At 16 years old Jake Griffin has obviously caught the eyes of a few important people in the racing world! To be so young and to have the racing experience that he has gathered up in such a short time is quite remarkable. Jake’s racing resume consists of over 200 feature top five finishes in UMP Modifieds, A Mods, B Mods, crate Late Models, and Super Late Models! This again at the tender age of just 16 years old is quite an accomplishment.
Just this week Jake was able to get the backing of the Mittler Brothers, and their Camping World Truck Series organization to ink a deal for Jake to go NASCAR Truck racing. It was just announced on January 18th that Griffin will pilot the MB Motorsports No. 63 Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 28th.
The Kroger 250 will mark Griffin’s first start in NCWTS competition, and it will be coming with a historic team. MB Motorsports is the oldest team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, their history with the touring NASCAR series dates back to the inaugural season in 1995.
MB Motorsports, which is owned by Missouri-based, Mittler Brothers, will be teaming with Jake Griffin, hopefully, for several races in 2015. To Jakes’s credit, he became the youngest driver to ever win a NASCAR sanctioned event after a claiming win at the age of 14-years-old back in 2013.
Since Griffin is under 18 years old, NASCAR will not permit him, or any driver under that age, to compete on race tracks longer than 1 1/4 miles in length. Therefore, Griffin will be limited to racing on “the bullrings” of NASCAR. Those shorter tracks being, Richmond, Bristol, Martinsville, Phoenix, and Darlington. Nevertheless, MB Motorsports is actively seeking out more sponsorship packages that will enable them to enter Griffin into more races during the 2015 campaign.
It will very interesting to see how well young Griffin can hold his own when he is thrown into the bullring paper clip known as Martinsville in just a few short weeks. Having your first race at one of NASCAR’s bullrings is the true definition of “baptism by fire”!
Keep an eye on Jake because he could be one of the up and coming young guns that may be lining up to fill the shoes of some of “the old guys” of NASCAR, as the reigns get turned over in another inevitable wave of youth entering the limelight!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!