage area this Speedweeks is

of Jimmy Spencer's new-found attitude. How his growth and

maturity as a race car driver have made him a potential force in

NASCAR this season.

This is the same guy who once chased Ken Schrader around the

track just to run him out of a race, the same guy who has been

fined by NASCAR for his occasionally reckless style.

This is Mr. Excitement, not Mr. Congeniality.

"I'm easing up?" Spencer said sarcastically, moments after a

strong run in the first 125-mile qualifying race for Sunday's

Daytona 500. "Yeah, sure. That's me. Easing up."

He was far from it yesterday. It was the old days of revving

and running, the days when Spencer earned his nickname Mr.

Excitement. When his style fit his favorite track -- Daytona

International Speedway.

He finished fourth in the first 125, and his Ford Thunderbird

was one of the strongest cars on the track in either race. …

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