NHRA legend and Hall of Famer “Big Jim” Dunn will undergo surgery for colon cancer next week. As a result, the Jim Dunn Racing team and Grime Boss Funny Car will not compete in NHRA’s Western Swing.
Dunn’s doctors are encouraged, stating that they caught the cancer in its earliest stages and predict an extremely positive outcome.
“We are grateful that this was discovered during his annual physical.” said Jim’s son, Jon Dunn. "Early diagnosis is crucial in his treatment and recovery. I can't think of a single NHRA event Dad has missed, and know it won't be long before he's back."
The Grime Boss Funny Car will rejoin the tour at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Aug. 14-17. There will be a pre-event autograph session and an appearance at Menards in Baxter, Minn., Thursday of the race week.
Robert Julius, CEO of Nice Pak Products/Grime Boss, said, “The Nice Pak family, including everyone at Grime Boss, wishes Jim a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing him back out at the races soon.”
Get-well wishes to Dunn can be posted to the Grime Boss Facebook page (facebook.com/GrimeBoss).
Additionally, there will be a get-well card at the Track Walk and pre-race ceremonies in Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle for everyone to sign.
SURGERY UPDATE: JULY 16
Yesterday, "Big Jim" Dunn underwent surgery for colon cancer. The doctors said that the 2 1/2-hour surgery went well and Dunn did great. By late yesterday afternoon, Dunn was talking, telling jokes, and enjoying the flowers that NHRA sent him.
Dunn family members said they are feeling very blessed and thank everyone for their kind words and well-wishes. Dunn is at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. Friends are welcome to send flowers, but Dunn’s family is requesting no visitors.