Seventeen-year-old Jake Griffin will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut this weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Mile Dirt in Sunday afternoon’s Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 presented by Jive.
An experienced Midwestern dirt racer from nearby Quincy, Illinois, Griffin joins Venturini Motorsports for this single event driving the No. 15 Advance Trading, Inc.-Outdoor Power Toyota Camry.
“I know this is a great opportunity, much like I had with Red Horse Racing at Eldora and I certainly plan to make the best of it,” said Griffin. “It’s a quick day. We practice, qualify and race all within a matter of hours. It will be important for us to get our No. 15 Advance Trading-Outdoor Power Toyota dialed in and make sure we’re near the front when it counts most. One-hundred laps go by in a hurry.”
Griffin is hoping to showcase his potential on Springfield’s mile dirt oval the same way he did in last month’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Eldora Speedway.
In a one-race deal with Red Horse Racing, Griffin flexed his dirt racing skills by finishing fourth in his Eldora truck debut. His effort started a three-race stretch of consecutive top-five finishes for Red Horse Racing between he and driver Brett Moffitt.
On Sunday, Griffin is hoping to flex his muscle a little more and deliver Venturini Motorsports its third win of 2016. Griffin will come under the guidance of veteran crew chief Jeff McClure.
Venturini Motorsports with 41 all-time ARCA Series victories has won two out of the last three races at Springfield (Brennan Poole ’13 and Kevin Swindell ’14). Venturini Motorsports is tied for second with Harold Steele on the all-time ARCA Series team victory list. Larry Clement, who was teamed with Frank Kimmel for many years, leads the way with 71 team victories.
SuperChevyStores.com 100 Schedule:
Practice for the SuperChevyStores.com 100 is scheduled from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 11:15 a.m. The 54th annual Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 starts at1:30 p.m. All times are local.
Live on American Sports Network:
The SuperChevyStores.com 100 will be live on the American Sports Network and will also stream live atAmericanSportsNet.com. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activity and a live chat box throughout the afternoon.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!