Sprint Car Chassis Pioneer Ken Jenkins battles cancer

JENKS, OK (June 9) - Sprint car chassis pioneer Ken Jenkins is battling cancer.Jenkins, whose left lung was removed by doctors May 17th, has several kinds of cancer. He will start undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments soon. A fund has...

JENKS, OK (June 9) - Sprint car chassis pioneer Ken Jenkins is battling cancer.Jenkins, whose left lung was removed by doctors May 17th, has several kinds of cancer. He will start undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments soon.

A fund has been established to help Jenkins as he recovers from the surgery and undergoes treatment. Anyone wishing to donate money to help him can mail a check to The Ken Jenkins Benefit Fund in care of BancFirst, P.O. Box 2003, Jenks, OK 74037, Attention: Gina.

Jenkins, called "The Father of Modern Sprint Car Racing" by 17-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion car owner and crew chief Karl Kinser, is known for his commitment to safety and quality in sprint car design. Many of his innovations are still being used in sprint car racing today.

Jenkins, 54, worked with Nance from 1979 to 1981, for Gambler from 1982 to 1985, for Challenge from 1986 to 1988 and for Maxim from 1989 to 1992 before founding Jenkins Chassis. He owned and operated Jenkins Chassis from 1993 to 1998 and has been working with Panzer Motorcycles before being diagnosed with cancer. He made a living helping enhance the careers of many drivers, including Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champions Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Bobby Davis, Jr. WoO

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Series USAC
Drivers Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell