Jerry officially began racing a late model at Toledo Speedway in 1967. A year prior, he raced in a Figure 8 division under an alias due to age restrictions. Two years later, he began racing a super modified in the area.
During his racing career, Jerry competed a lot with the United States Auto Club (USAC) in sprints and silver crown champ cars. Jerry was the 1997 ARCA midget champion.
Though he raced primarily in cars owned and built by him and his family, Jerry also campaigned cars owned by hall of Famers Johnny Auxter and Jim Roepke as well as several owners in the USAC ranks. Jerry last raced competitively in 2002. He did race his restored AJ Foyt champ car in 2013.
On a personal note, Jerry fought cancer for 15 years and has been an inspiration to others and huge supporter of Fremont Speedway.