Jake Griffin

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Jake Griffin
Born (1998-11-16) November 16, 1998 (age 20)
Quincy, Illinois
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
6 races run over 3 years
Truck no., teamNo. 03 (Mike Affarano Motorsports)
2016 position39th
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 August 1, 2019.

Jake Griffin (born November 16, 1998) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Mike Affarano Motorsports. He has also raced in the Truck Series for MB Motorsports and Red Horse Racing, and also in the ARCA Racing Series for Venturini Motorsports.[1][2]

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.[3]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

Griffin dipped his toe into ARCA racing with Venturini Motorsports in 2016.[4] Running the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, he qualified third in the No. 55 Chevrolet and finished ninth.[5]

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

Breaking into the series in 2015 with MB Motorsports,[6] Griffin dropped out of the Kroger 200 with handling problems to finish 26th. The MB partnership 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.[7] Six races later, he crashed out of the race at Iowa Speedway to finish 27th.[8] Attempting the Mudsummer Classic with Mike Affarano Motorsports, he failed to qualify after finishing fourth in the last chance qualifier.[9] 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.[10][11]

After not competing in NASCAR in 2017 and 2018, Griffin returned to the Truck Series for the 2019 Eldora Dirt Derby with Mike Affarano Motorsports.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Griffin works closely with the organization People Against Distracted Driving after meeting the founder online.[13]

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
2015 MB Motorsports 63 Chevy DAY ATL MAR
26
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW
27
KEN 56th 35
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
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 -* -*

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
2016 Venturini Motorsports 15 Toyota DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF
9
SLM CHI KEN KAN -* -*

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jake Griffin Career Statistics - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  2. ^ Sports, Fox. "Jake Griffin - NASCAR Driver". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  3. ^ Eighinger, Steve (19 March 2013). "Jake Griffin only racing mods at Bullring". Herald-Whig. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  4. ^ "The young faces of ARCA...add Jake Griffin in VMS car for dirt miles". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  5. ^ "Jake Griffin 2016 ARCA Racing Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  6. ^ "16-Year Old Jake Griffin Set To Make NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut". Catchfence. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  7. ^ McCubbin, Ashley (20 March 2015). "Jake Griffin to Make NASCAR Debut at Martinsville – POPULAR SPEED". www.popularspeed.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  8. ^ Sports, Fox. "Jake Griffin Camping World Truck Series Results - 2015 Race Results by season". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  9. ^ "Jake Griffin 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  10. ^ "Jake Griffin Career Statistics - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  11. ^ Sports, Fox. "Jake Griffin Race Results". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  12. ^ Brooks, Amanda (July 2, 2019). "Jake Griffin to return to Eldora with Affarano Motorsports". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jake Griffin - A Teen Driver Profile: From NASCAR to Speaking Out Against Distracted Driving". 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2016-09-27.

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