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Bob Jenkins Announces His Retirement In Motorsports Broadcasating

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Published on May 28, 2012

Bob Jenkins is my favorite play-by-play announcer in motorsports because he and Benny Parsons got me hooked into NASCAR when I was a kid. At the end of Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bob announced he was retiring from broadcasting motorsports after 34 years. The other NBC guys sent their sentiments, including Wally Dallenbach, who was fortunate enough to work with both Bob and Benny Parsons.

His last ESPN/ABC telecast was the 2012 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. His final telecast was the 2012 MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on NBCSN.

I was completely surprised and sad that he is retiring, but he has more important issues to deal with. I wish Bob the best of luck in his retirement, but there will be a void in missing one of the best American play-by-play motorsports announcers.

I sent an email to Bob Jenkins via his main website bobjenkinsracing.com and he sent me one back! Here is what he said to me:

"Hello James,
What a wonderful e-mail and thank you so much. I love hearing from young students who have followed my career. I ended up doing exactly what I wanted to do when I was your age, and I wish you all the best in doing so. Racing was my passion, still is, but now I can just concentrate on watching and not working them. Feel free to e-mail me at any time, and tell me how your studies/career is going. And thanks again for the nice note.

Bob"

I can't believe that he took the time to send an email back to me! That's great. I never really thought I would ever chance to talk to him, so I'm a bit awestruck. I really appreciated the response and suggest to you if you have a personal memory or some thoughts, email him and hopefully he'll give you a response back, too.

UPDATE: He led NBC Sports Network's 2013 Carb Day coverage at Indy while Leigh Diffey is in Monaco and I was happy to see him back on TV, even if it is for one day.

Credit to NBC Sports Network.

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