Jud was born in Grand Prairie, Texas in 1923 and began racing jalopies at the age of 15. After Worl...d War II he began racing midgets winning the Oklahoma-Texas AAA midget championship in 1948. He often raced in outlaw events under several aliases and was frequently on the outs with AAA because of it. He excelled in IMCA sprint car competition and switched to USAC where he amassed 15 sprint car wins, 6 championship 100-milers and competed in 2- Indy 500’s.
Jud was killed in a USAC Sprint Car race at Reading, Pa in 1966 in a double fatality with fellow driver Red Riegel.