I have been involved with Auto racing since the age of ten. When I
started cleaning and re packing bearings. On John Curriers
Stock car, My sisters Carols boyfriend in 1967. John drove a Red #25 1949
Ford That's where i met the Currier bros. Mike,Pat and Bill
they taught me a lot at a young age. I remember they always made time for
me and showed me how to work on there stock car and Super stock. We had
1957 Ford Bought from John Biggs and a 1966 Ford Fairlane
But on race day i had to sit in the stands until i was 16 then finally i got to go
into the pits. Working on the #25 superstock 1969 Ford Torino. Note the# 25
This is were my Number on my old timer comes from. My tribute to the
Currier Bros. From John (Driving) Mike (building engines) To Pat Currier a
Special friend who spent a lot of time teaching me to drive at the age of 16
in his 67 chev p/u. And gave me my first tool box, when i got my first car and
you know i still have a lot of those Tool still today... As years went by i got to
crew for many race cars Dave Dalby for a bit, Roy Haslam in the late 70's
early 80's open comp. days. Roy Haslam (Hasy) Taught me a lot in my driving
of different Tracks And car set up.
Teaching me what car is doing on track and how to make it better.
Learning a lot from my other sister Donna's boyfriend later Husband Denny
(Ol guy) Rand, Who became the closest to a real brother that i've ever had. I
really miss him dearly. He taught me a lot on how to make the Adjustments i
needed building engines the guy I could always talk to he would listen always
helping me on the car. I crewed for Rob Scott in the 80's When he ran super
stockand my first taste of Old timers he ran Milt Barnes Black
#32. He looked like he had so much fun running that car.
So you know the old story what comes around goes around
in 1990 Mike Currier came and asked me if i wanted to
drive his old timer. In the past i drove a bit of stock car
some claimers and demo. (1995 got to drive an IMCA modified) It did take
long to say yes and drive his #21 1933 Oldsmobile So after the first year i was
so pumped I bought my own old timer 33 Dodge off Rick and Gary Haskell.
Now 20 years later here im still running the same Oldtimer. This year 2011
with an A&A performance Chassis The body for my Oldtimer 1933 Dodge was
pulled out of blackberry bushes in Sooke by Ross Rockett who by the way
started this great OTRA Club with Dave Ireland and Norm Wilcox in 1977. also
the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Ross Rockett and Norm Wilcox also
Started the Wilroc sprint car class winged and non winged you see running
now. Norm worked for Coca-Cola back when i was 13 put me too work
swapping moving cases of pop He paid me $20.00 a day at 13 that
was great!!! some spending money. He didn't have to... but he
did and taught me what work means!!! and how hard work is...
I have a list of Drivers who i always looked up to.
Bill Price who drove Stock cars super stocks and also drove Oldtimers.
Bill gave me my first job out of school building houses at 18 years old.
Bill was a hard hard worker he also taught me something in being
proud of what you build.We built some great houses on Triangle Mountain
But working on cars it was in my blood!! From 10 years old to now ( no
comments) 43 years working on cars. Last 24 at Rand Automotive....
Driver Ross Surgenor who would come and pick me up (when i was age12) in
his Dump truck at my parents house and i would spend the odd day with him.
In the summer at that age... wow it was fun riding shot gun.
Driver Roy Haslam like i said earlier who taught me the most about driving a
race car. Crewing and traveling all over the Pacific Northwest racing. He also
taught me how to race Western Speedway and told me how he ran Stateline
speedway in Idaho. Where i got my very first win in Mikes #21 Oldtimer. And
25yrs later in 2014 i got my 41st Main event win in OTRA... Two more of my all
time favorite drivers are Gary Kershaw who I've tried to copy his style but its
so hard to do he was very smooth and relaxed looking when he drove. One of,
Or the best driver to come out of Victoria. Gary is in the Victoria Auto racing
Hall of fame also Just went into BC sports hall of Fame in 2010. Way to go
Gary is one of the nicest guys on this earth. And very proud to now be his
Brother in law. weird how things work out in your life. I have no words to say
how special this guy is to me.
Herchel McGriff wow what can you say about this guy
look him up on Nascar history on the web, Started racing Daytona beach
raced against Lee & Richard Petty and other greats. Lived
in Portland. Raced at Western Speedway a lot in the70's
and 80's where we became friends and in 2009 ran a Nascar race and
he's in his mid 80's. I hope i can race that long........Even though opportunities
Never came my way for driving Sprints or super stocks My Fun in OTRA
racing continue... oh yea it is one of the best Racing Clubs out there!! And in
2010 i became a committee member of The Victoria Hall of Fame and in
2012 I became President of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame
2016 & 2017 OTRA President
And we go on!! ...The 2016 was a great year for me my 49th year involved in racing. Had 5 main event wins almost matching my 1995 season of 7 I had wins at first time tracks Yakima Speedway Washington and Douglas County Speedway Roseburg Oregon. Also 3 at Western Speedway my home track. Winning the Ron Mayell Memorial long time OTRA member and Flagman at Western and Denny Rand Memorial my Brother in-law who we lost to soon He was a big part of my racing and being apart of this great sport of Auto Racing I am so Honored to win these 2 races but 2016 is over. And hard to believe 2017 coming up another year older maybe wiser But still racing.. wow believe it this will be my 50th year being involved with racing and going to Western Speedway. 2017 Another 4 wins this year bring me to 53 OTRA main event wins. I am one away from being tied for the all time lead. 2017 saw me add 2 more cars to Jet Black Racing Have oldest Daughter Kaylyn Jenson #16 Buick and my Son Chris Jenson in #17 Chrysler Coupe both having a good start in the OTRA club. Looking forward two the up coming 2018 season
Three car teams lots of work Both#16 Kaylyn and #17Chris did well few fender benders but all in all they did well. Another good year 3 wins really fast car this year Had fast time quite a few times could have been more wins but thats racing Backed bar into wall lots of damage close racing action saw me backwards a few times But all good Won the Drivers Memorial Trophy First time presented this year honoring past drivers in our Class long time member Bob Exton was honored this year. Became the all time OTRA main event leader with my 55th and 56th main event wins Championship race was rained out had fast time before rain came Would like to thank Lucas Oil Rand Automotive Lordco auto parts Howies car corral and my Wife Vee who won her battle againt Breast Cancer long hard summer of ups and downs The ends of the Season sees me stepping down from President of OTRA get some new blood in this great club 2019 sees me with 3 cars again JET BLACK RACING #25 #16 and #17 returning for another great year of racing