Jake Griffin

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Jake Griffin
Jake Griffin Bristol 2016.jpg
Griffin at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016
BornJacob Griffin
(1998-11-16) November 16, 1998 (age 22)
Quincy, Illinois
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
6 races run over 3 years
2019 position85th
Best finish39th (2016)
First race2015 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race2019 Eldora Dirt Derby (Eldora)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of January 9, 2021.

Jacob Griffin (born November 16, 1998) is an American professional stock car racing driver who competes part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Reaume Brothers Racing. He has also raced in the ARCA Menards Series in the past. All of Griffin's starts in both series have come on dirt tracks and short tracks.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Racing in his early years at a Quincy, Illinois track, Griffin earned the name "Fireball" and raced late models and modifieds.[1]

NASCAR and ARCA[edit]

Griffin broke into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015 with MB Motorsports. The deal came about through a mutual friendship between team owner Mike Mittler and Jake's father Danny Griffin, which was formed by working in NASCAR together in 2004.[2] Griffin dropped out of the Kroger 200 with handling problems to finish 26th.[3] Six races later, he crashed out of the race at Iowa Speedway to finish 27th. Attempting the Mudsummer Classic with Mike Affarano Motorsports, he failed to qualify after finishing fourth in the last chance qualifier.

In 2016, Griffin ran at Iowa again with MB, finishing one lap down in 21st. He retired with engine problems at Gateway Motorsports Park, and signed on with Red Horse Racing to run at Eldora Speedway. Qualifying 11th by way of heat race, Griffin made up seven spots during the race to finish fourth. Also in 2016, Griffin dipped his toe into the ARCA Racing Series, making a single start in the No. 15 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports.[4] Running the SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, he would qualify third and finish ninth in the race.

After not making any NASCAR and ARCA starts in both 2017 and 2018, Griffin returned to the Truck Series for the 2019 Eldora Dirt Derby, driving the No. 03 for Mike Affarano Motorsports for the second time.[5]

Griffin did not make any NASCAR and ARCA starts in 2020, either. However, he did return to the Truck Series again in 2021, as it was announced in January of that year that he would be driving both of the series' new dirt races at Bristol and Knoxville for Reaume Brothers Racing.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Griffin works closely with the organization People Against Distracted Driving after meeting the founder online.[7]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2015 MB Motorsports 63 Chevy DAY ATL MAR
26
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW
27
KEN 56th 35 [8]
Mike Affarano Motorsports 03 Chevy ELD
DNQ
POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
2016 MB Motorsports 63 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW
21
GTW
30
KEN BRI
DNQ
MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 39th 44 [9]
Red Horse Racing 11 Toyota ELD
4
POC
2019 Mike Affarano Motorsports 03 Chevy DAY ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN POC ELD
26
MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO HOM 85th 11 [10]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2016 Venturini Motorsports 15 Toyota DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF
9
DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN 100th 185 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eighinger, Steve (March 19, 2013). "Jake Griffin only racing mods at Bullring". Herald-Whig. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  2. ^ McCubbin, Ashley (March 20, 2015). "Jake Griffin to Make NASCAR Debut at Martinsville". Popular Speed. WordPress. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "16-Year Old Jake Griffin Set To Make NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut". Catchfence. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "The young faces of ARCA...add Jake Griffin in VMS car for dirt miles". Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Brooks, Amanda (July 2, 2019). "Jake Griffin to return to Eldora with Affarano Motorsports". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC.
  6. ^ Christie, Toby (January 8, 2021). "Jake Griffin to Run NASCAR Truck Series Dirt Events For Reaume Brothers Racing". TobyChristie.com. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  7. ^ "Jake Griffin - A Teen Driver Profile: From NASCAR to Speaking Out Against Distracted Driving". September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Jake Griffin – 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference.info. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jake Griffin – 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference.info. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  10. ^ "Jake Griffin – 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference.info. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  11. ^ "Jake Griffin – 2016 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 27, 2016.

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